Falcons Beat Dragons Z ; Improve to 4-0.

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Falcons Beat Dragons Z ; Improve to 4-0.

LINDA SACAUSKAS PHOTOGRAPHY

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LINDA SACAUSKAS PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Falcons played their fourth game at Eagle Peak Middle School against Dragons Z. The Dragons always play sound ball, so we knew this game would not be easy.  Our starting five was Dylan at point guard, Alex at shooting guard, Tyson at small forward, Ezra at power forward, and Seth as our center. Before the game, everyone showed up early to go over some plays and stretch. This is the first game this season that all the Falcons players were present.

As the first quarter started, the Falcons ball movement was great and got them easy buckets in the paint. The Dragons couldn’t figure out a way to stop this roaring Falcons offense. The only way the Dragons seemed to be able to slow them down was by fouling them, Tyson Pinola made them pay for this by making six out of eight in the first quarter alone. South Valley’s defense was even better, holding the Dragons to only three made baskets. The Falcons started the game using a full-court press, which threw the Dragons and led to easy scores.  City League rules require that you stop pressing if you have a 12 point, or larger, lead, so the Falcons had to drop back into a half court defense, but they still denied the Dragons. The score at the end of the first quarter was 21-7 Falcons.

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Ezra getting rebound

The second quarter was terrible offensively on both sides. The Falcons increased their lead, which caused the scoreboard to be shut off. After that, South Valley stopped taking the game seriously and started shooting on their own. They went zero out five 3s shot and six for eighteen for shots all together. The Dragons went four for twelve, but if they were able to finish most if their shots taken, they could have easily came back with the way the Falcons were playing defensively. The score was 33-15 at halftime.

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Seth Grabbing Rebound

You can say that the third quarter was worse than the second based on the scoreboard, but it really was a defensive quarter on both sides. The Falcons kept the Dragons to making only two shots. However, the Dragons picked it up defensively and kept the Falcons to only three shots out of eleven. Part of the problem is the Falcons got sloppy with the ball and kept turning it over.  With South Valley making little points, it obviously got them frustrated and players started to turn on each other, blaming others instead of trying to work it out. Freddie and Tyson had to calm everyone down and get them to focus on the game not their failed passes or missed shots. It was 39-20 at the end of the third quarter.

When the fourth quarter started, you can tell the Falcons had calmed down and were locked in. Gabe Alvarez scored his first points of the season, making two easy back to back layups with great passes from Rosco. The Falcons went six for eleven with two 3s from Tyson to increase their lead. Dragons were held to only making two shots. The end of the game wasn’t very intense and both teams slowed down to end the game quicker. Final score: 55-24 South Valley.

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Gabe Scores a Hoop

After the game, coach Veres had this to say, “We started off completely locked in and they were not ready for our intensity.  The passing and cutting on offense was how the game should be played and fun to see. They made adjustments at halftime and we did not cope with their adjustments, but worst of all, we started blaming each other, and we can’t do that.  If we weren’t already up big, we would have been in trouble. Too many turnovers on bad choices was the problem, and we can’t blame others for our own mistakes, we need to own them. I though our bench played well and really held their own, especially in the first half.”

The stats back up what coach Freddie is saying:  The Falcons had 18 turnovers, most of them in the second half.  Dewitte was the prime culprit with 9. Seth Hopkins again led the way on the boards, snagging 14 rebounds, with Dewitte chipping in 6 and Pinola grabbing 5.  Pinola led the scoring with 20 points on 6 of 16 shooting (2 for 7 from distance) from the floor and 6 of 7 from the charity stripe. Hopkins followed with 10, Dewitte netted nine, Gabe scored 6, Patel 5, and Casillas 2

 

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