Mountain View has hung its hat on defensive pressure since the Mesa, Ariz., team began its run in Arizona’s 5A Division I high school basketball tournament, but no one could have expected that they would be able to stifle Brophy Prep, their championship game competition and a team that just scored 96 points in the semifinal game against Mesa on Friday night.
That’s exactly what happened, however, as Mountain View was seventh state championship with a 50-29 victory over Brophy on Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.
Mountain View (27-3) played smart, didn’t turn the ball over and made high-percentage shots, but their defensive intensity was most important as they held Brophy to just three second quarter points on the way to a 25-13 halftime lead and never looked back.
“It was just old school, going hard all the time,” senior forward Sam Kamp told the Arizona Republic after the game.
According the Republic, Mountain View shot better than 60 percent while holding Brophy to just 20 percent shooting from the field.
Most important to Mountain View’s victory was probably big man Cam Boone as he scored a team-high 12 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. The only other player in double figures for Mountain View was point guard Mark Mazzucco who registered 11 points and hree steals in the defensive battle.
Brophy Prep (21-9) was attempting to win its first state championship in basketball after last making it to the championship game in 2001, but their poor shooting night prevented that from happening. Forward James Harper gave it a solid effort, however, as he scored eight of the team’s 13 first half points and finished with 11 total.