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McDonald and Eglite lead boys over Tennyson

Alhambra senior Jordyn Eglite in the win over Tennyson on Dec. 15, 2016. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra senior Jordyn Eglite in the win over Tennyson on Dec. 15, 2016. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

Over the last three games the Bulldogs’ point differential against their opponents has only been +10, but despite that, all three have been wins.

Life hasn’t been too easy for Alhambra’s boys. They hung on in a tough contest against Tennyson-Hayward on Thursday night, winning 53-48.

But it took a couple of big performances from some seniors to get that win on Dec. 15.

Because Tennyson came out firing against the Bulldogs, which is part of the reason Alhambra had to fight their way back into the match. Sophomore guard Stephen Marua drained a couple of long-range three pointers before the crowd had even settled into their seats. The sophomore guard had 22 points in the match to lead all scorers.

The Lancers lived from beyond the arc in the first quarter but converted four of their attempts from long distance.

For a minute it looked as if Alhambra was caught up in trying to play as fast as Tennyson, and it didn’t suit them. They turned the ball over too many times trying to create magic.

However the aforementioned seniors stepped in and calmed things down to erase what was at one point an eight-point deficit.

Jordyn Eglite was big in erasing the lead, as the Bulldogs switched up their play to get him the ball down low and take advantage of the lack of size Tennyson had.

He had 10 of his 15 points on the night in the first half alone.

The other scorer was Thomas McDonald. For his usual pace McDonald was held silent in the second half, but in the first half he ran away with 12 points.

The duo were nearly solely responsible for the come back, and taking a one-point lead into the half, but in the second half they only combined for 10 points.

Coach Chris Petiti got six points from his point guard, Luke Brown, who usually prefers to provide for points than score them, and four points off the bench from both sophomore Brody Eglite and junior Nico Martinez, which helped the cause.

Most impressively they held the once red-hot Lancers quiet for long periods of time in the second half. Marua’s lay up with 4:22 in the third quarter was the first points of the half for Tennyson, but even that streak didn’t keep the Lancers at bay.

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around the were in the same place they were at the end of the second quarter, down by only a single point.

Defensively in the fourth quarter not much changed, but the game wasn’t being played at the same breakneck speed it was 30 minutes earlier.

Tennyson was abysmal from the field, only sinking three shots in the fourth quarter, while Alhambra hung on despite their own shooting troubles.

But with eight seconds left on the clock McDonald threw down a fast break dunk that meant one thing: game over.

Sure the Bulldogs still needed to hit their free throws, which Martinez did to ice them game, but the dunk makes for a better exclamation point for a high energy game like the one played that night.

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