Rams Rout Tigers in League Opener
By Alex Gonzalez
January 23, 2013 • 348 views
Senior guard Fliex Awujo scored 16 points and added two assists in Temple City’s 71-33 win over South Pasadena in the Rio Hondo League opener Wednesday night at Temple City.
The Rams opened the game by living at the three point line. Awukjo, Brandon Lee, Andrew Pau and Eric Olivas all made at least one three pointer in the first quarter jumping up 20-9 after the first buzzer.
“We hit a lot of shots. We’re known to be able to shoot,” said TC head coach Eric Chin. “It wasn’t just one person, it was everyone so it helped us out when we hit open threes.”
Not only did the success of the three point shooting continue for the Rams but their full court trap took the Tigers out of their slow paced offense and forced turnovers. At times, the Tigers struggled to bring the ball up to half court because of the pressure.
Even when the Tigers did make it past half court, they struggled to find open shots and connect when they had open opportunities. The speed of the Ram defense was too much for the Tigers to keep up. When the chance came, TC was able to put a hand on the ball to either steal the pass or create confusion for the Tigers.
“We’re small and we’re not very big so we try to trap a lot,” said Chin. “We try to create as much hectic as we can to create turnovers. We’re a fast team if we get lay-ups and open threes we’ll be in good shape.”
TC started to take control of the game in the second holding the Tigers to just 10 points while scoring 20 on the other end. Olivas led all scores in the quarter with eight points, 2-4 from three point range. He had a game high 18 and the nights end.
“The three point shot is very important to our team,” said Chin. ” We have to be able to shoot. Today was one of those days where a lot of our guys hit threes and that helps out a lot.”