The fourth-ranked Corona del Sol basketball team stumbled a bit heading into Tuesday night’s game against Mountain View, losing to unranked Mesquite the game before.
It’s safe to say the Aztecs are back on track.
Calaen Robinson scored 21 points - including three 3-pointers in the span of two minutes - as Corona del Sol pulled away in the fourth quarter of a 50-43 victory over the second-ranked Toros in a 5A Central Region game at Mountain View.
Mitch Wallace’s 3-pointer cut the Aztecs’ lead to two points with five seconds left in the third quarter, but Robinson banked in a buzzer-beating 3 to push the lead to 35-30 heading into the fourth. He then hit two more 3’s early in the quarter to punctuate an 8-1 run which gave the Aztecs a 43-31 lead. Mountain View didn’t get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
“Once (the buzzer beater) went in, it was all done from there,” Robinson said. “The momentum went from theirs (back to us).”
Corona del Sol’s defense was the story in the second half, as it held Mountain View to only seven points in the third quarter and three in the first seven minutes of the fourth.
Avery Moss did a solid job inside, holding Mountain View forward Camyn Boone to only eight points.
The Toros lost leading scorer Jaren Sweeney to an ankle sprain with 5:30 left in the second quarter. He will likely be out for 1-2 weeks with the injury. Mountain View also played without point guard Jeff Kerr, who has missed the past three games with a groin pull.
“All of a sudden you lose your leading scorer, and so many things you do are geared toward him,” Mountain View coach Gary Ernst said. “Now you’re trying to scramble to figure out what you can do with the kids out on the floor.”
Casey Benson added 13 points for the Aztecs. Kyle Bingham led Mountain View with 11, and Wallace added 10.
Corona del Sol (16-3, 5-2) pulls to within one game of Mountain View (16-3, 6-1) in the race for the region title, and affirms its place among the state’s elite.
"We showed that we can beat them on their floor, which we haven't done in a long time," Corona del Sol coach Sam Duane said.