GILROY – Knowing rival San Benito was arriving in town tonight
for a key early-season Tri County Athletic League matchup, the GHS
boys basketball team’s 68-51 victory over another TCAL opponent
Alvarez on Wednesday was exactly what head coach Jeremy Dirks
GILROY – Knowing rival San Benito was arriving in town tonight for a key early-season Tri County Athletic League matchup, the GHS boys basketball team’s 68-51 victory over another TCAL opponent Alvarez on Wednesday was exactly what head coach Jeremy Dirks ordered.
Building a comfortable 40-20 halftime cushion, Dirks was able to rest his starting five for much of the second half, knowing that tonight’s duel with the Balers was looming.
“We were up by 25 at one point,” Dirks said following Wednesday’s win. “I have to keep my kids fresh. My second and third string kids work hard in practice. I wanted to get them minutes.”
The win snapped a four-game losing streak against the Eagles.
For the second time in the last three games, the Mustangs’ (12-3, 3-0) first man off the bench, junior Cameron Yawary, led the team in scoring, posting a career-high 19 points.
“My release is feeling good and I’ve got my touch back,” Yawary said.
The Mustangs bolted out of the gates once again, riding the hot shooting of senior guard Greg Hamik, to a 22-14 first-quarter lead on the heels of a 10-4 run over the last four minutes of the opening period.
Hamik scored 10 of his 16 points in the first quarter, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range.
Senior Andrel Gaines poured in a cool nine points to go along with six assists. Both Michael Aldridge and Michael Hartman scored seven apiece, combining for 18 rebounds, securing eight and 10 boards, respectively.
It didn’t take long after the final buzzer for the Mustangs’ focus to shift toward tonight’s game against the Balers.
“The gym is going to be packed,” Yawary said.
Not only are the two team’s rivals, and the winner will have at least a share of first place in the TCAL, Balers’ first-year head coach Tracy Carpenter ran the Mustangs’ varsity program from 1982-92, compiling a 215-99 record in that span.
“It’s just huge,” said Dirks, who played under Carpenter. “Tracy was my coach and we get along now. To be honest with you, it is probably the biggest game I’ve coached. It’s big for our community.”
Tip-off is slated for a 7 p.m.
“We just have to remember our fundamentals and execute our stuff,” Hamik said.