Aztec boys drop 2 on the road, fall to 4th in league


SOLEDAD — The road was rough for the Soledad High boys basketball team with road losses to Robert Louis Stevenson and Pacific Grove. The setbacks dropped the Aztecs to 7-6 in the Mission Trail Athletic League and fourth place in league standings.

“We lost to Stevenson and PG, both games that got away from us in the fourth quarter,” said Soledad head coach Nick Twitchell. “Billy Hollman had a big game with 29 points against Pacific Grove. We are hoping to earn a home CCS game.”

At Stevenson on Feb. 6 Beto Tinajero led Soledad in scoring in a 67-52 loss to the Pirates. Hollman added 14 points for Soledad. In the 73-63 loss to Pacific Grove Isaac Lopez joined Hollman in double-figures in scoring with 11 points. The Breakers had four players score 15 or more points.

The Aztec JV team lost 45 to 33 at Stevenson and by a 44-31 score at Pacific Grove. The Soledad frosh boys team defeated Stevenson 52-46. Johnny Carrillo scored 22 points with four 3-point shots and Lorenzo Santistevan had 12 points with one 3-point basket. Alex Esparza scored nine points and Isaac Ventura added six points, and the pair hustled and caused turnovers while coming up with four steals apiece.

Soledad ended the regular season in frosh play with a 4-5 record as they will not play this week as the scheduled opponents Oakwood (tonight), and Trinity Christian on Friday do not field frosh boys teams. Both games will be road games for the varsity and JV teams.