For 16 minutes, Payton Dastrup did everything he could to keep the Mountain View boys basketball team in striking distance of Desert Mountain.
Once he went cold, the Toros’ chances were shot.
The Mountain View star forward had 15 points in the first half but only two on 1-of-11 shooting in the second and the Wolves pulled away for a 59-37 victory in Division I action Tuesday night at Mountain View.
Mark Andrews and Jordan Higgins rotated on Dastrup throughout the night and coach Todd Fazio decided not to double team him in the post. The strategy limited the effectiveness of Mountain View’s other players, and once Dastrup started missing, the Wolves cruised.
The Toros (2-2) scored only two points in the third quarter as Desert Mountain pushed an eight-point halftime lead to 15 and were never threatened in the fourth.
“When (Dastrup) gets a head of steam going he’s hard to stop even with two guys,” Desert Mountain coach Todd Fazio said. “We felt (single coverage) was our best chance to win.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Desert Mountain (6-2) hit 10 3-pointers despite the absence of leading scorer Diego Magana, who sat out with a knee contusion. Brant Carter led the way with 14 points — all in the second half — while Remy Smith had 12. They hit four 3-pointers apiece as point guard Rolando Rhymes repeatedly broke down the defense and found open shooters.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Rhymes said. “Either we get a 3 in the corner or they let me drive.”
Desert Mountain jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first five minutes and had a 32-19 lead with 2:10 left in the second quarter. Mountain View scored the final five points of the half to get the deficit under double digits, but never got any closer than that.
Rhymes had nine ponts while Andrew and Higgins added eight apiece.
No player besides Dastrup had more than five points for the Toros.