Jets Down Hornets for Third Time

Jets Down Hornets for Third Time

The Encinal men’s basketball team achieved a hat trick against Alameda with a 51-46 victory last Friday, Jan. 29, at home.  

The Jets maintained control of the game throughout the third contest. Encinal came out of the gate outscoring Alameda 14-10 in the first period. 

The Jets and the Hornets both struggled in the second period. The two team failed to score in double figures — the only quarter neither team scored in double figure. The quarter ended in an 8-8 tie and the Jets held a 22-18 lead entering halftime. 

Encinal put the game away in the third quarter. The Jets posted 17 points in the third quarter — their highest point total of any quarter in the game. They outscored the Hornets 17-11, giving them a 39-29 lead entering the final quarter. The Hornets did outscore the Jets 17-12 in the final period, but it was not enough to overcome the large deficit.

The Jets’ senior guard Eugene Sanya powered his team to victory by scoring a third of his team’s points. Sanya scored his 17 points on 7 of 12 from the shooting from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomore Angelo Gregory and senior Javen Johnson also had strong performances. Gregory was second on the team with 12 points, while Johnson chipped in 10 points. Johnson, a forward, was also a stalwart on the defensive end. He controlled the paint with five blocked shots. Senior Shariff Youngblood did a solid job in the contest setting up his teammates with five assists.

Junior Scott Tran led the Hornets with 12 points. Freeman Colby scored 11 points and Bryce Duncan posted 10 points.  

The victory is the Jets’ third victory over its Island City rival this season. Encinal took down Alameda 49-47 in a tight defensive struggle at the Island City Classic on Dec. 5, at the St. Joseph Notre Dame gym. Sanya also led the Jets in that match with 10 points. 

Encinal followed up that win with a 45-33 win on Jan. 9 at the Hornet’s home gym — the only win by double figures. Youngblood this time took the mantle of leading scorer with 15 points. Sanya, however, was second on the team with 14 points. He also led the team with 11 rebounds. 

Alameda has averaged just 42 points in its three games against Encinal. Encinal, however, has averaged 48.3 against its rival. 

The Jets are now 13-9 on the year and they are tied for second place in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) at 5-1. Alameda is 8-14 overall and 2-4 in the WACC. The Jets took on Mt. Eden of Hayward yesterday in a battle for first place in the WACC. They face Berkeley tomorrow in their next contest. Alameda will face Castro Valley tomorrow.