Boys Basketball: Mission survives shootout on the road against University

University junior guard Harold Getz goes up for a layup against Mission on Tuesday at University High School. (Photo by Christian Chew)

University junior guard Harold Getz goes up for a layup against Mission on Tuesday at University High School. (Photo by Christian Chew)

By Bonta Hill

Mission and University high schools are both known for an uptempo style of play, and on Tuesday night, both schools lived up to their reputation.

In a hot-shooting, fast-paced game, visiting Mission shot 50 percent from the floor and pulled away late, defeating University in a 90-81 non-league shootout.

Mission junior point guard Antoine Porter scored a team-high 22 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds, and all five Bear starters scored in double figures. Mission (4-4) also had 24 assists as a team.

Mission junior guard Kevin Murray goes up for a layup against University on Tuesday at University High School. (Photo by Christian Chew)

“It’s a fun game whenever we play University,” said Mission head coach Arnold Zelaya. “I told [the referees] to just turn the shot clocks off, because it’s not going to matter [tonight].”

The fireworks started immediatley, as the teams combined for 30 points in the first five minutes of the game.

University (4-4) shot 57 percent from the field in the first 16 minutes, but turned the ball over eight times in the half, which allowed the Bears to break out in transition and get easy baskets.

Porter got hot late in the second quarter and knocked down four 3-pointers in the frame to give the Bears a 45-41 lead going into the halftime break.

“I was just thinking that we had to keep pushing the ball, pushing the tempo and be smart,” Porter said. “[Zelaya] kept telling us before the game to keep the energy up, and that’s what we did.”

Despite the hot shooting, it was tough for Mission to shake the Red Devils, partly due to the return of junior guard Harold Getz.

Getz, playing in his first game of the season after missing the first seven due to an ankle injury, had a game-high 25 points off the bench for the Red Devils.

“We really missed him and he showed us why we missed him tonight,” said University head coach Randal Bessolo. “We’re just really happy to have him back and hopefully we can get Will [Carroll] back soon.”

In the middle of the fourth quarter, with Mission holding its largest lead at 76-63, the Red Devils went on a 7-0 run, forcing Zelaya to call a timeout.

Gione Edwards’ three-point play after the timeout gave the Bears a nine-point cushion and Mission went 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the victory.

“Last week was a rough week for us, playing four games in five nights, and we still haven’t had a lot of practice time together yet,” said Zelaya, who again had to play with a thin bench due to the lingering football injuries of guard Algeron Malbrough and forward Darius Grays. “Defensively, we’re still struggling because our legs aren’t there yet.”

Bessolo has yet to see his team at full strength, with Carroll, his starting junior forward, still out with an injury. The Red Devils did get the pace they wanted on Tuesday, but couldn’t cool down the Bears’ hot shooting.

“They were on fire,” Bessolo said. “Frankly I’ve never seen them, or anybody shoot the ball that well. We tried three different defenses and no matter what we did, they kept knocking down the shots.”

Scoring Leaders

Antoine Porter — 22
Kevin Murray — 19
Shaquille Fisher — 18
Miles Prescott — 16
Gione Edwards — 15

Harold Getz — 25
David Medoff — 18
Chris Mah — 11
Jack Gale — 9
James Burton — 8

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8 Comments on "Boys Basketball: Mission survives shootout on the road against University"

  1. Mission looked pretty good. They can score but I was surprised at how little defense they played. Don’t know if it was their best effort on D but they need to shore that up for league play.

    • From what I saw of Mission, they are quick and athletic. But one weakness is they reach and swipe for the ball on their press. Against less athletic teams, Mission probably won’t get burned. Against teams of equal ability or greater athletic ability, this could be a problem. I think more disciplined teams like a Lowell could give Mission a run. Alas, Lowell hasn’t been shooting well.

      The AAA boys league is going to be interesting this year. Mission may be the favorite but in reading the articles and scores here, there is some talent on every team. Unlike past years, where there were maybe three or four good teams, there might be seven pretty good teams (Mission, Lowell, Marshall, Washington, Lincoln, Galileo, and possibly Burton). Alas, Wallenberg, SFI, Jordan and ISA might be at the bottom of the pack.

  2. Stuart Hall is going to beat Mission it will be a good game.. It’s going to be Electric !

  3. if you quickly glance at the second photo it looks like the guy has a shaved except for a huge ponytail

    • the huge ponytail, totally on purpose, “HG” (or hella gravy as his close friends and family call him) Getz has been working with a hair stylist this past summer and it really shows in his game

  4. The AAA teams are proving to be tough oponents for University. Marshall almost beat them and they’ve lost to Gal and Mission!


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