Cardinal basketball leaps into 1st

Lindsay boys basketball charged into first place last week with two more victories.

The Cardinals hit the road to take down 5-1 Immanuel to position themselves into a three way tie for first place.

After another win over Coalinga, Lindsay is keeping competitive company. The Cardinals are in a three way tie for first place with Orosi and Immanuel. Each team has 6-2 records after last week's games.

The Cardinals started out their week with one of their biggest wins of the season. In an away game, Lindsay defeated 5-1 Immanuel 41-40 after coming back from a 13-26 halftime score.

Lindsay started the first quarter with a 4-0 mini-run. Immanuel responded with an 8-1 run.

"Both teams were playing outstanding defense," said Lindsay coach Don Perales. "Both teams were very patient and took good shots."

Lindsay trailed 9-13 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Immanuel started with another 8-2 run and closed the quarter with a 5-0 run. Lindsay turned cold scoring only four points and couldn't even make a lay-up. The Cardinals trailed 13-26 at the half.

"We knew we had not played our best yet," Perales said. "We remained positive to start the second half."

In the third quarter, Lindsay made a 7-2 run and trailed 25-35. The fourth quarter was all Lindsay as they stepped up their defensive effort and forced six turnovers and converted them into points. Lindsay outscored Immanuel 16-5. At 3:10 Immannuel's lead diminished to 34-38. Alec Blue then connected on a trey and then hit a jumper to take the lead, 39-38. With 11 seconds remaining, Immanuel scored again to lead 39-40. John Gonzalez took the last possession coast to coast but missed the six-footer. Abel Gamboa gathered the rebound and put it back for the win.

Lindsay averaged 14/38 for 37 percent shooting in field goal range while Immanuel shot a good 16/30 for 53 percent.

From the arc, Lindsay sank three while Immanuel mustered a single trey.

From the line, Immanuel made 5/8 for 63 percent while Lindsay went 4/9 for 44 percent.

Defensively, Lindsay had 20 steals, forcing 25 turnovers to take the game.

Immanuel only forced 15 turnovers.

Lindsay also had 10 blocks and took four charges. The Eagles outrebounded the Cardinals 27-36.

Alec Blue led the offense with 13 points, four rebounds and four steals. Abel Gamboa put away 12 points for the Cardinals with five rebounds, two assists and three steals.

John Gonzalez

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