By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
COVINA — All anyone could talk about following Covina High School’s 64-55 victory over Baldwin Park on Wednesday was 6-foot-7 Matt Hicks’ two-hand slam, which brought the house down late in the fourth quarter after the Braves had cut a 17-point lead to six with under two minutes remaining.
“We’ve been talking about that forever, we had to get Matt a dunk,” Covina coach Will Bissman said. “I didn’t think it would happen today, but it happened. I was real excited for him.”
Covina’s all-everything guard Mike Peters finished with 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and Elias Hernandez knocked down four 3-pointers to finish with 20 points, but even Peterson admitted this was Hicks’ night.
Hicks finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks as Covina improved to 11-5 and 3-0 in the Valle Vista while the Braves fell to 11-7 and 1-2.
“We were playing hard tonight, but thanks to (Hicks) we got the win,” Peters said.
Hicks couldn’t hide his smile.
“That was my first of the year,” Hicks said. “I’ve been waiting a long time for that.” to continue story click thread
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Hicks then talked about the Braves’ effort. Daniel Lopez drilled five 3-pointers to finish with 20 points and Alexis Baron finished with 15 to lead the Braves.
“They want to do what every other team wants to do, they want to succeed,” Hicks said. “They fought hard tonight, they got a good lead and we fought back. They gave us a good game.”
Lopez’s corner 3-pointer gave the Braves an 18-12 lead to start the second quarter, but the Colts went on a 21-2 run to take a 35-25 lead at half.
The Colts extended their lead to 48-31 midway through the third quarter, but the Braves battled back, cutting the lead to six before Hicks’ dunk closed it out with 1:47 left.
“We made some defensive rotations on them,” Bissman said of turning the game around after the Braves’ hot start. “But the bottom line is that we hit open shots. We weren’t hitting them early, but we started hitting enough to take over the game.”
For all that Peters means to the Colts, his drive and kick-outs created several open shots for others. Hernandez was the big beneficiary on Wednesday, but others benefited too.
“We’ve been really talking about making sure we’re not just Peters,” Bissman said. “We’ve got some other guys who can play, so I’m glad they showed up tonight.”