EL CENTROÂ â€”Â The Southwest Eagles boysâ€™ basketball team hosted the Calipatria Hornets for the first round of CIF play in a game that concluded with the Eagles defeating the Hornets, 60-42.
Kicking off the first quarter, the Eagles struck first, drawing a foul for Eric Pompa (#1) who made two free throws at the line.
The Hornets’ Julian Medina (#33) followed throught with for two points, tying up the game.
The Eagles quickly took back the lead with a pass to Grant Hansink (#24) by Pompa for a three-point field goal. Pompa followed up with a three-pointer of his own, setting a new tempo for the game. Closing out the first quarter, the Eagles held a seven-point lead over the Hornets with a score of 17-10.
In the second quarter, both teams shot back and forth bringing the score to 19-18 in the Eagles’ favor. Then Southwest’s Rven Silva (#15) broadened the gap with a three-pointer from the top of the key, making the score 22-18.
George Rubacava and his Hornet team got back on the board by making two free throws, making it a two-point game until Southwest’s Pompa came back with a layup inside the key. The Eagles closed out the first half of play with a four-point lead over the Hornets, 27-23.
Starting the third quarter, the Eagles scored two on a fast break to the basket. On the take-out, the Eagles found two more points with a stolen ball that led to a layup by the Eagles’ Tyler Saikon (#3), bringing the score to 31-23.
The Hornets got their first points on the board for the half with Perez shooting a three-pointer that made it just a five-point deficit.
In the third quarter, the Eagles put up a total of 14 points, while the Hornets scored just seven.
The Hornets’ Medina scored first in the fourth quarter with a drive into the key for a layup. Calipatria followed with two points from Perez at the free throw line, resulting in a 43-30 score.
The Eagles answered with a steal by Silva for a charge at the basket for a layup. The Eagles’ Hansink also found action with a layup, bringing the score to 51-32. The Hornets’ Perez found the basket on a three-point shot. By the end of the fourth quarter, the Eagles put up 19 points that resulted in the 60-42 outcome.
â€œIt was a close first half, and I knew we had to come out in the second half ready to play and we were able to do that, allowing us to win the game,â€ said Southwest’s Head Coach Ruben Valenzuela.