McCurdy boys, girls remain undefeated
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
The McCurdy Charter School boys and girls basketball teams both improved to 4-0 with victories Dec. 10 at McCurdy.
The Lady Bobcats won a laugher, pounding Desert Academy 66-5 after leading 38-1 at halftime. At least the boys game was close for a half against the Monte del Sol Charter School Dragons, but the final score turned out to be a 32-point blowout 74-42 in favor of the Bobcats.
With most of their varsity having seen action in the preceding junior varsity game (a 41-19 McCurdy victory) the Dragons fought gamely in the first quarter. A three-pointer by Carlos Perez gave Monte del Sol a 3-0 lead. McCurdy came back to take an 8-3 lead and led 12-5 before a second Perez three=pointer made the score 12-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The dragons got to within two points of the Bobcats 13-11 in the second quarter. McCurdy Coach Ernesto Espinoza was able to bring in five fresh faces for the Bobcats to keep McCurdy’s legs fresh, while fatigue began to show on the Dragons.
“My bench is coming along nicely and this season I have a deep team,” Coach Espinoza said. “It’s nice to have that.”
Monte del Sol managed to stay close, trailing by six points 24-18 at the end of the first half.
Able to put relentless pressure on the ball thanks to their depth, the Bobcats began to force turnover after turnover and pulled away in the third quarter. Markus Griego and Jordan Sanchez each scored nine points in the third quarter and McCurdy led 51-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Sanchez scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and the Bobcats ran away from the tired Dragons for a 74-32 victory. Sanchez finished with 26 points to lead all scorers. Alejandro Croff had 11 points and Griego 10 points for the Bobcats.
Espinoza is in his second season as coach after being hired late (October) last season. Being able to spend a summer coaching the team has helped the Bobcats start strong this season.
“We’re light years ahead of last year,” Coach Espinoza said. “It’s done wonders for us.”
The Bobcats won’t return to action until Dec. 28 when they face Santa Rosa High School in the opening round of the Tri-Cities tournament at Mora.