photo by Sergio Robali
Both of Eastwood’s basketball came into their respective matchups against Ysleta in the thick of the playoff race for District 2-5A—sitting or near the top of the district standings. The Indians, on the other hand, came in struggling and out of the playoff race; looking for answers.
In the girls game, jumped out to a 20-4 lead at halftime. They then closed out the Indians with a 44-22 victory. They were led by guard Aaliyah Davis, who scored nine points and had five steals in the game. Davis came close to forcing more turnovers, but was only able to knock the ball out of bounds. Cassie Paiz led the Indians with eight points in the losing effort. The Troopers improved to 18-4, 13-0 in district play; while the Indians dropped to 4-21, 1-12.
In the boys game, Joseph Barnes led a balanced Trooper attack with eleven points. The Troopers jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter before closing out the first half with a 27-9 lead. Eastwood slowed the game down in the second half—outscoring Ysleta 20-19 in the second half—leading to their 47-28 victory. With the win, Eastwood improves 17-9, 9-2 in district play (trailing only Parkland); while Ysleta drops to 6-17, 2-9.
Sergio Robali Reporting