Top-ranked Phoenix Shadow Mountain defeats Scottsdale Saguaro

Top-ranked Phoenix Shadow Mountain defeats Scottsdale Saguaro

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Top-ranked Phoenix Shadow Mountain defeats Scottsdale Saguaro

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With three freshmen on the floor during crunch time, top-ranked Phoenix Shadow Mountain took its first lead with a minute left and held on for a 69-67 Division II boys basketball victory over visiting No.5 Scottsdale Saguaro on Tuesday night.

Shadow Mountain (6-0) overcame a sluggish start by senior star Keegan Hansen and survived eight 3-pointers and 30 points from Saguaro guard Mike Hauser.

Hansen, who struggled to get into the flow in the first half, began asserting himself late in the third quarter and in the final period, as Shadow Mountain rallied from a 10-point deficit.

Hansen, Most Valuable Player of the Sierra Vista Buena Safeway Classic last weekend, had 10 of his 19 points during a five minute stretch, mostly on strong moves to the basket. His two free throws with 44 seconds left gave Shadow Mountain a 66-65 lead.

“I told him at halftime, ‘You’ve got to let the game come to you and trust your teammates,’ and he made some great plays, ” Shadow Mountain coach Cain Jagodzinski said of the 6-foot-2 Hansen.

Jagodzinski’s roster is comprised of six seniors and six freshmen, including point guard Michael Bibby, who wore the jersey number (10) that the school had retired more than a decade ago for his father.

Mike Bibby, the greatest player in Shadow Mountain history and perhaps the greatest in the annals of Arizona high school basketball, bought new Jordan uniforms for Shadow Mountain this year and pulled his jersey number out of retirement for his son to wear.

Proud dad watched his son make a sweet feed along the baseline to fellow freshman Carlos Johnson, who powered in a basket with 17 secondsd left for a 68-67 lead.

Hauser missed a shot in traffic and Ryan McGill’s long, off-balance shot was off the mark as time expired.

“I love Michael,” said the muscular, 6-3 Johnson, who had 15 points, mostly on power plays to the basket. “He’s a great player. He gave me a great feed.”

With senior guard Ryan Berg struggling to get in a rhythm, playing his frist game after missing last week’s Tucson Salpointe Tip-Off Classic because of a deep bone bruise in his knee, the Hauser brothers lit it up from outside for Saguaro (3-3).

Mike Hauser had four 3s and Matt Hauser two 3s by halftime. Mike Hauser had eight 3-pointers with 1:40 left in the third quarter. He nailed another 3 to start the final quarter, but he scored only one point the rest of the way.

Berg fouled out with 3:50 left.

“Our offense was real stagnant in the first half, and they didn’t miss a shot,” Jagodzinski said. “You’ve got to give them credit. They made everything.”

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