In overtime, the Mountain View boys’ varsity basketball team defeated Red Mountain, to win the Battle on Brown Road, 70-65.
Even in a loss Red Mountain’s Timmy Allen, the number one ranked small forward in Arizona according to 247sports, was magnificent. The 6-foot-6 senior forward and University of Utah commit finished with 39 points against the Toros, living up to his Twitter handle, @timmybuckets35.
“We rely heavily on him (Allen) because he is so talented,” Red Mountain Head Coach Chris Lemon said “He just does so much and it seems effortless for him.”
After the game, Allen was greeted by University of Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak.
Krystkowiak, who is in town because Utah plays Arizona State Thursday, decided to stop in and watch Allen play.
“The thing I probably enjoyed the most was how he tried to keep his team together. He just seems like a leader, even down to the final half-court shot he made. He just wasn’t going to give in,” Krystkowiak said.
“Ima try to go up there and get to work, just try to do everything I can to get in that lineup and put in work once I get in,” Allen said when asked about his excitement for the next level.
In the basketball rivalry series, Mountain View is now 19-5 according to MaxPreps.
Mountain View was able to limit Red Mountain’s offensive production early by playing a zone defense.
“We have absolutely no matchup for Timmy Allen. We don’t have anybody on our team that can guard him, so we tried to do it by getting two to three bodies on him,” Mountain View head coach Garry Ernst said when asked why he elected to play a zone defense.
“They started in a zone we kind of figured they would come out with it just seeing them against other teams similar to us. The biggest thing for us is when we pitch out we just gotta hit shots and tonight we didn’t,” said Lemon
Despite a slow start, Red Mountain found a spark in the third quarter. With five minutes left in the third quarter, Allen caught an alley-oop pass from Andre Harris, and the gym exploded.
At that point, Red Mountain led 32-29.
With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, Harris fouled Adam Pierce who hit both free throws to give Mountain View a one-point lead 56-55.
With 30 seconds remaining in regulation, Red Mountain decided to go to their leader, Allen.
After catching a pass on the right block, Allen missed a layup, got his own rebound, and was fouled on the put back attempt.
Down two with twenty-five seconds left, Allen knocked down both free throws to tie the game at 57.
With a chance to win it in regulation, Pierce of Mountain View drove down the right side but his layup fell short.
In overtime, Mountain View hit timely free throws down to the stretch to secure the victory.
Mountain View finished the game 34 for 37 from the free throw line.
Despite the game being out of reach in the final seconds, Allen never stopped playing.
He knocked down a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and a half-court heave that was waved off.
After the final horn, the student section of Mountain View rushed court to celebrate with the team.
“It feels good anytime you beat any of the Mesa schools, Red Mountain and Mesa are two of our big rivals so it's really neat to beat them,” Ernst said.
Red Mountain’s next game is Friday, Jan 26th against Mesa at home.
Mountain View is set to host Dobson Friday, Jan 26th.
“We gotta enjoy this win, but we gotta get right back to work tomorrow and get ready for Dobson because Dobson doesn’t care how this game turned out they are going to be ready for us,” said Ernst.