SBVC (1-0) came into tonight’s opening round contest of the Alvin Hunter Classic versus a woefully different team in the American Sports University Fighting Eagles (0-3), the first half proved to be too close for SBVC’s style, and in the second half SBVC blew out the Fighting Eagles, 92-43.
The Fighting Eagles came out of the gate fast, building a five point lead early, SBVC had a hard time keeping up with the Fighting Eagles speed, but the natural progression of wild teams started to take place as SBVC started to catch up to their speed. By the 11:40 mark SBVC had tied American Sports at 16-16 and with 3:32 remaining in the first half, tied them again at 25-25, at which time SBVC pulled away.
The second half turned into a laugher as SBVC started the half with a five point lead, 37-32, which quickly grew to a 10 point lead, at 44-34, then a 21 point lead at 57-36, and with 7:39 left in the game SBVC had blown the game open with a 30 point lead, 69-39. With 4:01 left they led by 40, 81-41, and with 43 seconds left in the game they had their largest lead of 51 points, 92-41.
In the first half, the Fighting Eagles were on fire from beyond the arc, shooting 54% from 3-point range, and totaling a 44% field goal percentage. Whereas SBVC was unstoppable in the paint, collecting a 53% field goal percentage, but only shooting 17% from beyond the arc.
The second half was a completely different story as American Sports went 0-15 from the 3-point line and had a field goal percentage of 15%, 5 of 33. SBVC did not improve too much, but was consistent on their inside game, grabbing a field goal percentage of 54% and a shooting percentage of 40% from beyond the arc. SBVC was 11 of 18 from the free throw line.
SBVC scored 27 points off of turnovers, while the Fighting Eagles only snagged 11, and SBVC pounded the paint, scoring 56 of their 92 points inside the key, while American Sports could only muster 8 points.
Five players for SBVC scored in double figures, led by freshman guard Cammeron Lewis (Fontana Summit) who came off of the bench to score 19 points, grabbing 8 boards, and 7 assists. Sophomore forward Aaron Moore (Compton Dominguez) added 17 points and 8 boards, going 5 of 7 from the free throw line. Freshman forward Octavious Booker (Memphis, TN Oakhaven) added a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, 8 of which were defensive. Sophomore guard Chris Franklin (Gardena H.S.) contributed 13 points and sophomore forward Tevin Harris (Dallas, TX Madison) scored 12 points in the victory.
The next game for SBVC in the inaugural Alvin Hunter Classic will be versus Compton, on the Champions side of the bracket, Saturday at 6 p.m.