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Boys basketball: Pride erases deficit to beat Marcos

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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 6:13 pm

Before Mountain Pointe took the court at McClintock on Monday they had to endure game tape of the carnage that was a 16-point loss to Brophy earlier in the McClintock Holiday Tournament.

Then the Pride went out and showed some resiliency by erasing a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Marcos de Niza 54-51 to finish in fifth place.

“There was a lot of apologies from the players,” Pride coach Hosea Graham said about making them watch the tape. “It was one of those games as a coach you know no matter what you do it wasn’t going to matter. You just let it play out and learn from it.

“And I think they did.”

The Pride (7-4) won the two games after the Brophy debacle as they beat Basha on Saturday and Marcos on Monday to finish 3-1 in the tournament.

Against Marcos (6-7) they were down late until they adjusted their press to three-quarters court instead of full and it lead to a 10-0 run to tie it at 46.

The Pride eventually took the lead when Marcos was called for over-and-back when a player dribbled the ball of his foot for the turnover.

Cortez Johnson scored off the baseline to give Mountain Pointe a 50-49 lead before Emmanuel Butler, who made the all-tournament team, converted four free throws for the win.

Khalil Salahuddin led the Pride with 12 points and had seven rebounds, while Butler added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

N’Keal Harry led the Padres with 15 points.

The Pride returns to action on Jan. 8 at Desert Ridge.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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