On Friday, February 13, the Fallbrook freshman boys’ basketball team hosted the San Pasqual Eagles for their final home contest. Fallbrook coach Chris Stanley decided to bench three of his starters to give more playing time to reserve players.
The Warriors started off the game with two free throws due to an Eagles’ technical foul for hanging on the rim during the pre-game warm-ups. Action soon followed and Fallbrook established themselves as the better team.
Warrior Jacob Ariza had the hot hand early as he scored 4 of Fallbrook’s 11 first-quarter points. At the end of the first period, the Warriors trailed 11-13.
In the second quarter, the Fallbrook starters found themselves back on the floor. The Eagles took bad shots and missed easy baskets as the Warriors ran tough in the second period. At halftime, Fallbrook led 27-19.
After halftime, the Warriors quickly got off to a great start as they ran out the Eagles.
San Pasqual realized the game slipping away and began to send up prayer shots from downtown. However, few managed to trickle down the basket and Fallbrook took a 10-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter turned out to be another period for the Warriors to add on to their lead.
With 39 seconds left in the game, Fallbrook called a timeout and Coach Stanley drew up a play for his players.
On the inbounds play, Fallbrook’s Justin Hukill heaved the ball across the length of the court as he hit Joel Lopez in stride for a strike. Lopez then laid the ball in for an easy basket.
“Once I saw the ball come out of Justin’s hand, I knew it was perfect, so I have to thank my teammate for the outstanding pass,” replied Lopez when asked about the highlight play.
The Warriors finished as the victors 50-35.
On this night, Fallbrook accomplished something they had never done this season. Every player scored to contribute to the well-deserved victory.
Warrior John Roskos led his team in scoring and rebounding in what turned out to be a well-rounded performance. He finished with nine points, eight rebounds and three steals.
“I did what needed to be done. I practiced hard and my team played well as a whole. Everyone contributed and we got the win,” said Roskos.
After the game, Coach Stanley said, “It was a full team effort and I feel really happy about our win today.”
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