Pride may have plenty more to celebrate

Mountain Pointe High, celebrating a win over No. 1 Brophy in last season’s 6A state semifinal game, might have even more to cheer about this season. The Pride were ranked No. 12 in the country by MaxPreps going into Tuesday’s game against No. 30 Pinnacle.

The Mountain Pointe High boys basketball team has cracked the national top 15 in MaxPreps’ latest rankings.

Mountain Pointe, 7-0 going into Tuesday night’s monster home game against Pinnacle, is No. 12 in the country, according to MaxPreps.

Pinnacle (6-0) is 30th nationally and fresh off an 82-80 win over 2018 4A state champ Shadow Mountain.

Tipoff is 7 p.m. at MPHS gym.

The Pioneers, with University of Arizona-bound guard Nico Mannion, beat the Pride in last season’s 6A state-championship game. Mannion, a 6-foot-2 guard, is averaging 26.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.3 steals a game.

The Pride have most of last season’s team back, led by 5-10 point guard Khalid Price (16.9 points, 3.4 assists and 3.3 steals).

Inside, Mountain Pointe’s 6-10 center Jalen Graham, who has committed to Santa Clara, averages 14.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocked shots a game.

DeAndre Henry, a 6-8 forward, bolsters Mountain Pointe with 11.3 points and 8.6 rebounds.

The Pride likely would move into the national top 10 with a victory. For results of Tuesday night’s game come back to Ahwatukee.com and click on sports.

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