East County Sports

Eagles soar in Brawley as defense prevails




By Dave Dickens



BRAWLEY (12-2-2021) — Granite Hills is definitely showing to the rest of the Grossmont Hills League that they will compete just as hard as their counterparts this season.


However, at this point, the Eagles are the only undefeated team in the East County but keep in mind the others have played more contests, but let us be clear, the Eagles are 3-0.


Michael Evans had a solid game with 12 points and 10 boards, while Isaiah Hasten continues to impress with eight points, including 4-for-4 from the field. Tre Edmond was not having a typical night but still led the team with 15 points.


Derek Edmond and Tre Edmund added a three-pointer each, and the bottom line, the Eagled need to repair the missed buckets and especially three-pointers. 


The Eagles did make the long bus ride a positive one, however, with a 57-36 win over Brawley.


“We have won all of our games because of the high-intensity defense, causing turnovers that turn into points. And the shots will fall, it is just some early season jitters,” said Tre Edmond.


“It is a very stacked league, but with the intense defense we have, we always have a chance to win as a team,” said Evans.


When asked about the shooting percentage of shots being low?


“We are all around having bad shooting nights, and I don’t think it is anything we are really doing. They are just not falling, but when they do start falling we will be an even tougher team to defeat, said Evans.


When questioned about how the long bus ride was, and how that can sometimes add to the already, home-court advantage?


Isaiah Hasten replied, “In terms of our shooting performance, I feel we can always get better, but one of our main mentalities playing Granite Hills Basketball is to never let up on defense. Sometimes we just can’t get the shots to hit but we can always get the ball back on defense. The trip up to Brawley was not too bad, as it would have been if we didn’t come home with the win.”


Hasten, a breakout star on the gridiron this past fall is also finding success on the court.


“My favorite sport would have to be football,” Hasten said. “I love basketball, don’t get me wrong, but I have played football ever since I was 4, and it has always had a special place in my heart.”


Rest assured that head coach Dan Duffy will have the shooting issue handled as the Eagles prepare to go 4-0, as they host the Point Loma Pointers (0-1), on Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m.


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