Cents work smart in tour­na­ment ac­tion

Boys hoops: Sau­gus erases deficit to beat Camp­bell Hall

The Signal - - Sports - By Diego Mar­quez Sig­nal Staff Writer

Be­gin­ning the game try­ing to fig­ure out each other’s style of play, Sau­gus boys bas­ket­ball and Camp­bell Hall met in The War­rior Clas­sic at Bishop Ale­many on Thurs­day.

Go­ing down to the wire, Sau­gus boys fought hard through­out the game get­ting key con­tri­bu­tions from role play­ers to es­cape with a 68-67 win.

“We didn’t let them con­vert in the se­cond half,” Sau­gus head coach Al­fredo Man­zano said. “We preached all week to work hard and be smart against this team and it worked in our fa­vor.”

Down 34-30 at half­time, Sau­gus (5-4) knew they had to get some­thing go­ing as the Vik­ings were face-guard­ing and dou­ble-team­ing their two most po­tent scor­ers: Adrian McIn­tyre and Nate Perez.

Go­ing on a 9-6 run to be­gin the third, Perez looked more con­fi­dent in his shot as the Cen­tu­ri­ons tried to vary things up by run­ning mul­ti­ple back screens to get him open.

With Perez hit­ting his shots from out­side, Sau­gus was able to get more play­ers in­volved with Justin Espinoza bat­tling down low, al­low­ing McIn­tyre do his thing and score.

McIn­tyre ended the night scor­ing 16 point and grab­bing nine re­bounds.

“That’s what Justin does,” Man­zano said. “We talked about roles be­fore the sea­son and his role is to get every of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive re­bound and do the dirty work. Stuff that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, but stuff that we know we ap­pre­ci­ate.”

Stephen Tam­pus also con­trib­uted by break­ing down Camp­bell Hall’s de­fense and with his shoot­ing abil­ity.

Scor­ing the last four points of the third quar­ter, Sau­gus over­took the Vik­ings for a 50-46 lead.

Trad­ing bas­ket-for-bas­ket, both teams left it all out on the court in the fourth quar­ter. Perez and McIn­tyre came out on fire hit­ting back-to-back 3-point­ers to keep the Vik­ings at bay.

Perez fin­ished with 22 points.

Go­ing back-and-forth, Sau­gus held a slim

66-65 lead with un­der 30 sec­onds to go in the game. Af­ter Camp­bell Hall’s Jabari Walker got fouled and sunk both free-throws, Sau­gus held on for one last pos­ses­sion with 12.1 sec­onds to go.

Af­ter a Sau­gus time­out, McIn­tyre in­bounded the ball to Tam­pus. Tam­pus drib­bled to the top of the key, driv­ing to his left with just sec­onds re­main­ing, Tam­pus put up a floater that flushed in to give Sau­gus the 68-67 lead.

“I just knew I had to pick it up be­cause my two scor­ers were get­ting face-guarded and I had to pick it up,” Tam­pus said.

The Vik­ings would get one more chance with .5 sec­onds left, but didn’t even get up a shot at­tempt, fall­ing to the Cen­tu­ri­ons.

“That was huge, but we train for those mo­ment and he hit it at the right time,” Espinoza said. “It might not have been fall­ing the whole game but he hit it when it was big.”

Sau­gus plays Granada Hills Char­ter at 7 p.m. at Her­itage Chris­tian on Satur­day to fin­ish up The War­rior Clas­sic.

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