When it comes to the Calipatria High School boys basketball team, there's no doubt Steven Garcia is the leader.
When the team needs a go-to guy, Garcia's number is often called. He can make plays offensively and can turn around a game with his defense.
The 6-foot-1, 18-year-old center has become the focal point of Calipatria's game plan.
After a six-game slump, Garcia has his team back over the .500 mark with a 10-8 record. On Wednesday in the Hornets' 52-49 win over Palo Verde, Garcia finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven steals. He followed that with a 25-point, eight-rebound performance in the Hornets' 46-42 win over Antelope on Friday. He also had seven blocks over the two games.
In the two wins he accounted for nearly half of Calipatria's offense, but he said that's not what he's trying to accomplish. He said he doesn't go into a game trying to score and looks to pass first.