The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team took the hop out of the Quincy Jackrabbits last night, winning by an 82-72 score.
The 10-point margin of victory isn't reflective of the way the Grizzlies dominated last night's non-league game. Pressuring Quincy with its 1-2-2 fullcourt trapping defense, Sunnyside built a 60-37 lead through the first three quarters.
Coach Steve Urrutia pulled his troops back to the halfcourt line on defense in the fourth quarter, which allowed the Jackrabbits to finish within 10 points of Sunnyside.
Tuesday evening's win improved the Grizzlies' overall record on the season to 5-9. Sunnyside will play a second straight home game this coming Friday when West Valley rolls into town. The Rams defeated Sunnyside 79-60 back on Dec. 15 in both teams' Mid-Valley League openers.
Last night, despite Quincy struggling to move the ball up court against Sunnyside's pressuring defense, the Jackrabbits looked to make a game of it early on.
"Yeah, we played a little scrappy the first half," Urrutia admitted. "We fell off the tracks with what we wanted to do." He pointed out, however, that the 30 turnovers created in the first two periods by his team's defensive tactics very much swung the pendelum Sunnyside's way.
It didn't help matters any that Sunnyside wasn't exactly on fire early on in shooting the ball. The Grizzlies made just 2-of-12 shots from behind the 3-point arc and were just 1-for-4 from the free throw line the opening quarter, which translated into a slim 13-10 lead for Sunnyside heading into the second period of play.
But thanks to junior James Baysinger, who tied Lorenzo Sabedra's single-game school record with seven treys last night, Sunnyside outscored the Jackrabbits 20-11 in the second quarter to build a 33-21 halftime lead. Baysinger bombed in three of his 3-pointers in that second quarter.
The Grizzlies all but put the game away in the third period, outscoring Quincy 27-16 to take a 23-point lead. Sunnyside knocked down seven treys in the quarter, which included a lethal dagger two minutes into the period by 5'6" sophomore Gibby Briones, who connected on back-to-back 3-pointers. The consecutive treys by Briones extended Sunnyside's 39-23 lead to an insurmountable 45-23 advantage.
Quincy was able to fight back with a 35-point final stanza showing to draw to within the final 82-72 score. But that was thanks mainly to Sunnyside abandoning its fullcourt trapping defense. The Jackrabbits' 6'3" center, senior Charlie Cedergreen, threw in nine of his team high 21 points in the final period.
Also in double figures for Quincy were seniors Raymond Evenson and Cade Kiehn with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
For Sunnyside, Baysinger led all the Grizzlies in the scoring column with 21 points, on 7-of-16 shooting from 3-point land. Baysinger, too, had a club high six steals.
Three of his teammates also reached double-digits in the scoring column. Senior Derrick Simmons, who was 3-for-5 on his two-point shots and 3-for-4 from the foul line, popped in 12 points to go along with five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Briones, 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line, added 11 points, and sophomore D.J. Palomarez, despite just a 1-for-5 effort from 3-point land, chipped in 10 points.
Although junior Ryan Engel and senior Frank Espino combined for just 4 points, the two did come through in a big way with five rebounds apiece. Engel also had five assists and four steals.
Shooting-wise, Quincy was more successful than the Grizzlies, hitting 55 percent of its field goal attempts (29-for-53). Of the 53 shots, four were 3-point attempts and two of them dropped, both fired up by Evenson. The Grizzlies connected on just 36 percent of their shots from the field (28-for-77), but the difference maker was that of the 77 attempts, 49 were from behind the 3-point arc and 16 of them found their mark.
Quincy 10 11 16 35 -72
Sunnyside 13 20 27 22 -82
2-pt. FG-Quincy 27/49, Sunnyside 12/28 (Burgueno 3/4, Simmons 3/5, Palomarez 3/5). 3-pt. FG-Quincy 2/4 (Evenson 2/4), Sunnyside 16/49 (Baysinger 7/16, Briones 3/4, Espino 1/1). FT-Quincy 12/22, Sunnyside 10/18 (Simmons 3/4, Montelongo 3/4, Cornelius 2/2).
Quincy-Kiehn 14, Cedergreen 21, Bishop 1, Evenson 15, Webley 4, Gardner 4, Knodell 7, Weher 6.
Sunnyside-Coleman 5, Montelongo 5, Briones 11, Simmons 12, Espino 3, Palomarez 10, Engel 1, Jongsma 3, Cornelius 2, Burgueno 6, Baysinger 21, Bos 3.