East County Sports

Cougars’ Sanders has gauge from long range against Pointers



By Bill Dickens
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NATIONAL CITY (12-18-15) — The Steele Canyon Cougars padded their paws as they diced Point Loma 53-37 in Thursday’s (Dec. 17)  Xtreme Glass Holiday Tournament at Sweetwater High.

Sophomore guard GAGE SANDERS dulled the Pointers by netting 21 points, including four from 3-point range.

“Sanders is a really good shooter,” said Cougars coach DEREK STEPHENS. “He made some nice drives to the basket. As a team we passed the ball well tonight.”

THOMAS FISHBURNE, sophomore quarterback of the football team, proved his day on the basketball court as he muscled in 13 points including sinking 5 of 6 free throws.

“Fish was all over the place,” said Stephens. “He’s starting to get back into basketball shape.”

The Cougars broke the game open with 14-5 run in the fourth quarter.

“JAVON NUTTER played well off the bench,” the coach said.

Steele Canyon:  Gage Sanders 21, Thomas Fishburne 13, Nick Hodge 9, Javon Nutter 8, Jalen Sayles 2.

 – MARQUELL COOL knocked down 16 points and BRYCE PARSONS chipped in with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds for West Hills in Thursday’s (Dec. 17) win over San Marcos in a North County Tournament contest.

The Pack (6-2) used a 25-11 second quarter run to command a 35-21 advantage by intermission.

But the San Marcos Knights (5-3) put on a second half surge to pin the Wolf Pack to the mat.

CAMERON BARRY nailed a trio of 3-pointers to finish with 11 points to go with 5 steals and 3 assists.

West Hills:  Marquell Cool 16 (3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl), Bryce Parsons 15 (13 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk), Cameron Barry 11 (2 reb, 3 ast, 5 stl, 1 blk), Spencer Moyer 5 (1 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl), D’ante Hill 5 (2 ast, 2 stl), Marco Ovies 4 (1 reb), Kyle Ruiz 4 (2 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl), Miguel Nava (1 reb, 1 stl, 2 blk), Chris Moyer (1 reb).


LINCOLN 60, MOUNT MIGUEL 44 – The Mount Miguel Matadors were held to a season low by Lincoln on Thursday (Dec. 17) in The Bishop’s Winter Prep Classic.

DARIAN NORWOOD popped in 15 points and cleared 14 rebounds to pace the Matadors (4-3).

Nobody else in the Mount Miguel lineup scored more than 8.

“This is a tournament where we find out where we stand,” said Mount Miguel coach JAY ROWLETT.  “We’re playing better teams than we did at the start of the year. It’s time for us to get off the schneid.

“This has great Division III playoff value and will get us ready for our Grossmont Valley League,” he added.

Mount Miguel:  Darian Norwood 15 (14 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl), Taj Tucker 8 (6 ast), Trevon Allen 7 (7 reb, 2 stl), Justice Chima 5 (1 reb, 2 stl), Trannell Hudson 4 (3 reb), Marquis Neal 2 (1 reb, 1 stl), Andre Cox (1 ast, 1 stl), Raymond Lucas (1 reb), Chris Thompson (1 stl).

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