Early 5A boys hoops bracket thoughts
The 5A-I and 5A-II boys basketball brackets have been solidified, and I’ll do a rundown of how I think the tournament will turn out before the games start on Wednesday.
After a quick glance, here are some initial observations:
- Mesa and Mountain Pointe haven’t played a game since Jahii Carson transferred from the Pride to the Jackrabbits last year as a junior, but would face off in the quarterfinals if both win their opening-round matchups. Mesa shouldn’t have much trouble in the first round against Tucson, but Mountain Pointe has a tough matchup against Hamilton. Whichever team wins that game has a decent shot against Mesa.
-Desert Vista has the unfortunate task of traveling to Tucson in the first round and then possibly Sierra Vista in the quarterfinals, but you couldn’t ask for a better draw as a No. 9 seed. The Thunder plays Salpointe first and then likely Buena if it advances, and definitely has a shot at winning both of those games to make the semifinals.
- Brophy has the toughest first round game of anyone in the top-6, as the Broncos must host a dangerous Cesar Chavez squad. Hamilton, Desert Vista and Cesar Chavez look like the most likely teams to pull a first-round upset.
- Mountain View and Corona del Sol are poised for a quarterfinal matchup. The teams split a pair of games this year, each winning on the other’s home court. The Toros would get the home court advantage if the teams met, and the winner would likely be the favorite to make it to the state title game out of their side of the bracket.
As for 5A-II:
-No. 7 seed Horizon and No. 2 Desert Mountain are on track to play in the quarterfinals, while No. 4 Chaparral and No. 1 Pinnacle would meet in the semifinals. I’m sure those teams are sick of seeing each other after duking it out in the 5A Desert Valley Region for the past couple months.
- I think Pinnacle is the best team in the division, but with a potential game against Tolleson in the quarterfinals, then Chaparral in the semifinals and maybe Desert Mountain or Fairfax in the title game, it would certainly earn a state championship.
- As the No. 12 seed, Marcos de Niza has a solid chance to pull an upset of No. 5 Lake Havasu in the first round.
Seems like some good parity in both divisions, so it will be an interesting tournament.