A 48-Point Night for IPS Freshman

Broady hits 10 3s in Win

By Daniel Dullum

Imagine Prep-Superstition’s boys basketball game plan came into focus quickly on Feb. 2 against IP-Surprise – get the ball to hot-shooting freshman Tavares Broady.

“Reggie Johnson saw he had a mismatch and wanted to post up,” Panthers Coach Travis Gordon said. “I told him that if he didn’t get out of that post and get the ball to Var right now, you might not play again!”

Tavares Broady

Since Johnson did his share on the defensive end, the sophomore forward didn’t have to worry about losing his playing time. Tavares Broady, meanwhile, was tearing it up all night, dropping in 48 points – including 10 3-pointers – as the Panthers routed IP-Surprise 91-50 in a CAA Division III, Region 1 contest at Panther Arena.

“This is the first time I’ve ever scored that many points,” Tavares, who connected on 17 of 26 field goal attempts, said. “That feels so amazing, bro! It’s like you never know what you can truly do. I don’t truly know what I can do until I play a game like this.

Tavares, who connected on 10 of 15 from behind the arc, said he felt he found his shooting groove in the second quarter. “I hit a couple of 3s, then, lights out. That’s just what happened.”

Gordon said, “The guys knew he was on fire and made sure they got him the ball,” and commended Broady’s teammates on sacrificing their own shots.

“They recognized that he was feeling it,” Gordon said. “They got the ball to him at the right spots and he was just knocking them down. It was just one of those nights.

“He’s got that kind of capability. He’s been playing like that the last couple of weeks and carrying us. But tonight was something special.”

Though the Storm led 17-12 after one quarter, IP-Superstition flipped that deficit into a 39-22 halftime lead. As IP-Surprise’s shooting cooled off, the Panthers took their first 20-point lead at 55-35 midway through the third quarter.

Tavares Broady sank a pair of technical free throws to give IP-Superstition a 79-48 lead at 5:46 of the fourth quarter. The Panthers led 88-48 on a Tavares Broady layup with 2:15 to play.

Also contributing for the Panthers was Dallas Pina with 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebound; Wayne Young with 10 points and five rebounds; and Jorge Garcia had eight points and nine assists.

Johnson added nine points, five assists and grabbed 13 of the Panthers’ 39 total rebounds.

“Just wanted to get him the points,” Johnson said. “Did it with my teammates helping, boxing out; that really helped me get the boards.”

Gordon said he wasn’t worried about scoring points, but was pleased to see the defense hold the Storm to 50 points.

“There were no weak links, everybody was locked in on the game assignments. This team has been averaging around 80 points per game for the last month. I was more proud of the defense more than anything else.”

With the victory, the Panthers improved to 11-3 overall and remain a half-game behind first-place Canyon State Academy (11-2) in the Region 1 standings. IP-Superstition hosts San Tan on Tuesday and finishes the regular season on Friday at ALA-Ironwood.

The opening round of the Division III state tournament is Friday, Feb. 16 at Salt River High and South Mountain Community College.

“We’re close to where we want to be,” Gordon said. “Isaiah Broady is still rehabbing a knee injury, but the rest of the guys are definitely playing ball the right way and giving us a chance to win. We lost a couple of games without Isiah, but we’ve got a little bit of depth and we can play with anybody. We’ll be ready.”

Tavares Broady added, “I don’t need to go for 48 again, but I do need to keep playing like I have been lately and we’ll get that championship.”

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