Eagles Dim Sunny Hills in Upset

By Corey Kwok
January 10, 2013 • 274 views

San Gabriel, CA - Tyler Shimamoto and Eli Peters lit up the the arena and led Gabrielino to a 76-73 win over Sunny Hills Thursday night in non league action.

The Eagles emerged from an early 12 point deficit to spark a 46 point energy  burst across the second and third quarters that culminated in a huge  22-11 third. They had to withstand a frantic rally by Sunny Hills in the fourth quarter for a huge victory.

Sunny Hills (13-5) brought a 13-4  record into the game and was ranked fourth in CIFSS 2AA, 67th overall in the  CIFSS, and 127th in all of California, in stark on-paper contrast to  Gabrielino (11-5), who was 10-5 coming in, ranked 20th in 3AA, 198th in  all CIFSS, and 447th in the state.

Shimamoto deposited a game  high 30 points and dumped 22 of that in the second half to lead the  Eagles, who also received a strong double-double out of Cameryn Matthews for 10 points and 15 rebounds. Matthews did a fine job in the paint in the first half and affixed eight of his points there.

Sophomore wing Eli Peters, turned in another  stout stat line for the Tribe, putting in 22 points, eight rebounds,  four assists, four blocks, and three steals. Four players (Max  Thurman-16, Elijah Kim-13, Ryan Tan-12, Gary James-10) finished in  double figures points, and another two ended one point shy of that club.

John Berkley scored nine along with Tim Ahn (who dished seven assists)  for Sunny Hills. Thurman buried three from outside the arc in the  opening stanza and led the Lancers with 16 points.  Gary James had 10  points and nine boards.

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