Calvin Christian (2-5) – The Crusaders snapped a three-game losing streak with an emphatic 78-32 victory over Calvary Christian Academy that featured a host of contributors.
Center Josh Bakker had a huge game, scorching the nets for 29 points while blocking four shots and gathering in nine rebounds. Johnny Steenstra continued his standout play of late with a notable performance that saw him tally 17 points and pull down an impressive 12 caroms. Guard Matt Lafler was versatility personified while scoring nine, securing 12 boards and handing out six assists. Others who made a mark were Nathan Dietrich (nine rebounds, six helpers), big Ben Bons (eight points) and sophomore Clay Albright (six assists).
Calvin will hope to build on its recent win when it hosts neighbor Classical on January 2.
Classical (5-3) – The Caimans are clearly surging as they now have won five in a row. Included in that string of triumphs were demolitions of Ocean View (64-19) and St. Joseph Academy (85-10). In an interesting tidbit, the Caimans are unbeaten in both home and road games. But on neutral sites, they have come up empty.
Classical will seek to extend its admirable roll when it matches up with Tri- City Christian on December 27.
Escondido (3-6) – The Cougars of Coach Paul Baldwin have secured wins over Castle Park, Valhalla and Grossmont but have dropped three of their last four. In their most recent loss, a 78-50 setback to the Santa Fe Christian Eagles, the Cougs placed three players in double figures. Sophomore point guard Jacob Hutchinson nailed a trio of treys en route to a team-leading 14 points. Productive forward Jacob Moskowitz and junior Wes Jones were also factors as each chipped in with 10 apiece.
Looking for better things in the new year, Esco’s next game will be a home encounter against La Costa Canyon on January 4.
Escondido Adventist (4-1) – After falling in their opener, the defending Citrus League champion Hawks have been soaring with four straight victories, three of which have been by margins of 14 points or more. In their latest win over Maranatha, EA got great balanced scoring with four players hitting for double figures. Leading the way was senior forward Austin Taupau who netted 14 points while guard Jon E. Shetler was a more than an able wingman producing 12 of his own. Junior Alex Tram and youngster Ethan Davis also put up impressive numbers on the stat sheet as each scored 11 points and grabbed a hefty 10 rebounds.
The Hawks will be a busy crew on December 27 as they will play twice on that day, taking on Mesa Grande Academy and then Calvary Murrieta.
Escondido Charter (4-4) – After a quick start out of the gate, the White Tigers have hit a lull, having fallen in three consecutive games. EC will have a chance to get back on the plus side of .500 when it travels to take on Pilibos in tournament play on the 27th. Versatile forwards Michael Litton and Timothy Perez, who can score buckets and do yeoman work on the boards, need to assert themselves if the White Tigers are to regain their footing.
Orange Glen (3-1) – The Patriots bounced back with a 70-45 conquest of Mission Viejo after suffering their only loss of the season to a well-regarded Alemany squad. Coach Chris Featherly will look for his productive combination of guard Michael Diaz and forward Nikola Kresovich to set the tone as the Pats engage J-Serra Catholic in tourney play this week.
San Pasqual (0-12) – Given the exceedingly young makeup of the roster, which features seven underclassmen and only three seniors, it figured that a decided learning curve would be required before things began sorting themselves out. To no one’s surprise, that’s been the case. This is a team paying those painful dues as it seeks to gain experience, confidence and an identity. Where to find consistent scoring remains a primary concern. As the calendar clicks over, SP hopes to benefit from some lessons learned and show genuine progress beginning with a January 4 tilt versus Dana Hills.
San Pasqual Academy (1-2) – The Dragons’ season thus far has been highlighted by a 50-46 win over Calvary Christian. Playing a limited schedule, SPA will have to wait until January 17 to return to the court when it will play host to Julian.