For the first month of the season, the Hornets have had issues with playing with consistent energy.
Except for when they play their rival.
Jermaine Mondaine scored 19 points and Demarreya Lewis-Cooper chipped in 15 points as Enterprise survived a second-half push to hold on to beat Shasta 64-60 Saturday night at Manatowa Gymnasium to win the 23rd Jamie Angley Hornet Classic.
The Hornets won the earlier matchup in nail-biting fashion on their home floor the first weekend of the year but haven’t been able to repeat that type of intensity in a game until Saturday, Enterprise coach Jim Deaver said.
“Look at how they play – win or lose it’s always a great game because they get up for it,” Deaver said. “They need to act like we’re playing Shasta every night.”
The Hornets responded from a disappointing showing last week in the Chico Tournament by winning the Hornet Classic. Adding more adversity to the turnaround, Deaver played all five starters for the duration of the game except for one second when Kobe Fuller was subbed out for a cramp with 22 seconds left – and he returned with 21 seconds left after a free throw.
“They have a lot of heart,” Deaver said. “They had something to prove.”
Not only did the Hornets excel at the challenge, they never trailed in the game. A hot-shooting first quarter allowed Enterprise to lead 17-12 after one. The Hornets twice in the first half scored on three straight possessions, applying pressure on Shasta’s offense to deliver.
The Wolves went inside often to Simon Turner and attacked the rim with penetration from Armal Dhinsa. Mondaine hit back-to-back shots, Brennan Ramirez knocked down a 3 and Lewis-Cooper found the bottom of the net to stretch the Enterprise lead to 10 by half at 33-23.
Shasta went without a 3 in the first half but exploded for four triples in the third quarter, three from Dilraj Sahota, who scored a team-high 17 points. Once the Wolves found their stroke they were able to trim a 13-point deficit midway through the third period to a one possession game 22 seconds into the fourth.
Inside buckets from Singleton and Aidan Gomes helped pull Enterprise’s defense inside to help against the Shasta posts and Sahota and Beasley made the Hornets pay. Sahota sank a corner 3, another one from the left wing at the end of the third and then opened the fourth with a near identical shot to make it 50-48.
“I think Shasta was more aggressive and started hitting some shots and we started to get a little tired,” Deaver said.
Shasta stayed within four points until Mondaine’s baseline layup midway through the period. Shasta answered with Turner going strong inside but Lewis-Cooper made two big plays, dishing to Gage Owen for a lay-in and driving the lane for 2 to lead 60-53. Singleton bullied his way inside for a bucket to trim the lead to five but Enterprise was patient on the following possession that lasted 61 seconds thanks to Owen’s offensive board.
Despite all of that, Enterprise couldn’t come up with points and Shasta had a chance to make it a one score game. But Beasley dove on a loose ball and then Owen came up with a steal when Shasta tried to go inside to Singleton.
Lewis-Cooper broke the press and fed Fuller for a layup with 30 seconds left. Beasley was fouled on a 3 and made all three free throws to cut it to four. But Mondaine nailed both ends of a one-and-one to seal it.
Enterprise now has back-to-back wins over Shasta for the first time since 2016 and the Hornets feel it’s a changing of the guard in the crosstown rivalry.
“Playing Shasta just brings out all of our energy,” said Lewis-Cooper, who was named the tournament MVP. “We just want really want to beat them, especially this being the championship and having to win it for our seniors because this is their last Jamie Angley tournament.”
Mondaine and Ramirez were both named all-tournament.
Shasta’s Singleton scored 13 points and Beasley scored 12 points, both were named all-tournament.
Shasta: Sahota 17, Singleton 13, Beasley 12, Dhinsa 8, Turner 8, Gomes 2.
Enterprise (11-4): Mondaine 19, Lewis-Cooper 15, Ramirez 13, Owen 10, Fuller 7.
3-pointers—Shasta 5: Sahota (4), Beasley (1); Enterprise: 4: Ramirez (2), Mondaine (1), Fuller (1).
1st: Enterprise 64, Shasta 60
3rd: U-Prep 69, River City 54
5th: River Valley 58, West Valley 41
7th: McKinleyville 66, Tokay 57
U-Prep 69, River City 54
The Panthers jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back. U-Prep made 17 of 22 free throws in the game to finish in third place. Trevor Jones scored 21 points, Kevin Cox scored 18 points, Tanner Stephens scored 13 points and Logan Hawes scored 11 points.
River City was led by Seth Villanueva, who hit six 3s and scored 21 points.
River Valley 58, West Valley 41
West Valley was outscored 35-20 in the middle quarters and played without Sean Proscher, who injured his knee Friday night. The Eagles were led by freshman Jackson Walker, who scored a team-high 12 points and Ben Brindley scored 11 points.
River Valley’s Beins scored 15 points.
McKinleyville 66, Tokay 57
McKinleyville led 34-32 at half and won the third quarter 12-8 to take seventh place.
McKinleyville’s Boatright scored 19 points while Tokay’s Ryker Henne scored a team-best 14 points.
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