In spite of the heavy rain, school spirt sizzled at Pescadero High School as students and fans piled into the gym for the start of the Hoop Dreams basketball tournament on Thursday.
The Pescadero Vikings boys varsity basketball team took to the hardwood first. Although it came out of the gate swinging and never let up, the team eventually fell to Richmond’s Making Waves Academy, 59-28.
A baseline shot by Marcelo Perez would put Pescadero on the board. A layup by Daniel Castro, followed by a 3-point shot by Juan Martinez would keep the Vikings in the game during the first quarter.
“Perez had a decent game,” said Vikings boys varsity head coach David Meyrovich. “He’s come a long way. He’s a junior this year. He’s a good shooter. He has a great sense of how to do things physically. He just does things by instinct that other people have to think about.”
The Making Waves Academy defense was formidable. The Vikings were outsized as they battled under the basket against much larger opponents. Pescadero was not intimidated, and continued to play hard, but the home team was unable to capitalize on offensive opportunities. At the end of the first quarter, they trailed Making Waves Academy, 16-7.
The Vikings started strong in the second quarter. Yahir Gomez led an offensive drive before tossing the ball to Perez for a 3-point shot. Later in the quarter, Gomez picked up another assist, this time passing to Ewan Harper for another 3-pointer. Making Waves Academy led 27-16 at the half.
With just about four minutes left in the third quarter, Adrain Amesquita worked his magic from under the basket, scoring a bucket.
Gomez would pick up another assist, driving hard and passing off to Castro for another 3-point shot. Making Waves answered with a couple buckets. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 41-25 in favor of Making Waves.
“Amesquita is a tough kid. Like a lot of our players, he’s not that tall, but he can already touch the rim,” said Meyrovich. “He has a nice vertical. He’s a great leader and he’s a great communicator.
“He’s in fantastic shape,” he continued. “He plays good defense and he’ll block shots, even though he’s a little guy.”
In the fourth quarter, Making Waves came out of the gate aggressively. In spite of its comfortable lead, the team started a full-court press and deployed a man-to-man defense. Harper seemed to be in the right place at the right time defensively, picking up a couple of steals. The Vikings, however, were unable to convert these opportunities to points on the board.
In the final minutes of the game, Castro drew a foul, and sank one of the free throws. Perez pulled in a rebound and scored two points, bringing the final Viking tally to 28 points.
“There were a lot of fouls, it was a pretty rough game,” said Meyrovich. “But it was fun.”
The girls Vikings varsity basketball team as up next. The team proved to be the perfect combination of height, physical strength and aggressiveness in the paint. The Pescadero girls secured the win with a final score of 24-17.
Emilia Corona set the tone for the game, putting the first points on the board. Joanna Corona would then score off a rebound. Quick hands and even quicker feet would give Pescadero an early edge over Making Waves.
It would be 7-0 in favor of Pescadero at the start of the second quarter. The Corona sisters powered the Pescadero offensive machine. A layup by Paola Vazquez would add points to the board. At the end of the first half, it was Pescadero up, 15-1.
In the fourth period, free throws would make up most of the points earned by Making Waves. Each trip to the foul line resulted in Making Waves inching within reach of the win. With only 6:48 left in the final quarter, each team had amassed nine fouls. It was about this time, the Making Waves offense woke up, piling more points onto the scoreboard. Tensions ran high during this nail-biter of a game. In spite of a rather contentious final quarter, the girl Vikings emerged victorious.