Big Blue Stomps Bears
Magnolia’s Jordan Moore dropped four of 10 Blue Eagle three point baskets, while adding five rebounds, two steals, and three blocked shots to lead the Eagles to a 73-63 victory over the Oak Glen Golden Bears Dec. 30 in the HammerDome.
Both teams locked horns in the first half, with neither team taking a huge lead. At the end of one, Magnolia held a two-point advantage and watched it shrink to one at the break, 30-29.
In the second half of action, Magnolia started to pull away, thanks, in-part, to solid outside shooting and good aggressive defense. Moore led the charge with his clutch shooting, while Matt Sapp led the break that resulted in three steals, eight assists, and eight rebounds to gain the nod.
The duo of Jared Blatt and Mark Winters accounted for 36 points and combined for 19 rebounds, five blocked shots, and caused havoc around the basket with their shot-blocking ability. Winters also lit it up from the perimeter, dropping a pair of three point baskets. The stats don’t even touch how many balls they kept alive, along with the entire team hitting the boards.
Other Eagles helping in the scoring column included Sapp, with nine points, including a pair of threeballs. Traeh Keller sank two from downtown and tossed in one from the stripe. Andy Huggins and Josh Yost were held to four and three points, respectively. But, they did all the intangibles, wrecking havoc on defense and running the break to cause the Oak Glen boys to falter down the stretch. On a sour note, the Eagles cashed in on only 9-21 shots from the charity stripe and made 10-26 from beyond the arc.
The Blue junior varsity stayed unbeaten with a 47-21 victory as Ryan Gautschi led the way with a game-high 11 points.