Desert Edge knocks out Shadow Mountain

Desert Edge knocks out Shadow Mountain

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Desert Edge knocks out Shadow Mountain

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The higher seed. A raucous home crowd. A first-round bye — and the extra rest that comes with it.

Seemingly every advantage coming into Saturday’s boys Division II state second-round matchup favored fifth-seeded Phoenix Shadow Mountain against visiting Goodyear Desert Edge.

None of that fazed the supposed underdogs, however, as No. 12 Desert Edge went on runs of 14-4 in the second quarter and 8-2 down the stretch to pull out a 71-59 win and advance to the quarterfinals.

Desert Edge faces No. 4 seed Paradise Valley Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Glendale’s Jobing.com Arena.

“We just realized all we had to do was match their intensity,” Desert Edge coach Brendan McEvoy said. “We got off to a great start and that helped us get our momentum going. We played really interested on the defensive end. The emotion right now is one of pure joy.”

Desert Edge (18-9) had four players finish in double figures: Chazz Wade and Ricky Whitehead each scored 21 points, Kevin Mack added 13 and Elijah Marks contributed 10.

Desert Edge led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter but let the home team back into the game in the final quarter.

Shadow Mountain fought back to make it a two-possession game, trailing 63-57 with just over a minute and half remaining in the fourth quarter but was unable to trim the deficit any further down the stretch.

“That team is a good team, but the one thing I told my guys is that we’re going to have to play four quarters,” McEvoy said.

“Don’t get caught looking at the scoreboard. A team like that is always to fight — right down to the very end.

“I knew they had it in them,” he added of his own team. “I had only seen it in them a couple of times this year. There are only been four or five times that we’ve shown some toughness — real mental toughness — to take the lead and not get caught up in looking at the scoreboard.”

Shadow Mountain finished with a 24-7 record on the season.

Freshman forward Carlos Johnson scored a team-high 23 points, and senior guard Keegan Hansen had 14.

Tyler Lehew scored eight, and David Carpenter seven.

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