Eastlake defeated Poway, 57-52, in the teams’ Clash of the Titans non-league contest Wednesday night (Jan. 9) at EHS. Eastlake (9-5) trailed, 27-19, at halftime but turned the game around by outscoring Poway, 38-25, in the second half.
“We hadn’t played a game for about 10 days, so the only thing I told the team at halftime was to take more shots,” EHS coach Alex Estrada said. “Defensively, we were fine. We just needed to score buckets.”
Aaron Baltazar led Eastlake with 19 points while LeAndre Powell, Tyler Katz and Ivan Sinclair each poured in nine points.
The reigning Mesa League champions got off to a 5-0 jump on the scoreboard as both teams showcased sloppy play. The visitors then reeeled off 10 unanswered points to lead 10-5. Eastlake trailed by as much as 10 points in the first half and led by as much as 10 points in the second half.
Poway, which dropped to 7-10 on the season, pulled to within 55-51 on a three-point shot with 14.2 seconds to play.
Tom Erb and Tyler Green each scored 12 points for the visitors.
Eastlake defeated Santa Fe Christian, 58-52, last Saturday to capture the championship title of the Crawford tournament. Eastlake’s Sydney Williams-Kee was named tournament MVP as the Titans improved to 11-4.
The Titans improved to 12-4.
"We're coming around," EHS coach David Koopman said. "At the Palm Springs tournament, I wished we had gotten more wins (a 1-3 showing) but we bonded more as a team, so I'm happy at this point."
The Titans tip off Mesa League play Wednesday, Jan. 16, with a 6 p.m. home game against defending league champion Mater Dei Catholic. The Crusaders are 7-5 on the season but undefeated against San Diego Section competition.
"We'll have to play perfect to beat them," Koopman said in respect with regard to MDC. "It's kind of ironic that it might be easer to win CIF (Division i) than league.
"Mater Dei Catholic is obviously the team to beat in our league. I think we are making some noise."