The Pride took the long ride to Anthem for their second game of the season, and beat Boulder Creek 76-52. It was an exciting game, full of high energy. Both teams made some great plays on offense, but it was the Mountain Pointe defense in the second and third quarter that carried the Pride to victory. “Defense is a staple of the teams on the east coast.” Eason says. “In New Jersey, if you don’t guard, you don’t play.”
After giving up 20 points in the first quarter, MP held Boulder Creek to 18 points in the next 2 quarters; 8 points in the second quarter and 10 in the third. “We sped them up, and forced quick shots out of their offense.” Eason continued. BC struggled to to get quality shots, and offensive rebounds. That led to fast breaks and disadvantage opportunities on offense for the Pride. Junior Jalen Graham was strong in the paint with 5 blocks, and 5 defensive rebounds.
Offensively, the Pride continued to score at a high pace, although their shooting was not where it had been, they took advantage of their size and athleticism, by going to the basket and drawing fouls. Senior guards Amarion Cash and Selah Thomas scored 15 a piece. Graham added 13 points. “Baby Bigs” Nathan Ward and DeAndre Henry saw their first real game action and contributed 5 points and 4 rebounds.
Tonight the Pride boys take on Valley Vista, 7pm at the Lion’s Den. It’s the home opener for Mountain Pointe. Come out to support the boys.