San Marcos defeats Bishop Diego at the Santa Barbara Holiday Classic
Despite the absence of several players and their head coach, the San Marcos boys’ basketball team defeated Bishop Diego 71-41 on Day 3 of the Santa Barbara Holiday Classic.
The two schools are only a few miles apart and with many players on both sides growing together in the game, the energy and effort was evident throughout the game.
“I’m sure (Bishop Diego) really wanted to beat San Marcos and San Marcos wanted to make sure that didn’t happen,” said Tiffany Simms, the San Marcos High School girls’ coach replacing the boys. in the absence of Jelani Hicks and several players due to Covid-19 protocols.
Shakir Ahmad and Jaden Reyes led the way in San Marcos with 18 points apiece and the Royals took a 17-7 lead late in the first quarter. Bishop Diego was never able to cut the deficit below eight points for the remainder of the game.
“We knew before this game that we were missing a lot of guys so the main thing was to stay the course for those who can’t be here,” said Reyes, who caught fire in the second quarter, reversing a series of punches. jump off the dribble to extend San Marcos’ lead. “We were in contact with our coach and he explained the game plan to us, so we made an effort to execute what he told us whether they were here or not.”
An Owen Lauderdale layup with just under two minutes to go in the first half increased San Marcos’ lead to 32-14, but Bishop Diego closed the first half with four straight points, including a three-point Kai Morphy to reduce his deficit to 32. -18 at the break.
Morphy had an overall cold shooting night for Bishop Diego as he was chased down by TJ Robinson and Ahmad, but still managed to finish with 25 points as a key cog in the Cardinals’ offense.
The Royals took advantage of a balanced score in the second half to pull away as Robinson scored 14 points, Andre McCulloough scored eight points, Connor Acuna finished with seven points and Owen Lauderdale had six points.
San Marcos will close the Santa Barbara Holiday Classic against Newbury Park on Thursday, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Classical Sheet Music for the Holidays of Santa Barbara
Dos Pueblos 81 Sherman Oaks CES 45
San Luis Obispo 65 Nordhoff 62
Righetti 60 Stockdale 56
Dos Pueblos 60 Troy 41
Newbury Park 61 Santa Barbara 57