The Baler boys basketball team lost its first game in the Aptos
Seascape Classic over the weekend but came back to win its next two
games for the consolation.
Kyle Sharp scored 75 points over the three games and was named
to the all-Tournament team.
The Baler boys basketball team lost its first game in the Aptos Seascape Classic over the weekend but came back to win its next two games for the consolation.
Kyle Sharp scored 75 points over the three games and was named to the all-Tournament team.
The Balers will try to defend their Independence Tournament title tonight when they play against Leland at 8:30 p.m.
On Thursday, the Balers will face either Independence or Santa Teresa. North County, Mount Pleasant, Fremont and Irvington are also in the Balers’ bracket. The championship game is Saturday at 8 p.m.
“It is some tough competition,” said Baler coach Dave Kaplansky. “Last year we were able to put three solid games together, and that is what it comes down to. Whoever is the most consistent and most aggressive will win.”
San Benito, playing its first game of the season after a game at Monterey was cancelled, lost in the first round to Burlingame, 66-46. Burlingame won every quarter of the game.
Leading the way for the Balers was Sharp with 14 points. Mike Moisa and Eric Davis had eight points each.
San Benito defeated Monta Vista in the second game, 79-70. The Balers went on a 26-4 run in the third quarter to overcome an 11-point deficit. Sharp scored 33 points. Anthony Butler had 17, Moisa had 13 and Kevin Zanella had 10.
For the consolation, San Benito defeated San Lorenzo Valley, 65-47. It was the second game in a row in which the Balers held their opposition to just four points in a quarter, going on a 21-4 run in the opening frame. Sharp had 28 points, Butler had 13 and Zanella had eight.
“We were playing more intense and aggressive, so hopefully that will care over into this weekend,” Kaplansky said.
San Benito and San Lorenzo Valley will have a rematch during the Balers’ first home game of the year Dec. 16. The Balers will play in their third preseason tournament in Gilroy the week before Christmas.
Kaplansky said he likes starting off the season by playing in different tournaments.
“We get to play some quality opponents – some teams we wouldn’t usually see,” Kaplansky said. “It is good for the kids to get exposed to different styles of basketball. We got a really young team, so we are just trying to continue to mesh and get games under our belt.”