The Globe Tigers traveled 20 miles east to rival San Carlos last weekend for a matchup against the Braves, and came out with a 67-54 win.
“It was a good win for us,” said Globe coach Freddy Rios. “We probably played, if not our best, one of our best games.”
The Tigers led 6-2 after a Brandon Shorty putback, and extended it to 10-2 before Tayshaun Polk scored down low for San Carlos. John Mull also scored on a layup after a Polk steal.
Globe’s Jarren Gibson scored on a jumper for a 12-6 lead. Ken Church added two free throws for San Carlos, but Jonas Dillon responded with a jumper with 1:28 left in the opening period.
The Tigers extended their six-point first quarter lead into a 30-21 halftime advantage.
Vaughn Lomayaktewa opened the second half with a triple. Shorty added back-to-back baskets to open up a 35-21 lead with 6:47 left in the third quarter.
Down 37-21, San Carlos’ Mull drilled a three-pointer with 6:15 left in the third quarter. Globe responded with their own three-pointer, then Gibson added an NBA-range three-pointer with 5:18 left to open up a 43-24 lead.
The Tigers saw their lead grow to as much as 48-26 in the third quarter, and held off the Braves in the fourth.
“We can’t dwell on it,” said Rios, after an overtime loss to Benjamin Franklin. “We didn’t play as well. We could have beat them if we played the way we did tonight.”
When it came to Globe players, Rios was quick to point out it was team effort all around.
“It wasn’t just one standout,” said Rios. “Vaughn, our point guard, did a good job distributing the ball and making sure our sets were being run. We mixed up our offense and ended up running a spread at the end. When San Carlos went to man-to-man, we instantly went to our man offense and they executed. It was just a good game for us and a great win for us.”