Nathan Murphy often handles 3-point shooting for second-ranked Mesa Mountain View. But since Murphy was sidelined Tuesday night after suffering a concussion during the final minutes of Monday’s practice, someone else had to step up in that department.
Enter junior reserve guard Tyson Lane.
Lane sank three 3-point field goals in a couple-minute stretch early in the second period — his only attempts of the night — and those went a long way in helping the host Toros dispose of Mesa High, 59-37, in 5A-I East Valley Region boys basketball action.
“Those threes were huge,” Mountain View coach Gary Ernst said. “They got us the lead we needed. From there we played very well. It was a very solid performance for us.”
Jordan McLelland led Mountain View (21-2, 5-1) with 14 points, Asaad Woods added 12 and Charlie Meo chipped in with 11. The Toros need but one win in their final two region games to cinch the regular-season crown. Mountain View was wary of Mesa as the Jackrabbits (4-18, 3-2) came across town riding a four-game winning streak.
The Toros also were anxious in finding a way to slow Mesa guard Donte Medder from riding roughshod over them offensively as he did two weeks ago with a 27-point night.
Medder never got on track as Mountain View defenders Charlie Meo and Jackson and Tyson Lane were in charge of defending Medder and getting help to prevent penetration, which caused the Toros grief in the last meeting.
Medder finished with eight points — 14 below his season average. Both field goals he made were from outside.
“We were patient, we executed and we shot the ball well,” Ernst said. “They got a few more offensive boards than I’d like, but other than that it was a good win for us.”
Charles Croxen and Lorenzo Velazco had eight points apiece along with Medder for Mesa.