Boys’ Hoops Beat Mats

Ryan Jeter, Staff Writer

Boys’ varsity basketball picked up a win on its cross-town rivals’ home court on February 3.

After Miramonte provided an enthusiastic introduction of their players with music and flashing lights, Campolindo’s junior guard Will Cummins hit a pair of 3’s to help the Cougars quiet the crowd in the 1st quarter.

In addition to the offensive spark provided by Commins, the Cougars also relied on a defensive scheme that allowed them to stay within striking distance. “We came out and knew they were a good offensive team and had to really focus on our defense,” said Tom Caprio.

At the half, the Mats held a 23-20 advantage. “We were getting good shots but we just weren’t hitting them, so we made adjustments to it going into the 3rd quarter,” said Caprio.

In the 3rd quarter, the Cougars scored 17 points and only allowed 11, taking a 37-34 advantage. “We picked up on our offense and used that to be quicker and more active on defense,” said Caprio.

The Cougars began the final period with 5 unanswered points, including a 3 pointer from Cummins and a 2 pointer from freshman guard Carter Mahaney.

Just as it looked as if the Cougars would pull away for good, the Matadors surged back to within 3 points. But their run was too late. After 2 free throws from Cummins the game was clinched for the visitors.

“We are a great team and we like to work together,” Cummins told Cal Hi Sports.