Game of the Week: Leigh Longhorns sweeps Piedmont Hills to clinch the BVAL Mt. Hamilton Division title
GetSportsFocus.com – The Leigh Longhorns are having one of the best years in school history. Coach Patrick Judge’s sharp shooting squad is averaging over 60 points per game. Their toughest test happened about a month ago when they squared off against league rival Piedmont Hills on their home court. Leigh was held by the Pirates defense well below their usual average of 66 points at that time. One month later, both teams met up for the second time, this time in Pirates territory where the Piedmont Hills squad came out ready to play and upset the league’s leaders.
The Pirates came out aggressive. Walter Bateast scored 7 of the first 10 points for Piedmont Hills recording 12 points and 5 rebounds in the first half alone. Bateast would finish with the game-high 19 points.
But unlike the first meeting, this one was more offensive driven. Leigh lit up the scoreboard in the second with three threes in a row from Josh Verner, Kyle Peterson and Kyle Morrison to build a 10 point gap that they would maintain the rest of the way.
Piedmont Hills came to within six with less than two minutes remaining when junior Rey Lowe managed to steal the ball and raced to the other end for an easy lay up.
With a championship like atmosphere and the 6th man wearing green and gold right behind their bench, the Longhorns pulled away for good starting with a back door pass from Joe Giacchetti to Morrison on the baseline. Giacchetti and Morrison both recorded 18 points each and earned themselves the GetSportsFocus Game of the Week MVP and Playmaker honors. Giacchetti, the game’s MVP, exploded in the second quarter with 8 hard earned points inside the paint. Morrison got the Playmaker shirt for his baseline lay up in the fourth that put the game out of reach. He scored 7 of his 18 points in the last quarter.
Leigh is one of the few teams in the Bay Area with an undefeated league record. Their only loss was to San Ramon Valley back in December. The Longhorns will look to end the regular season with a perfect league record against Westmont Friday night and take the BVAL Mt. Hamilton Division title.