The SCA Eagles men’s basketball team’s season and state tournament run ended Saturday night as the Eagles lost a hard fought defensive battle to the Rancho Solano Mustangs 45-39. The two teams had met once before on January 24th when the Mustangs defeated a hobbled SCA team by 17 points. Senior forward Tanner Hoffman and sophomore shooting guard Jordan Moody, both being previously injured, would play Saturday night. The Eagles entered the game with a 19-7 overall record and seeded 5th in the tourney. The Mustangs who are heavy favorites to win the 2A state title, brought a 25-5 overall record and 4th seed to the tourney.
The Eagles jumped out to a 14-13 lead to close the first quarter led by junior forward Ethan Spry with 4 points in the quarter. Moody and senior guard Jacob Kaites would both add threes. However, the SCA offense would sputter in the second quarter only scoring 6 points against a tough Rancho defense. Hoffman would have 5 points in the quarter as the Eagles went into halftime down 24-20.
SCA would cut the lead to 2 by the end of the third with the help of 6 points from Moody, a three by Spry and another bucket by sophomore Darius Whitson. But as the Mustang defense clamped down, the Eagles would only manage 9 points in the fourth, 5 for Kaites and 4 for Hoffman, which would not be enough to close the gap as the Eagles closed their season with the 45-39 loss.
Hoffman would lead the Eagles as the only player in double figures with 11 points.
The Eagles closed their season 19-8 and Metro West champions for the second year in a row.
The SCA men’s varsity team would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported us through out this season! Thank you to parents, grandparents, friends and relatives who cheered us on, we heard you and we appreciate every encouraging word! Thank you Spiritline for your tireless work and effort, we so appreciated everything that you did for us! Thank you teachers, volunteers! Thank you to the varsity girls team!
A huge thank you to the Nest and the SCA student body for your support!
Thank you all from the SCA men’s basketball team for providing us with such a memorable season!