Sunnyslope boys basketball routs Washington

Sunnyslope boys basketball routs Washington

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Sunnyslope boys basketball routs Washington

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Senior point guard Isaiah Cota and 6-foot-7 junior post Michael Humphrey executed the pick-and-roll to near perfection Tuesday night, leading host Phoenix Sunnyslope to a 72-39 rout of Phoenix Washington in a Division II boys basketball game.

Cota continually dribbled down and either pulled up for a shot or found a teammate, usually the active Humphrey down low, rolling off a pick for an easy basket against smaller Washington defenders.

Humphrey had 18 points. Cota scored 15 points, knocking down three 3-pointers. Guard David Miller hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 16 points for Sunnyslope (10-2).

Sunnyslope wasted no time getting into a rhythm. Cota nailed a 3, then assisted on Miller’s 3 for a 12-2 lead midway through the opening quarter. Humphrey and Cota finished the 20-8 period with layups.

“He has developed pretty well,” coach Ray Portela said of Cota. “He’s getting a good all-around game, looking for Mike more, coming off the pick-and-roll. He’s shooting the ball really well right now. And he’s looking to attack the basket.”

The Cota and Humphrey combination will be the key to how far Sunnyslope goes at state this season.

Last year, Sunnyslope won 20 games, but lost to Peoria in the second round of the state tournament.

“The chemistry is there,” Cota said. “It’s cooking right now.”

Cota said Humphrey’s development since his sophomore season has been big.

“He spreads the floor out for us,” Cota said. “He’s got good hands. He’s quick.”

Humphrey scored nine points in the second quarter. After he converted a three-point play to give his team a 52-23 lead midway through the third period, Humphrey’s night was over.

This is a deep Sunnyslope team that is unselfish and was without its third-best player, guard Navareio Holmes, who is expected back for Thursday’s game against Phoenix Cortez.

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