By David A. Willauer
San Diego CA— The much improved and top seed El Camino High School Wildcats, at 18-13, had what it takes to make the championship round but fell short in the Div I CIF Basketball Final losing to the Santa Fe Christian Eagles, 63-52. The Wildcats were out rebounded 35-25 by the Eagles in final game that was played at the Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University.
Tom Tarrantino Head Boys Basketball Coach at El Camino: “I believed they developed better possessions as the game kept moving. Earlier in the first half, I felt that we were a little more patient when Santa Fe Christian went ahead by 4 or 6 points. Their defense pressed us as I have respect for them. You can’t score when we try to play one and one, it takes the whole team to move on them. Our team isn’t very tall but in the fourth quarter, but we hustled, scrapped and gutted it out big.” Continued the coach, “Jalen Robinson didn’t have one of his better games today and he knows that he contributed to the squad. Santa Fe Christian made the open shots and that’s how they won the ball game
Jalen Flanagan led the Wildcats with 21 points going 8 of 25 on field goals and 3 out of 4 on the foul line along with 10 rebounds. Wildcat Teammate RJ Davis contributed with 16 points.