Arnold J. Roe
Both teams showed signs of nerves the first two minutes of the game with five missed shots and five turnovers between them. The first points finally came with 2:30 left in the first quarter when Cal Villareal grabbed an offensive rebound and went right back up for a basket. Bear Kyser added a basket to put the Bulldogs up 4-0, but Mustang Nick Palomino answered when he was left wide open underneath. Kyser hit his first 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 7-2. The Bulldog lead increased to 9-2 when Villareal danced his way through the defense for a layup. Garrett Smothermon closed the gab hitting with 23.2 seconds left on the clock. Villareal increased the lead back to seven hitting with 13 seconds left in the first quarter.
The scoring didn’t take as long in the second quarter as it did in the first. Carter Beene started things off for the Bulldogs scoring a basket a mere five seconds in, and Mt. View’s Alejandro Campos hit a trey from the corner ten seconds later. The Mustangs pulled two more points closer when Palomino took a pass from Smothermon and dropped it in the hoop. Leading 13-9, Kyser hit two 3-pointers in 21 seconds to push the lead to 10. The Mustangs once again closed the gap when Smothermon drained a long trey and on the next possession passes to Ty Jordan for a layup. Up by five, Kyser hit his third trey of the quarter and fourth overall to push the lead to eight. The Mustangs continued to battle and cut the lead down to three when Campos hit a 3-pointer and Ty Jordan added a bucket. The Bulldogs dominated the last minute of the quarter, Chris Mesquita hit a long trey from the corner and added a layup with 19.2 seconds, and Villareal dropped in a layup with 1.3 seconds left to end the half with the Bulldogs up 29-19.
The Bulldogs continued the run to start the third quarter with a basket by Mesquita, two baskets by Luke Fink and basket by Villareal. Campos gets the Mustangs on the board making it a 37-21 game. After some free throw trading the Bulldogs lead was 38-23 , then the Mustangs had a nice seven point run sparked by a Smothermon trey from the corner followed by baskets by Campos and Brandon Watley. More free throw trading would end the quarter with the Bulldogs up 41-31.
Watley quickly cut the lead with a 3-pointer to open the fourth. Mesquita snakes his way in for a layup to answer and the bulldogs are back up by nine. The Mustangs would get another surge with a 6-0 run on baskets by Jordan, Campos and Jeremy Determan. Mesquito moved the lead back to seven and seven seconds later Smothermon would go to the line for a one and one and hit both. The Mustangs battled and kept cutting into the lead, but trailing by nine, the Bulldogs hit eight out of 12 free throws in the last two minutes of the game to maintain the lead and capture the City Championship.