The Tale Of Two Halves

by Tye Jacobs | Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018

In a match-up between 2A Metro Conference leaders, Scottsdale Christian High School, and 3A Metro West Conference Leader, Valley Christian High School, it was a definite battle of two of the best private school squads in the state. Who knew that this battle would end up being a tale of two halves.

Scottsdale Christian is one of the more cerebral teams that I’ve had the chance to see this year.  On both ends of the court, they seem to rarely make mistakes.  The team was led by Rice commit, senior guard Reed Myers, who plays the role of coach on the floor with his unselfish plays and brilliant passing ability.

Valley Christian is a team that has good size, length and lives on outside shooting, and was led by talented forward Logan Phillips. Valley relies on Logan to do most of the heavy lifting scoring-wise, which he has the ability to do.

In what was a very competitive first half, both teams started out of the gates very slow.  The first points were not tallied until two minutes into the game, but, after the first half, it seemed like the aggressive play of Valley Christian guard Jalen Grijalva and forward Logan Phillips would be the story of the game.  Reed Myers and company had different plans in mind.

In the second half, Scottsdale Christian stepped up the defensive pressure to force many turnovers out of the Valley Christian guards. Scottsdale Christian totally dominated the third quarter - going on a 10-0 run, behind the stand-out play making ability of Reed Myers, and the spot-on shooting and finishing ability of sophomore guard Matthew Fan.

From the third quarter on, Scottsdale Christians’ Spurs like offense was just too much for Valley Christian to handle.  In the future it will be a joy to see how both of these team’s fair against in conference opponents.

Scouting Notes:  Rice commit, 2019 6-foot-1 senior point guard Reed Myers of Scottsdale Christian has incredible instincts and basketball IQ.  He shows the ability to make his teammates better with his pin-point passing skills.  Reed also has the ability to knock down the long-range bomb at a high clip. Rice is getting a true point guard who can run an offense to a tee . . .

2019 6-foot-8 senior power forward Ethan Spry of Scottsdale Christian continues to show improvement.  A player who plays with endless amount of effort and crashes the boards aggressively. Ethan shows promise of being a floor spacer with a good-looking jump shot, and shows the athleticism to finish over bigger opponents . . .

2021 5-foot-8 sophomore point guard Matthew Fan of Scottsdale Christian shows a ton of potential. His IQ always allows him to make many timely plays around the rim of superb cuts. He also shows a nice-looking jump shot with the ability to finish around the rim with floaters . . .

2020 6-foot-7 junior wing Logan Phillips of Valley Christian is a long, athletic player. He has the ability to score from all three levels, but excels at shooting the three.  Logan consistently uses his length to guard quicker players. It will be fun to watch his growth over the next season . . .

2019 Jalen Grijalva 6-foot senior point guard takes defense seriously. He thrives on making anyone he is guarding work for everything possible, by using his great instincts and quick hands.

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