Hoopin at Home Motors

Hey Mustangs! Are you excited for the eighth grade basketball season? Our Mustangs took a Huddlebreak from their seasons and played in the 30th annual Home-Motors Basketball Tournament. The tournament took place from February 18th to February 20th, and is held at Lakeview Junior High School.

 The girls came out strong in their first game against El Camino, but fell short 38-33. El Camino would later go on to win the tournament. Mariah Lopez led the squad with fourteen points, and Miranda Angulo contributed four. Coach Sal commented, “Tonight was a tough loss. We went 3-21 at the free-throw line.” Emily Golden said, “I think we played well, but we still need to work on our free-throws and passing.”

In the girls’ second game, they took on a tough Lompoc Valley Middle School. They fought hard and defeated the Falcons 35-14. Mackenzie Kestler and Abby Allmon led the team with eight points each. Coach Sal stated, “It was nice to see the girls relaxed tonight. Everyone was having fun, and it was a nice team win.” Delanie Duran said, “We did well overall, but there are a few things that we still need to work on.”

In their third and final game, the girls faced the McKenzie Bobcats for the consolation championship. They came out strong and ready to play, and defeated McKenzie 39-18. Mariah Lopez and Miranda Angulo each scored eight points leading the team. Coach Sal remarked, ”It was very nice to see the team come together in the consolation championship. It was a great team victory.” Julia Galloway happily said, “I think we that we brought our A game, and we needed a win to boost our confidence.”

Congratulations to Mariah Lopez for receiving the All-Tournament award! Great job girls!

The boys went to their first game ready to play. They faced El Camino Junior High and defeated them 71-10. Isaac Luque dropped 24 points, leading the team, and Chef Mortensen put in 8. Coach Salinas said it was a good first game, and it allowed him to play everybody. Kai Karamitsos enthusiastically commented on the game and said, “We smacked them!”

In the second game of the tournament, our Mustangs faced a very tough Lompoc Valley Middle School. They were down by two with two seconds left, and Zak Taylor chucked a full court pass to Zack Guerrero who made a layup to tie the game and force it into overtime. At the end of the game, the final score was 46-43 Mustangs. Zack Guerrero led the team with 15 points, and Zak Taylor was close behind with 13. Coach Salinas commented, “We played a great game. It was a great team effort, and we got really lucky. Thanks to Mason for telling Taylor to call a timeout and getting a technical foul, getting us the ball back. Brilliant strategy.” Mason Gonzalez happily said, “The game went well. Everyone participated in the win.”

In the final game of the tournament, the boys took on the Lakeview Trojans for the championship game. Our Mustangs fought hard but fell short 37-33. Zack Guerrero scored seven points and Zak Taylor contributed six. “Losing is always tough, but when it’s losing in the championship game, it’s even tougher. I know next time we’ll prevail,” stated Coach Salinas. Zak Taylor thought that the game went, “Okay, but we need to play better next game.”

Congratulations to Zack Guerrero and Zak Taylor for receiving the All-Tournament award. Good job Mustangs!

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