Falcons Fly Past Parker After Shaky Start
By Andrew Smith
San Diego (1/20/2014) – Whenever a team is coming off a last second heart-breaking loss, especially to a rival, the biggest concern for a head coach is that his squad will come out flat in their next game. Fourth-ranked Torrey Pines head coach John Olive preached that point over and over to his Falcons before they took the court against No. 8 ranked Francis Parker on Monday night in the Martin Luther King Jr. Showcase but it was to no avail.
“I could see it in their eyes in warmups,” he said after losing to La Costa Canyon at the buzzer on a 3-pointer Friday night. “Those was absolutely no energy. Everyone was just going through the motions and you can’t do that on the road against a good team in front of a big crowd.”
The Lancers jumped all over Torrey from the tip. Six-foot-ten EVAN FITZNER threw his own block party with seven swats and scored 9 points in the first quarter and ten minutes into the game it was an 18-6 Parker lead, but after Olive ripped into his team in a timeout a light had switched and they went on to a dominating 62-51 victory.
“Coach Olive told us at that point that was exactly the way he thought we were gonna come out and play,” recalled Dominic Hovasse after finishing with 13 points. “They were switching everything so he changed up our offense a little to get better matchups in the post and that also opened up more room for our shooters.”
To say the plan worked would be an understatement as the Falcons responded with a 27-5 run to close out the first half with a 10 point lead. Jack Beach was the main culprit accounting for all 13 of his points in the second quarter with three of their six treys in the period and the lead grew to 21 points near the end of the third.
“I think we stopped playing as a team,” said sophomore ANDREW CROSS after netting 9 points in the loss. “The played get on the ball defense, but I think everyone really started worrying about getting their own points and that’s something we just can’t do.”
The St. Mary’s-bound star Fitzner ended with his usual line – 19 points, 13 boards, five steals and 8 big blocks, but San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher and his assistants were on hand to see a pair of sophomores in Torrey’s Brandon Cyrus and Parker’s TIM HARRISON, as well as his already landed recruit Trey Kell in the nightcap smoothly drop 37 in a 79-74 win over third-ranked La Costa Canyon.
“I think they both have a lot of potential in their game,” Fisher said. “They’re both long and athletic which makes them intriguing prospects.”
Cyrus had a team-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Harrison had 12 on 8 shots as well and also drained a triple. Both ended with 5 rebounds as well.
Torrey Pines: Brandon Cyrus 14 (5 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl), Dominic Hovasse 13 (3 reb, 2 stl), Sam Worman 13 (1 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl), Jack Beach 10 (1 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl), Zach Wagner 5 (3 reb, 3ast, 3 stl), Connor Mimoe 4 (4 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl)
Francis Parker: Evan Fitzner 19 (13 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 7 blk), Tim Harrison 12 (5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk), Andrew Cross 9 (4 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl), Khaleel Jenkins 6 (7 reb, 1 ast), Michael Pelaiz 5 (2 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl)