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Defense-minded Servite stymies Fullerton

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

FULLERTON – Servite passed its second road “quiz” of the season with flying colors, nailing 12 3-pointers en route to a 71-42 victory over Fullerton in a nonleague boys basketball game at Fulleton.

“Its kind of like a quiz right now,” said Servite coach John Morris. “You gotta find out where to improve ... so when you get to that test, which is league, you’re prepared.”

Servite’s defense led the way in the first quarter. The Friars held the Indians without a point for the first four and a half minutes and forced Fullerton to turn it over seven times in the opening quarter.

The Friars ran a 1-2-2 press off of made baskets to devastating effect in the first quarter, setting up a few easy buckets early on. Servite took advantage of the turnovers and scored 21 first-quarter points.

Servite’s defense controlled the game, allowing the Friars to win each quarter and holding to the Indians to a high of 13 points in the third.

Cameron Griffin, who came into tonight averaging 21.3 points per-game, was on pace for another 20-plus point night in the first half, scoring 11 of his team’s 36 first-half points.

However, Griffin cooled off a bit, scoring five points in the second half for a team-high 16.

Four other Friars joined Griffin in double figures: Anastasios Marcopulos (12), Pearson Parker and Noah Scott (11 each) and Nevyian Roberson (10).

Fullerton’s Jacob Wirtzer led all scorers with 21, hitting 5 3-pointers.

Servite will host Diamond Bar Monday night at 7:30 and Fullerton will travel to La Puente for the Nogales High School 51st Christmas Classic, where they will open against Silverado on the 26th at 8:30 a.m.


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