The mighty Morse Tigers Freshman basketball team competed in the 1st Mission Bay Turkey Slam Invitational on 24-25 November. The event a 16 team tournament with local schools in the San Diego area. The Tigers finished in 4th place for the tournament.
The Tigers opened up there season with a 42-34 victory over the Patriots of Patrick Henry High School in a hard fought game. The Tigers were down 9-4 at the start of the second quarter, but came out strong to take an 18-12 lead at halftime. The Patriots cut the deficit to 3 late in the third quarter, only for the Tigers to pull away for the victory. The Tigers had a balanced scoring attack, led by Alejandro Ulloa with 9 Points, followed by Isaiah Ansley with 7, and Timothy Nelson and Christian Malicdem with 6 points each.
The Tigers were back in action on the 25th of November against neighborhood school Bonita Vista. The first half was all Bonita from the opening tip as Bonita Vista led 32-6 at the half. The Tigers fought hard in the second half cutting the lead to 14 points in the fourth quarter only to lose 40-22. The Tigers were led by Arvin DeGuzman with 8 points, followed by Erick Diaz 4 points and 6 rebounds and Jeremy Pineda with 4 points also.
After the tough earlier loss the Tigers played the Cardinals of Hoover High School and won a tough contest 48-33. After three quarters the score was 37-31, but the Tigers pulled away with a 11-2 run in the 4th quarter to close out the Cardinals. The Tigers were led by Steven Bagsic with 19 points, followed by Jeremy Pineda with 10, Pineda was named to the all-tournament team for his play in the Thanksgiving tournament. Timothy Nelson added 7 in the victory. The victory moved the Tigers to 2-1 on the season and a place in the 3rd place game vs El Capitan.
The Tigers playing the third game of the day, took a loss losing 49-27 to El Capitan. After three quarters the Tigers were down 14, but El Capitan took control in the 4th Quarter outscoring the Tigers 12-4 during the final quarter. The Tigers were led by Steven Bagsic’s 12 points followed by Erick Diaz’s 4 points and 9 rebounds.