By: Steven Pham
Photos & video by: Kobi Russom
Last night’s starting lineup for Sunrise was Dillon Hunter, Scotty Middleton, Gradey Dick, Mark Mitchell, and Cam Corhen. For We Are United; Joshua Williams, Logan Applegate, Jeremiah Dotson, John Lovelace Jr., and Isaiah Davis.
It was a rough start for Sunrise offensively in the opening minutes. An early timeout helped the offense get into a rhythm. We Are United had a 9-6 lead over Sunrise at the beginning of the quarter. Sunrise was all over the offensive glass and gave themselves easy second-chance points. Sunrise closed out the quarter on a 19-3 run and led 25-12 after the first quarter.
Dick led Sunrise with 7 points after the first quarter and continued his hot hand in the second. He made 3 threes in the quarter and had a game-high 16 points at the half. Corhen was dominant inside for Sunrise with 8 first-half points and 3 offensive rebounds. Both Dick and Corhen outscored We Are United in the first half. Sunrise went into the locker room up 44-20 at the half.
The second half was a ton of fun as Sunrise slowly started to empty their bench. The whole team got involved as Hunter, Mitchell, Corhen, Dick, Layden Blocker, Bobi Klintman, and Valentino Pinedo all scored in the third. Mitchell got his game going after struggling in the first half. He had 7 points in the quarter and 10 overall.
Sunrise kept We Are United outside the paint and forced tough shots all night long. Sunrise outscored We Are United 27-7 in the quarter and led 71-27 going into the fourth quarter.
The entire bench unit for Sunrise got in and made an impact. Blocker, Klintman, Pinedo, Armaan Bhakta, Joe Zhang, Boubacar Keita, and Noah Pick all scored in the quarter. They all got extended minutes and made the most of their opportunities. The Sunrise crowd loved every minute of it and erupted on every shot attempted, made, and each charge that was taken.
Williams was the only bright spot for We Are United as he had 11 of his 12 points in the quarter. Applegate started the game off hot from three but cooled off immediately in the second quarter. We Are United lived by the three and died by the three as a majority of their shot selection was outside the paint.
Sunrise shot 43% from the field, 37% from three, and went 8/16 (50%) from FT. Sunrise had 39 total rebounds, a season-high 20 offensive, and 19 defensive. Sunrise had 24 assists on 34 made shots, 3 blocks, and 11 steals.
Dick had a game-high 22 points on 7-15 shooting (5-11 from three), 6 rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Mitchell had 10 points on 4-12 shooting (2-3 from three), 4 rebounds, a team-high 8 assists, and a team-high 3 steals. Corhen had 10 points on 4-7 shooting (4-5 from two), 4 rebounds, an assist, and a block. Hunter had 9 points on 3-6 shooting (2-4 from three), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
Sunrise will get a week off and prepare to take on Spring Creek and Premier Academy. The season is winding down and every game is pivotal in the standings, rankings, and building momentum.