Boys Basketball: Aztecs outmuscle Spartans on own court
Farmersville’s speed and aggressiveness leads to eight steals and 47 rebounds in 70-45 win over Strathmore
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
STRATHMORE – Since day one Farmersville head coach Fabian Acevedo has wanted his team to dictate the pace of the game. With the emphases being defense. At times that teaching fell on closed ears. However, the Aztecs are listening now. Last Thursday night they ran the Spartans out of their own gym with a 70-45 win.
“I am really proud of their effort for all four quarters,” Acevedo said. “That is what we have been striving for all year and now they are starting to buy in.”
By halftime the Farmersville Aztecs (8-7, 2-0) speed and aggressiveness had built a 39-29 lead. On the defensive end the Aztecs zone produced eight steals in the game. Five of those were by senior Victor Castrejon. Each time the counter attack was quick with multiple Aztecs out running the Spartan players.
Early in the third quarter he stole the ball, and brought it back up the court. He missed his layup, but Jesus Romo was right behind him to put the rebound back. That made the score 44-31 only a minute in.
Later on in the quarter Castrejon got another steal. Only this time he passed it up to Raymond Paramo. He went in for an uncontested layup for two of his team leading 21 points. After Strathmore’s James Anderson hit a free throw that made the score 49-40 at the end of the third quarter.
“We played aggressively on defense and the scoring took care of itself,” Acevedo said.
Another area where the Aztecs were aggressive was rebounding. Farmersville had a total of 47 rebounds. They were led by their centers Donovan Minton and Miguel Cabrera who tied for 11 in the game. That many rebounds definitely helped with second chances at scoring inside the pain. Minton led the duo with eight points.
That total also helped limit the second chances that Strathmore’s big man Nick Salas had. The 6-foot-6 center towered over everyone on the court. However, the constant battling for every missed shot seemed to wear him down. It also began to affect the Spartans’ offense as well.
A focal point of this year’s team is to utilize their height inside with Salas. However, with the Spartans guards were practically unaffected in scoring in this contest. That allowed the Aztecs’ zone to sit back a wait for a pass inside which led to the turnovers. Which allowed the Aztecs to start off the fourth quarter on a 16-3 run, and extend their lead 65-43.
“We really don’t know who our main guard is right now, so the inconsistency in stretching the defense is what we are lacking right now,” Strathmore head coach Justin St. Clair said.
After this win there was very little time to celebrate as they defeated the Summit Charter Collegiate Academy Bears (1-9, 0-2) 76-25. Before continuing with East Sierra League play Farmersville played Exeter in their annual Battle for the Belt game. The Aztecs defeated the Monarchs 70-63.
The Spartans played the Avenal Buccaneers (4-4) last night. The final score of that game was reached after press time.