February 26, 2005
tephen Rogers' dunk with 10 seconds remaining in Friday's 5A state quarterfinal boys basketball game summarized the one edge that Mountain View had over Hamilton — size.
The Toros continuously pounded the ball inside to 6-foot-7 sophomore Harper Kamp, who led all scorers with 17 points, as the top-seeded Toros slipped past No. 8 Hamilton, 52-43, at Mountain View.
The Toros will face Glendale Deer Valley, which beat Desert Vista 67-45 Friday, at 5 p.m. next Friday at Glendale Arena in the semifinals.
"From the beginning, we were trying to get the ball inside to (Harper) as much as possible," Mountain View coach Gary Ernst said. "We knew that they were quick and were going to pressure us, but we stuck with our game plan."
Trailing 21-12 at halftime, the Huskies made a strong push offensively and pulled to within one point with two minutes remaining in the quarter. Size quickly overturned any of Hamilton's momentum as Kamp and 6-8 junior Rogers dished out passes to sophomore Kendall Wallace, who scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half.
"If we can get the inside game established, we can get our shots going outside," Kamp said. "When we go down low with it, I can kick it out and get the open shots off."
Rogers finished the evening with eight points.