The Matadors Look to Bounce Back in Playoffs after Loss to Las Lomas

Guard Ryan Anderson skies for a dunk early in the season. He was recently named all league honorable mention.  He and is fellow Matadors look to make a run in the playoffs.

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Guard Ryan Anderson skies for a dunk early in the season. He was recently named all league honorable mention. He and is fellow Matadors look to make a run in the playoffs.

Xavier Clark, Staff Writer

As the Matadors put on a full court press in the middle of the fourth quarter, it looked as if they were right back in the game after trailing the entire contest.  However, the Las Lomas Knights answered with a run of their own on Feb. 19, resulting in a 82-77 loss for the Matadors. The Matadors 6-0 run was sparked by high-energy defense, but it wasn’t enough to pull out the win. The Matadors ran into Las Lomas on the wrong night.  Every three-point shot the Knights launched up seemed to go in.

The Knights ran a two three-zone the whole game to limit inside scorers senior Eddy Ionescu and junior Charlie Hocking. Ionescu still led the Matadors in scoring with 28 points and seven rebounds. Just behind Ionescu, senior co-captain Ryan Anderson poured in a season high of 25 points. Eleven out of his 25 points came from the free-throw line as Anderson showed his ability to attack the basket.

This Friday, the Matadors will take on San Marin in the second round of the Division III NCS playoffs. With the three-seed Miramonte received a first-round bye. Earlier in the year the Matadors lost to the Mustangs 54-50 in a non-league game.

“San Marin is a very good team. We will have to limit their three pointers and dominate the boards in order to win,” said assistant coach Steve Dyer.