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Early 5A boys hoops bracket thoughts

Posted by on February 19, 2011 – 1:06 pm

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.

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  • Obama's Teleprompter says:

    No. 6 Brophy has the toughest matchup in the top 6, duh, they are the sixth seed. Most likely to pull upsets are “No. 9 Desert Vista, No. 10 Hamilton, and No. 11 Cesar Chavez”, duh again.

    Seriously though, Mesa and North are the clear favorites in 5A-I, while 5A-II is a little more wide-open.

  • urmom.com says:

    Obama’s teleprompter said….your obviously about as smart as obama himself if you think that mesa and north are the clear favorites. Mountain pointe could easily take down mesa who relies on the play of jahii a little too much. The state championship is most likely going to be between North and Mountain View..after of course mesa either loses to mountain pointe or if not them than north in the semis. MVT and North are the most balanced teams along with corona but coronas road will end in the quarterfinals when they meet the toros.

  • Hoop says:

    How can u say “clearly Mesa and North are the favorites?!” nobody is playing better than MV right now, they are a better team than both of these two.

  • Doug Swift says:

    I think the cream rises to the top. If Mountain View had a slightly higher difficulty schedule (not their fault), they would have surpased Mesa and moved in to the 2 or 3 spot….that being said, Buena is the Cinderella invited to the dance, and although its hard to remain unbeaten, review who they played….they have had an ice cream social going threw some incredibly soft indian teams and desert teams way out the tucson way…sal point for example was the toughest match. Come on….Sal Point? Its not their fault but they have done the Toros a favor here. Mesa will get recrushed against North like they did the first time, then North will be handed by Mountain View after they fail to recover the next day. I can see Mesa and North beating on each other while Mountain View rides its bench against Buena should they get there. Mountain View in a sweep….4-0 easily.

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