On November 29th, AMS traveled to Lewis Middle School in Paso Robles looking to square up with the Leopards for the loss they served the Saints in the season opening tourney in mid-November. The Saints finished off the Leopards with a 38-34 victory. It was a close game, but Saints take the mark in the win column for this one.
To beat a tough opponent like Lewis Leopards, it is necessary to do your homework and make technical adjustments. It was obvious Coach Ballinger and the team did just that. Ballinger put his team’s prior basketball experience to work, and the Saints were easily able to match strides with Lewis. In their second matching, the Saints brought physicality, thought fast on their feet, at times overwhelmed the Leopards at the basket, and were consistent at taking the ball to the hoop for two. Stevie Waiters led the scoring parade with seven baskets and two points scored from the charity line. This makes Stevie the games’ money player; effectively scoring almost half of the points racked up on the lit-up box.
From my courtside seat, he got game: Stevie Waiters gets my vote for being the gunner in this match-up. One to watch is Evan Moscardi. Moscardi, starts each game at center court circle in an attempt to gain control of the ball. In the words of Chick Hearn, Evan played this match-up like King Kong on a ladder, putting his height to a Saints advantage defending the cylinder and robbing rebounds from his opponent.
Until it’s tipped off again on December 6th, that’s Hootie’s scoop on the hoop.
Kid Sports Reporter