Call it the Payton Dastrup effect.
Cam Boone is the unquestioned star of the Mountain View boys basketball team, but the Toros' fortunes tend to directly coincide with the play of their sophomore forward.
Dastrup was very good on Friday night, scoring 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting and hauling down 13 rebounds as No. 3 Mountain View defeated Red Mountain, 58-42, in the regular season finale for both teams at Red Mountain.
The 6-foot-8 Dastrup began the year slowly, struggling in the team's first two games and then getting benched for the third. Mountain View lost to Fairfax in the season opener and then squeaked out four-point victories over Marcos de Niza and Westwood.
"If you saw us play in the first two games of the year, you would have wondered why I was starting that kid," Mountain View coach Gary Ernst said. "I didn't even play him in the game against Westwood. Ever since then, he's started to do good things. He's inconsistent like a lot of sophomores are, but his development has been huge for us."
Dastrup also struggled in the team's initial meeting with the Mountain Lions, a 54-45 loss on Jan. 4, but has played well ever since, and consequently, the Toros are on an 11-game winning streak.
He was involved from the start in this one, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds in the first quarter.
"The jumpers that I hit gave me some confidence, and I held on to that the rest of the game," Dastrup said.
Mountain View took a 4-2 lead and never relinquished it, although Red Mountain was within 46-41and had possession with 2:38 remaining in the game.
Travis Meeker missed a shot that would have cut the deficit to three points, and after a Boone bucket, Ryan Bunker missed a 3-pointer. The Toros would end the contest on a 16-1 run to make the final score more lopsided than the game was.
Red Mountain was within 10 points throughout until Mountain View pulled away in the last minute and a half.
"We didn't shoot well, didn't execute defensively the way we wanted to and we were still in there at the end against a very good team," Red Mountain coach Greg Sessions said. "We can play with anybody and I still think we can beat anybody. We just didn't tonight."
Boone led Mountain View with 24 points and had eight rebounds. Mitch Wallace added 10 points.
Justin Park had 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks for Red Mountain while Logan Larsen added eight points and five assists.
Mountain View will likely have the No. 2 seed when the Division I, Section III tournament begins on Wednesday.
Red Mountain will likely finish as the No. 6 seed for the Division I, Section II tournament.