Deer Valley Escapes and Advance In OT Thriller

by Justin Vargas | Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The other 5A semi-final game would tip-off at about 7:45pm on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena, between the 12th-ranked Paradise Valley Trojans (22-6) and the top-ranked Deer Valley Skyhawks (25-2). While Deer Valley would go into this one fully expecting to take care of business and move onto a rematch from earlier this season with Sunnyslope, PV would come into the game trying to play spoiler and send the top dog home packing for the year.

The game would start out with a great pace, as Deer Valley’s 6-foot-6 came out of the front door ready to go with 5 points in the first 2 minutes of the game.

PV’s 5-foot-10 junior guard Nathan Perry would hit a 3 from the top of the key to give them a 10-7 lead with 4 and a half minutes to go in the opening quarter. However, DV’s 6-foot senior guard Keyvaughn Williams would clap-back at the Trojans with back-to-back 3’s to give them back a 3-point advantage midway through the first.

Paradise Valley’s 6-foot-1 senior point guard Tashon Brown would slice through the defense and hit a nice fade-away J to get the Trojans back to within 1 with under a minute and a half remaining in the opening period.

The first quarter would end with Deer Valley up 15-14 in a back-and-forth affair.

With the score tied at 17, PV would get a bucket out of Perry to give them a 2-point lead with 6 and a half minutes left in the first half.

With under 5 minutes to go in the 2nd and trailing by 2, Davis would pull off a big-boy post-move with a fake spin and stomp-step to the rack, finishing with a one-hand dunk to tie the game at 20. On the very next possession he would connect on a mid-range J to give them a 22-20 lead.

A deep 3 by PV’s 6-foot-2 senior guard Jordan Morris in the left corner would tie the game at 25 with 90 ticks left in the first half.

Deer Valley would take a narrow 2-point lead into the second half, 29-27.

With the game knotted up at 29, DV’s 6-foot-4 junior wing Jaret Allen would flush one home to give them a 2 point advantage a minute into the 3rd quarter. A few possessions later, Williams would get another 3 to fall to put them up by 5 with just under 5 minutes to go in the 3rd.

With PV trying to match their stride, Brown would try to make a hard move to the rack but 6-foot-3 senior Ethan Cashion would have none of it, sending his shot to the sidelines. However, Morris would be the one to make the DV defense pay again with a quick-release corner 3 that would tie the game up at 36 with 3 and a half minutes left in the period.

With the Skyhawks clinging to a 2-point lead, 5-foot-10 senior Noah Medrano would toilet-bowl a corner 3 to stretch the lead to 43-38 with a minute to go.

Cashion would get a put-back to go off of a Williams air-ball to send them into the final quarter 45-38 and only 8 minutes from getting to the 5A State Championship Game.

Brown would start things off right for the Trojans, canning a 3 at the top of the key to bring his squad back to within 4 in the early minutes of the final period. He would not be satisfied with that, as a hard drive to the rack would put him frozen in the air through contact as he dropped in a floater and earned himself a trip to the line with it, getting them back to within 1.

After a Davis bucket on the other end, Brown would find Perry wide open in the corner as Perry knocked it down with ease to tie the game at 47 with just over 5 minutes remaining in the game.

But Davis was proving to just be too much of a load on the offensive end, getting another bucket to go through contact to give the Skyhawks back a 2-point lead. Leading by 1, Allen would knock down another 3 to make it 52-48 and force a PV timeout with less than 4 and a half minutes to go.

DV would eat up 45 seconds off the clock and end the possession with Williams getting a free lay-up to make it 54-48 with 3 minutes left. But it would be Perry staying hot as fish grease from deep that would get PV back to within 3 with 2:15 reading.

However, Medrano would hit them in the mouth again with another big corner 3 to push it right back to 6 on the next possession.

A pair of Brown free-throws would pull it back to within 4 with 1:54 left on the clock. On the defensive end, PV would cause a turnover, but would give the ball right back on the in-bound play.

DV would stretch the floor, clinging to a 4-point lead with just over a minute remaining, as PV would be forced to foul. But Deven Breckner would miss a couple free-throws to give the Trojans a little bit of oxygen.

With 21 ticks left and Deer Valley up 4, Williams would foul Brown on a 3-point attempt. Brown would can all 3 without a twitch. They would foul Breckner, sending a struggling free-throw shooter to the line, trailing by 1.

Breckner would split the free-throws and the ball would end up in the hands of who everyone knew it would, Tashon Brown. Brown would take it coast-to-coast and get a lay-up to go to tie the game at 58, essentially sending it into OT.

With under 3 minutes to go, Morris would knife his way through the defense and finish with a left-handed lay-up off the glass to put the Trojans up 60-58.

After PV’s Logan Gallaga would get himself a trip to the line, splitting the free-throws, Davis would put the ball on the floor and earn his own trip to the charity stripe. But he would convert on both and bring the Skyhawks back to within 1 with less than 2 minutes to go.

Clinging to that one-point lead it was PV’s turn to take the air out of the ball and try to stall. They would chew over 40 seconds off the clock before Davis fouled out, sending the sharp-shooting Perry to the line. Perry would uncharacteristically miss them both, but PV would retain possession by forcing DV to hit the ball out of bounds.

On the in-bounds play, DV’s Ari Danzy fouled Brown at midcourt. Brown would can 2 more clutch free-throws, putting them up by 3.

After a Breckner bucket and two missed free-throws from PV’s Joe Velasques, DV would get the ball ball, trailing by 1 with 32 seconds left in OT. Jaret Allen would come up with a HUGE 3-pointer, giving his team a 65-63 lead with under 12 seconds to go.

Paradise Valley would fail to get a shot off in the final 12 seconds and Deer Valley would claw back to advance to the State Finals against Sunnyslope.

Bryce Davis would finish with a team-high 15 points. Keyvaughn Williams pitched in 14 and Ari Danzy with 11 in a great team victory.

Brown would finish with one of the gutsier performances I have seen all season in the losing effort, finishing with an impressive 27 points. Perry would pitch in 19 for the Trojans.

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