Shugart leads DP in cross-town rival game against Dons
Philip Spadoro | Staff Writer
January 10, 2013
Fans that showed up to the Santa Barbara High JR Richard’s stadium Wednesday night had no idea the game that they were in for.
The excitement was not in scarce amounts.
The face-off between the two well matched opponents, Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos was a close, well fought battle ending with the Chargers on top, final score 43-41, improving DP’s league record to 4-0.
Zach Sugart, player for Dos Pueblos started of the game with a three-pointer but the Dons immediately pushed up the court and tied the game with a three-pointer of their own. Both teams brought very strong defense forcing multiple turnovers on each side of the court.
The strong defense from both teams put the Dons up by only one point by the end of the first quarter, 8-7 and Santa Barbara started the second quarter with that momentum and pulled ahead to 10-7.
However, the Chargers were quick to respond as Gerry Perez put the Chargers up 18-14, helping the Chargers take the biggest lead of the game and end the first half with control of the scoreboard.
The second half brought even more chanting, cheering and chaos when the Santa Barbara Dons pulled out ahead with the score of 21-18 causing DP to call a timeout.
The timeout gave the Chargers time to regroup and less than a minute after, DP had driven down the court and scored two points followed by a steal and a layup made by Shugart.
The Dons continued to match the fast-paced game set by the Chargers and before the fans could blink, the Dons were able to tie the score again.
Despite the energy of the first three quarters, the fourth quarter was absolutely one to remember for everybody at JR Richards Stadium.
With seven minutes left in the quarter, Shugart took another drive to the basket and buried a one handed dunked over Jack Baker of Santa Barbara, causing an eruption of cheer in the gym. The energy in the stadium was explosive and the dunk was titled as one of the best seen dunks in high school level basketball by a local news channel, KEYT.
The Dons continued to fight back with 10 seconds left on the clock but failed to tie the game at 43-43, crowning the Chargers the champions of this cross-town rival game.
With a 4-0 record so far in the season, the Chargers are matched up against Buena this Friday and intend on improving their record to 5-0.