With a fast-break attack throughout the first half on Tuesday, the Alpine boys basketball team ran away against Presidio. They led 45-16 at the mid-way point, and cruised to a 72-42 win. All but one Fightin’ Buck scored as everyone got their turn playing hero.
It was hard to believe that they were the same team that only mustered nine points in the first quarter at Kermit back on Jan. 17. The Bucks battled from behind Friday before briefly capturing the lead in the fourth quarter. Multiple game winners wouldn’t fall in the closing minutes, however, and Alpine lost their District opener 62-60.
There is no doubt which team needs to show up in Crane on Friday at 8 p.m. if the Bucks hope to take down the two-time defending District 3 champions on their home floor.
“Kermit is a good team, don’t get me wrong,” Head Coach Hugh Morrissey said after Tuesday’s win. “But it was the worst we shot all year. You could see how well we played tonight. We know what we’re capable of.”
“Usually our team, passing-wise, is better,” junior Brady Crump said about the loss. “We hung our heads low, and didn’t pick them up until halftime.”
Tuesday night was a breath of fresh air for Alpine as the Buck Dome was packed with supporters. Presidio brought a boisterous bunch from the border, although they had little to yell about.
Crump's early drive, score, and foul shot netted three points the old fashioned way. Jayden Canaba’s three from beyond the arc was quickly followed by a steal and another three-pointer by Aiden Morrissey. It was 22-8 Alpine after one quarter.
Cody Barragan's confident stroke off the bench provided three-pointers in spades in the second quarter. Every player on the roster got in to the game before halftime.
“We were all unselfish today,” guard Frankie Ontiveros said. “We’ve all come together for a certain goal, and that’s to win District and beat Crane, just like in football. We have to play unselfish ball, and hit our shots.”
By the end Aiden had 13 points, Canaba and Crump had 10, Barragan and Isaiah Nuñez had nine, and Ontiveros had eight in their rout of the Blue Devils.
“These guys are athletes,” Coach Morrissey said. “Alpine has good, hard working kids, and they love to compete. Right now it’s just basketball's turn.”
“We’ve got to be focused for the Crane game,” said Crump. “I like that we're underdogs. We were underdogs in football, and we did great things.”