Troopers Slay Hanks Knights

After maintaining the lead throughout most of the game, Eastwood's varsity basketball team defeated Hanks 57-53.

Sophomore Heber Ovalles and senior Matt Pena scored the first six points, but Hanks tied the game and gained a one point lead. Hanks quickly lost this lead after Sebastian Barraza made a three pointer and two free throws making the score of 11-7. After two three pointers by senior Nick West and a two pointer by junior Edward Barrio, Eastwood ended the first quarter with a strong score of 19-10.

The Troop began the second period with a layup by  Barrio, but Hanks remedied the situation by making continuous shots and closing the gap to 21-17. After being snuffed and fouled, senior Sebastian Barraza made two points in the free throw and West made a two pointer. Eastwood continued to take opportunities to score, ending the first half with a score of 31-22.

Halfway through the break, A disturbance arose in the stands on the visitors side, but the incident was quickly handled by campus security.

With peace restored to the gym, Eastwood continued to gain the upper hand until midway into the third period. Hanks succeeded in tying the score with a minute and thirty seconds left on the clock, and ended the quarter with a three point lead of 42-45.

Despite this minor setback, Eastwood was able to regain the lead with 57-53 In the fourth quarter. From there, all the Troopers had to do was wait out what little remained of the period.

"We played a great game, we had good bursts and a great 4th period," Coach Gary Pippen commented on his teams' performance.

Barraza led the team with 16 points, and West added 11, going 3 for 4 from 3-point range.  Ovalles and senior Austin Adams both added 10 points for the Troopers.

The Trooper's next face Irvin, November 26, at Eastwood.