Boys basketball wins against the Montebello Oilers

Senior Ethan Lam (2) defends against the opponent as Sophomore Josiah Ojiri (25) starts to drive the ball in. THE AZTEC/ KARLI CHENG
Senior Ethan Lam (2) defends against the opponent as Sophomore Josiah Ojiri (25) starts to drive the ball in. THE AZTEC/ KARLI CHENG

The boys basketball team played against the Montebello Oilers on January 12, coming out victorious with a score of 52-44.

In the first quarter the Aztecs quickly gained a lead with a combination of strong defense and great offense from senior Nelson Muroanaka #21, who ended up making five of seven shots in the first quarter. The Aztecs did well in keeping the Oilers away from the basket, preventing the Oilers from scoring easy points while the Aztecs played at a pace the Oilers could hardly keep up with.

Oilers could hardly keep up with. Starting the second quarter with an eight point lead (14-6) and the same tight defense in the first quarter, the Oilers found themselves again unable to get close enough to the basket. e Aztecs were also good at contesting the ball heavily the Oilers found themselves with many turnovers.

The third quarter started with another eight point lead for the Aztecs at 25-17, but the Oilers increased focus and kept up their defense to push the Aztecs further away from the basket than the ideal shooting range. However, while the Oilers played more tightly, they failed to keep up with the Aztecs. Although the Oilers seemed to be poised to make a moderate comeback, the Aztecs managed to close up the third quarter with a thirteen point lead, putting the score at 39-26.

As the nal quarter kicked off , the Aztecs started aggressively, seemingly determined to close out the game. However, the Oilers gained momentum with a few good plays and left the Aztecs looking a bit sluggish in the rst half of the quarter. At one point, it seemed possible for the Oilers. As the final quarter kicked o , the Aztecs started aggressively, seemingly determined to close out the game. However, the Oilers gained momentum with a few good plays and left the Aztecs looking a bit sluggish in the first half of the quarter. At one point, it seemed possible for the Oilers to tie up the game – an impressive three pointer by the Oiler’s leading scorer put the score at 48-42 with about two minutes left on the clock. Despite this development, the Az- tecs maintained the lead and ended the game at 52-44.

With this win, the boys basketball team is at a record of 10-7. Senior Matthew Tan #5 said, “Initially, I was nervous, but after a few plays I started to feel in the zone. We played solid defense and played accordingly to the opponent’s strengths and weakness. However, our opponents were very strong which made it hard for us to get to our spots on the court.” Tan also added that “the goal is to go undefeated and win league championship.”

The team plays their next home game on January 19 against Alhambra.

The Aztec Staff

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