East County Sports


El Capitan's JAQORI HARRIS has the ball against Fallbrook on Friday night.



By Dave Dickens



CHULA VISTA (11-23-2018) The 2018 El Capitan Vaqueros boys Basketball team is on track to be a true competitive Division 4 ball club.

After an 0-2 start, scoring an anemic 31 points against the University City Centurions, the young Vaqueros were adapting to their assignments and how head coach JEFF BICKFORD’s recipe for success is supposed to be cooked up.

The Vaqueros also dropped their second to a very talented Del Norte Nighthawks (7-1), while picking up and defeating the almighty Foothillers of Grossmont High, 69-62, at Grossmont’s own tournament, quite the achievement for the young Bickford-led team.

Friday evening, the Vaqueros, after a day off for Thanksgiving, were not quite finished with their feast, as the lads from Lakeside traveled to the South Bay to continue their quest in the Grossmont Tournament hosted by Olympian High School.

JACOB PFITZNER drives against Fallbrook on Friday night.

More like an appetizer, the Vaqueros truly showed they are a force to be reckoned with as they took Fallbrook Warriors (0-3) to school in a truly offensive assault.

Leading the way on the scoring frenzy, last year’s East County Sports.com recipient of the “Unsung Hero” award, junior JACOB PFITZNER, put up 20 points, on 3-of-10 three-pointers, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

With such a young team, veterans like Jacob will be called upon to lift the team up on the court.

El Cap set the tone right out of the gate, as they went on a 13-9 run with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter, and ultimately would solidify the offensive tempo leading 24-15 at the end of the first quarter.

As expected in many of the high school hoop contests, some of the officiating was questionable.

A simple fact, yet all part of this game we know and love, which is why parents, friends, coaches, and media flock to see these young men play with passion, a true art for the player and spectator alike.

Let us not take away the fact that the Warriors came out to compete but were truly overmatched by the young and feisty Vaqueros from Lakeside.

El Cap would continue to play a pretty solid defense with a few thefts, and the explosive offense, also co-led by Junior JAQORI HARRIS, who drank of the same greatness poured out by Bickford.

Harris, also put up 20 total points, including a three-pointer, 3-of-5 at the free throw line, four rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

The second half of play was more of the same offensive dominance on the part of the Vaqueros.

Fallbrook definitely struggled to try to defend the speed and athleticism but didn’t have an answer.

El Cap was up 70-40 at the end of the third quarter of play.

The oddity of the entire evening was the empty seats, although with a key football championship being played down the street at Southwestern College, it definitely had a damper on the attendance.

The Vaqueros would finalize the score after the defense played a bit off-kilter as would be noticed in the final score.

El Cap made easy work of this one with an 82-66 victory over the Warriors.

The Vaqueros are now 2-2 and will face Preuss UCSD (0-3) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Olympian High School.

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