FALLBROOK – E.J. Twyman did what he does best Saturday night – score.
What goes unnoticed in the box score, however, is how Elsinore High's star boys basketball player gets his teammates involved.
Twyman scored a game-high 29 points as the Tigers broke open a tight game in the third quarter to beat host Fallbrook 72-50 to win the championship of the North County Classic.
"As much as he scores, E.J. looks to pass first," Elsinore coach Pete Rettinger said. "He tries to get everyone involved. And when he does that, it opens things up."
The Tigers (7-2) led just 33-29 after Fallbrook (7-2) went on a 7-2 run to open the third quarter.
But the Tigers scored eight straight points to start a 25-4 run that gave them a 58-33 lead and control of the game.
"We didn't answer their runs," Fallbrook coach Jeff Brandow said. "Honestly, I thought we were kind of flat.
"But that had a lot to do with them."
Elsinore forced 22 Fallbrook turnovers and outrebounded the Warriors 31-23.
"Rebounds and turnovers," Brandow said. "You don't beat Elsinore if you don't outrebound them. And you certainly don't beat them if you turn the ball over 22 times.
"They're very well coached, and Twyman is the real deal.
"We've played them four years in a row, and he has been great all four years. And he's really a great kid, too"
Twyman scored his 29 points in a little more than three quarters.
Daniel Dedeaux backed him with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
"Dedeaux has blossomed since last season," Rettinger said. "He had a serious spleen injury last season, but he put in a lot of effort over the summer, worked really hard.
"He gives us that inside presence every team needs.
"Honestly, with us, it all starts with defense. Our defense helps gets the offense started. We like to get out in transition.
"This group of guys is very competitive. And they really enjoy playing with each other.
"We had five great games in this tournament. We're pretty happy with the outcome."
The Tigers beat Vista and Francis Parker – teams ranked Nos. 4 and 10 in the CIF San Diego Section, respectively – in the tournament.
Seth Jorde, who keyed Fallbrook's third-quarter run, led the Warriors with 12 points. Joel Lopez added nine on a trio of 3-pointers.
"We're 7-2 and we were 8-1 last year at the same time," Brandow said. "But I think we've played tougher teams this season.
"I like this group, and I think we'll come back from this loss and will respond well."
Chaparral 51, Francis Parker 48
In the third-place game, Chaparral (9-2) edged Francis Parker.
Guard Eddie Coyle led Chaparral with 20 points, converting 5-of-6 free throws in the final 33 seconds to hold off the Lancers.