The Scottsdale Christian Academy men’s varsity basketball team celebrated its seniors Friday night with a 2A Metro West matchup against rival Phoenix Christian. Seven seniors would take the SCA floor for the last time in their high school careers.
Tanner Hoffman-Tanner leads the team in double-doubles, averaging 13.4 points and 9 rebounds a game while shooting 45% from behind the arc.
Josh Phillips-Josh is a four year varsity player and was a key component to the 2016 state title team. He’s averaging 5.2 assists a game.
Jacob Kaites-Jacob is also a four year varsity player and a key component of the 2016 state title team. Jacob brings unmatched speed and like Josh, tenacious defense.
Eddie Cardona-Eddie transferred to SCA and is currently leading the team in three point shooting percentage at 50%.
Daniel Berg-Daniel is also a transfer and a tough rebounder who can also shoot the three and score.
Sam McClue-Sam is always the hardest worker on the court, tough defender and rebounder who often has had to guard the other teams biggest player.
Zach Curtis-Zach also transferred to SCA this year. He brings a unique athleticism and nose for the ball, working himself into the starting lineup many times throughout the year.
Thank you to all the seniors for your work and dedication to SCA basketball!
The Eagles began the game slow, struggling to get into an offensive rhythm while Phoenix Christian defended well and executed their offense. Senior Zach Curtis worked hard on the offensive glass helping SCA get some points on the board, scoring 5 in the opening quarter which ended with SCA up 3, 16-13. SCA continued to struggle in the second quarter and the Cougars continued to take advantage, tying the score at the half, 27-27.
Senior Josh Phillips would be a spark for the Eagles in the second half, scoring 9 points and defending the backcourt with his other senior guards, Jacob Kaites and Eddie Cardona. The SCA backcourt pressured the Cougar backcourt, forcing turnovers and throwing PC out of rhythm.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles were able to expand their lead enough for Coach Bob Fredericks to honor the seniors by taking them each out of the game individually, allowing the crowd to show their appreciation for their SCA seniors.
Junior Ethan Spry led the Eagles with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Eddie Cardona added 10 to round out the SCA players in double figures.
SCA completes their regular season schedule tonight in Flagstaff versus Northland Prep Academy.