Calvin Christian (5-10 overall, 1-1 in league) – It wasn’t a productive week for the Crusaders as they dropped games to Tri-City Christian and Guajome Park Academy. CC has now lost four of its last five. In the 47-36 setback to the Eagles, Joshua Bakker helped keep his side reasonably close with a solid all-around effort that featured 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Guard Johnny Steenstra was also an offensive threat with 13 markers of his own. In the disappointing effort versus the Frogs, it was Bakker again who paced the CC scoring with 16 while Matt Lafler did some notable work on the boards, pulling down a healthy 12 rebounds.
The Crusaders will now look to take advantage of a nearly two-week break before they return to action with a road trip to Pacific Ridge on January 24th.
Classical Academy (6-9, 0-1) – It was a mixed bag for the Caimans. The week started auspiciously for CA when it parlayed a 27-16 halftime advantage into an eventual 55-36 win over Mountain Empire that snapped a five-game losing streak. But three days later the result wasn’t anywhere near as satisfying as the Caimans found themselves trailing 45-22 at the break to Maranatha Christian and never could recoup in an 18-point defeat. But the good news is that CA has a pair of homes games this week against Rock Academy and Del Lago. Unbeaten (4-0) thus far in their own gym, the Caimans are hopeful that playing in familiar surroundings just might kick start things in the right direction.
Escondido High (3-12, 0-0) – By falling last week to both Sierra and then Poway, the Cougars saw their rough patch of road continue as they have now lost eight straight. In the aforementioned games, Esco was outscored by a combined 31 points in the fourth period.
With a clean slate in the Valley League, the Cougs seek to start afresh this week with upcoming tilts against Fallbrook and Ramona. A win in either one of these outings just might be the tonic Esco needs to change their current dynamic.
Escondido Adventist (9-4, 0-0) – After a 10-day layoff and with three wins in their last five contests, the Hawks will get back into the swing of things when they travel to Warner early this week. That will be followed up with a home game against San Pasqual Academy, a team that EA will be expected to vanquish.
One of the prime reasons that the Hawks loom as a top contender in upcoming league play is because of their amazingly balanced scoring with five players averaging between 12.7 and 9.2 PPG. Sophomore Ethan Davis has performed more like an experienced veteran in leading the team in points (165) and in rebounding (10.7 RPG). Productive junior Jon E. Shetler (158) is just a shade behind Davis in the team’s scoring race.
Escondido Charter (5-11, 0-0)– Losers of five straight, the White Tigers will have two chances to break that skein this week with games against Pacific Ridge and Tri-City Christian. If that’s to happen, EC must begin shooting much better from the field where it currently hits on less than 40% of its attempts.
One of the bright spots thus far for the Tigers has been steady senior Michael Litton who has demonstrated he can fill it up as well as clean the glass while averaging nearly a double-double.
Orange Glen (10-5, 0-0) – The Patriots have been on a scoring tear of late having poured in a massive total of 160 points in wins over Rancho Buena Vista and Ramona that very nearly caused the scoreboard to go tilt. This offensive binge couldn’t have happened at a more opportune time as OG kicked off its Coastal League schedule with an encounter with Santa Fe Christian this past Monday which was to be followed by games against La Jolla and Army-Navy later in the week.
Much was expected of this team entering the season and it seems that the Pats just might be hitting their stride when it matters most. As long as offensive stalwarts Michael Diaz, Trevor Owens and Damian Miller play up to their potential and get their share of buckets, OG will be a handful for anybody.
San Pasqual (0-19, 0-0) – Indicative that they haven’t given up by any means, the Golden Eagles fought hard in a near-miss 40-38 home loss to Mission Vista. With the offense showing a bit more consistency and with some other positives to take from their latest effort, SP should feel better about itself as it enters Valley League play with a short trip east to take on Ramona.
San Pasqual Academy (1-3, 0-0) – Having not played for some 18 days, the question surrounding the Dragons is how much rust will they need to knock off? With games against Julian and Escondido Adventist scheduled for this week, it won’t take long to find out.