Basketball: Bearcats struggle in league

© 2018-Paso Robles Press

San Luis Obispo —  The Paso Robles Bearcats men’s basketball team opened up league play last week with a loss against St. Joseph on Wednesday, 104-65, and faced the PAC 8’s top team on Thursday.

San Luis Obispo currently sits atop the PAC 8 with an undefeated record in league and a 14-3 record overall. The Bearcats are currently last in league, going winless in those games, with a record of 2-7 overall.

The Bearcats were able to keep the game relatively close throughout the first three-quarters last Thursday but the Tigers spacing and shooting was too much for Paso to overcome.  

Paso played the Tigers tight throughout the opening eight minutes. At the end of the first quarter, the Bearcats only trailed by six. Out of the quarter break Head Coach Derrick Jasper drew up a play the resulted in a wide-open corner three for Jaedon Lyon and the lead was cut down to just three points.

The Bearcats just could not come up with stops when they needed them most. After trimming the lead to only three points the Bearcats fell apart defensively. With the score at 23-26, the Tigers started their offensive push. After converting two steals into easy buckets SLO now had a seven-point lead and on their next possession, the Tigers hit a three that forced Paso to call a timeout.

Out of the timeout, the Tigers made two more three’s on back to back possessions to complete the 13-0 run, they would go into halftime leading 27-43. Paso forced the Tigers coach to take another timeout with 4:36 left in the third quarter after they were trimmed the lead down to 11.  However, once again the Tigers mounted a fierce offensive run and finished the quarter outscoring the Bearcats 14-3.

Any momentum the Bearcats might have had was sucked from the building when Braden Watermen hit the floor hard after going for a lay-up with 2:08 left in the third quarter. The freshman laid motionless on the floor for a few seconds before his parents and medical staff came to his aid. The game was stopped for around 35 minutes while the fire department came out to make sure Waterman was taken care of properly. He was able to walk off the court and return to the bench with his teammates.

The Bearcats lost the game 79-51 and play again this Friday when they travel to Atascadero to play their bitter rivals.

© 2018-Paso Robles Press


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