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Mavericks cruise past Warriors, 59-33

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Fallbrook boys’ varsity basketball team took on the La Costa Canyon Mavericks (LCC). With the regular season winding down, the Warriors understood they had to play their best if they were going to contend with the powerhouse Mavericks, who stand atop the Avocado League. Unfortunately, Fallbrook failed to stop LCC’s potent scorers, and were unable to unravel the Maverick defense as the Warriors fell, 59-33.

In the first quarter, the Warriors simply could not find a way to score. Fallbrook’s leading scorer, Danny Bashara, found it nearly impossible to drive to the basket. LCC had most of the rebounds due to the significant height advantage with the 6’10” Dennis Kramer. The Mavericks ended the quarter with a large lead, 21-5.

The second quarter again did not bode well for the Warriors. They began the period with two consecutive turnovers. Fallbrook coach, Jeff Brandow, looked frustrated and disappointed by the careless errors. The Mavericks sought to extend the lead led by James McCann. His speed and vision allowed him to decipher the Warriors’ defense as he scored eight of LCC’s 11 points in the second quarter.

Fallbrook was getting limited production from their two point guards, Taylor Berryman and Seth Jorde. Berryman’s play was hurt by the turnovers, and Jorde got into early foul trouble, putting him on the bench for the majority of the period. Fallbrook’s chances of coming back withered away as they found themselves down 32-9 at the half.

In the third quarter, Dennis Kramer showcased his power and inside presence. He had twelve points in the period including a big dunk. During halftime, coach Brandow stressed not giving up easy lay-ups, yet the Warriors were unable to keep Kramer from dominating in the paint. The Mavericks led 51-19.

With the game decided, the Mavericks and the Warriors took out their starters and played their reserves in the final quarter. Fallbrook was able to play with more ease as they outscored LCC 14-8. However, the Mavericks won by a score of 59-33.

The Mavericks are a highly regarded team in the county. Dennis Kramer, who will play for University of San Diego Toreros, finished with twenty points while shooting a perfect four-of-four from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Fallbrook’s Danny Bashara was held to eight points, and Bryan Gordon had a quiet game with two points.

With the season nearing an end, seniors are looking forward to the final stretch of games. “I feel that we’ve all worked hard this season. Playing basketball has really helped me in life, and it has taught me to work hard for what you want,” said David Salm, a senior.

After the game, coach Brandow said, “They’re very, very talented. They played extremely hard, and a lot of credit goes to them for that. Coach Cassaw (LCC) does a very good job. It’s a disappointing loss. To play with a team like that, you really have to out-hustle and out-work them. Tonight I don’t think we did that at all, so that’s a little disappointing.”

Later in the week, Fallbrook was able to topple the San Pasqual Eagles, 65-47, for the final home game of the regular season. The hopes are that the Warriors will earn a position in post-season CIF playoffs.

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