Tuesday, January 23rd @ Desert Mountain
Friday, January 26th vs. Boulder Creek
Friday, January 26th
Come on out and honor our 4 seniors:
Alex Fisher, Mason Johnson,
Calvin Schapira, Nick Voth
Pioneers in the News
Pioneers take 5th place in the Rancho Mirage Invitational!
Bordow: 5 thoughts on state basketball tourneys
"Perhaps the most interesting game in the 6A boys bracket, at least from a stylistic perspective, is Mesa Mountain View (No. 12) traveling to face Phoenix Pinnacle (No. 5). Gary Ernst’s Mountain View teams like to play a methodical half-court game, and the Toros will have to slow it down to have any chance against Pinnacle and sensational freshman Nico Mannion.
Pinnacle beat Mountain View by 15 points in mid-January but Ernst always gets his teams to play their best come the playoffs. The question is, can Mountain View do enough offensively to stay in the game?" Read the entire article here.
A 15-year-old (sorta-maybe) basketball prodigy
"He’s an Instagram phenomenon who fascinates college coaches—but he’s not quite a sure thing. He’s also a high school freshman trying to navigate the awkward phases and social mysteries that come with being a teenager. Meet Nico Mannion, a 15-year-old (sorta-maybe) basketball prodigy." Read the longform article by Chris Ballard here.
American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Basketball Performances: Jan. 30-Feb. 4
"No. 1 Trent Brown, Phoenix Pinnacle, G, 6-0, So.
He had 32 points, making a single-game school record eight 3-pointers, against Findlay Prep on Saturday night, a game in which the Pioneers were tied at 51 in second half. He also had 17 points against Glendale Mountain Ridge and 14 against Phoenix Brophy Prep, both wins." Read the rankings here.
Charged-up crowd boosts Pinnacle to decisive win over Brophy
"State starts in a couple of weeks, but Phoenix Pinnacle, on senior night, with the student-body Crazies packed to the ceiling, made it feel like a playoff game Friday.
"Even in warmups, they got me going," said freshman point guard Nico Mannion, who had 17 points and nearly double-digit assists, leading Pinnacle past Phoenix Brophy Prep 75-55 in a 6A Conference non-region game." Read the entire article here.
High school boys basketball Super 10, rankings: Through Jan. 21
"No. 9 Phoenix Pinnacle (16-5): Sophomore Trent Brown last week broke Dorian Pickens’ season 3-pointers record in nine fewer games." Check out the rankings here.
Rim Rattler: Pinnacle Sophomore Thriving On Hardwood
"Meet Spencer Rattler the basketball player: 14.2 points and four rebounds per game, a team-leading 64 percent shooter from the field and leadership skills often not seen from a player his age.
His varsity basketball evolution from last year is just as jaw-dropping as his ability to throw the deep ball or leave a defense on skates with his elusiveness in and around the pocket.
“Football helped my [basketball] game strength-wise,” Rattler explained to Sports360AZ.com. “Last year I was a little smaller and couldn’t push people around like I can this year (smiling). My legs are a lot stronger. I’m jumping a lot higher.”" Watch the video here.
Boivin: Pinnacle freshman Nico Mannion creating national buzz
""He instinctively understands any offense you run,” Pinnacle coach Charlie Wilde said before his team’s 80-56 victory over Horizon on Tuesday. “He has ideas after games, with lots of detail. And the basketball intelligence is really off the charts.”...
Mannion will grow as a player at Pinnacle because of a unique mix of team talent.
Junior center Calvin Schapira is also a standout pitcher who has committed to play at USC, and sophomore guard Spencer Rattler is one of the state’s top quarterbacks and already has received an impressive collection of offers to play football.
“He’s kind of going through the same experience I am, so that’s really helped a lot,” Mannion said."" Read the entire article here.