After notching an opening round victory against Desert Mountain, NO. 6-seeded Red Mountain is gearing up for a second-round matchup against No. 3-seeded Desert Vista.
After Tuesday nights game against Desert Mountain, Red Mountain’s leading scorer Timmy Allen spoke about how his team is moving forward.
“There was a lot of adversity through that game with the refs, Dre fouled out, I got hurt a little bit but we were able to come through as a team and were building on this toward the next game,” Allen said.
In the contest Allen scored a game high 30 points despite suffering an ankle injury that limited his mobility.
With two days of rest in between games, Allen hopes to recover from the minor setback.
In the event that his recovery is slow, and the ankle continues to bother Allen, Red Mountain will need Allen’s post mate Andre Harris to have a big game against Desert Vista.
Earlier this season Harris stepped up big when Allen fouled out against Mesa.
In that game, Harris scored 27 points to push Red Mountain past their rivals.
In the event that he ever losses Allen, Red Mountain Head Coach Chris Lemon said he has all the confidence in the world in Harris.
“He is more than capable of having a big game on nightly basis. I just hope he (Harris) knows he can do that with Timmy (Allen) in there. We don’t have to lose Timmy for him to have a big night like that,” Lemon said.
In the last matchup against Desert Vista, Red Mountain found themselves on the wrong side of an 84-40 blowout.
“They got us pretty good the last time we were at their place and I think our guys haven’t forgotten that and I have not forgotten that, so were going to try and give them our best game and we will just see what happens,” Lemon said.
Desert Vista enters the matchup ranked as the 3rd best basketball team in the state.
For Desert Vista head coach Gino Crump, those rankings don’t mean anything.
“The rankings and all that goes out of the window as soon as the postseason starts as far as I’m concerned,” Crump said.
Even though Desert Vista won easily in their first matchup, Crump is concerned about Red Mountains interior offense.
“They have a two-headed monster inside with Timmy Allen and Andre Harris, they are very good Division one players, but if we slow them down we have a chance of beating them again,” Crump said.
For Desert Vista as far the game plan is concerned things will remain the same.
“We do what we do, not much we can change, we just try to do what we do best which is play high intensity defense and run the ball,” Crump said.
The Red Mountain Lions will leave the den Friday as they travel to Ahwatukee, where they hope to claw their way to another playoff victory against Desert Vista. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Storm Center at Desert Vista High School.