East County Sports

Eagles start slow, overcome Matadors

Granite Hills at the free throw line on Friday. / Dave Dickens




By Dave Dickens



EL CAJON (1-28-2002) — To say that the visiting Mount Miguel Matadors came out on fire would be an understatement. In particular, they caused at least five turnovers quickly in the first quarter.


Mount Miguel went on a 10-4 run to start with four minutes left in the first. The Granite Hills Eagles shook it off quickly come back up 15-12 with 1:23 left in the first quarter.


Courtesy of the Edmond brothers and friends, the Eagles were back on top, 23-19, to end the first quarter.


As the second quarter began, both the Matadors and Eagles were in an offensive back and forth scoring affair.


With approximately 3:55 left in the second quarter, Derek Edmond had a beauty of a dunk, and this play along with one of the best and loudest crowds in the county, changed the momentum, as the Eagles came back within two points of the Matadors, 29-31.


With 1:00 left in the first half. Mount Miguel put together a 7-3 run to end the first half, 38-32, in favor of Matadors.


“I have to give credit to Coach A.J. Stanford for having his guy well-prepared tonight,” said Eagles head coach Dan Duffy. “In mid-third quarter, Lamond Zangana and Tre Edmond started initial domination offensively, making it 46-43, in favor of the Eagles.


With 2:37 left in the third, a picture framed for the Edmond household as Tre tossed it up for his brother, Derek, to sink it, a thing of beauty. For the Eagles, what a way to head into the fourth as Tre Edmond hit a three-pointer that was all net to end the third, 57-48, in favor of the Eagles.


Up 61-48, the Eagles started to play the defense they have been accustomed to.


Playing defense in all four quarters towards the end of the fourth Isaiah Hasten is always part of igniting that stellar defense and lights out at the boards.


The icing on the cake was the Eagles bench manager Daniel Fong, who’s name was screamed loudly for this fan-favorite to be subbed in. Coach Duffy tapped his shoulder and the crowd’s request was granted.


Once again, the Granite Hills crowd decibel level was deafening. 


Final with the Eagles second-half comeback, 77-54. 


Tre Edmond led the offensive charge with 25 total points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals, and a pair of blocks.


Derek Edmond had 17 total points, 4-of-7 from the foul line, eight rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals.


A total of 42 points were scored by the Edmond brothers.


Zangana was on fire, in the fourth in particular, with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.


A great win for the Granite Hills Eagles (15-5, 4-2 GHL). Up next for these Eagles, a trip to Grossmont High School, to play the Foothillers (13-10, 5-0 GHL). Definitely the game of the week, on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Grossmont High School at 6 p.m.




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