Hornets hammer Warner 86-17

February 22, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria High boys basketball team barely broke a sweat in an old-fashioned 86-17 trouncing of Warner Springs High here Wednesday in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division V playoffs.

Utilizing quickness and ball-handling skills, the Hornets pretty much put away the game in the first three minutes.

"Calipatria is just a better team. I really don't think we played so well tonight," said Wildcat coach Dave Holt, whose squad entered the game 1-23 overall and 0-9 in the Citrus League.

Despite a five-point "run" in the final quarter, Warner couldn't do anything against Calipatria. For every missed Wildcat shot the Hornets were there with the rebounds and for every muffed pass Calipatria was in position for the steal, finishing with 23. The Hornets had a 52-18 advantage on the glass.

Through two and a half quarters the Hornets used their press to shut down Warner. Calipatria held the Wildcats to only two points in the first quarter and only six in the first half.


"I'm kind of happy with this game, but you really can't evaluate how we did," said Hornet coach Robert Romero. "I think part of this win was because we played a tough schedule during the year. And that helped prepare us."

The Hornets put the game out of reach in the first quarter, ripping Warner for 30 points. Leading that surge was Jorge Navarro with 10 of his game-high 14 points.

The Calipatria offense took a bit of a dive in the second quarter, only scoring 16 points, but the Wildcats couldn't capitalize, scoring four points.

Just as they did in the first quarter the Hornets allowed Warner to hit one basket in the third quarter, a three-pointer by Andy Holt, who led his team with 10 points.

Calipatria closed the game outscoring the Wildcats 22-8 in the fourth quarter.

What helped the Hornets was double-digit scoring from six players. Along with Jorge Navarro, Roy Vega scored 12, Ezequiel Navarro added 11 as did Eric Somers and Eriberto Perez and Steven Garcia chipped in 10.

Said Ezequiel Navarro: "Coming into this game I thought they'd be pretty good, but tonight we were just able to get it done. We put in a lot of hard work during practice and it paid off. So now, hopefully, the momentum of this game will carry over to our next game."

The Hornets will host a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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