The high school season was very busy this week and was in full action, as many teams around the state played several times this week. Arizona Preps was in attendance this week for a nice match-up at Deer Valley High School as they hosted a talented Pinnacle HS team.
Pinnacle (1-2) returns a team combined with a lot of young talent and also some good senior talent, while Deer Valley (3-3) is very much loaded with young talent. It would make for an exciting game as both teams battled the entire the night.
After a first period where both teams were tied at 17 all, 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Bryce Davis, a budding young prospect, would drive baseline with 6 minutes left in the first half, and dunk the basketball with two hands to tie the game again at 19 apiece. With 4:47 left to play in the first half, Davis would score again on a three-pointer from the wing to give Deer Valley a 3-point lead, 24-21.
But Pinnacle would come back late in the second period to take a 32-30 lead at halftime, after two free-throws and a three-pointer at the buzzer from 6-foot junior guard Nathan Gorsuch.
In the third period, talented 6-foot-9 senior prospect Nick Mains would play well for Pinnacle - scoring inside and out for his team. Pinnacle would go ona nice run to end the third period and take a 50-42 lead into the fourth period.
In the fourth period, Mains would continue his strong play - making a nice mid-range jump shot from the top of the kep after a curl move, to give Pinnacle a narrow lead with 3:13 left to play in the game.
With 1:18 left to play, Bryce Davis would score on a nice driving move over two defenders, then Davis would convert a three-point basket from the top of the key to pull Deer Valley to within two points of Pinnacle, 64-62. But Pinnacle would hold on to win the ballgame, 65-62.
Notes: Pinnacle had a tough week - playing three road games this week, their first (3) games of the high school season. After a win on the road at Deer Valley HS, Pinnacle would then fall at the hands of a tough Mesa HS (6-0) team, 44-32, on the road, and then lose to Perry HS (3-3) on the road Friday night, 53-32.