What was Chandler’s gain turned into Skyline’s burden.
The Coyotes boys basketball team began the year well, and traveled to Mountain View on Thursday with confidence that they could hang with the Toros in their building.
On another night during the season that just might be the case, but the problem was Mountain View had a disappointing loss on Tuesday, had a practice on yesterday and wanted to get rid of the negativity as soon as possible.
That ended up not being good situation for the Skyline.
Not good at all.
Mountain View came out with a purpose, a touch from the outside and easily broke a defensive trap time and again on the way to an 85-38 blowout win in 6A East Valley Region action.
“We didn’t have a good end to the game against Chandler,” Toro coach Gary Ernst said. “The kids were motivated. When the ball is dropping like that it sure makes things a lot easier.”
Mountain View (6-3, 1-0) led 21-4 after the first quarter as the Toros made four 3-pointers, including two from Kaleb Doka, and were never challenged by the Coyotes (7-4, 1-1) the rest of the way.
It doesn’t remove anything from the loss column, but it felt pretty good after letting Chandler erase a 12-point halftime lead by outscoring the Toros 45-22 in the second half.
Adam Pierce made sure Skyline had no chance at a similar comeback, something the Coyotes have been doing all year, when he single handily outscored the Coyotes, 16-15 in the third quarter for a 73-23 lead.
“It was good to get back to it,” Pierce said. “I had a couple of rough games so it felt good to get it going again.”
Zach Lyons had a team-high 18 points for the Toros, Pierce had all 16 points in the third quarter including four 3-pointers and Doka finished with 11.
“We all felt it tonight,” said senior Cooper Richeson, who finished with nine points on three first-half 3-pointers. We all got to enjoy it. When you are in the flow like that you just want to keep playing all night and keep it going.”
From the Skyline perspective not much went well other than the Coyotes continued to play hard despite the lopsided score from the start.
“We found out how far away we are,” Skyline coach James Capriotti said. “We had some success but not against a well-coached, high-caliber team like this. This was eye opening and we go back to the lab and we just keep fighting and move forward.”
Skyline was led by Chris Voloria and Dayton Harris as they had nine each, while Patrick Herrera added nine.
“They fought until the end and that’s our trait,” Capriotti said. “All of our wins have been comeback wins. It’s a young team and the young guys are playing well, but it is hard to win relying on young guys. We need some of our senior leaders to step up.”
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mountain View 85, Skyline 38
Sky 4 11 15 8–38
MV 21 25 32 7-85
Skyline – Harris 3-2-9, Tyur 2-2-5, Herrera 3-0-8, Viloria 4-1-9, Wallace 1-1-4, Birdsong 0-1-1, Galaino 1-0-2. TOTALS: 14-5-38.
Mountain View – Kaps 1-2-5, Reavis 1-2-4, Richeson 3-0-8, Ka. Doka 4-1-11, Peterson 2-0-5, Lyons 8-1-13, Richardson 2-0-5, Jones 2-0-4, Pierce 6-0-16, Sherwood 1-2-4. TOTALS: 30-8-85.