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‘Twas not the winter of everyone’s discontent. At least, not for all the basketball players, soccer studs and wrestlers who took their shots, saves and takedowns for glory’s sake and found some.
He pulled his jersey over his head in disgust before putting it back on. Eight painful seconds later, a captivating Division I boys basketball championship game was over and Pinnacle was left holding a runner-up trophy and their heads buried in their arms on the bench, Drew Bender pulled his jersey off for the last time.
Bryan Siefker’s eyes were wide and his gaze distant.
Corona del Sol's Cassius Peat,right, attempts to block a shot by Pinnacle's Drew Bender in the Division I championship game at Jobing.com Arena, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Glendale.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Pinnacle's Drew Bender fire a three point shot to the hoop while playing Corona del Sol in the Division I championship game at Jobing.com Arena, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Glendale.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Corona del Sol's Casey Benson,right, has his shot blocked by Pinnacle's Drew Bender in the Division I championship game at Jobing.com Arena, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Glendale.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Corona del Sol's Adam Gleave has his shot blocked by Pinnacle's Drew Bender in the Division I championship game at Jobing.com Arena, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Glendale.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Dorian Pickens may be the most efficient offensive player in Arizona.
As Trey Ingram grew comfortable being the third scoring option for the Pinnacle boys basketball team this year, the Pioneers took off.
There’s no question the Pinnacle boys basketball team is hotter than anybody in Division I as the state tournament beckons.
For the first two-plus quarters of play Saturday night, No. 4 Desert Mountain was executing coach Todd Fazio’s game plan to perfection in the boys Division I, Section III final.
It’s hard to believe the high level of basketball played by Pinnacle and Mesa on Friday night was only a sectional semifinal game.
The scoreboard on Friday night showed a decisive 72-44 win for the Pinnacle boys basketball team over Sandra Day O’Connor, but really, it was Brandon Wechsler 1, Duchenne muscular dystrophy 0.
All streaks must come to a close, and Pinnacle's boys basketball team ended one with clutch shots, calm nerves and a cool outside shooter.
Gilbert Christian's Keaton Ranger,left, moves around Pinnacle's Drew Bender while playing in the VisitMesa.com Tournament, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at Mountain View High School. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Casey Benson set a career high with 39 points and Bryan Siefker added 11 as the No. 10 Aztecs cruised past Chandler, 76-49, in Division I boys basketball action on Friday night at Corona. Marcos Morales led the Wolves with 18 points.
There wasn’t much question about the best boys basketball team in Division I last year, as Corona del Sol finished the season on a 30-game winning streak and cruised past Laveen Cesar Chavez for the state championship.
When it comes to contact between college basketball coaches and high school recruits, there are several starting and stopping points throughout the year.
The team portion of the boys basketball summer season has come to an end, as the players now split up and travel the nation with their club ball teams for the July evaluation period.
All-Tribune First Team
Semifinal basketball games are starting to make Pinnacle sick to its collective stomach.
Now that a year has passed, Cody McDavis can admit how tough it was the first time he played in a big arena.