Now that the Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe are only scheduled against each other once a season it will be difficult to sweep the season series.

But that doesn't mean the Thunder didn't bring out their Broom.

Desert Vista senior Khamari Broom keyed the Thunder's 14-5 run to open the third quarter to help them stay hot Friday to beat visiting rival Mountain Pointe 65-55.

Desert Vista (8-2) led 28-23 at halftime and pushed its lead to 42-28 as Broom scored on a fastbreak, made a free throw, hit a base-line jumper and scored on an offensive putback to score seven straight points for the Thunder.

"It was just the flow of the game," said Broom, who finished with nine points and five rebounds. "We were playing good team defense and I just happen to be the one who scored."

Broom was pretty humble about the scoring spurt, but opened up a little when realizing he might very well have walked off the court for the last time against his Ahwatukee Foothills rival, assuming they don't meet in tournament play, a winner.

"It doesn't get much better than that," he said with a smile. "On your home court, beating your rival in an intense game with a big crowd. It was a great game."

Mountain Pointe (3-1) nearly came all the way back on the strength of a huge third quarter from Jerome Garrison, who finished 22 points, including a 12-of-12 performance from the line.

The Grand Canyon recruit scored the Pride's final 13 points of the third quarter to close within 43-39 as Mountain Pointe went on an 11-1 run entering the fourth quarter.

"We had to climb a big mountain to get back into it," said Garrison, who fouled out with less than 2 minutes remaining. "We worked so hard to get back into it but never got that basket that would have given us the lead."

The Pride twice had a chance to tie it at the rim, but were denied. Once Garrison had a steal and just as his dunk would have tied it, a foul was called on freshman Jalen Brown to nullify the basket.

Later in the fourth when Mountain Pointe was within 47-45 Brown had a steal and he passed to Izzy Marshall, who missed a layup with a defender in his face and Brown's tip rolled across the back of the rim but fell off to setup a Thunder fastbreak.

Desert Vista's John Marshall buried a base-line jumper to all but end the Pride's last push.

"If we make one of those I think we have a chance because we come all the way back to tie it up," Mountain Pointe coach Brian Fleming said. "We shot poorly all game. We missed some wide open shots. Twice we had a chance to tie at the rim and we missed three shots."

The Pride came in averaging 86 points a game, but couldn't get it going against the Thunder as Mountain Pointe made just 14 of 48 shots.

"We are a good defensive team because these guys work so hard at it," Desert Vista coach Dave Williams said. "I am so proud of these guys and the commitment they have made."

The first-year coach didn't expect this kind of start after taking over in May. He figured it would take a bit before everything fell into place and his style started to sink in to program.

It helps that junior Danny Powell, a transfer from Mesa, arrived soon after Williams was named coach. The 6-foot-5 guard/forward came into the game averaging 21.7 and added to it with a 28-point, 12-rebound performance.

Powell made four free throws down the stretch to help ensure the Pride didn't make another comeback.

Marshall added 11 points and was invaluable down the stretch, including a layup on a fastbreak that fouled Garrison out.

"We are playing pretty good right now," he said. "This was a great win for us. We are still figuring out who we are, but we are winning at the same time."


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Box score

Desert Vista 65, Mountain Pointe 55

MP 10 13 16 16-55

DV 16 12 15 22-65


MP - Marcus Ramirez 2-7 6-9 10, Izzy Marshall 2-6 0-4 4, Jerome Garrison 5-13 12-12 22, Khari Holloway 1-6 1-2 3, Steve Knox 1-8 3-5 5, Tyler Winbush 3-7 5-6 11. TOTALS: 14-48 27-38 55.

DV - Greg Carter 2-3 2-2 6, Danny Powell 9-16 7-7 28, John Marshall 3-7 4-7 11, Khamari Broom 4-8 1-2 9, Jeff Lowery 1-7 1-2 3, Nate Miles 0-1 1-2 1, Nick Timpani 1-2 1-2, 3, KJ Hoffman 1-4 0-0 2, David Palty 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 22-49 17-24 65.


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