Grossmont Winter Classic Begins

December 14, 2017. Spring Valley, CA. – Escondido’s (5-1) first game in the Grossmont Winter Classic was held at Monte Vista High School against Madison (2-3). Both teams had 2-game win streaks in effect as Madison won the tip-off.

Madison’s Baasch connected for 3 points on his team’s first attempt. The next four possessions for the Warhawks were all turnovers, but Escondido didn’t score until their 12th shot attempt, on a long ball from Jones. Jones ended up with 6 points in the quarter and Hutchinson 4. Landry had 4 rebounds and a block, while Barber had 3 rebounds, all offensive. Cougars led 14-8, with Madison gaining momentum on successive scores just before the end of the period.

Madison continued its scoring streak into the start of period #2 and came within a single bucket of tying the game before Jones struck again and added some cushion for the Cougars. After that, the Warhawks hit a dry spell while the Cougars increased their lead to 14 at the half: 27-13. Not the 47 point half that the Cougars had in the previous game, but this time it was their defensive play getting the job done.

Hutchinson and Jones scored 5 each in the 3rd but it was the Warhawks’ quarter, as Bradley led their offensive drive with 7 points of his own. It was an exciting quarter, with a mix of turnovers and successive scoring from both teams. Escondido held onto an 11 point lead as they entered the final period.

In the first few minutes of the 4th, Escondido drove their lead to 17 points and sealed their win. Madison had a nice comeback, including two more 3-pointers from Baasch, and reduced the Cougar lead to 8, but by then there was only 1:14 remaining. Escondido’s final 7 points all came from Madison’s intentional fouls. Green had 6 points in the period and Fox and Hutchinson both had 5. The final score was 58-46, Cougars.

For the game, Hutchinson had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Jones had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Green had 9 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists. Fox had 7 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist. For the Warhawks, Baasch had 13 points and Soriano had 9.

by Rick Jones