The Lindsay Cardinals looked to get back on track after suffering their first loss in league last Tuesday night. Hitting the road they traveled to the northern part of Tulare County to do battle with rival Woodlake Tigers on Thursday night. The conditioning and speed of the Cardinals was evidently more than the Tigers could handle. It easily set the pace and did not let off the peddle until the final horn sounded in a 59-37 victory.
“We played hard,” said Lindsay head coach Frank Morin. “I was proud of the effort we got out of the guys.”
Xavier Munoz got things going for the Cardinals, dropping their first two buckets for a 5-0 lead with in the first minute.
“I think I played good. I tried to pass the ball a lot and get other guys open. And when I have an open shot I take it,” said Xavier Munoz, who finished with 10 points on the night.
Offensive opportunities came at a premium for the Tigers in the first quarter as the Cardinals played a very physical game inside the key.
The Tigers were so over matched in the early going that their first bucket didn’t come until the fifth minute in.
Lindsay had the deep ball going as well, making threes as a team in the first quarter leading to their lead of 12-5 at quarter’s end.
Jacob Varela, one of the top players for the Tigers, was held scoreless in the first quarter until a last second three-point attempt fell giving his team the five points.
It became a battle of speed in the second quarter with the Tigers trying their best to come up with the points to close the gap. The court seemed to be wide open with chances but neither team could put together a scoring run.
And with Lindsay getting in a little bit of foul trouble in the first quarter they pulled back on the physicality of their defense.
That did not deter them from grabbing a rebound or blocking a shot as they still held a ten-point lead 26-16 at halftime.
With the Cardinals suiting up 16 players the depth of talent began to show through in the second half.
“Everyone’s contributing, it’s pretty much the next man up. It’s a good problem to have as a coach because everyone is ready to play and willing to play,” said Morin.
Isaac Flores and Rick Diaz combined for the first nine points of the third quarter all for the Cardinals.
That widened their lead to 35-16 and from there it was all Lindsay especially when their full court press defense was wreaking havoc for the Tigers.
Woodlake could only manage five points all quarter and none were scored by their star player Varela.
“I think a lot of times the other players kind of look to him to lead,” said Woodlake coach Louie Perez. “We just don’t have that one guy can literally make teams pay for playing a box and one.”
Lindsay began to pull away even more in the late goings doubling their lead from halftime to 44-24.
The fourth quarter started out no different than the last three with Bolanos along Jesse Serrano scoring six out of the first eight points.
Henry Phaff got an early bucket in the fourth quarter to make the game 46-26 but the bucket could not spark any offensive moment by the Tigers.
Lindsay moved the ball with easy and fluidity as they knock off the Tigers 59-37.
Looking to stay with in striking distance of Granite Hills the Cardinals will hit the road and take on the Panthers of Corcoran High School tonight at 7:30pm.
“I think we are just going to get better as we go,” said Munoz.
Also, hitting the road the Tigers will look to bounce back from their second loss in league with a trip to Sierra Pacific doing battle with the Golden Bears.