East County Sports

Eagles back home, send Pointers packing




By Dave Dickens



EL CAJON (12-6-2021) — Well the Eagle had landed, so to speak. 


To be on the road for quite some time, continuing to win, until being dealt their first loss on the season just over the weekend, on Saturday.


It was most likely due to possibly being on the road for quite a while, along with not taking care of the little things that are practiced regularly. This group doesn’t make excuses.


With Sunday off, time to regroup mentally and physically, the Granite Hills Eagles boys hoopsters were ready for a high-energy, and fast-paced contest against the visiting Point Loma Pointers (0-1). The Pointers were just coming off of a 62-54 loss on Tuesday, Nov. 23, could have left a little rust in the joints and in the mental game when left on the shelf too long, maybe like a stale box of cereal.


No matter as far as the Eagles were concerned, they have been battling for the last two weeks.


“We looked like a totally different team than on Saturday. Point Loma is good, but we matched their intensity the entire game, and Derek (Edmond), had his best varsity game of his career with 30 (points) and 12 (rebounds),” said Eagles’ coach Dan Duffy.


Definitely not a bad day at the nest, with 30 total points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks.


It appears that this tandem, or siblings, however you want to reference them, maybe just pure athletic talent.


Tre Edmond put up some very similar numbers with 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals.


Let us not leave out in the cold, one of the defensive contributors as well, Lawond Zangana, who had 13 rebounds, two steals, and three blocks.


Granite is full of team players, and always someone additional to add to the Edmond brothers.


This evening was senior point guard Austin Holt, who also had seven points, two rebounds, six assists, and two steals, not to mention just his presence, hustle, and being a team player.


“Austin had the toughest defensive assignment of the night and played outstanding, just played his heart out,” said Duffy.


 Granite Hills (4-1), won this one with some serious blood, sweat, tears, and heart in front of their home crowd, 74-61.


The Eagles will face their cross-town rival, El Cajon Valley (2-4) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7.


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