EC Preps



By Adam Paul


The High Tech High SD Storm who were semi-finalists last year in the CIF Division V playoffs looked to start their season off right while the Sultans looked to continue their momentum from the other nights victory.

Early on the contest was pretty even between the two teams as the first quarter went back and forth between the two teams who were able to put up points. However it would be the Storm who would take a 16-12 lead after the first period behind the scoring of Tucker who canned 5 points. The second quarter would be pretty much the same as the early part of the first quarter as both teams pretty much matched each other but High Tech High would lead 29-24 at the break.

Things in the second half got really interesting as the Sultans started out shooting free throws due to a technical foul called on High Tech. This occurred just before the buzzer went off to start the second half as one of the officials assessed the technical after one of the High Tech players grabbed the rim after trying to dunk.

So with the tech called the Sultans had a chance to cut into the deficit as they were able to shoot a couple of free throws. Unfortunately though both foul shots were missed so no harm done.

The 5 point deficit was the closes the Sultans would get in the third quarter as the Storm was able to extend their lead to double digits thanks to outscoring the Sultans 19-12 to lead 48-36 heading into the fourth quarter. Leading the charge for the Sultans in the third quarter was T.C. Simmons who scored 6 points.

Things got really interesting in the fourth quarter as the Sultans trailed by 10 points midway through the period. With about 3 minutes remaining the momentum shifted as the Sultans worked their way back with a 5-0 run to pull within 56-51. They were able to push that run to 9-0 and only trail 56-55. However that would be the closest they would get as High Tech High took momentum back in extending their lead on a three point basket with about 2 minutes remaining and leading 59-56.

The final minute of the contest was really hectic as both teams went back and forth. The Sultans had many opportunities to take the lead and pull out the victory but just couldn’t convert as the clock ran out.

Leading the way for the Sultans was T.C. Simmons who scored 18 points while Nick Berhalter poured in 11 and Zach Miller scored 10 points which included a couple of three pointers.

For the Storm their scoring leaders on the night was David who scored 14 points which included 7 of 10 from foul line and also Tucker who had 14 points.

“We are a young group compared to last season and we were able to sneak one out which was great as we haven’t been able to get into the gym much.  Our team chemistry is just starting to happen. As far as our defense we really put the pressure on them with our 41 diamond play and then we switched to a 38 box press which enabled us to do what we did when it came to stopping their opportunities” said Storm head coach Lance Beesley.



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