By Ernest Stone
In yesterday’s win over San Mateo, Lowell High School followed a first half offensive lull with an explosive second half and a double-digit victory.
On Friday night, Half Moon Bay made sure the Cardinals’ offensive woes lasted a full 32 minutes, with the Cougars defense leading the way to a 44-30 victory in the semifinals of the Cardinal Classic at Lowell High School.
“It was a weird game,” said Lowell head coach Robert Ray. “We had fewer turnovers and more rebounds than them, yet we lose by double digits. Go figure.”
While Lowell dominated most of the statistical categories, the Cougars’ superior athleticism and decision making allowed them to dominate the game from the free throw line, where they made 13-of-15 attempts.
Half Moon Bay’s (4-1) physical prowess not only resulted in free throw attempts, but it stymied the Cardinals’ offense throughout the contest. More importantly, the Cougars’ defense was at its sharpest to begin both the first and second half, holding the Cardinals to just 8 points combined in the first and third quarters.
“While we need to improve our efficiency on offense, our effort today on defense was solid,” said Half Moon Bay head coach Rich Forslund. “Lowell had to work extra hard to get any good shot attempts and it tired them out.”
As Lowell struggled to score, Half Moon Bay benefited from its deep roster to end with three players scoring ten or more points, including a 10 points and four steals from swingman Agustin Arroyo.
“Goose, that’s our nickname for him,” Forslund said of Arroyo. “Once he’s more disciplined, he’ll be one heck of a ball player.”
Unfortunately for the Cardinals (4-2), who held the lead for just over a minute throughout the entire game, the loss ensures that there will not be a San Francisco finalist at this year’s Cardinal Classic.
“We need to figure things out, that’s for sure,” Ray said. “The first step is being more prepared, and that’s the first thing I’m going to address when I talk to my guys tonight.”
Half Moon Bay
Carter White – 11
Agustin Arroyo – 10
Spencer White – 10
Andy Simanek – 5
Spencer White – 3
Jorell Cacatian – 6
Thomas Kroner – 4
Robert Jordan Lee – 4
Ricco Price – 3
Avery Nicastro-Aikman – 3