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Desert Vista builds big lead, holds off Mountain Pointe in rematch of 6A championship game

Arizona Republic logo Arizona Republic 3/3/2021 Richard Obert, Arizona Republic

Phoenix Desert Vista jumped out to a 28-5 first-quarter lead, led by 30 points at the half, but had to hang on in the end to stave off its biggest rival.

With sophomore guard Tru Washington and Mark Brown going off down the stretch with a scoring binge, Desert Vista knocked down free throws in the end to hold on for an 88-79 6A boys basketball victory.

Sophomore wing Brandon Trilli scored on a drive after Washington's 3 with 15 seconds left cut it to 82-76. Daylin Martin made 4 of 4 free throws in the final 23 seconds to keep the Pride from making it a miracle finish.

March 2, 2021; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Desert Vista's shooting guard Andrew King (12) looks for a teammate to pass the ball to at Desert Mountain High School on March 2, 2021. Credit: Meg Potter/The Arizona Republic © Meg Potter/The Republic March 2, 2021; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Desert Vista's shooting guard Andrew King (12) looks for a teammate to pass the ball to at Desert Mountain High School on March 2, 2021. Credit: Meg Potter/The Arizona Republic

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It was Senior Night for Desert Vista, which only has two seniors.

The Thunder (7-6) got a career night from junior guard Andrew King, who had 29 points. Desert Vista beat Mountain Pointe in last year's 6A championship game that was played a year to the date on Tuesday night.

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But Desert Vista has been in bounce-back mode since losing to Mountain Pointe 74-56 on Feb. 22, and to Gilbert Highland 74-53 on Monday. It came into Tuesday's matchup ranked 13th in the Arizona Interscholastic Association's playoff seedings. The top 16 teams go to state.

This should elevate the Thunder, which still has games to play against Chandler on Thursday and Highland on Friday, before finding out where it will be seeded in the 6A tournament on Saturday.

Mountain Pointe (11-5) came into the game ranked fifth in 6A by the AIA.

King, who played a key role on last year's state championship team, was amazed by his team's 55-point first-half production. That was better, he said, that any game they played last year on their way to the title.

"We've never done that before," he said. "Really the last time they just beat us. They were trash talking, saying they were going to beat us again. That really fired us up."

Co-head coaches Jordan Ballard and Bryant St. Cyr have been waiting all season for this kind of explosiveness on offense.

King had 18 points and Trilli 15 in the first half, as the Thunder built a 55-25 lead.

"We had a rough night last night, playing against Highland," St. Cyr said. "We didn't play with energy. That was the main thing. Our guys started off the game really fast. We knocked down some shots, which was really nice. We didn't see the ball go through the hoop a lost last night.

"We started the game with some energy."

Desert Vista's previous season high for points was 72 against Queen Creek last Friday.

"It was like a quiet fired up," Ballard said. "Not a lot of hooting and hollering. It was more just focus. Our intensity was so good it enabled us to get off to a great start."

To suggest human-interest story ideas and other news, reach Obert at richard.obert@arizonarepublic.com or 602-316-8827. Follow him on Twitter @azc_obert.

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