The third meeting between Mountain Pointe and Brophy in boys basketball followed the script of the previous two.

By the end of the night, the Pride wanted a re-write but the trend continued.

Mountain Pointe led most of the game, but a fourth quarter collapse did the Pride in Wednesday at Desert Mountain as Brophy pulled out a 68-67 win in the first round of the Division I, Section III tournament to take the rubber match.

Sixth-seeded Mountain Pointe (14-12) led 61-50 at the end of three quarters when Jalen Brown hit a 3-pointer to finish off a 14-6 run.

Third-seeded Brophy (21-6) remained steady in the final quarter, chipping away as Mountain Pointe went 2 for 9 from the line in the final period.

"You are not going to beat anyone going 2 for 9 in the fourth quarter," Mountain Pointe coach Brian Fleming said. "If we make any of those we probably win, but we didn't."

The third game between these two squads played out much like the previous two where the team trailing most of the game pulled it out in the end.

"We kept fighting, that's what you got to do," Brophy coach Tony Fuller said.

The Pride, who should still make next week's state playoffs, had three chances to pull it out in the end.

Trailing by one, Mountain Pointe's Jordan Bellamy got a steal with 27 seconds left and the offense cleared out for Khari Holloway. The junior guard got to the basket but his shot fell short only for the Pride to get a reprieve when the ball was tipped off the hands of Brophy center Tim Kempton with 11.7 seconds left.

After the inbounds, Brown, who finished with 22 points, was fouled and he went to the line with five seconds left only to miss both free-throw attempts.

"I need to make those free throws," said Brown, who was dealing with calf tightness down the stretch. "Usually the fourth quarter is ours but we didn't finish strong."

Despite all of that Mountain Pointe got another chance after Brophy's Jordan Medl was fouled after Brown's miss and he missed the front-end of a 1-and-1.

It gave the Pride the ball back with 3.1 seconds left and after a timeout, Holloway was able to get a clean look at the basket only to see the shot come up short.

"We broke down when they made their run instead of responding," Holloway said. "We had our chances but didn't connect on them."

Fleming wasn't happy with end result by any means but felt the Pride competed like it has all season long.

"When we went up 61-50 I thought for sure we had it," Fleming said. "They've fought hard all year. Nobody thought we'd do anything this year, but we are a pretty good 14-12."

The Pride used a lot of zone against Kempton after the son of the former Sun by the same named scored 35 in the last meeting. It worked in that Kempton was held to 10 points, but allowed outside shooters some good looks as Robert Relf finished with 16, James Harper had 15 and Fred Gammage added 11.

Mountain Pointe was led by Brown, Holloway, who had 14, and Marcus Ramirez, who finished with 12.

"We'll take some time and be ready to go," Brown said of the state tournament. "We've made some mistakes all season that we have to clean up."

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