Jalen Williams and Trent Brown Put On A Show
It has been a long time since I have seen two players score 45+ on the same high school hardwood in the state of Arizona. That is exactly what happen as two of this upcoming seasons 6A powerhouses, Perry and Pinnacle, squared up against each other in the Monarch Sports Prime Time event on Saturday afternoon.
6-foot-2 2019 point guard Trent Brown's Pinnacle Pioneers played all weekend short-handed with 3 starters missing including one of the top guards in America, Nico Mannion, who is in Italy playing for the Italian National Team. Also missing was 6-foot-6 sharpshooting wing Jordan Mains, who was resting a sore knee.
However, Brown would put Pinnacle on his back, hitting shot after shot while trying to keep pace with a very talented and extremely well-coached Perry team. Brown seemed as if he could not miss. It mattered very little if he was set-up, off-balance, or being fouled. The ball just continued to find it's way through the bottom of the net. He looked like an absolute assassin when his team needed him the most.
On the other side, it was 6-foot-4 2019 combo guard Jalen Williams lighting in up for Perry. While Brown did most of his damage from behind the 3-point line, Williams did his from all over the court. His stroke looked as on point as it usually does from deep, but he boogied into a few jumpers and penetrated and finished some shots inside the paint as well. If Brown was an assassin, Williams was a certified Hitman.
Both had a running mate to go with them. Brown got some good production inside out of 6-foot-9 2020 big man Tosh Baker, while Williams got a 30-piece out of two-sport 6-foot-5 2019 stud forward and tight-end Kyle Patterson. The other players on both teams played their roles well as the game was a great one. A game I will remember and bring up in basketball discussions well into the fall. It was tight throughout with multiple lead changes and two of the state's top guards going head-to-head and going tit-for-tat.
In the end, Jalen Williams would drop 45 points on his way to a 79-74 win and the championship trophy, earning Most Outstanding Player. Trent Brown would drop an amazing 53 points in the hard-fought loss. Had his team pulled it out, that Most Outstanding Player trophy would've belonged to him.
Another thing to look forward to in the 2018-19 season is a rematch between the two deep into the AIA 6A playoffs, if not a championship rematch. However, this one could be for the State Championship. And that game will include Nico Mannion and Jordan Mains for Pinnacle. And before you think that lop-sides that 5-point difference in this loss, keep in mind that Perry starts two underclassmen that are north of 6-foot-9 in one of the top 2022 players in the nation, 6-foot-10 PF Dylan Anderson, and 6-9 2021 C Carter Van Hammond. I have a strong belief that both of them will come leaps and bounds come playoff time.
On behalf of Relentless and the Arizona basketball community that was blessed enough to see that show, thank you Jalen Williams and Trent Brown for all the hard work and dedication you put into being the players you are and are becoming. Have a great July and stay in your bags!