Thousand Oaks Claw Back from 16 Point Deficit, Complete Comeback to Defeat Agoura 58-50
The Thousand Oaks High School Lancers hosted the Agoura High School Chargers in a Friday night Marmonte League matchup, where both teams were looking to remain undefeated in the league. Both teams had started the year on a relatively strong note, as the Lancers entered 12-7 and the Chargers going 14-4, while both teams were 3-0 in Marmonte League games. The Lancers were looking to take the first of two meetings in January, as they held home field advantage with the student section rallying behind their squad.
The first quarter saw Agoura explode for 20 points in the first quarter, at one point being up 18-2, while the Lancers made just two field goals in the first quarter to net just seven points overall. Agoura PG Nasir Meyer stole the show, as he immediately made an impact in the scoring category with 10 points in the first 5 minutes, nailing tough mid-range fadeaways. Combo G Leo Woronov made his name felt in the first quarter by nailing two threes to give the Chargers a double digit advantage.
The second quarter saw the scoring stagnate on both sides, as both teams pushed across a combined 17 points through the first five minutes of the quarter. Nasir Meyer continued to lead the way for Agoura, as he collected a staggering 17 points in the first half alone. The Lancers were able to abandon their gameplan from deep, utilizing their young big man, 6’9” Sophomore Trent MacLean, to push inside for drives inside, ultimately leading to him collecting multiple free throw opportunities. Those trips to the charity stripe added up, as the Lancers, having been down 16 points in the first quarter, kept the game close with a 34-24 Agoura lead heading into halftime.
The Lancers continued to carry that same momentum from the end of the first half, as MacLean etched out five points in the first two minutes of the third quarter. The Lancers rode that momentum to new heights, riding a hot streak to net them ten points less than halfway through the quarter and, eventually, tying the game due to an open layup from G Jacob Kjarval. Although Nasir Meyer was still carrying the brunt of Agoura’s offensive weight, the Lancers, headlined by MacLean’s 11 points in the quarter, carried a tight two point lead heading into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter became a back-and-forth contest that saw the game come down to the final few minutes. Both teams were finding hot streaks from deep range to start, but the Lancers were able to minimize any threat in the interior. MacLean on offense was able to continue baiting Agoura into foul trouble, as all the added free throws proved to be an overwhelming deficit for the Chargers. Despite Nasir Meyer finishing with 26 points in the game, the Lancers won in stunning fashion by a score of 58-50, completing a 16 point comeback.
As for the Agoura Chargers, their next league matchup will see them play host to another VST team in the Calabasas Coyotes on Tuesday, with game time also scheduled for 7 pm.