Phoenix Brophy got its zone working and that proved to be too much for Scottsdale Horizon.
The Broncos topped the Huskies 55-26 in a boys basketball game Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the McClintock Holiday Shootout at Franklin “Doc” Zinke Gymnasium at Tempe McClintock.
“It worked well tonight,” Brophy coach Tony Fuller said. “We’ve been working on it.”
First-year Horizon coach Paul Long said he hopes his Huskies learned something from facing the aggressive zone.
“We play them again in two weeks,” he said. “Now we’ve seen that zone.”
Brophy (7-5) took control of the game in the first half. Austin Pidgeon gave the Broncos their first lead, 7-5, with a 3-pointer at 11:23 and they never trailed after that. He had 10 in the half and junior Austin Johns came off the bench to spark Brophy with six points in a little more than a minute, along with a blocked shot and an assist.
Horizon (9-4) jumped out to an early lead on a 3 from Stephen Topercer and a hook shot by Kyle Tresnak on an assist from Eric McGaffin. They paired up for another bucket at 9:10 to trail 12-7, but Brophy mounted an 18-2 run to close out the half. Colin Woods hit a 3 and Jeffrey Hart added a free throw to lead 30-11.
Hart and Pidgeon opened the second half with 3-pointers and the Broncos’ zone kept Horizon on the perimeter.
McGaffin sparked a second-half rally with seven points in two minutes, including a shot to finish a fast break he started with a block and a 3 at 8:03 to cut Brophy’s lead to 41-22.