Alhambra boys fade after strong start at home

Martinez Tribune

Over the past two games the Bulldogs have made some improvements over their deficiencies from the earlier part of the season. But they still lacked a little extra, and were beaten by Concord High for the second time this season Tuesday night.

The 54-48 loss on Feb. 7 was as close as the Bulldog boys basketball team have played a team that put a big win on the team.

One thing that plagued the Bulldogs in the first match up was a lack of rebounding from every player on the court. But they came out of the gate firing and hungry.

Concord didn’t seem to be in a rhythm and the Bulldogs exploited it to get off to a 9-2 run to start the game.

The dream start continued as Concord struggled to get their 3-point shooting game back to the level it was on in the first match up two weeks prior.

It was one of Alhambra’s best quarters of the season, but surely Concord wasn’t just going to lie down? After all they sit in second place in the Diablo Athletic League. And eventually their shooting would catch up.

And it did. Concord cut the deficit with solid defense, and the Bulldogs failed to extend the lead by going a paltry 7-for-14 from the free throw line. Even though Concord had a few players get into foul trouble, the Bulldogs couldn’t do much.

Then the momentum shifted.

From the halftime break, Concord had a fresh burst of energy probably fueled by a chewing out from their coach.

Sophomore Cole Arabian, who was big in the first match up against the Minutemen, hit a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter that lifted the Minutemen above the Bulldogs for the first time in the game.

Although the two teams remained close, it was Alhambra who found themselves doing the chasing. There were only three lead changes in the match, despite the biggest deficit for either team only stretching as far as six points.

But the Bulldogs could only threaten, not execute.

It wasn’t down to poor play from Alhambra. Tactically speaking the Bulldogs did well to hold Concord to only three players scoring in double figures.

However as Arabian’s 12 points came in the second half, his team got a big boost from it. Conversely Alhambra’s leading scorers Thomas McDonald, Jackson Norried and Jordyn Eglite all had 11 points, but saw little help in the scoring department.

With time as their enemy the Bulldogs couldn’t mount a come back, despite cutting the lead to four points with 1:44 on the clock after a timeout.

Instead both teams traded free throws, and although neither shot the ball particularly well, Concord was on top before the timeout, and remained on top through the final whistle.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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