Eduprize Defeats Tri-City In Battle Of Unbeatens

by Lucas Archuleta | Posted on Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Two highly ranked teams in the state of Arizona with some serious prospects, Eduprize Gilbert High School and Tri-City Christian Academy, faced off at the state of the art PHH Facility in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday evening.  Both teams, coming into the game, were undefeated in conference, and were playing for the #1 spot within the conference.

Coming into the game, Eduprize was 5-0 and Tri-City was 4-0 in conference play. Two big-time 2020 prospects faced off in this matchup - 6-foot-9 junior Shon Robinson for Eduprize and 6-foot-10 junior Fallou Diagne for Tri-City.

The game started out very competitive, as both teams competed hard and traded baskets from end to end.  However, Eduprize's full-court pressure and intensity helped them pull away slightly, as the first half came to a close.  Eduprize went into the half with a 48-32 lead over Tri City.

At half for Eduprize, 6-foot junior guard Unisa Turay had 12 pts, 6-foot-3 junior Isaiah Floyd had 16 points and Shon Robinson had 9 points.  For Tri-City, Fallou Diagne had 12 points and 6-foot-7 senior Mamane Yaou had 9 points.

In the second half, Tri-City handled the pressure of Eduprize's defense and battled back to cut down the lead.  The lead was cut to 59-50 at the end of the 3rd quarter, but that’s as close as it would get.  Eduprize was able to maintain a double-digit lead for most of the 4th quarter, even though Tri-City was battling back with tough plays from Fallou Diagne, Mamane Yaou, 6-foot-3 junior Justin Solis and 6-foot-7 senior Jeikel Davis

Eduprize was able to maintain that lead with big plays from 6-foot-1 junior guard J. Flowers, who was a factor both defensively - forcing turnovers and also knocking down some key jumpers late.  6-foot-1 senior Jalani Williams also stepped up down the stretch, as he had a couple tough finishes, knocked down a pull-up jumper in transition and hit a three to help keep the lead extended for Eduprize.  Floyd and Robinson also made some big plays finishing at the rim down the stretch in order to eventually help lead their team to a 76-64 win.

Fallou Diagne for Tri-City finished with a game-high 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks, while even mending a rolled ankle that happened early in the second half.  Fallou had an impressive game - showing he can get it done on both ends of the floor, as he played with a high motor.  Fallou also has a very good skill-set on the offensive end, as he can score from all three levels and has the ability to attack the rim at a high level.  His size, length and athleticism also makes him a very tough matchup.

Shon Robinson for Eduprize finished with a team-high 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks.  Robinson also proved he is a factor on both ends of the floor, as his activity and motor were very impressive.  Robinson offensively can also do a little bit of everything, as he can score from all three levels.  He’s very effective attacking the rim off the bounce and is very good in the open floor In transition.  Robinson has a very unique size, athleticism and skill-set combo, which makes him hard to match-up with.  Look for both teams to continue their strong seasons, as the season gets closer to the playoffs.

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