SF Preps Basketball: After Luong’s early barrage, Washington pulls away in fourth

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY — Jackie Luong started off red-hot from beyond the arc on Monday night, but after his Washington Eagles saw a 12-point lead shrink to two, they spread the ball around to unleash one last 3-point barrage to beat the host Galileo Lions 65-47 for a much-needed win.

Luong was 4-for-4 on threes in the first quarter as Washington (3-8, 1-1 AAA) jumped out to an early lead, but Galileo used a 10-4 run to close the third quarter down by just five, and with a mid-range jumper by Asa Mobley, the Lions trailed just 44-42 with seven minutes remaining.

That’s when the Eagles started spreading the ball around the perimeter, using crisp passing to fuel a 21-5 run to close the game. Needing to restore momentum, Washington junior Caelan Wallace hit a three from the wing, and after a turnover, point guard Da’Jon Aranas hit his only 3-pointer of the night to extend the lead to eight.

After a Ryan Huang free throw cut it to 50-43 with 5:58 left, Aranas scored off the glass, as he did on five of his baskets on the night. An offensive foul forced Galileo coach Jeremy Lee to call a timeout, and after the that, a three by sophomore Torion Daniels put the Eagles up by 12.

Daniels hadn’t even played in the first three quarters but provided a huge jolt in the fourth, also picking up two assists and a pair of rebounds.

“We brought him up from JV a couple weeks ago and he’s still learning, but he provides energy,” said Eagles head coach Jolinko Lassiter. “He’s able to keep balls alive, and he was confident enough to knock down a huge shot for us.”

Wallace’s second 3-pointer of the quarter and third on the night extended the lead to 58-45, and he finished with 15 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.

“Over the last few weeks, he’s done a lot more beyond shooting, whether it’s offensive rebounding or shots inside the paint,” said Lassiter. “We have a very young team, and we’ve had a rough road so far, but the guys are learning and the results of their hard work are showing on the court.”

Mobley led Galileo (5-6, 0-2) with 17 points, but after his basket to cut the lead to 44-42, the Lions would never score from the field again. Luke Yoda scored 13 points and Kevin Sheehan tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Back-to-back transition layups by Sheehan and Yoda capped off a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 41-36 with 2:01 left in the third, forcing Lassiter to call a timeout. Aranas, who led the Eagles with 17 points, scored out of the timeout before Mobley answered with what would turn out to be the final basket of the quarter.

The Lions were able to hold Luong in check after his massive first quarter. The senior scored 34 in last Monday’s league-opening 90-86 loss to Mission, and with his torrid start to the game, it seemed like he was on pace for another career night before Galileo settled in on defense. He would finish the night with 15 points but continued to make an impact as one of Washington’s most vocal defensive players and active rebounders, completing his double-double with 12 boards.

Mission 100, Jordan 66: Davious Greenwood scored an unbelievable 41 points for Jordan (0-4, 0-2), including a perfect 12-for-12 performance at the free throw line, but the Bears still dominated for their 30th consecutive regular-season AAA win and their 39th in a row including postseason play. Mission (4-3, 2-0) scored 91 points in the first three quarters, causing the fourth to be played with a running clock as the Bears’ high-octane defense forced 21 turnovers. In that accelerated fourth quarter, Greenwood scored his final 12 points.

Andre Villarino led the Bears with 24, David Sonnier had 20, Matt Cohn scored 14, and brothers Reggie (13 points) and Jaraughn Torno (11) each finished in double-figures off the bench. Reggie Torno and Cohn are both sophomores who will have a chance to cut their teeth against strong competition this weekend in El Cerrito’s Gaucho Holiday Hoops classic.

Lincoln-Lowell canceled: After a bomb threat in the afternoon forced evacuation of Lowell’s campus, the Monday tilt between the Cardinals and Mustangs was postponed. A makeup date has yet to be announced.

Ethan Kassel

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