Phoenix Paradise Valley boys basketball uses defense to defeat Goodyear Desert Edge

Phoenix Paradise Valley boys basketball uses defense to defeat Goodyear Desert Edge

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Phoenix Paradise Valley boys basketball uses defense to defeat Goodyear Desert Edge

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After falling behind 16-10 in the second quarter, Phoenix Paradise Valley got its offense going and stuffed Goodyear Desert Edge, shutting it out in the third quarter en route to a 48-33 Division II boys basketball quarterfinal victory Wednesday at Jobing.com Arena.

Fourth-seed Paradise Valley (24-7) advances to Thursday’s 7:45 p.m. semifinal at Jobing.com Arena against either Phoenix Sunnyslope or Tucson Sahuaro.

After a sluggish opening, Paradise Valley closed the second quarter on an 8-2 run, then outscored No. 12 Desert Edge (19-10) 12-0 in the third quarter.

Desert Edge found itself in physical mismatches all season. It was particularly tough going against Paradise Valley, which to each man had at least three inches on Desert Edge. Paul Watson, a 6-foot-6 senior who has signed with Fresno State, started going to work inside in the third quarter, scoring eight of his team’s 12 points.

Watson helped Paradise Valley dominate the glass and finished with 20 points.

Ryan Finley and Anthony Walker also took advantage of their size advantages. Finley, a 6-5 quarterback in football headed to Boise State on a football scholarship, played point guard much of the game. Finley and Walker each had six points in the final quarter, having little trouble breaking the press.

“Our goal all game was to control the boards,” Paradise Valley coach Mark MacGowan said. “We had a size advantage down low.”

Desert Edge started fast to begin both the first and second quarters. But Paradise Valley forced Desert Edge to slow it down.

“Coach told us to come out in that 1-3-1 (zone),” Watson said. “We knew if we applied the pressure, they’d turn the ball over and they’d take bad shots. I knew I had to get in the post. I decided to go to work.”

Desert Edge had seven turnovers, four missed shots, two missed free throws and no points in the decisive third quarter.

“We took some quick shots, we had some turnovers,” Desert Edge coach Brendan McEvoy said.”They played a little more inspired on the defensive end. “

Guard Chazz Wade made three 3-pointers but didn’t score any other baskets for Desert Edge, which continually struggled in the half-court sets to find good shots.

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