Tuesday, Dec 03 2013 06:00 AM

Spirits spoil THS home debut; Warriors edged by Paraclete in opener, 59-53

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Isaiah Johnson recorded this fast-break dunk during the third quarter of a 59-53 loss to Paraclete. Johnson was the leading scorer for Tehachapi with 23 points on the night. Photo by Michael Duffy

Tehachapi's Caeleb Roney had 13 points during the loss against Paraclete this past Monday. The Warriors will look to bounce back with another game this Tuesday at home against Burroughs and games in the Rosamond Tournament this Wednesday through Saturday. Photo by Michael Duffy

Just one year ago, Paraclete defeated the Warriors in a pair of early season double-digit wins.

While this season's Spirit victory was not quite as decisive, the Spirits still managed to slip past the Warriors, 59-53, in the season opener.

Both teams started out cold offensively, with Paraclete clinging to a paltry 6-5 first quarter lead to start the game.

The Spirits would eventually extend their advantage before halftime, going into the locker room with a six-point lead, 22-16.

Tehachapi (0-1) would keep the contest within two baskets for the majority of the second period, thanks in part to an Isaiah Johnson fast break slam dunk midway through the third quarter.

Near the beginning of the final period, Johnson connected on a foul shot to complete a three point play and cut the Paraclete lead, 34-32.

However, that was as close as Mountain Basketball would get, with Paraclete cruising to the rest of the way in a high scoring fourth quarter.

Johnson finished as the leading scorer for the Warriors with 23 points on the night, including four three pointers. Caeleb Roney also chipped in with 13 points and a 3-4 performance at the free-throw line.

Jonny Saavedra added 10 points, including three three-pointers, and Andrew Borst had four points.

Tehachapi will continue their season with another home game this Tuesday against Burroughs-Ridgecrest. The game will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Warriors will also take part in the Rosamond Tournament this Wednesday through Saturday. Mountain Basketball will have early round games on Wednesday against Lancaster Baptist (3 p.m.), Thursday against Burroughs (4:30 p.m.) and Friday against Desert-Edwards AFB (4:30 p.m.). All tournament games will be held at Rosamond HS.


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