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BOYS BASKETBALL: KNIGHTS AND VAQUEROS GARNER VICTORIES

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By Adam Paul

#2 FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 62, GROSSMONT 47

Things didn’t start right away in favor the Foothills Christian Knights as Taeshon Cherry didn’t start and was on the bench for sometime in the first quarter. With Cherry on the bench the Foothillers took full advantage and showed why they are a team not to be taken lightly.

Grossmont led by Austin Odon scoring 6 points in the first quarter and also being really pesky around the basket really made things hard for the Knights. Midway through the first quarter after seeing enough, Knights head coach Brad Leaf called timeout and inserted his superstar Cherry into the lineup. Foothills responded pretty well with Cherry on the court as they were able to cut into the Foothillers lead and only trail 18-12 after the first period.

Despite trailing heading into the second quarter the Knights didn’t fret as the quarter started because right away things started rolling their way. The Knights besides offensively were able to clamp down on the defensive side as Grossmont all of a sudden couldn’t hit anything. Foothills responded with taking advantage of missed shots by Grossmont and using their size and also DJ Carter-Hollinger getting in on the action as well.

Hollinger for the Knights along with Cherry really took over in the second quarter with their size advantage. Hollinger in the quarter would score 10 points which included 4-4 from the free throw line. Cherry on the other hand scored 5 points as did Dave Dixon to help the Knights roll out to a 37-23 lead at the break.

In the second half the Foothillers showed signs of life but unfortunately the Knights in the end were too tough as they outscored Grossmont 27-24.

Leading all scorers on the night was Hollinger who scored 22 points including 8 of 10 from the foul line and also for the Knights was Cherry who punched in 15 points.

For the Foothillers Austin Odom led all Grossmont scorers with 16 points including knocking down 3 3-three pointers. Joining him scoring wise was Myki Moreland who scored 7 points.

 

EL CAPITAN 46, EC SOUTHWEST 36

The Vaqueros who were coming off a two point victory the other night looked to keep things going as they took on the Eagles in the Grossmont Winter Classic Friday night.

Leading the way for the Vaqueros was the duo of Randy Tucker who rolled a double-double of 13 points while hauling in 11 boards on the night and also Jake Pfitzner who scored 13 points as well to propel El Capitan.

With the win the Vaqueros now have won four games in a row and push their overall record to 5-6 and will go for 5 wins a row tomorrow against the Kearny Komets to finish up the Grossmont Winer Classic.

 

#4 MISSION BAY 66, HELIX 52

THE LIONS CLUB CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP

The Highlanders right away jumped out to a 6-2 lead and things looked good for Helix but unfortunately the Buccaneers who were really good would use a 7-0 run to take a 9-6 lead.

Both teams would go back and forth and for Helix, Jaylin Hinson would knock a second three ball of the quarter but Boogie Ellis for Mission Bay would score on the other end. After one quarter of play the Buccaneers led 15-13.

Things would start heating up for the Buccaneers in the second quarter as they used their athleticism to create a big scoring run to take a 27-15 lead. However for the Highlanders, Jaydn James would knock down a crucial three pointer to bring the score to 27-18 with about a tad over a minute before the intermission. Helix would eventually roll on a 6-0 run to pull within 27-21 at the break.

Opening the second half both teams looked to start right but it would be the Buccaneers who gained the upper hand as they jumped out on a 7-1 run to lead by 12 points. They increased their lead to 37-22 after Jay Norton nailed a three pointer.

Helix would try and attempt a comeback but Mission Bay would increase its lead more as Norton would nail another three pointer on the assist from Ellis to make it 43-27 with about three minutes left in the third quarter.

The Highlanders would eventually claw into the 19-point deficit as they would get within 13 after buckets by Amari Green and Hinson.

Unfortunately for Helix the biggest weapon against them was the fact that Mission Bay was able to use their speed to press which forced many turnovers and bad shots and would leave them trailing 49-35 after three quarters of play.

For Mission Bay in the final quarter of play it would be the play of Ellis who came up big for them as they led 63-47 with about a minute remaining in the game.

The Buccaneers would eventually go on to the win which moved their record to 5-0 on the week to claim the tournament Championship.

Boogie Ellis was named Tournament MVP for Mission Bay while Jay Norton and Ronnie Latting were named All Tournament.

For the Highlanders, Jaylen Hinson made the All-Tournament team.

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