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Boys basketball defeats Chino

Junior varsity boys basketball defeated Chino 66-22 in a home league game on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Forward junior Jake Martel dominated the offense, scoring a total of 19 points throughout the game.

“We really worked together as a team and played as a unit instead of playing as individuals. Everything just clicked that day,” forward junior Ryan Abellera said.

The Mustangs maintained consistent possession of the ball during the first quarter, earning a 10 point lead by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Walnut increased its scoring streak by 22 points with a last second 2-pointer made by Abellera. The first half of the game ended with the Mustangs leading 40-15.

“[Our mentality] is to take it all one possession at a time and make every possession a priority. We just have to make sure everyone’s on the same page and locked in. [Our win] was good, but we’re still not satisfied because we’re not league champions yet,” guard junior Matthew Porto said.

Walnut kept its defense tight during the third quarter, limiting Chino to zero points while increasing their lead by scoring 17 more points. By finishing the fourth quarter with three steals from the Cowboys and a 45-point lead, the Mustangs ended the game 66-22. The Mustangs remained undefeated with a league record of 5-0.

“We just need to keep the [continuation] of our success through the rest of the league games. It all comes down to practice,” shooting guard junior Michael Chung said.  “We need to work harder during practice and be ready for whatever they have in store for us.”

By Joy Wang, Staff writer
Photo by Isaac Le


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