Scottsdale Christian Academy entered the Scottsdale Prep Academy gym Friday night on the heels of their disappointing loss to Mingus Union and left the gym an hour later with a tremendous 33 point statement win over their Metro West Region rival. The victory included great team defense, four players in double figures and a tremendous individual effort by senior point guard Josh Phillips who finished the game with 12 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.
The first half saw 32 fouls called, 16 on each team leading both teams to quickly reach the bonus and putting key players in early foul trouble. Both teams struggled to adjust to the calls as SCA ended the first quarter up 19-12. Senior Tanner Hoffman lead SCA in the quarter with 6 points. However, with two fouls apiece, Coach Fredericks was forced to sit junior Ethan Spry for all of the second quarter and Hoffman for most of the same quarter.
That’s when the SCA backcourt took control of the game. With SCA’s frontcourt on the bench, SCA guards scored 24 points in the second quarter, 15 of which were free throws with Phillips connecting on 7 of 8 from the stripe, senior Eddie Cardona 4, senior Jacob Kaites 3 and Hoffman with one in his brief second quarter appearance. SCA’s backcourt pushed the ball, getting fast break layups. They adjusted quickly to the refereeing with tremendous defense, causing the SPA backcourt problems and holding them to just 13 points in the quarter. Senior Sam McClue protected the paint for SCA, neutralizing SPA’s height advantage. Halftime saw SCA up by nearly twenty points, 43-25. A lead that SPA would never shrink.
The third quarter saw the return of SCA’s frontcourt and more defensive stops, holding SPA in the quarter to just 11 points. Spry had 6 points and Hoffman 5 as SCA extended their lead, 62-36. Shortly into the fourth quarter and with a thirty point lead, Fredericks took out Phillips, Hoffman and Spry. SCA coasted to the win and currently sits atop the Metro West Region with a 5-0 record.
In addition to Philips’ performance, Hoffman lead SCA with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Cardona finished with 13 and Spry added 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Special THANK YOU to the SCA NEST who showed up and made their presence seen and heard!
SCA travels Saturday to Pima to face the Pima Roughriders at 6pm.