Pacheco High’s boys basketball team went 1-4 in the last week, with the lone win coming against Orestimba, 54-25, on Monday.
The other results were Tuesday’s nonleague loss to Franklin of Stockton, and losses to Johansen on Saturday (51-44), Modesto on Friday (59-43) and West on Dec. 12 (79-52) at the Tracy/West Tournament.
“We’re still working. We’re learning on the fly,” Pacheco coach Tyrell Jenkins said. “We’re so fundamentally behind that every game is like a practice right now, especially in the preseason. So when you play against a faster competition, it’s harder to learn and keep up, but overall I’m very impressed with the learning curve that the guys are showing, sit it’s starting to pay off in the long run.”
Against Orestimba, Pacheco’s defense clamped down, with only Dylan Dudley’s deadly jump shot able to do damage. Dudley finished with 13 points. Pacheco had three players with double digits – guard Edgar Iglesias led with 19, guard Juwan Epperson added 14 and forward Brandon Shoals scored 12.
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“I guess we just have to keep playing together, finishing, just get used to how each other’s games are, and just come together,” Shoals said. “...We can’t be selfish.”
Sharing is something Jenkins said is coming together as the season goes along. It helps to have players back from injuries – both Iglesias and Shoals returned to action against Dos Palos last week.
“(Shoals) is a big part of what we’re trying to do, a big piece of the puzzle we can’t do without, just like any of our other starters or guys coming off the bench,” Jenkins said.
Iglesias did damage with his jump shot, and he and Epperson kept Orestimba guessing.
“He’s always comfortable, it’s just getting him to understand smarter shots. That’s what it comes down to as far as Edgar,” Jenkins said. “He thinks he can make everything from when he steps into the gym to when he leaves.”
A few of those shots came courtesy of a spread-out Orestimba defense. The Warriors sold out to the outside, leaving the paint wide open for easy layups after beating one man.
“We tried to spread them out a little bit, because they do what we do. Wherever their man goes, they go,” Jenkins said. “They don’t really help out a lot, so we kind of saw that and went to a different set where we go five out and try to attack, and if they want to help out we go to an open 3, and if they don’t, we drive to the inside for open layups. That’s when our speed pays off.”
Pacheco and Orestimba have a chance to meet up again on Dec. 26 when Pacheco attends the Orestimba Holiday Classic.