Taylor Rohde dropped a school-record 47 points on Scottsdale Horizon to lead Phoenix Pinnacle to a 74-51 home victory in 5A-II Pima Region boys basketball action on Tuesday night.
“Everything was going all right for us,” the Arizona State-bound senior said. “My shot felt good.”
The top-ranked Pioneers (16-4, 3-0) didn’t have as easy a time as the final score indicated.
The third-ranked Huskies (13-5, 1-1) jumped out to an 8-2 lead and after falling behind by nine at the half, fought back to lead 36-35 on a 17-footer by Eric McGaffin at 3:42 in the third quarter.
Pinnacle withstood both punches, going on a 15-0 run to end the first quarter and a 12-2 run after Horizon had regained the lead.
The Pioneers put the game away in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-9 Rohde hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third period, then led a 22-4 surge with two 3-point shots and a three-point play.
“We settled for jumpers,” Horizon coach Paul Long said. “When we made that great run in the third quarter we took it to the basket.”
Pinnacle held Horizon’s Nick Streff to 11 points and kept the top rebounder in 5A in single digits on the boards.
“He’s a tough player,” Rohde said. “We kept a body on him all night.”
“We didn’t come out with enough intensity,” Streff said. “They went on that big run. But we get them again in two weeks.”
At 6-2, Streff has to work for his rebounds, especially against a team like Pinnacle with Rohde and 6-8 Jordan Hares in the paint.
“I just work to get into position,” the senior said.
Horizon had the intensity in the third quarter as defensive pressure gave the Huskies numerous fast- break opportunities. Stephen Topercer dished out some nice assists in their 12-2 run to open the second half, including a 30-foot bounce pass to Stephen Telekesy after a steal by Tyler Larson.
Pinnacle fought back behind a good motion game as well.
“We settled down and made some shots,” said Pioneers coach Charlie Wilde. “We started making the extra pass. These guys are so unselfish. They’ll make the extra pass to Rohde, but he’ll pass it back, too.”
Xavier Cotton finished with 10 points, the only other Pinnacle player in double figures.