Phoenix Prep is coming off a tough last second loss to cross town rival Dream City Christian last night in Duel in the Desert Grind Session play and tonight they have a hungry Albuquerque prep team that is starving for a victory.
Phoenix took the opening tip and immediately Jayson Petty drove to the bucket and scored. Phoenix is led by Rickey Bradley Jr at point guard, and he efficiently delivered the ball to all of his teammates in the first minutes of the game. He gave a beautiful alley oop pass for a dunk to Garrett Anderson, but the Albuquerque young team hung with Phoenix and after 6 minutes of play Albuquerque had a 12-8 early lead.
Both teams traded baskets for the next 5 minutes until Albuquerque prep put on a little run. Marcus Wilson, Ollie Fell and Amir Locus all hit shots to put Albuquerque up 23-17 with 6:36 left in the half. Phoenix was forced to call a timeout and regroup.
Tai Taiaroa made a great pass to Gideon Harris for a score followed by a deep three by Locus with a drive by Harris and Albuquerque had a 31-25 halftime lead.
Both teams came out to start the first half and traded scores until the 15:10 mark of the game. At that point a screen set by Albuquerque didn’t get the call by the referee and the Phoenix coaches jumped all over him. The Phoenix head coach was given two technical fouls and ejected from the game and after the free throws were made Albuquerque had a 44-29 lead.
At this point of the game the non-call lit a fire in the Phoenix Prep team. They cut the lead to 9 points with 8:29 left and Albuquerque did all they could to hold on to the lead. With 1:30 left in the game Albuquerque prep imploded. They made a couple stupid fouls followed by multiple turnovers and suddenly it was a one-point game with 1:12 left.
Phoenix put on full court pressure on the inbounds pass, but Albuquerque scored to go up three. Jahki Gupton then took a pass from Bradley Jr and drove baseline and then hit the foul shots. Garrett Anderson stole the inbounds pass and scored to give Phoenix a 77-76 lead they would never relinquish. Final score was Phoenix 82, Albuquerque 76. Powerade player of the game went to Garrett Anderson who had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix Prep.