Boys’ Basketball Defeats the Trojans in Ninth League Game


Kayla Moshayedi

Senior Tyler Huang (2) goes up for a right hand layup after stealing the ball, with senior Nate DiCostanzo (21) trailing from behind to get a rebound if needed. Compared to previous games this season, every player had the opportunity to score. Players from the bench scored 75 of the points, already putting them at an advantage against University High for the entirety of the game.

Boys’ basketball (6-3) won 95-61 in its Pacific Coast League home conference game against University High on May 12. The Bulldogs will host Beckman High for their senior night at 7 p.m. on May 20.

Forward and sophomore Devin Daniel led the team with 23 points including five three-point shots and was 9-13 for field goals, followed by guard and senior Tyler Huang with 15 points and guard and sophomore Colin Huang with 13 points. The Bulldogs scored 21 points in the first quarter, 23 in the second, 25 in the third and 26 in the fourth.

“I was very proud of the team because we stopped them from the start, played with a lot of confidence and looked like a real team playing, while also coming out shooting really well in the second half,” Daniel said. “We need to work on rebounding on the offensive side and we can do a lot better of not bailing out, which is basically not getting unnecessary fouls called because we had many situations where we fouled at the three-point line or during a fast break which led to the other team scoring more points.”

The Bulldogs led with 15 steals, five of them fast breaks for an easy two points to add to the scoreboard. The Bulldogs also outnumbered the Trojans in assists with 18 compared to the Trojans’ seven and had a total of four blocks.

“Our ball movement was phenomenal and everybody was able to score because of our unselfish basketball,” Huang said. “To be honest I wouldn’t have gotten such a great game if it wasn’t for my teammates passing me the ball and trusting me with every single second of the court. Everybody was in the game and whenever they would get subbed in, they would pick up the energy that the previous team left on the court; it didn’t really look like there were any breaks without high energy and enthusiasm.”

Shooting 80% from the free-throw line, 36% from the three-point line and 46% from inside the paint, Tuesday’s game was a prime example of the team’s defense-to-offense mentality, according to head coach Brian Smith.

“We’ve seen a steady improvement in our players’ performance since the early part of the season, and what I enjoy most, though, is seeing how well they bond on and off the floor,” Smith said. “They have really created and become a family. We have four seniors, two juniors and seven sophomores on varsity, and it’s been enjoyable to watch them become one solid unit.”

The Bulldogs will play against Irvine High tonight at 7 p.m. before ending the season with their final game on May 15 against Santiago High in Garden Grove.