Scottsdale Desert Mountain boys basketball advances to section final

Scottsdale Desert Mountain boys basketball advances to section final

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Scottsdale Desert Mountain boys basketball advances to section final

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Mesa Mountain View went into a zone and dared Scottsdale Desert Mountain to beat it from outside.

It did, knocking down six of its 10 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes, and advanced to the Division I, Section 3 boys basketball championship game with a 59-52 victory Friday night at Scottsdale Chaparral.

Desert Mountain (23-4), which plays either Phoenix Pinnacle on Saturday night at 7:30 for the section title, beat Mountain View (18-10) for the third time this season.

It beat Mountain View by double digits in the previous two meetings.

It had a 20-10 lead early in the second quarter after junior guard Remy Smith hit his third 3 of the half.

Desert Mountain junior center Mark Andrews did a good job defending 6-foot-9 junior Payton Dastrup, trying to force him to score outside.

“We knew he could shoot,” Andrews said. “But we really didn’t want him to stay inside.”

Dastrup showed his range in the second half, draining three 3-pointers from the top of the key. He finished with 19 points.

“He hit some tough shots,” Desert Mountain coach Todd Fazio said. “But we’d rather him try to beat us from 20 feet with a hand in his face than two feet. He’s a great player.”

Andrews, who had eight tough points around the glass, was good about facilitating teammates, making passes to open teammates in the wings after receiving entry passes in the paint.

Smith (12 points), Diego Magana (15) and Brant Carter were the main beneficiaries, hitting 3s.

Point guard Rolando Rhymes, keeping defenders off balance with tremendous cross-over dribbles, finished with 12 points.

Desert Mountain had its biggest lead 45-29 late in the third quarter on a Smith 3. It led 59-43 lead with 1:03 left, before no-quit Mountain View made the game look closer than it really was.

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