Cats’ win three of four

PASO ROBLES — After going winless in the first six game of 2018, the Bearcats boys basketball team bounced back in a big way, starting with a four-point victory over the Greyhounds in Atascadero. The Bearcats were fueled by a 31 point outburst from Sebastian Galsim that carried them into three straight wins.

After defeating The Hounds on Friday, the Bearcats traveled to Righetti on Tuesday and took care of business against the 0-8 Warriors and then defeated the third-ranked Royals at home by a single point. Paso was led by their two main offensive weapons, who both scored very efficiently. Galsim led the Bearcats in scoring with 24 points on 58 percent shooting (10-17), more importantly going (4-6) from three-point territory. Anthony Napoli, the Bearcats number two offensive weapon, scoring 16 points on (7-12) shooting.

Galsim currently leads Paso in scoring and is currently averaging 18.3 points per a game, according to MaxPreps, while Napoli is averaging 12.3. The game against the Royals signified the halfway point of the PAC 8 league season. The Bearcats have now played every team once in league and will play each team again. So far, Paso is among the top offensive teams in the PAC 8 and are fourth in total points scored, however, the ‘Cats are dead last in points allowed.

Of the three teams tied at 3-5 in the PAC 8, the Bearcats have the worst point differential through the first half at -74, but have the best offense and have just caught their stride this last week.

On Tuesday, the Bearcats played host to St. Joseph, who is currently the No. 2 team in PAC 8. In their previous three games, Paso has held their opponents to an average of 53 points per game, but the Knight offense was too much. The Bearcat defense gave up 79 points in a losing effort as St. Joseph won, 79-66.

Galsim led the team in scoring but had a tough time shooting. Galsim finished (9-25) from the field and went (2-13) from three. The difference in holding Mission Prep to 59 and St. Joseph 79 has a lot to do with made shots. When the Bearcats make most of their three-point shots they have the ability to set up their defense, but when they are off the long misses lead to fast break points for the opposing team.

(Photos by Heather Nguyen)


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