The San Marcos Royals boys basketball team won a hard fought game against the Palos Verdes Kings, 60-51 in a rowdy Thunderhut Wednesday night. The team came out quickly and set the tone for the rest of the night.
“We played very intense defense in the first half which gave us an early lead,” said San Marcos Coach Dave Odell.
Bryce Ridenour scored 13 points in a solid offensive effort by the Royals, who scored more than their average 57 points per game in the season. Before the half, Palos Verdes made a quick run to cut the lead going into halftime. In the Royals locker room Coach Odell told his team about their rival Santa Barbara losing in a game where they, Santa Barbara, were heavily favored that night.
“I told the guys that could easily be us if we don’t come out and play hard in the second half, and they listened,” Odell said.
Palos Verdes adjusted their defense in the second half and stalled the Royal’s offensive attack.
“Their zone really slowed us down and forced us to take bad shots for most of the second half,” said junior captain Christian Widmer.
Despite Palos Verdes’ game plan adjustment, the Royals closed out the 4th quarter on a 15-8 run sparked by senior Paxton Ridgeway which included clutch three pointers by senior Jake Wheelock and junior Elijah Johnson.
“I really liked the way Paxton ran the offense and settled the team down in the fourth quarter,” Coach Odell asserted.
The Royals will travel to play El Dorado in the second round of the CIF-3AA playoffs Friday night. Go Royals!