By: Ahrize Faletoi
On Tuesday, January 12, the Tustin boy’s basketball team played their first league game against the tough Cypress Centurions. The Tillers managed to keep the game close throughout the first half but could not keep up with the Centurions throughout the second.
The Tillers were lead by sophomore point guard, Isaiah Gonzalez (#5) who had a team high of 10 points, and had help from fellow sophomore guard, Sagel Simon (#22), junior center, Haakon Urlich (#35), and Senior forward, Deon Faaseu (#4) who each had 6 points a piece.
The game was tied (12-12) after the first quarter.
Throughout the second quarter the Tillers and the Centurions had 4 different lead changes. The back and forth scoring came from Tustin sophomore guard, Isiah Moorehouse (#32) and Cypress senior forward, Brad Belshe(#3), who lead all scorers with 32 points. The Tillers had the one point advantage before the half ended, but with 00:02 seconds remaining on the clock, Belshe drove in for the lay up to take the 1 point advantage from the Tillers.
The start of the 3rd quarter was the start of the start of the Centurion scoring run. The Centurions scored 17 points and held the Tillers to 8 points, but most Tiller points came from the free throw line. The Tillers went 1 for 10 from the field and went 6 for 8 from the free throw line.
The Tillers allowed the Centurions to drop 16 more points in the 4th quarter, while they had 14. The last few points from the Tillers came in really late. By the time the Tillers started scoring more, the Centurions already knew they had won the game.
The Tillers start off the Empire League as 0-1 with an overall record of 6-11 and will face the Valencia Tigers this coming Friday, January 15, on the Tillers home court.