Boys Varsity Basketball · Scorpions Fighting for the Playoffs

Varsity Recap: Coach Lovely

Buzzer shot ends the evening on a sour note
Last night the Scorpions hosted region opponent Cactus High.  The focus for the Scorpions was to win 3 of the last 4 games in hopes that would be enough to solidify their first playoff appearance since 2013.
The game started out slow for both teams but the Scorpions struggled missing easy layups and turning the ball over, the end of the 1st quarter the team settled down and the score was 10 – 6 with Cactus leading.  The 2nd qtr was better as the Scorpions put up 19 pts going into halftime trailing 25 – 27.  The 2nd half with a few defensive adjustments saw DE the take the lead as the 3rd qtr ended 40 – 37.  The fourth period the Scorpions came out playing very aggressive and built up an 11 pt lead 50 – 39, with less than 3 minutes left.  Cactus then scrambled and scored 11 pts on 4 straight possessions three 3pt shots and a layup to tie the game.  The rest of the game was back and forth and with 5.2 seconds on the clock the score was 59, the Scorpions had possession of the ball and called time out to script out their last play.   With the ball out of bound the play worked to perfection with a layup being the result, unfortunately the layup was missed and a scramble for the ball ensued Cactus retrieved the ball and threw it up to no avail.  The buzzer sounded and the game was headed to overtime (or so that’s what everyone thought).  As the teams huddled up the officials called the teams back onto the court as they put .08 seconds back on the clock claiming Cactus called a timeout.  The Scorpions were left stunned as a full court pass was thrown to a Cactus player as he caught and hit a 3pt shot that ended the game.
The Scorpions fell to 12 – 10 overall.  While still sitting in 3rd place in the region, will be fighting for a playoff spot next week as we go on the road against Peoria and Lake Havasu.
Leading scorers
Amarei Hunter 15 pts
Jarren Neal 15 pts
Emari Jones 15 pts
JV Recap:  Coach Johnson
The JV team took on the visiting Cactus Cobras. The first half brought some exciting basketball Cactus was able to hang tough only trailing 6 at the half.  The Scorpions made some key defensive adjustments and were able to pull away. The final score was 72 – 47.  Last night’s victory puts the Scorpions overall record at 11 – 4 on the season.
Leading scorers 
D’mari Johnson  17 points
Jaden Campbell  10 points
Damon McNeal  10 points 7 asst
Freshman Recap: Coach Day
Desert Edge’s freshman team took down Cactus tonight 71 – 29. After a slow start in the first they boys got into their usual all out defense and shut down Cactus the rest of the way, including a 4 point 4th quarter. This improves us to 11 – 4 on the season and 3 – 3 in region play.
Leading Scorers
Amahni Hunter 24 points
Grant Parks   11 pts and 10 rebs
Malik Lanfair 13 pts
Matt Willis had 11 pts and 9 rebs