Desert Vista Stuns Mountain Pointe

by Lucas Archuleta | Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

In a matchup of two of some of the stronger teams in the state and in 6A Arizona basketball, Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe High School faced off.  This game was held on Desert Vista's home floor in a packed gym, which made for an unbelievable atmosphere.  The game featured some big-time college prospects for both schools.

Early in the game, Desert Vista came out firing and, from there, never looked back.  To start out, both 2019 prospect Isaiah Wilson and 2020 prospect Osasere Ighodaro set the tone for Desert Vista, which quickly sparked the rest of the team.  Mountain Pointe’s 2019 prospect Jalen Graham (Arizona State commit) and 2019 prospect J’saan Strover did their best to continue to compete, and help their team chip away, but the hot shooting night of Desert Vista continued.

At the half, Desert Vista lead 40-23.  Going into the second half, Mountain Pointe tried to put forth another push to chip away at the lead, but the lead remained in double-digits the whole second half for Desert Vista, as they eventually won the game 70-53.

Desert Vista had a very balanced attack, as they had multiple guys score in double-figures.  Senior point guard Isaiah Wilson led the show and finished with 14 points and 10 assists, while also adding a couple steals.  All game Wilson controlled the tempo and used his court vision/passing ability to spray the ball around to his teammates for open looks.  Wilson also had it going offensively, as he was scoring from all three levels in the half court and in transition.

2020 prospect, 6-foot-9 junior Osasere Ighodaro had an impressive game as well for Desert Vista, as he finished with 14 points, which included a couple empathic dunks that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Ighodaro showed his versatility and skill-set all game, as he was scoring in transition, finishing at the rim, making plays for his teammates, as well as controlling the glass and protecting the rim.

Also for Desert Vista, 2020 prospect Jackson Risi shot the ball very efficiently, as he finished with 15 points, and 2022 prospect Andrew King also had a good offensive night shooting the ball, and finishing around the rim as he finished with 18 points.  Lastly for Desert Vista, 2019 prospect Mason Harberston finished with 14 points, as he brought energy and made gritty plays all game for his team.

For Mountain Pointe 2019 prospect and Arizona State-commit Jalen Graham finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds.  Jalen showed why he’s one of the best players in the state, as he had some impressive high-flying finishes in transition and in the half court.  He also ran his motor all game on the glass and showed he can protect the rim and defend as well.

2019 senior guard prospect J’Saan Strover also lead the charge for Mountain Pointe, as he finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds.  J’Saan got to the rim at will all game.  Whether off the bounce or creating opportunities on the offensive glass, Strover did it.  He also knocked down some open jumpers.

Lastly, 2019 senior guard prospect Khalid Price finished with 10 points for Mountain Pointe.

Even though the score didn’t show it, both of these teams are very talented, and don’t be surprised if you see them both make deep runs in the playoffs.

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