400 wins and a three-game streak

In opening week of Cardinal Basketball, the boys varsity squad has already mounted a three-game winning streak over their Division IV opponents.

After shutting down both Granite Hills and Farmersville, the Cardinals closed out the week with a crushing win over their Strathmore rivals. To make the victory even sweeter, the win tallied 400 for head Coach Don Perales.

"Our defense was awesome and intimidating again," Perales said.

The 63-27 victory opened with an 11-2 run in the first seven minutes of play.

With a 10-2 run in the second quarter the Cardinals led 30-13 at the half with the Gonzalez brothers steering the offense. Anthony put away 10 points while Johnny tacked on nine at the close of the quarter.

Strathmore stood in shock as the Cardinals went unanswered on 11 points in the third quarter. J. Gonzalez sank three trays in a row as the Card's defense forced nine turnovers.

By the final quarter, a tiring Strathmore team could only muster up four points against the Cardinals' defense.

Lindsay made the key unbreachable and forced 26 turnovers, made 13 steals, and limited the Spartans to 14 percent shooting from the arc and 44 percent from the field.

The win followed a similar game in Farmersville last Wednesday.

"We started with intense defense from the start and never allowed farmersville's offense to get on track," said Perales.

Holding the Aztecs to 21 percent shooting, the Cardinals offense took the win with an uncatchable spread at 61-27.

The Cardinals opened their season in CIF foundation game. The Cardinals hosted the Grizzlies in a 55-37 Lindsay victory.

"As a first game of the season we started slow," Perales said. "We finally got our offense going with our defense forcing turnovers."

A. Gonzalez started a 14-0 run half way through the quarter when he made two back-toback steals against the Grizzlies. Forcing 11 turnovers, Lindsay took a 16-9 lead in the first quarter.

The Lindsay offense picked up speed and ended the half at 26-15.

By the close of the game, the Cardinal defense forced 31 turnovers and cleared its bench to spread the scoring through eight players.

"I loved it mainly because of our defense. It's tremendous to hold somebody under 40 points," Perales said.

"Alec Blue did an outstanding job running the team. He shot well and made us run the fast break," said Perales of his first year starting Point Guard.

"John Gonzalez was his usual good self scoring 19 points and Anthony Gonzalez defensively was just awesome"

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