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December 7, 2022

Mustangs intense in season opener win against Carmel

Gilroy powered past Carmel Tuesday night 55-37 in the first game
of the year.
CARMEL – Gilroy powered past Carmel Tuesday night 55-37 in the first game of the year.

Danny Vadillo led all scoring with 23 points and three assists for the Mustangs. Blair Wortham had eight points and five rebounds.

“The team defense was outstanding for first game of year,” said Gilroy coach Michael Baumgartner. “Holding a team to 37 points will win a lot of baskalll games.”

The Mustangs were down early but came back to take a one-point lead after the first quarter. At the half, Gilroy owned a 17-7 advantage.

“Our tranistion game was working and we were pushing the ball up the floor,” Baumgartner said. “We got some easy buckets that helped us gain confidence. Our press worked well. And we forced 20 turnovers.”

Seaside got within six points in the third quarter with a quick three and a two, but Gilroy went on a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.

“I am really impressed with the discipline we showed in the game,” Baumgartner said. “With every defensive stop or play, our confidence kept rising.”

The Mustangs got some key contributions from the bench.

“Our second and third team coming off the bench kept the intensity going,” Baumgartner said. “I didn’t see a big drop off in play which is really encouraging.”

Gilroy will go for its second win in a row at Seaside next Tuesday.

“They are always very athletic,” Baumgartner said. “They always have one or two guys that can step up. They love to play the up-tempo game like we do. It is going to be a game of defenses.”

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