By Damien Alvarado - Student Reporter
Charter Oak kept things close with Los Altos in the first quarter, but Jarod Lucas and the rest of the Los Al squad figured it out and dominated the rest of the way to win 97-45. The win improves their record to 20-5 and 8-0 in the Hacienda League.
Conqueror Students packed the gym for their own version of “The Silent Night Game” which originated from Taylor University. For those who do not know of the tradition, students and spectators dress up Halloween-style or in school colors and prepare to cause mayhem when the home team scores its 10th point.
Los Altos came into the game ranked number one in the Hacienda League while Charter Oak is ranked dead last. Nobody expected Charter Oak to compete but they played aggressive in the first quarter and connected on many threes.
Eric Stover hit a couple threes early for the Chargers while Jay Gonzales and Noah Gaitman contributed points of their own. Senior guard Matthew Barrea hit the first few buckets for the Conquerors. On one play, he effectively drove threw the defense for a contested layup.
It was only a matter of time before Lucas started getting going though. He hit his first two free-throws and drained two threes shortly after, in the first frame. Dion Porter capped off the Conquerors 10-2 run with a jumper. After one, Los Al led 30-20.
“I just want to thank my teammates first of all, because my teammates helped me to get open. With Jarod being there creating some of my shots as well as my teammates. The double teams on Jarod allowed me to get some of my shots but shout out to the [team] I am thankful for what they did,” said Porter.
Although Lucas was hitting his shots early, Charter Oak was aggressively attacking him full court and hacking away at him with no fouls being called. Many no calls had Coach Lucas and parents upset with how the game was officiated, but this did not bother Jarod as he finished the half with 26 points. Charter Oak's double teaming allowed for Los Altos to go on a 16-0 run.
Lucas said, “I think the big thing for me was avoiding not getting a technical, and I didn’t get a T but these dudes were physical and I have started to become accustom to it, but tonight that officiating was something else.”
Lucas capped off the half hitting two free-throws which gave the Conquerors a 58-32 lead. Lucas had 25 points at half while Porter added 10 of his own. A lot of calls were missed by the refs but this did not phase the Conquerors, as they continued to be aggressive. Lucas finished the night with 36 points, and is now at 3,143 career points which ranks number four on the All time Southern Section-Scoring list. Lucas still trails Casey Jacobsen, Aaron Holiday, and Taylor King for the all time spot.
“The big thing for us is we locked in on defense, the last couple of games we didn’t do to much of a good job, but especially in games like this playing against a team that’s last place in our league, it’s hard to lock in but we did a good job,” said Lucas.
Eric Stover led the way for the Chargers with 13 points, but it was not enough as Charter Oak falls to 7-20 and will finish off the season with two games against South Hills and Walnut.
Los Altos controls their own destiny and will look to win league outright with two games left to go against South Hills and West Covina. The Conquerors would be crowned Hacienda League Champs and secure its fourth straight league title with a win over South Hills on Tuesday.
The Conquerors will face off against Los Alamitos tomorrow morning at 9:45am in the Nike Extravaganza.