The Scottsdale Christian Academy boys basketball team made a defining statement in its lopsided win over No. 2 ranked Westwind Prep. Their 64-41 non-region victory gave notice to the rest of the field as playoffs progress to the title game: get off the track or get run over.
SCA, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A for a good reason, destroyed the No. 2 Westwind squad Thursday, easily winning the contest by a 23-point margin. Earlier in the season, the Eagles also knocked off Boulder Creek HS, ranked No. 1 in 5A-I.
Against Westwind, the perimeter shooting by the Eagles made up for what was missing under the net, as they continue to play without the big guy, 6’8″ Hayden Johnson, who is still trying to recover from a collapsed lung. It was lights-out from behind the arc in a 7-for-15 shooting night.
It’s still unsure whether Johnson, was was draining 44 per cent of his 3-point attempts, will make it back for the close of the season.
And the night after the Westwind win, the Eagles dropped another 63 points on Fountain Hills HS in its last game. The Falcons just don’t have the long-range firepower to compete with a team like SCA. Their 20 per cent 3-point accuracy this year has left them with a 16-11 record.
But Fountain Hills, a 3A school, scores 62 points a game and has two starters in double digits, Kyle Keating and Alex Forehand. They’re not a bad team. And Westwind is arguably even better and features a 6’6″ sophomore, Demarquise Johnson, who is averaging 17 points a game; he had 19 against SCA.
The Eagles still need to finish out their schedule, and 2A power Valley Christian is still out there waiting, just a couple of games down the road. Valley Christian is now sitting in the No. 2 spot in the AIA power rankings. The Trojans are a 20-4 team that averages less than 60 points a game, but finds a way to win. They have two scorers averaging doubles figures, Jeff Reinhart (12 ppg) and Drew Bond (10 ppg) and make a third of their three-point attempts.
These recent lopsided wins hardly prepare SCA for the rigors of playoff basketball, but it doesn’t seem likely they will be that hard-pressed in their quest for yet another state title, at least not until they get to the title game.
And they will enjoy the benefits of being the No. 1 seed in the state tournament as they make a bid for another state championship, the last one five years ago.