Prior to opening up the season against Paraclete this past Monday, the Warriors made a short distance travel to Cal City in a pre-season tune-up, taking down the Ravens in a 66-55 victory last Tuesday afternoon.
Mountain Basketball utilized balanced scoring and an up tempo fast start to open up the game with a first quarter 20-5 lead, eventually cruising to a 41-23 halftime advantage.
Overall, 11 different Warriors had at least a point scored by game's end.
"We put ourselves in a lot of different situations, some of which were to expose our weaknesses so we could improve on them," said head coach Chris Olofson. "Our goal over these next few weeks is to evaluate and learn."
Freshman Jonny Saavedra led the team in points with 12, while also logging in two steals. Fellow freshman Chris Llamas was close behind with 11 points, three steals, two assists and five rebounds.
Leading the team in rebounding was senior Ryan Flick with seven boards, followed by juniors Micah Fjeld and Dakota Medovitch with six rebounds apiece. Flick also had eight points while Medovitch and Fjeld combined for six points.
The Ravens, who are coached by Tehachapi basketball alumni Jim Clark and Vincent Saavedra, stormed back in the third and fourth quarters to outshoot the Warriors 33-25 overall in the second period.
"It was a good start for us, but we're not where we want to be right now physically and we need to handle the end of the game better. Transition defense and rebounding need to improve as we move forward," added Olofson.
Other leaders in the contest included Nathan Hedberg with eight points, Caeleb Roney with six points, and Dalton Scaggs with four points and three assists.
Next up for the Warriors is the Rosamond Tournament this Wednesday through Saturday and an away game next Tuesday at Burroughs.
"We'll get a chance to get everyone minutes this pre-season," Olofson said. "We're a young team, but our expectations are still high. We want to compete for a league title."
Mikey Phillips scored four consecutive fast break points to close out the third quarter to help the Braves pull away in a pre-season scrimmage 44-29 win over Cal City.
Phillips finished with 13 points overall to lead the team, followed by Phillip Baquerizo with eight points, Nick Madden with five points and Trey Abarquez with four points.
Nathan Collier also had four points and a three-pointer, while baskets were also scored by Jacob Gonzales, Wyatt Newman, Garrett Billings, Kyle Wood and Thomas Blewett.
Basketball fundraiser at Don Juan'snext Monday
The THS boys basketball teams will hold a fundraiser dinner at Don Juan's Grill next Monday, Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 and can be purchased from any THS basketball player or coach. All proceeds benefit THS basketball. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on Dec. 3.
Don Juan's Grill is located on 20700 South St. in Old Towne, Tehachapi.