Miles Brown's 25 points not enough as Sandy's boys summer basketball squad falls to Centennial, 63-53

by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Miles Brown goes up for a shot during last weeks 63-53 loss to Centennial in summer-league action.The Sandy boys’ summer basketball team was on fire for the first four minutes at Centennial on June 17. Then Centennial guard Dezmond Stoudamire decided the game was his.

Stoudamire lit up the Pioneers for 34 points and led the Eagles to a 63-53 victory.

After making the first field goal of the contest, Stoudamire was temporarily silenced by Sandy. The Pioneers’ own star, post Miles Brown, went to work on the other end and scored nine points before the half-way mark of the first quarter. Sandy used Brown’s early surge to take a quick 14-5 lead. After that, Stoudamire was able to do anything he wanted.

Stoudamire ended Sandy’s initial surge by spotting up and sinking a 3-pointer from the top of the key. He tossed in seven more points in the next three minutes, fueling a 19-3 Centennial scoring run that put the Eagles on top by a count of 24-17. They led by at least five points for the rest of the game.

Brown earnestly tried to put the Pioneers on his back in their attempt to climb back into the game. Following a Stoudamire trey in the second quarter, Brown scored 16 points in a 12-minute stretch, spanning from the end of the second quarter to the beginning of the fourth. In the middle of that stretch, he netted six straight points that cut an 11-point Centennial lead to five points, but the Eagles started doubling him and Sandy had no other scoring options.

The fact that Stoudamire never lapsed in his scoring assault didn’t help Sandy’s cause. He scored at least six points in every period, and he was not limited to just one method. If the Pioneers gave him a cushion on the perimeter, he nailed long jumpers. When Sandy pressed him on the outside, he took his defender off the dribble and got into the paint. He was also able to get the free-throw line regularly.

Stoudamire scored 15 of Centennial’s 25 second-half points, and he assisted on two of the Eagle’s other field goals. His 34 points led all players. The next highest scorer for Centennial was Rhys Atkinson who finished with 11 points, seven of which came in the first quarter.

Aside from Stoudamire’s ability to score at will, the most impressive thing about Centennial’s win was that the team only had five players available for the game. The absence of subs forced all five Eagles to play every minute, but the lack of rest never seemed to take a toll.

Centennial was almost forced to make a tough decision when Stoudamire suffered an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter. After hobbling around for a few minutes, he limped to the free-throw line and sank two foul shots. He favored that leg for the duration, but he stayed in the game.

Ironically, Stoudamire’s injury came one play after Brown went down with a similar injury. Brown eventually retired to the game, as well. So as it turned out, not even injuries could stop the back-and-forth individual battle between Stoudamire and Brown.

Brown was Sandy’s leader with 25 points. Cole Wilson added eight points for the Pioneers and Drew Kenny hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six.

The Pioneers were without post Canyon Dwyre against Centennial. When Dwyre and Brown are both on the floor going forward, very few teams will have the size to match up against Sandy’s two six-and-a-half-footers.

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