Late Heroics By Quincy Thomas Sparks SP Boys Basketball

HUNTINGTON PARK - It wasn't expected, but it sure was welcomed.

San Pedro High boys basketball got an early scare from upstart Huntington Park in their 2012-2013 season opener but thankfully for the visiting Pirates, junior forward Quincy Thomas was around to save the day.

Thomas converted on an 'And-1' layup and free throw with 1:14 remaining in regulation to tie the score at 50-50, and then when the Spartans scored to go up 52-50, Thomas would strike again with a rebound put-back layup as time expired to force overtime, and then would erupt with seven points in the extra period to guide San Pedro to a 66-56 victory over Huntington Park in a nonleague opener for both teams.

With that late flurry, Thomas would finish with 23 points, eight rebounds and four steals for San Pedro (1-0), who opened the overtime period on an 11-2 run, sparked by an 'And-1' from senior guard Elijah Gaines that opened off the run and put the Pirates ahead to stay.

The full-court pressure defense of the Pirates eventually wore down Huntington Park (0-1) down the stretch after Gaines' hoop, leading to a short jumper for a hoop by junior guard Isaac Stell, and then Thomas exploded with a mid-range jumper, a three-pointer, and a driving layup that opened up a 64-53 lead for the Pirates with 1:27 left in overtime that was more than enough to hold off the Spartans.

Huntington Park took a 26-21 halftime lead, and would eventually take a 38-28 lead midway through the third quarter as they forced numerous turnovers and got several San Pedro players into foul trouble with heady play. Junior guard Austin Freitas, who hit two three-pointers for San Pedro, eventually fouled out on a charging foul early in the fourth quarter as the Spartans tried to pull away.

Two key buckets off the bench from junior guard Zach Foster, followed by baskets from Gaines and Thomas led to the Pirates battling back to tie the game at 50-50.

With 12 seconds left, Gaines made his move and used a screen to try to win the game with a three-pointer, which was an airball, but thankfully Thomas was in the right place at the right time to grab the miss and put the ball in the hoop right before the buzzer sounded, and the Pirates erupted in total hysteria, grateful for the second chance the overtime period provided for them.

After that, it was all San Pedro.

Gaines finished with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds for San Pedro, who overcame a rough shooting night to prevail over Huntington Park, and will next face South East on Wednesday in a Belmont Tournament pool play game at Roybal Learning Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

Views: 125

Tags: 2012-2013, Basketball, Boys, High, Pedro, San, School

Comment

You need to be a member of San Pedro News Pilot to add comments!

Join San Pedro News Pilot

Call (323) 200-9052 to learn more or click here to send an email.

San Pedro Weather

San Pedro News Pilot by email - sign up!

Delivered by FeedBurner

What is the SanPedroNewsPilot.com?

The SanPedroNewsPilot.com is the social network and information outlet for San Pedro.

Want to keep up with the news in San Pedro, become a member.


 

Membership has its privileges!

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.
• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of the new storefront or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity


Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street shared their blog post on Facebook
7 hours ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post MSHS Girls Volleyball Wills Their Way Into SFL Title Chase
7 hours ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street posted a blog post

MSHS Girls Volleyball Wills Their Way Into SFL Title Chase

PANORAMA CITY - What a difference a year makes.The Mary Star High girls volleyball team truly has come a long way, from going 2-14 in 2013... to now being one game away from a 17th Star in their gymnasium.Looking to make amends from a an earlier loss to St. Genevieve of Panorama City, the visiting Stars were able to take the game…See More
7 hours ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street shared their blog post on Facebook
yesterday
Larry Momo aka Thomas W Irons updated their profile
Monday
Larry Momo aka Thomas W Irons posted a blog post

Curmudgeon Corner - Another School Shooting

My Rooney thoughts for October 26, 2014Well, it’s happened again, here in the Northwest.  In Marysville, Washington at a local high school a distraught and misguided young man walked into the school cafeteria with a .40 caliber handgun and killed the girl who had refused his amorous advances.  Additionally, he wounded two others students before turning the gun on himself.  It’s a tragedy that’s being played out way too often, not only in Washington but all over the nation.Ironically, on the…See More
Sunday

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street shared their blog post on Facebook
Sunday

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post Mary Star High Football Finally Earns First Victory Of 2014
Sunday

© 2014   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service