In one of the biggest match ups of the year, it was the #4 ranked Mountain View Mavericks that made a case for a higher ranking with a 67-47 win over the #2 ranked Centennial Patriots, completing a season sweep.
Despite the lopsided final score, the Patriots came ready early and finished the first quarter with a 16-8 lead. But you got the feeling that the Mavericks were waiting in the weeds, looking for their chance to jump on Centennial.
That chance came early in the second quarter.
The Mavericks upped their defensive pressure and started to get easy transition baskets. As the momentum started to swing, their senior leader Tyson Percifield began to take over. Assuming the role as facilitator in the first quarter, Percifield took the role of scorer in the second, scoring 10 of his 26 in the period. In fact, if it wasn’t for a couple big baskets by Centennial’s Patrick Manning, this game would have been over in the first half. Instead, Mountain View went into halftime with a 36-30 lead.
Again, Mountain View opened the half with stingy defense, holding the Patriots to only 6 points. Brandon Luedtke, Mountain View’s junior inside defender, continued to block shots and rebound. Centennial struggled to get good looks at the basket while Mountain View’s offense constantly found ways to get to the hoop or hit outside jumpers.