No. 6 seed Red Mountain defeated No. 11 seed Desert Mountain, 70-68, in the first round of the AIA 6A state playoffs Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinals.
Timmy Allen led Red Mountain with 30 points, as his team pulled out the win in a tightly contested first round matchup.
“Timmy’s a Division I basketball player. He’s really hard to guard and we kind of knew he was going to get his and we just tried to do our best on other guys and kind of hope they didn’t make shots and we fell one basket short,” said Desert Mountain head coach Mark Schumaker.
Allen left the game late in the second quarter after sustaining a minor ankle injury. Red Mountain led Desert Mountain, 31-25, at halftime despite his absence, and he returned to start the second half.
“It hurt but I was able to get back in there and go to work a little bit. My teammates stepped up while I was out,” Allen said.
Desert Mountain kept the game close throughout, but ultimately couldn’t contain Red Allen and Andre Harris’ scoring output.
“They just kept fighting, kept fighting, kept fighting, and we went down swinging. That’s all I can ask from them,” said Schumaker. “We were undermanned, but we kept on coming back. We stuck together, that’s what we do.”
Harris’ 12 third quarter points helped stave off Desert Mountain’s second half comeback, before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.
“We knew it was going to be a grinder and that’s exactly what it was. We had some foul trouble late. We got a little mixed up with who had some fouls there. I didn’t know Dre had four (fouls), that’s on me,” said Red Mountain head coach Chris Lemon.
Harris fouled out of the game with 16 points.
“He’s (Harris) a big part of what we’ve got going on, but it’s next man up. Our next guy off the bench was ready to go,” Allen said.
Desert Mountain was able to cut Red Mountain’s lead to two points by the end of the game, but didn’t have enough time to pull-off the upset.
“We faced a lot of adversity in this game, but we were able to overcome it,” Allen said.
Red Mountain will play its next game Friday on the road against No. 3-seeded Desert Vista in the 6A quarterfinal, as one of only eight teams remaining in the 6A bracket.