By Marge Ann Jameson
The MTAL opener is in the book for the Pacific Grove Breakers and the Marina Mariners.
The JV game went quickly, with few time-outs, and the Breakers subs got a lot of play. “Marina is a young, up-and-coming team,” noted Breaker JV coach Jordan Gasperson. They have seven players on the JV team, with a lot of sophomores already on the varsity squad.
Breakers JV took it 53-17.
When the varsity team hit the floor, the Breakers had the lead from the first minutes of the game though Marina got the tipoff. First quarter score 15-0. At the half it was 38-12 Breakers. By the third quarter, the score was 55-17. And the game ended on a final score of 62-22.
Breakers had the advantage of height over the Mariners, measuring about a head taller on average. There were four 3-pointers on the Breaker side of the scoreboard: B. Sendell, Killian with 2, and Gurung. Scorers for this game: B. Sendell, 11; Killian, 10; Lewis, 2; Gurung, 3; Miller, 12; Christiansen, 6; J. Sendell, 2; Pippino, 4; Sinclair-Fox, 6; Small, 6.
Marina’s high scorer was Jordan Chaty with 18. They needed a few more of those.
There was a lot of outstanding ball handling on both sides with a couple of plays worthy of the Harlem Globetrotters on the Marina side. But over the night, three balls wound up in the stands. The game moved quickly and the ball changed sides often, with some blatant steals. All in all an exciting game.
A few weeks ago the Breakers lost a non-league game to Half Moon Bay and free throws could have made the difference; they only went 7 for 24. But Coach Dan Powers said that after that debacle, the boys were in the gym practicing on their own time and went 19 for 21. They did well tonight on free throws, too.
Breaker boys’ next league game is January 10 at Greenfield. JV plays at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00. The next home game will be January 12 at Pacific Grove against King City, JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00. There’s a non-league game against Monterey at Pacific Grove with the same start times. All the rest are scheduled league games.
In Girls’ Basketball, the Breakers won their season opener against Santa Catalina.
Coach Robin Lewis sent us the score: PG – 41 / Santa Catalina – 23.
Player stats – PG Allie Patton 11 pts / 15 Reb / 11 steals. Kulaea Tulua 12 pts / 11 Reb. Tati Ruiz 10 pts / 7 Reb.