photo by Sergio Robali
The Eastwood girls’ basketball team, having already clinched the outright District 2-5A championship, came into their rivalry game with Bel Air looking to stay unbeaten in district play and keep momentum going into the playoffs. The Troopers and Highlanders stayed close throughout the first three quarters of play, before Eastwood pulled away for the 54-33 victory. The Troopers were led in scoring by Sierra Aguilar’s 15 points. Eastwood improved to 22-4, 17-0 while Bel Air dropped to 17-11, 13-4.
In the boys’ game, the Highlanders jumped out to 7-0 lead halfway through the first quarter and remained in the lead until the Troopers were able to tie it up at 35-35 at the end of the third quarter. Throughout the first half of the fourth quarter, Eastwood and Bel Air traded leads before the Troopers took the lead for good. The Highlanders got the game to 51-49 with 20 seconds remaining, before Rudy Carbajal—who led all scorers with 13 points—made three out of four free throw attempts for the final margin of 54-49.
Sergio Robali Reporting