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Gallery: Battle of The White Tanks May Determine Verrado’s Playoff Hopes

In an extremely anticipated battle, Verrado faced off against Canyon View in a showdown that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Despite missing key players Cristian Rubio and Samson Chabala, Verrado came out ready to play, fueled by determination and a will to play.


Forwards Brady Wadsworth and Trey Ross sit and plan before heading back out on the court. (Bryson Taylor)


From the opening whistle, the intensity was taken to notice as both teams traded shots, both refusing to let up. The first half saw an exhilarating back-and-forth battle, with neither side able to gain a decisive advantage. However, as halftime approached, Canyon View managed to hang on to a slim lead, leaving Verrado trailing by around 10 points.


Guard #20 Asher Melessa shooting some warm-up 3’s before the rivalry matchup. (Bryson Taylor)


But halftime was a game-changer for Verrado. Fueled by a fierce determination, they started an amazing defensive effort that saw them fight their way back into contention. 


Guard #2 Lorenzo Lizarraga exiting the intro tunnel, preparing for the big game ahead. (Bryson Taylor)


Verrado Guard #11 Chris Pilato preparing to shoot a free throw after the AND1 call. (Bryson Taylor)


By the end of the third quarter, the score was tied at 45 a piece, setting the stage for a nail-biting finale.


Varsity Guard Jorden Etheridge (true Freshman) locking up offense from the other team. (Bryson Taylor)


As the fourth quarter unfolded, Verrado continued to match Canyon View hit for hit, refusing to let up despite the mounting pressure. However, a cruel blow was dealt as two key players suffered short-lived injuries, momentarily shifting the momentum into Canyon View’s favor.


Verrado’s big men gave a quick high five after #32 Aiden Roestenberg makes a clutch bucket (Bryson Taylor)

With their rivals gaining momentum, Verrado fought hard to regain control, but Canyon View’s late surge proved too much to overcome. In the end, despite a heroic effort, Verrado fell short, losing victory to Canyon View in this fiercely contested White Tank Rivalry, with a final score of 55-70.


Verrado big man Aiden Roestenberg pulls up from deep with 6:53 remaining before halftime. (Bryson Taylor)


Though the result may not have gone their way, Verrado’s resilience and fighting spirit were undeniable, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this thrilling rivalry.


A group huddle with all team members focused on the veteran leader, Coach Ramon Marks. (Bryson Taylor)


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Bryson Taylor, Editor-At-Large
From Phoenix Arizona, Bryson Taylor has had 17 years of living and learning. He grew up in Buckeye with his mom and two sisters for most of his childhood. Some of his favorite things to do include listening to music, playing PS5 with his friends, and watching or playing sports. He has played basketball since he was about 14 years old, and while he does not play for a team anymore, he still loves to play and watch it. One of his biggest overall dreams is to get far with sports journalism because he has an unlimited amount of love for writing. He plans to go to college for sports journalism and broadcasting in Indiana, and he dreams of working with ESPN. Bryson originally decided to take journalism in hopes to find a new hobby. He loves to write about the NBA and NFL the most, as they are his favorite sports. His favorite NFL team is the Dallas Cowboys and his favorite NBA team is the Phoenix Suns. He would love to pursue writing in a way that could provide entertainment or news to his classmates and to the Verrado community before leaving for college and you can find him in both journalism class periods next year!

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