Boys Basketball: Bonita gets defensive, uses key third quarter to beat South Hills, 59-33, in La Canada tourney game

By Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on twitter
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE –
Bonita High School has fielded one of the more-consistent boys basketball teams in the area in recent years, and that has changed this season
Kyle Gray and Russell Hernandez scored 14 points each and Bonita outscored South Hills, 23-4 in the third quarter as it won for the fourth time in five games with a 59-33 victory over the Huskies in a La Canada Holiday Classic pool play game at La Canada High School.
Dane Hollar had 12 points for Bonita, which improved to 4-1. The Bearcats also forced 26 turnovers.
Darius Scott had nine points and Darik Pradia had eight for the Huskies, who slipped to 4-4.
Bonita, which was 7 of 27 from the floor in the first half and 21 of 56 for the game, limited South Hills to just two field goals and four shots in the third quarter. The Bearcats forced 10 turnovers in the quarter and outscored the Huskies, 23-4 for a 42-23 lead before cruising in the fourth quarter.
Bonita coach Greg Eckler: “Overall, the intensity for this team has been really good. The second half today was really good. We still have a long way to go as a team. The big change (Tuesday) was in the second half. We kind of cranked up the defense and shot the ball better.”
South Hills coach Marc Hart: “We had more turnovers than shots in that third quarter. Their zone pressure caused us a lot of problems.
“We were a totally different team in the second half. The first half I thought we played really well.”

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