Mingus Union boys basketball team beats Bradshaw Mountain
Marauders score 44 in first half, deal visiting Bears fourth loss in a row
COTTONWOOD — On Tuesday night at home, Mingus Union boys basketball got revenge against Bradshaw Mountain and won their third in a row.
The Marauders (12-14) cruised to a 68-49 won over the Bears after scoring 44 points in the first half.
“We’re happy with the result,” said Mingus Union head coach Dave Beery. “I think we could have played a lot cleaner than we did, the second half especially we were pretty sloppy with the basketball, had some poor possessions. But overall it’s hard to nit-pick when we win by 20. It’s a division rival and a team that we’re definitely pretty motivated to beat.”
The home win earned the Marauders a season split with the Bears after Mingus Union had to forfeit the game in Prescott Valley on Dec. 16.
Mingus Union forfeited first game after a Marauder played too much. AIA rules dictate that a student athlete can play no more than six quarters in one day between JV and varsity. Mingus Union won 62-61 in overtime originally.
“It’s kind of an unusual thing. I don’t know that I’ve seen that before. But you know, it’s, uh, you know, yeah, we felt like they stole one and so we were pretty motivated,” Beery said.
Bradshaw Mountain (3-16) rallied to pull to within 49-37 in third quarter but three three-pointers in a row by Mingus Union’s Michael Bryan, Chaz Taylor and Jordan Pollock helped squash hopes of a comeback.
Mingus Union would go up 60-37 after three quarters.
“They came out hot in third quarter, we changed things up and made some adjustments but we dug ourselves too big of a hole,” said Bradshaw Mountain head coach Matt Simpson. “Credit to them, they are playing very well. I know coach Beery really well so it was fun to watch his guys flourishing at the right time.”
Issac Escalante led all scorers with 18 points, as Chase Paquin added 11 and Bryan had nine.
“I think they kind of dared us to shoot and that’s the one thing our team does pretty well and so we were ok with that,” Beery said.
In addition to the three game winning streak, the Marauders have won four of their last five and at No. 26 are inching towards the top 16.
“We kind of felt like we’ve been waiting for this all year, between some injuries and some games where frankly we didn’t show up ready to play, we haven’t quite performed up to our own expectations, so we’re getting there,” Beery said.