Shadow Mountain Routs Moon Valley

by Tye Jacobs | Posted on Saturday, November 17th, 2018

It looked like a great game on paper as GCU signee Jovan Blacksher, and ASU signee Jalen House of Shadow Mountain took on two future college level talents in Trent Hudgens and The Moon Valley Rockets.  Shadow was coming off a week of play featuring a 3-0 winning streak, which included victories over St. Mary’s, perennial powerhouse Simeon High School out of Chicago and Mesquite.  This stretch in their schedule has gotten them in midseason form.

From the start of the game, Shadow Mountain had no intentions in letting this game be competitive, and showed why as Blacksher and House lived up to their nicknames of the "snatch brothers."  There full-court press constantly caused Moon Valley to rely on their teammates to score the basketball.  This was a great tactic by Head Coach Mike Bibby, as it led to a first half score of 37-10.

Throughout the second half, Moon Valley would never make the game close, but not from lack of effort from their stars Hudgens and Montgomery.  They gave their best effort, but the depth of Shadow Mountain's wings would prove to be too much to withstand.

The luxury of being able to bring in Devonte Cobbs, one of the top freshmen in the nation, off the bench changed the little momentum Moon Valley tried to build in the second half.

Overall, Shadow Mountain continued their dominant effort over Arizona competition winning the game 73-30, while being able to sit their starters most of the fourth quarter.  If other 4A schools want to compete with Shadow, they must be able to break that troublesome press and slow down the pace of the game. Shadow thrives in transition and in a blink of an eye they are up ten.

Notes:  University of Nevada football commit Jalen Williams has been impressive this entire season. Having the ability to guard positions 1 thru 4, he is a key asset to this Shadow Mountain team.  He shows the ability to be a slasher in transition, typically finishing off a play from one of his Division-I guards.  He plays with tremendous passion and never backs down from a challenge on the basketball court.

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