By Josh Levine
Ryan Hamer dropped in 32 points against San Francisco Waldorf High School in Pleasant Hill Adventist’s 68-29 victory on Monday night at Annunciation Cathedral.
Hamer shot 13-of-20 from the field, but Waldorf (13-9) played the non-league game with four of its regular starters out with either an injury or an illness, just four days before the Bay Counties League Central playoffs begin.
“We were basically fielding our junior varsity team out there,” said Waldorf head coach Zeke Lopez. “We weren’t focused on scoring, but more on our halfcourt sets on offense and defense. We want them playing in the system. With all the injuries and sickness, this is about what we expected.”
Waldorf was led by nine points from senior captain Nick Zatopa and eight points from sophomore Eric Settels.
Pleasant Hill (18-1) scored 17 straight points in the third quarter and stretched a 25-17 lead to 42-17.
Hamer had 11 points in the third quarter, made all three of his 3-point attempts and the Cougars shot 66 percent from the field and 80 percent from behind the arc.
“I honestly need him to be confident in his shooting, and as you saw today, he was confident,” said Pleasant Hill head coach George Glover. “When he’s in rhythm, it’s like a free throw for him. We didn’t come out in the first half the way I wanted them to. In the second half, we did a better job with the adjustments we made and the kids played a lot better.”
Waldorf, which at one point late this season was atop the BCL Central standings, has dropped to the third spot and will face off against Bay in the opening round of the playoffs.
“That should be a pretty good game for us, especially since we should get one more senior back on the floor,” Lopez said. “I’m trying to stay really positive and be motivating for them, especially with all the injuries. As long as we continue to set goals and reach those goals, we have succeeded.”
Ryan Hamer – 32
Brandon Daniel – 18
Brett Daniel – 12
Justin Guiao – 6
Nick Zatopa – 9
Eric Settels – 8
Trigg Hurley – 4
Joseph Alicastro – 4
Two players tied with 2 points.