IMPERIAL- The Southwest Eagles shellacked the West Shores Wildcats of Salton City 69-37, in day two of the 2016 Boys Varsity High School Basketball Tiger’s Classic, on Tuesday night in Imperial.
At tip-off, Southwest’s 1-3-1 trapping zone proved to be overwhelming for West Shores as they were held to single digits in the opening period. Eagles Guard (#5) Cameron Jungers lead Southwest’s defense prowess with six steals in the first quarter.
Eagles’ guard (#1) Eric Pompa lead all scorers netting 15 of his game total of 22 points in the first quarter on two long balls from behind the arc, four layups, and one free-throw to help claim a 23-7 Eagle advantage at the end of the first period.
Another solid defensive performance by Southwest in the second quarter, allowing only seven points on three shots, opened up a variety of fast break opportunities with steals.
Midway through the second period, Eagle forward (#24) Emmanuel Lopez was on the receiving end of an outlet lay-in after a steal by forward (#3) Tyler Saikhon. Southwest guard (#20) Nathan McFadden contributed five points in the quarter on a fast break lay-up, cutting runner, and free-throw to give Southwest a 44-14 lead going into the half.
Giving up merely six points in the entire third period, the Eagles pulled away when (#20) McFadden added six more points to his offensive output on another layup, a backcourt steal and finish, and a floater on the last possession of the third quarter to beat the buzzer making the score 59-21.
West Shores picked up the offensive when Wildcat’s leading scorer, Center (#10), Brandon Blake knocked in eight of his total 15 points of the game in the fourth quarter. The early deficit loomed too large for West Shores, despite the late surge, as the Eagles soared to a 69-37 blowout final.
“The boys really played solid defense. I think we took another step in the right direction to get the season going. I was very happy with the way we played today,” said Southwest Eagles Boys’ varsity basketball head coach Ruben Valenzuela about their victory.