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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 4:00 am

The Mountain View High School boys’ varsity basketball team was fresh off their return from the Red Rock Hoops Classic tournament, where they finished runner-up to Copper Canyon in a field of 12 teams.

Looking to maintain their early season success, the Mountain Lions hosted Marana High School on Dec. 6. The Marana Tigers were looking for their second consecutive win after a victory over Tucson High.

“We’re just trying to stay focused. It’s going to be a tough game,” said Mountain View Coach Mike Parillo.

The tip-off went to the Mountain Lions, but the first quarter would not. The Tigers came out with a pace that seemed to catch the Mountain Lions off guard. 

In an unusual five-man rotation, the Tigers kept fresh legs with their substitutions, resulting in a fast-paced offense and seemingly impenetrable defense, despite the fact they were significantly outsized.

Marana’s ball movement and ability to break down Mountain View’s defense resulted in a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“Our strategy going in was to run an aggressive zone defense and our half court offense,” said Marana Coach Jeffery Laos.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Daniel Pruett with seven points.

The second quarter began and ended with Mountain View’s Deondrae Johnson, who closed the deficit with an early three-pointer. When Marana was called for two consecutive pushing fouls and a technical foul, Mountain Lion captains Zach Carter and Abdul Hameed made them pay from the free-throw line.

They combined for 17 points from the line for the game.

With seconds left in the half, Johnson sunk another three-pointer, sending the crowd into hysteria, and the Mountain Lions into the locker room, now trailing 26-25.

Despite the turnaround in the second quarter, Parillo was not happy with the team’s first half performance.

“I was disappointed in our intensity level compared to the last six games. We needed to take care of the ball better and be more aggressive on the defensive end,” he said.

“Be confident on the floor. We have to play with more energy,” Hameed and Carter told their teammates at halftime.

Marana looked to answer in the second half after they were outscored 16-9 in the second quarter.

“I told the players to continue the pressure, to run our offense, and not to overreact to foul calls,” said Laos.

Early on, Carter would prove a big presence in the paint for Mountain View with back-to-back layups. Marana’s only answer for Carter was to foul, a strategy that backfired as he continued to hit free-throws.

With Carter’s rebounding efforts and the sharpshooting of Johnson, who made 50% of his three-point attempts, the Mountain Lions pulled to a 44-40 lead at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter proved to be the best defensive effort from both teams, with Mountain View surrendering only six points, and Marana giving up just eight.

A traveling call against Mountain View with 1:52 left in the game gave Marana an opportunity to pull ahead, but Mountain View quickly forced a turnover to regain possession. A flagrant foul against Marana sent Hameed to the line, where he made one of two.

When Marana could not convert on offense, they were forced to send Johnson to the line with 30 seconds remaining. Johnson made one of two, making the score 50-48.

Marana’s final push down the floor was well-defended by the Mountain Lions, and the Tigers forced a difficult shot that fell short, giving Mountain View the win.

“Hameed and Carter did a great job motivating the team and being vocal,” said Parillo. “We really picked up our defense in the second half. We got the ball into the post, which made a difference.”

Carter finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Johnson put in 15 points, and Hameed had 13 points and six rebounds.

The Mountain Lions improved their record to 5-3. They face Pusch Ridge on Dec. 17.

The Tigers fell to 2-6.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

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Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

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