Takeaways from AZ High School Basketball Week, Hoophall West

The NBA stars came to the Hoophall West’s final game on Saturday night at the Footprint Center to see Gilbert Perry take on Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth, Calif.

Among those in attendance were LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Cameron Payne, Cam Johnson and Jae Crowder of the Suns.

Yes, Hoophall West has grown huge in the valley, and it helps for James’ son Bronny to take the stage for Sierra Canyon National Powerhouse for the final game, which started after 9 p.m.

Here are 5 takeaways from the high school action in Arizona last week:

1. Hoophall West showed what we saw during the summer with section 7 that AIA isn’t quite what it was during the days of Mike Bibby’s training at Phoenix Shadow Mountain and the past two years for Nico Mannion at Phoenix Pinnacle, where he’s been two times state player of the year.

Perry’s 65-52 loss in the Showcase’s last game against Sierra Canyon was at least a respectable performance among the state’s top AIA teams.

The crowd for this game was electric. The numbers were huge.

Perry didn’t start his Friday game against Las Vegas Coronado until 10:45 p.m., a game that ended at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Dylan Anderson, a 7-foot senior signed with Arizona, had eight points and 11 rebounds for Perry, led by guard Cody Williams, who had 15 points and four steals. First-year forward Koa Peat established himself on the big stage with 11 points and six assists, but he managed eight turnovers.

Bronny James, a 6-3 goalie, had 11 points in 28 minutes for Sierra Cayon, who had 18 points for 6-6 goaltender Ramel Lloyd Jr.

“I think our guys rose to the challenge and played against one of the best teams in the country,” said Perry coach Sam Duane Jr. “I think we represented Arizona very well.

In the four games at Footprint, the only Arizona team to score a victory was a national preparation team, Chandler’s AZ Compass Prep, which beat National Power Oak Hill Academy of Virginia, 78-55. Chance Westry had 13 points and Kylan Boswell had 12 for the Dragons, who are in the top 10 MaxPrep teams in the country.

Phoenix St. Mary’s, who started the season No. 1 in Arizona, lost 90-63 to Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas. Gorman is one of the top 25 teams in the country. Styles Phipps, a second-year point guard, had 12 points and 10 assists. Senior swingman Garrison Phelps led St. Mary’s with 23 points and eight rebounds

Defending 6A champion Phoenix Sunnyslope, who gave Brophy Prep their only loss, struggled to shoot in their 64-31 loss to Corona (Calif.) Centennial. Boswell left Centennial to come to Arizona to play for Compass.

Elijah Saunders and Oakland Fort’s Big Two Slope was a combined 3 for 28 shots.

2. Peoria had a breakthrough week, beating Paradise Honors (ranked No.3 in the Super 10 last week) and beating Poston Butte. Before the season, no one was talking about the Panthers. But then guard Andrew Camacho came out in the first half against Paradise Honors, scoring 30 of his 40 points.

In the two wins, Camacho averaged 35 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals.

Senior Calvin Windley averaged 13 points and nine rebounds, and senior Chanti Blommer averaged 18 points and five rebounds.

“I am very proud of the work the team has done and their buy-in to the system and the culture,” said Peoria coach Patrick Battillo. “Building something special doesn’t happen overnight and takes a lot of hard work, dedication, trust and commitment.

“We’re getting better every day and both wins this week were steps towards our ultimate goal of winning a state championship this season.”

3. Scottsdale Christian meets the high standards set by former coach Bob Fredericks, who gave the gymnasium its name on Thursday in a ceremony ahead of the school’s first home game.

The Eagles, the defending 2A champions, are 6-0 with all of those wins over bigger schools – 5A Marana, 4A Seton Catholic, 3A American Leadership Gilbert North, 3A Benjamin Franklin, 3A Northwest Christian and 3A Gilbert Christian.

They keep opposing teams at 29% shots and less than 40 points per game.

“I believe in every game we had a lead of at least 25 points,” said sophomore coach John Anderson, who played on two state championship teams for Fredericks at the SCA. “It’s really remarkable how our smothering and smothering defense began at the start of the season.”

Senior Garrison Sherman averages almost 18 points and junior Michael Fan has 15 points and six assists.

4. Prepare for a Wellness Story at Chandler Arizona College Prep, where Tyler Gebing has averaged 16 points and five rebounds in his last three games, wins over Payson, Coolidge and Chandler Prep. He had 19 points against Payson and 17 against previously undefeated Coolidge. The senior playmaker makes perfect sense, coach Clint Treadway said: “Going from an undersized first-year goalie with an autoimmune disease that stunted his growth to finding a medical solution that allowed him to grow considerably in strength and size over the past four years. “

5. Surprise Willow Canyon Senior Guard Pike Tancil could find his way into a Division I basketball purse, especially after averaging 34 points, seven assists and six rebounds after wins over Carl Hayden and Ironwood Ridge.

He is an under-recruited player who keeps improving.

To suggest ideas for human interest stories and other news, contact Obert at richard.obert@arizonarepublic.com or 602-316-8827. Follow him on twitter @azc_obert.

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