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If Carlsbad’s players felt like they were looking into a mirror when they faced Fallbrook on Wednesday night, it wouldn’t be that surprising. Former Carlsbad player and junior varsity coach Jeff Brandow coaches the Warriors.
“It was like coaching against ourselves in practice,” said Carlsbad head coach Scott Ogden. “They play such hard-nosed defense, they get after it, they never give up and they’re on the floor every trip down.”
In a gritty, physical game, it was Ogden, the teacher, who prevailed over the student. The Lancers took control of the game in the third quarter en route to a 54-41 win.
“A lot of those guys were coached by Brandow when he was here, so they had a little extra incentive,” Odgen said. “This is a big win for our team.”
Defense set the tone early. Both offenses struggled to find the basket and were tied at 17 headed into the half when Carlsbad guard Lucas Porter hit a buzzer-beating three.
“We were both offensively challenged a bit and we both like to get after it defensively, so we knew it was going to be a low-scoring game,” Ogden said.
While Fallbrook’s offense stayed stagnant in the third quarter, Carlsbad used three-point shooting to get theirs going. The Lancers hit five treys in the third quarter – including back-to-back threes by Porter – and closed the quarter on a 13-2 run to take a 10-point lead into the fourth.
“We have some shooters and we were a little tentative in the first half – that was my fault because I said we want to get to the basket a little bit more,” Ogden said. “We opened them up and I said if you have a three you have to shoot it.”
Fallbrook didn’t get closer than six in the final quarter as Carlsbad was able to win going away. The Lancers have now won three of their last four after starting the season 3-7.
“We had a very difficult schedule with our three tournaments we played in,” Ogden said. “We played some good teams and hopefully we learn from it are ready for league next week.”
Porter led Carlsbad with a game-high 18 points and Lancers guard Tommy Gordon scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. The Lancers (6-8) were able to win despite an off night from leading scorer Sawyer Carlson.
For Fallbrook (10-6), guard Danny Bashara led the offense with 16 points in a losing effort. The Warriors have now lost four games in a row.
Carlsbad guard Armani Aburto drives to the hoop against a Fallbrook defender