Tough road ahead for Toros to repeat
The Mountain View boys basketball team hasn’t been given any favors in its quest to repeat as state champions.
The Toros were the No. 2 seed in the Division I, Section III boys tournament last week, but a scheduling quirk put them in No. 7 seed Desert Mountain’s gym in an eventual first round loss.
The early defeat, coupled with an alleged power points flaw, dropped Mountain View all the way to No. 12 in the state tournament bracket and took away a first-round bye.
The Toros began the state tournament on Thursday, and it’s a good bet Mountain View will take care of business against Rincon to advance to the second round.
The tough hike will begin Saturday, as the Toros must travel to play Desert Vista in the second round. The teams faced off in the VisitMesa.com Basketball Challenge in late December, and the Toros pulled out a victory on a last-second 3-pointer by Mitch Wallace.
If Mountain View can win that game, Gilbert would probably be the next opponent in the quarterfinals, with top-seeded and state tournament favorite Corona del Sol looming in the semifinals. The Aztecs and Toros may have been the two best teams in the state tournament last season and had to meet in the quarterfinals, with Mountain View pulling away for the win. The bulk of that Corona del Sol team is back and hoping for revenge.
Finally, if Mountain View can navigate that whole stretch, Pinnacle could possibly be the championship game opponent.
So for those keeping track at home, Mountain View (16-3 in power point games) is ranked No. 3 in the Tribune’s final regular season rankings, and it would possibly need to knock off No. 1 Corona, No. 2 Pinnacle, No. 4 Desert Vista and No. 6 Gilbert to win another state title.