Enterprise High head coach Jim Deaver (right) talks to his players at the end of the first quarter during their home game against Tokay. Enterprise won 69-21. (Photo by T.J. Holmes/Shasta County Sports)
For the first four minutes, the Hornets looked like they were still enjoying Christmas break.
Once they woke up, there was no stopping them as Enterprise crushed visiting Tokay 69-21 Thursday night in the opening round of the Jamie Angley Hornet Classic at Manatowa Gymnasium.
“This always happen over Christmas, we don’t practice every day, got one practice in and I think they were a little over confident coming in,” Enterprise coach Jim Deaver said. “But they straightened it out.”
Enterprise’s defense kept it a 2-0 game until 3:54 left in the first quarter when freshman Demarreya Lewis-Cooper’s layup off a steal snapped the scoreless streak. Leslie Cummings’ tip-in got things rolling and the Hornets (5-8) scored 26 unanswered points over a span 9 minutes, 28 seconds.
The Tigers (2-11) turned the ball over eight times in the second period including four straight possessions to start the quarter. Enterprise’s Kobe Fuller took advantage, scoring seven straight points, including knocking down a jumper from downtown. Enterprise’s offense was fueled from its defense, a staple for the program, and the press continued to give Tokay – a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I school from Lodi – fits the rest of the way.
“We got a few steals and our press led to open layups to get us started,” said Shoff. “Good defense leads to good offense.”
Shoff dropped in a floater and later buried a 3 from the right wing. Khristian Clements added seven of his 11 points in the second quarter and the Hornets were up 39-11 at half following Jermaine Mondaine’s feed to Shoff for a layup.
Four Hornets scored in double figures in the game with Clements and Fuller leading the way with 11 while Shoff and Lewis-Cooper each tallied 10. Freshman Brennan Ramirez paced Enterprise with nine points on three 3s in the second half as 11 different players scored for the Hornets in a balanced effort.
“We have a lot of weapons so if we move the ball then we’re going to get good shots,” Shoff said. “We just have to have patience.”
Tokay’s Austyn Reiswig finished with 15 of the Tigers’ 21 points.
Deaver emptied the bench for good with 4:07 left in the third quarter and the Hornet reserves built the lead to as many as 41 in the period and then held the Tigers scoreless in the running clock fourth.
It might not have been the toughest test for an Enterprise team only two weeks away from opening Eastern Athletic League play with rival Foothill, but the Hornets took care of business after having some time off and gave up a season-best 21 points.
“Enterprise kids play hard and we can count on that more this year,” Deaver said.
Enterprise advances to the semifinal against McKinleyville Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Enterprise 69, Tokay 21
Tokay (2-11): Reiswig 15, Wasiq 3, Johnson 2, Penaflor 1.
Enterprise (5-8): Clements 11, Fuller 11, Shoff 10, Lewis-Cooper 10, B. Ramirez 9, Baxter 7, Mizuta 4, Cummings 2, Owen 2, Basanti 2, Amasaki 1.
3-pointers—Tokay 2 (Reiswig 2); Enterprise 6 (B. Ramirez 3, Shoff 2, Fuller 1).
West Valley 57, Shasta 47
U-Prep 37, Elk Grove 36
Enterprise 69, Tokay 21
McKinleyville 62, Oroville 44
Tokay vs. Oroville, 2:30 p.m.
Shasta vs. Elk Grove, 4 p.m.
Enterprise vs. McKinleyville, 5:30 p.m.
West Valley vs. U-Prep, 7 p.m.
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