Perry Slips Past Mountain Pointe

by Tye Jacobs | Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2021

In a match-up between two perennial 6A State Championship-caliber squads, Perry (7-1) traveled to Ahwatukee to take on Mountain Pointe (7-1). With a similar record and extremely similar rosters, it was easily one of the top games of the year.

Perry and Mountain Pointe both have teams full of players who will be competing on the collegiate level. Each match-up within the starting lineups made for fun action.

Perry was led by their star center Dylan Anderson. Dylan, who is a member of the 2022 Class, stands at nearly 7-foot tall, and has the skill-set of a typical wing. He excels at several aspects of the game, from scoring on all three levels, creating opportunities for his teammates with his passing ability, to changing shots on the defensive end with his length and athleticism.

Matched up with Anderson was Mountain Pointe’s Zeroue Williams. Zeroue is a post presence with strength and physicality. The kid is so gifted athletically that he began playing football recently, and has been blessed with many Division-1 scholarship offers. He has signed a scholarship with the University of Utah

The next great match-up was at the point guard position where two seniors who are the heartbeats of their teams, went head-to-head. Perry’s Christian Tucker (pictured left) has great size and athleticism. He is a tough cover when attacking the basket and makes smart game-winning plays in the clutch.

His match-up from Mountain Pointe, Jason Kimbrough Jr., is one of the top underrated guards in the Valley. He is a scoring guard who can fill it up quickly.

The marquee match-up was at the shooting guard position where two of the top 2023 prospects faced off for the first time this season.

Perry has one of the hottest recruits here in the Valley in Cody Williams (pictured right). Coming off three recent Division-I offers, Cody is playing with extreme confidence and continues to show growth with his game. He is a long, slender guard with the ability to score from deep and quickness to get to the rim. He has ton of potential for growth.

His matchup from Mountain Pointe, Tru Washington, is a do-it-all guard who seemingly scores at will. Tru ,coming from a long line of Phoenix basketball legends, has high expectations, as he is the younger uncle of AZ Compass Prep’s star point guard Ty Ty Washington, but at just the beginning of his sophomore year, he is living up to the billing of his last name. He has shown his ability to score with already notching a 40-point game under his belt. He is a plus rebounder for his position. Physically and athletically, he is much more mature than other players his age. My favorite part of Tru’s game is his footwork when creating a shot for himself.

With these three pivotal match-ups, the game was closely contested the whole way. The first half began at a quick pace, which favored Mountain Pointe and showed the ability of Tru Washington. He knocked down a couple of tough threes, and led all scorers going into the half with 15 points.

On the opposite side for Perry, Dylan Anderson had a great first half -showing grit attacking the basket, and stretching the floor with his shooting ability. One major shakeup in the game was a first half lower back injury to Perry’s Cody Williams. This injury seemed to hamper his effectiveness, as the first half came to a finish and the score knotted up at 30 all. 

The second half was a tale of foul trouble for Mountain Pointe. The aggressiveness of Perry’s Dylan Anderson caused the front-court of Mountain Pointe to draw fouls and not be able to play as aggressively. To compound problems on Mountain Pointe, as soon as foul trouble became an issue, Perry’s guard Cody Williams returned from injury to help tie the game late in the fourth with a seven-point run of his own.

As the game was up in the air it came down to Perry’s senior Christian Walker, who was fouled with the game tied and little time remaining. He was able to knock down a very clutch free throw for his team to sneak by with a very tough, season road win.

With everything these kids have gone through with the pandemic and the season being so unsure, it was a pleasure to see both teams leave it all on the floor. This match-up is bound to be one that is a must-see event over the next few years!


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