McIn­tyre leads Sau­gus to win

Boys hoops: Ju­nior scores 39 points in win over View­point

The Signal - - Sports - By Dan Lovi Sig­nal Staff Writer

The Sau­gus boys bas­ket­ball team used a pro­lific first quar­ter from ju­nior Adrian McIn­tyre to se­cure a 79-72 vic­tory over View­point on Wed­nes­day at Her­itage Chris­tian

High School.

McIn­tyre was

8-of-11 from the field for 18 points in the ini­tial pe­riod and ended the con­test with 39 points to­tal, in­clud­ing

4-of-9 makes from down­town. He also grabbed 12 re­bounds, dished out two as­sists, had a steal and a block.

“Some­thing snaps into my head and I just get into the zone,” McIn­tyre said about his first-quar­ter ex­plo­sion. “I know what I’m ca­pa­ble of do­ing and I ended up do­ing it.”

Sau­gus head coach Al­fredo Man­zano said high-scor­ing quar­ters like the one McIn­tyre had to start the game aren’t sus­tain­able, but he has the ut­most con­fi­dence in his ju­nior guard.

If he’s in the zone like he was on Wed­nes­day, he wants McIn­tyre to fire away.

“In that first half, he got it go­ing. It was crazy,” Man­zano said. “There is a time and place. If the game gets

a lit­tle tight and he starts miss­ing shots we’ll cor­rect it. But he’s got the green light.”

The sec­ond-lead­ing scorer for Sau­gus was ju­nior big man Cam­ron Nale, who logged a dou­ble-dou­ble with 16 points and 10 re­bounds (four of­fen­sive).

Nale’s pres­ence in the paint was huge for Sau­gus, as he of­ten drew dou­ble teams which led to open looks for his team­mates.

Hold­ing a three-point lead with a lit­tle over a minute re­main­ing in the game, Nale once again drew a dou­ble team in the post and found a cut­ting Stephen Tam­pus for an un­con­tested layup.

The bucket was a back­breaker for View­point, as Sau­gus pulled ahead for the win.

“If Cam can play con­sis­tently like that it’s huge be­cause it opens up the game for the perime­ter guys,” Man­zano said. “To­day he re­quired the dou­ble and as soon as it came he made the right de­ci­sion. We were talk­ing about that the whole sec­ond half. The weak­side is go­ing to be open and he found Stephen for the layup. When he is a pres­ence early in the game and re­quires a dou­ble it makes ev­ery­body’s life a lot eas­ier.”

McIn­tyre was of­ten the re­cip­i­ent of one of Nale’s passes from the post.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t see, but Cam helps me on all my aspects of scor­ing,” McIn­tyre said. “Hav­ing him in there, he’s a threat, so they send a dou­ble. Cam knows when I’m cut­ting or if I’m open in the cor­ner. If I’m hav­ing an on night on my 3’s, he’s go­ing to find me in the cor­ner or find me on the cut in­side.”

While McIn­tyre and Nale had the bulk of Sau­gus’ points, the other Cen­tu­ri­ons stepped up in key mo­ments of the game.

Justin Espinoza added three re­bounds and had a cru­cial 3-point play. Alex Phan was all over the court, draw­ing of­fen­sive fouls and div­ing for loose balls. Fresh­man Jared Seow also had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the game with his ball-han­dling and de­fense.

Fresh­man Nathan Perez added eight points, two re­bounds, a steal and a block.

“It’s very vi­tal,” McIn­tyre said of his team­mates step­ping up. “In the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, we went over our roles to con­trib­ute to our team. Ev­ery­body is do­ing a good job ful­fill­ing their roles so far.”

While ev­ery Cen­tu­rion that stepped on the court con­trib­uted to Wed­nes­day night’s win, the evening be­longed to McIn­tyre.

“He’s spe­cial and I don’t think he re­al­izes how spe­cial he is,” Man­zano said. “His ceil­ing is off the charts and we hope he just con­tin­ues to im­prove and put the time in.”

The Cen­tu­ri­ons will look to build on the win as they face Camp­bell Hall on Thurs­day at Ale­many High School. The game is set to tip off at 8 p.m.

Sau­gus 79 View­point 72

Sig­nal file photo

Adrian McIn­tyre scored 39 points for Sau­gus against View­point on Wed­nes­day.

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