After losing an early lead, Mesa Mountain View’s boys basketball team was able to rally from behind in the fourth quarter to best Phoenix Brophy 56-49 Friday night.
Mountain View was led by junior Payton Dastrup, perhaps the state’s top junior prospect. He had 18 points and eight rebounds and put together a strong fourth quarter after struggling in the third.
“I kind of lost my train of thought and was playing a little too fast,” Dastrup said of his performance in the third quarter. “But then the fourth quarter came, and I had the mind-set that we weren’t going to lose this game.”
Dastrup had a tough assignment going up against senior Tim Kempton, also a top prospect who has committed to Lehigh. Kempton scored all nine of Brophy’s first-quarter points and finished with 34 points and eight rebounds.
“He scored at will against us,” Mountain View coach Gary Ernst said. “We didn’t do a very good job against him, but we did a pretty good job on everyone else.”
Aside from Kempton, no player on Brophy tallied more than five points while Mountain View was able to get production from its secondary players when Dastrup was on the bench.
Senior Rock Shill and junior Josh Bribiescas made big plays for Mountain View down the stretch. Shill made two 3-pointers in the fourth and ended up with 11 points in the game. Bribiescas, Mountain View’s sixth man, had several heads-up plays on defense in his limited time on the court.
Ernst said this win was important coming off a tough loss to Mesa on Thursday and credited the players with a great fourth quarter.
“The comeback tonight against a good team like Brophy, it’s a great power-point game,” Ernst said. “Going forward, I think it’s going to give our kids some confidence.”