Records: East Ridge Knights (7-5); Mount Dora Hurricanes (5-11)
The Lead: The Knights keep on showing great team chemistry, as they secure their fourth straight win to finish their five game stretch. Senior guard Bryan Lupianez led all scorers with 19 points. Senior Guard Jose Morales is really starting to show that he is a true point guard by going for his second straight game with 7+ assists, showcasing his play-making ability.
The Knights hosted the Mount Dora Hurricanes in the school’s first ever in-school game. The Knights had the whole student body at the game, making it their most packed game of the season and they performed at the highest level. To start the game, the Knights were on fire by making their first 10 shots including two back to back three pointers by senior guard Jose Morales. Senior guard Carter Holt followed up with two straight strong finishes at the rim for the Knights, while also setting up Senior Bryan Lupianez for two three pointers. The first quarter ended with the Knights leading the Hurricanes by a score of 31-6 by shooting an amazing 11 out of 12 in the first period.
As the second half went under way, the Knights looked a little bit too comfortable and went back to how they started off the season, by looking very undisciplined on the offensive end. The Hurricanes took advantage of this and gave the Knights all they had to come back and erase East Ridges 21-point lead and going into the fourth quarter down by a score of 41-40. The fourth quarter was crucial for both teams making it a dog fight to see who can pull out the win. The Knights went back to being under control on the offensive end, and pulling away by four points, then getting a stop on the defensive side of the ball and forcing the Hurricanes to foul the rest of the way. The Knights shot an impressive 19 out of 26 from the free throw line, junior guard Austin Grant was a big part of this by going a perfect four for four in the fourth quarter, and knocking down a three pointer from the corner in the clutch to seal the game with a end score of 62-52.
Bryan Lupianez (Senior) – 19 Points
Jose Morales (Senior) – 14 Points, 8 Assists
Malcolm Reed (Senior) – 14 Points
Austin Grant (Junior) – 7 Points
Carter Holt (Senior) – 6 Points
Written by senior Bryan Lupianez