Arcadia Snaps PV’s 10-Game Winning Streak

by Justin Vargas | Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The Paradise Valley Trojans (18-4) would host the Arcadia Titans (16-8) on Wednesday night, as their seniors would play their last regular season home game for their high school careers. Arcadia would come in after dropping back-to-back games against North Canyon and Independence. They would try to get back on track against a tough, good shooting Trojans team that has been red hot, winning their last 10 games straight.

Both teams would start the game cold from the floor, as the scoreboard would read zeros for the first 2 minutes until Arcadia’s 6-foot senior guard Alex Lozevski’s baseline 3-pointer would get the Titans on the board first.

Down 6-0 early, PV’s 6-foot senior guard Tashon Brown would pull out 2 consecutive nice plays with a driving scoop lay-up and a dime-drop to a teammate to get the Trojans to within 2. Arcadia’s 6-foot-3 senior forward Luke Ashworth would answer by hitting the Titans 4th 3-pointer of the opening quarter to make it 12-8 with 2 minutes left in the first.

With 30 ticks left on the clock, Brown would take it the length of the court and put a beautiful cross-court bounce pass right on the money to 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Cameron Faas to get PV within 2. However, Lozevski would hit another corner 3 to end the first quarter, 15-10.

Paradise Valley would open the 2nd quarter with 5 straight points in the first 30 seconds to tie the game up. The Trojans 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Kendyl Watson hit his second 3-pointer in less than a minute to give them their first lead of the game, 18-15, as Watson went thru about a 3-minute stretch of looking unstoppable.

But Arcadia would respond with a stretch of doing a good job of hankering down on defense and boggling up PV. Lozevski would get another 3 to fall with 2 minutes to go in the half to get the Titans back to within 4 points.

A lay-up by Arcadia’s 6-foot-3 senior guard Jaylin Fleming from an out-of-bounds play with a minute left would tie the game up at 28. Arcadia’s 6-foot-5 senior forward Aiden Webber would get a lay-up to drop at the buzzer to give them a 2-point advantage at halftime.

Both squads would start the 2nd half on shaky ground.  Nevertheless, Arcadia would strike first with a 7-0 run after a Fleming 3 put them up 37-28 with 5 minutes and 30 seconds left in the 3rd period.

At the 4-minute mark, PV had still yet to score in the second half until Brown would catch the Titans defense sleeping and collect his 5th assist of the game with a ¾ court pass to 5-foot-10 junior guard Nathan Perry for a transition lay-up with 3:45 to go in the quarter.

Brown would do all he could for his team late in the 3rd with back-to-back buckets to get the Trojans back to within 7 with under 2 minutes to go.

Fleming’s air ball on a free-throw attempt with :10 seconds left on the clock would get the home crowd in an uproar, as the game headed into the final quarter with Arcadia leading 42-36.

A beautiful jab-step and left-handed take to the rack would end in an and-1 fade-away for Brown to get back to within a possession on the first play of the 4th.  A little over 2 minutes later, he would hit a defender with a “gotcha” hesitation move and finished to get the Trojans within 1.

After Brown would get a pair of free-throws to take the lead, Lozevski would answer the door again for Arcadia and hit a corner 3 to give them the lead right back.

While clinging on to a 4-point lead Lozevski would take a charge with a minute and a half left in the game. A pair of free-throws by Weber with 25 seconds to go would seal the win for Arcadia, escaping with a 53-49 road victory and snapping the Trojans 10-game winning streak.

Tashon Brown would finish with a game-high 19 points and 5 assists in a courageous losing effort. Lozevski would finish with a team-high 14 points with 12 of them being cashed in from beyond the arc.

Though PV didn’t get the win, the play of Brown was pretty impressive. The 6-foot senior guard has a real feel for the game and a nice pace of play. A beautiful handle and can change directions on a defender at the drop of a dime. Also possesses a nice, tight handle and a bundle of offensive moves that gets him to the basket. He finishes well off penetration but needs a little work on his outside shot and getting it up faster and at a higher point. While he can put the ball in his left hand very well on the dribble, he struggles with finishing with his opposite hand in traffic. Nevertheless, he has some tools in the box to play somewhere at the next level moving into his freshman year of college.

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