“The kids responded (after Friday night’s loss). We had a 9:30 a.m. game and they could have come out lethargic and pouty, but they didn’t,” Spanish Springs coach Kyle Penney said.
The Cougars trailed 16-10 after the first quarter before exploding in the second and taking a 32-23 lead into the half. The second half proved just as friendly to the Cougars who outscored the Seahawks 31-21 in the second half and rolled to their sixth win of the season and first in three chances in San Diego.
“We did (a better job than Friday night). We were able to pressure some more and we made some shots and shot a better percentage,” Penney said. “We were able to pressure more defensively today. They (Ocean View) didn’t handle it very well so it got us some easy buckets.”
Penney said his group used a variety of presses to set up easy baskets to outscore Ocean View 22-7 in the decisive second quarter.
Kenny Meyer, the Cougars senior point guard, assumed his typical position at the top of the stat sheet scoring a team-high 21 points including hitting 4-of-9 shots from behind the arc. Meyer was also a regular in the Ocean View passing lanes finishing with five steals.
Jake Longero also got into double digits for the Cougs finishing with 10 points.
Spanish Springs improved to 6-6 overall with the win and will have the day off in San Diego Sunday before playing again Monday against Coronado. Tip is at 9:35 a.m.
∙The Raiders picked up a pair of wins Saturday in Las Vegas High’s Winter Break tournament to improve to 9-3 on the season.
Reed topped Liberty, 72-46, in the morning game and beat University (Orlando), 63-55, in the nightcap to advance to the tournament’s gold bracket championship on Monday.
In the first game, Jamel Ramos set the school record for most three-pointers in a game hitting 10-of-12 shots from behind the arc and finishing with 36 points.
“Jamel had a career game, obviously,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said.
Trae Wells finished a point shy of a triple-double turning in nine points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Raiders led 40-18 at the half and extended the lead to 65-28 early in the fourth quarter before pulling the starters.
Hall described the Raiders’ 63-55 win over a “super athletic” University High as “the best team effort of the year.” Several players came off the bench and hit shots late, propelling Reed to its ninth win of the season.
Wells was effective for the second time in less than eight hours finishing with a team-high 19 points. Ramos turned in 15 and Alonzo Vega added 14.
The Raiders held a 32-27 lead at the half before hanging on in the second half to book a spot in the gold bracket (teams that finished second in six of the four-team pools) title game.