St. Mary’s Continues Win Streak @ Moon Valley

by Lucas Archuleta | Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018

In a match-up of two very strong 4A teams, Moon Valley and St Mary’s High School both came to compete on Friday evening.  Both teams have some very good talent across the board, and it was on full display all game.  Moon Valley features two very talented 2020 guards in Trent Hudgens and Ty Harper.  St Mary’s is led by 6-foot-4 senior Rwal Reech and 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Keiren Brown.

From the opening tip the game was very competitive, as both teams came out with a ton of energy and were ready to compete.  Moon Valley came out firing as junior guard Trent Hudgens scored the first 6 points for Moon Valley with an and-one finish at the rim, and a deep three from the wing.  Hudgens has a great mix to his game, as he can score from all three levels, shoots the ball as good as anyone in the state, and is a very athletic point guard.  Trent also competes on both ends and possesses a very good basketball IQ.

St Mary’s would respond, as they weathered Moon Valley's hot start and kept the game competitive.  Early in the game, senior Reece Taylor was aggressive for St Mary’s, and had a couple early finishes at the rim.  Taylor is a long and athletic player who is extremely aggressive off the bounce, runs his motor, and competes hard on the defensive end.

Moon Valley's other dynamic guard Ty Harper picked up two early fouls, which caused him to sit most of the first half for his team.

St Mary’s took control of the game in the second quarter, as senior Jose Sanchez and junior Deven Dahlke both stepped up for St Mary’s, and made some big plays offensively to help stretch their lead.  Dahlke was very effective attacking the rim, and putting pressure on the defense.  Sanchez did a great job all game handling Moon Valley's pressure and running the offense for his team.

James Burries stepped up for Moon Valley and gave them a huge lift offensively in the second quarter, so that they could continue to stay within striking distance.  Burries knocked down a couple threes and had a couple tough finishes at the rim in the quarter.  Burries is a long, athletic guard with a very good skill-set. Going into the half, St Mary’s lead 31-24.

Opening the second half, St Mary’s did their best to maintain the lead, but a scrappy and resilient Moon Valley team battled back and made some big plays.  Moon Valley's senior D Jenkins had a huge quarter, as he had two completed and-one plays, and two threes - all in the third quarter to help his team chip away, and eventually take the lead.  Jenkins also brought energy defensively and had a big block, which what felt like would be a huge momentum shift in the game.  Moon Valley was able to get the lead going in the fourth quarter with a 43-42 lead.

As the final quarter started, it was a back-and-forth battle the whole way.  Junior guard Ty Harper was finally able to stay on the court in the quarter, and make some plays for his team.  Even though he wasn’t able to get into an offensive rhythm, he was still engaged and leading his team throughout.  Ty Harper is an electric guard who is freakishly athletic and has a very good skill-set that allows him to score from anywhere on the court.  He also uses his athleticism to guard at a high level on the defensive end.

In the end, it was just too much St Mary’s, as the two leaders for St Mary’s, Rwal Reech and Keiren Brown, both stepped up big. Rwal Reech, who is a very athletic, long, and high-motor player, dominated around the rim late.  Rwal Reech led his team in scoring with 13 points, and most of those came down the stretch in the 4th quarter.  Sophomore guard Keiren Brown (pictured) had a good mix of scoring, as well as setting his teammates up for open looks in the 4th quarter - helping his team get a hard fought win.  Brown has a great feel for the game, and was able to use that feel to make key plays down the stretch for his team.

St Mary’s eventually won 61-54, in a battle from start to finish. Both teams will play again February 5th at St Mary’s High School, which should be another big-time match-up.

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