Mingus ends 3-game losing streak, beats Bears 55-50
Prep Boys Basketball
COTTONWOOD — Bradshaw Mountain boys basketball’s late rally wasn’t enough as the Bears fell at Mingus 55-50 on Monday night.
The Marauders (7-9, 2-1 Grand Canyon) ended their three-game losing streak.
“We know every night is going to be a battle in our region, if you don’t play well you’re going to lose I thought Mingus played really well,” Bradshaw Mountain head coach Blair Hillig said. “They shot the ball well and we did not shoot the ball well from the perimeter at all.”
After a back and forth first half, Mingus built up a seven point lead after three quarters and got it up to 11 points with 3:36 left in the game.
The Bears (6-6, 2-2 Grand Canyon) pulled to within three points with six seconds left but the Marauders hit their free throws and held on.
“It’s a good win for us, we kind of needed it,” Mingus head coach Dave Beery said. “We’ve been so-so.”
Mingus’ win comes after they had lost three in a row, including routs at the hands of Prescott at home, 65-48, and at Deer Valley, 71-27, last week.
“You know that they’re hungry for a win and I’ve watched these kids for a long time and I knew that they could play,” Hillig said. “Unfortunately I think we probably got them on one of their better nights, which I think they’re going to continue to play that way, they’re just too good of a team and have too many good players to not continue that. But that’s just the luck of the draw sometimes, you get somebody when they’re really hungry but we got to play with that same kind of passion every night too.”
Sophomore forward Nathan Summit led the way for the Bears with 18 points, 14 in the second half. Sophomore forward Jordan Massis had 12 points. For Mingus, senior guard Chase Saczalski, who has dislocated both shoulders this season and was sick for the Deer Valley game, had 21 points and senior forward Chaz Taylor had 11 points.
“I think it’s the best game we’ve had so far this year,” Taylor said. “Defensive wise it was our best game and what was good tonight is that we had scoring across our players across the board.”
“I’m happy where we’re at,” Hillig said. “We have five sophomores that play a lot and it’s growing pains but our kids played hard for the most part. We do some silly things at times but that’s bound to happen, so I’m happy. I’m excited because I know we also have a lot of room for improvement.”
Bradshaw Mountain heads south for the Great Desert Shootout at Cactus Shadows in Cave Creek starting on Dec. 27. Mingus Union travels to Coconino on Friday for a 7 p.m. game
James Kelley is a reporter for The Verde Independent. Follow him on Twitter at @jameskelley520. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-634-2241, ext. 6035.