Lancers snap 3-game Losing Streak with Thumping of Tigers
The Grant Lancers secured their ninth win in a dominant performance against the San Fernando Tigers in the San Fernando Valley Invitational tournament, with a final score of 99-17. Grant had four players in double digits, including 11 points off the bench from senior guard Kevin Reyes.
The Lancers used this game as a bounce back after several close losses. “We struggled a little bit with certain things last week against some really good teams,” said Grant’s head coach Tarek Abdelsameia. “We lost 3 games by a combined 10 points.”
But after a three game losing streak to end the calendar year, Grant came out with a lot of intensity. Junior guard Jordan Taylor and senior forward Dashaun Maron-Gains converted easy transition layups to give the Lancers a 15-0 lead.
About half way through the quarter, Grant put in a brand new five but continued to dominate. The second unit was led by Reyes, who was able to get several steals that turned into fast break points.
“Were legitimately 12 deep. I feel comfortable playing 12 guys,” said Abdelsameia.
The second quarter started with a lot of offense from Maron-Gains, getting layups at the rim and knocking down a corner three-pointer. San Fernando senior guard Braulio Bustillo responded with a couple offensive rebounds and baskets to cut the Tigers deficit under 50 to end the half.
Grant came out with the same defensive intensity in the second half, holding San Fernando to only one point for the final two quarters. Taylor and Maron-Gains continued to get easy looks at the basket.
The Lancers dropped the following matchup to the Venice Gondoliers in a tight matchup, 67-63. Grant will end the tournament with contests against the Kennedy Cougars on Friday at 5:30pm and Taft Toreadors on Saturday at 6:30pm.
Next week, the Lancers face two competitive league rivals, with the North Hollywood Huskies and Verdugo Hills Dons visiting on Monday and Wednesday respectively. Both contests will tip off at 5:30pm. The matchup with the Dons is an intriguing one because, not only are both teams 4-0 in league play, but they will meet again in the final game of the East Valley League schedule, potentially with a league title on the line.