At the pre-Thanksgiving event for San Gabriel’s boys varsity basketball, the alumni squad squared off against the varsity team and defeated them in a late rally at the score of 58-50. Throughout most the game, the varsity team was up on top holding the lead, but a comeback in the final period of play pieced together by the alumni squad sealed the deal.
The starting lineup for the varsity team was sophomore guard Nick Miyamoto, junior guards Quoc Ho, Courtland Khuu and forward Austin Tien, and senior center David Gonzalez.
In the first quarter, the Matador was able to hit multiple three-point field goals courtesy of sophomore guard Nick Miyamoto, scratching the first bucket of this contest. Utilizing their hot hands, the varsity team was able to keep the alumni team behind them throughout most of the game. However, there were also opportunities to extend the lead even further.
“We have to recognize mismatches in the post,” Coach Jason Meador said. “We missed easy looks to score.”
However, it seemed as if the alumni squad was just biding their time with this contest. In the second half, they staged a comeback sparking after a couple of treys from Wesley Licher that helped reduced the gap into striking range. The rally was hard to contain, leading to breakdowns on the offensive end trying to trade buckets.
“Play hard guys, don’t let up,” Coach Alex Canizone said. “Don’t worry about the score, just play hard and hustle.”
That was not the case for the varsity squad in this contest. They were unable to catch up in the final minutes and fell at the score of 58-50. San Gabriel will start their season with the don Bosco Tournament starting next Tuesday, Dec. 2 against Diamond Bar at 4 p.m. at Don Bosco Tech.