Sometimes good just isn’t good enough.
Marcos de Niza’s highoctane offense kept rolling Saturday night, but it was Glendale Deer Valley that gave the Padres a dose of their own medicine, taking the championship game of the Horizon boys basketball Invitational Tournament, 90-77, at Horizon High School.
Deer Valley senior guard Christian Polk hit six 3-point shots — the Skyhawks made 12 in all — en route to a game-high 36 points and the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. Marcos de Niza’s Mychael Broom did his best to keep pace, scoring 34 for the Padres (6-3), who topped 70 points for the seventh time in nine games this season.
"You’ve got to give them credit. That kid (Polk) was unconscious," Marcos de Niza coach Dave Stark said. "Sometimes a team is going to come out hitting like that and you’re not going to win giving up that many points."
Deer Valley senior guard Mike Brooks added 21, while Marcos junior wing Brandell Lake scored 15.
Deer Valley jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead during the first 1:15 of the opening quarter, including eight points by Polk.
"The way Christian jumped out on us, we just didn’t have a chance to regroup," Broom said.
"The kids could have been louder out there," Stark said of his team’s lack of intensity during the rest of the first half. "They should have been riding high after the last couple of nights."
Marcos de Niza junior forward Marcus Atkins was given the daunting task of guarding Polk for most of the game. Atkins countered with 14 points.
The Padres fell down by as many as 24 in the fourth quarter but battled back, outscoring the Skyhawks 19-8 over the last four minutes of the game.
Despite the loss, Broom said the Padres have regrouped well this week after the turmoil surrounding point guard Kal Bay, who was suspended earlier this week for the remainder of the season.
"We’ve really jelled together as a team," said Broom, who’s shouldered most of Marcos’ scoring load in Bay’s absence. "It’s such a shift. I get to play out on the wing more, which is different from what I’m used to. I definitely like the opportunity, but it’s definitely different."
Broom joined Marcos junior guard Waylen Towns, who’s handled most of the point guard duties in Bay’s absence, on the alltournament team, while Polk, Brooks and junior forward Brian Gignac made the team for Deer Valley.
HORIZON 67, MESA 42: Horizon (9-2) junior forward Alex Miller’s 28 points paced the tournament host to victory over Mesa (5-7) in the third-place game. Mesa managed just 19 second-half points, while Horizon countered with 20 in each of the third and fourth quarters.
Miller was joined on the alltournament team by Mesa’s Steven Alexander, who scored 11 points against the Huskies Saturday night.