In their second match against Alhambra High, the Matadors lost to the Moors, 38-42. The game displayed a constant battle between the Matadors and Moors, with each team constantly battling to gain the upper hand.
The Matadors started off the game even against the Moors. Among the basket trades between the teams, the score stayed relatively even, closing out at 14-11 after the first quarter.
During the second quarter, the Matadors and Moors rallied for the ball to try and gain the lead. Two minutes before the quarter ended, a time-out was called, while both teams were neck and neck with a score of 19-18. Just after, the Matadors fouled and gave the Moors a chance to shoot, leveling out the score to 19-19. With six seconds left on the clock, senior David Gonzalez scored a three-pointer for the Matadors, causing the San Gabriel crowd to yell throughout the arena. In another last-ditch effort to score, sophomore Jarett Tan threw the ball just as the buzzer sounded, which scored another three points for the Matadors, further fueling the crowd’s uproar throughout the room. The Matadors ended the first half of the game with a six point lead, 25-19.
For the half-time show, Cheer, Choreo, Color guard, and the band performed their routines to raise the spirit of the Matador crowd.
In the third quarter, both teams fumbled for the ball, frequently trying to bring the ball back to the opponent’s side of the court. The Moors slowly climbed back as the game progressed, reducing the score gap from six points to two points, 31-29.
To finish off the game, the Matadors regained their six point lead back in the last four minutes, which gave them some room to breathe. The future looked dim for the Moors, with even their coach showing a visibly dejected face. A sudden three-pointer from the Moors brought them back on a level playing field at 38-36. With one minute left in the game, the Moors miraculously shot another three-pointer, giving them a lead of one point at 38-39. With less than a minute left, the Matadors fouled multiple times to try and regain the ball. The home crowd chant reverberated throughout the arena, “Matadors! Matadors! Matadors!” However, the Matadors’ strategy of using fouls eventually timed out, and they fell to the Moors with a score of 38-42.