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Sweetwater’s press sparks triple digits

01/24/2014, 11:05pm PST
By Craig Malveaux

Red Devils score 100 in win over San Ysidro.

Sweetwater's C.J. Cadua (shown in a game earlier this season) scored 24 points for the Red Devils on Friday night.

— Another matchup, another victim.

Employing its trademark, pressure-laden defense, Sweetwater bottled up San Ysidro and explosive guard Lynard Steward, easing past the Cougars 100-62 at home Friday night.

The No. 5-ranked Red Devils (15-0) scored in triple digits for the second time this season, the first a 116-30 win over Southwest earlier in the week.

Guards Spencer Mattox and C.J. Cadua poured in 24 points apiece for the Red Devils while teammates Alvin Imperial (14) and Oscar Picazo (19) chipped in 33 combined points.

“We over-reached, didn’t move our feet enough, got into foul trouble, but they played together and shared the ball extremely well, which allowed us to score plenty of points,” said Sweetwater coach Jesse Aguirre.

Ahead 51-30 at halftime, Sweetwater layered its cushion against San Ysidro (7-11), hitting perimeter shots and converting transition buckets to secure an 86-56 lead at the 3:55 mark in the final period.

Steward had 23 points for the Cougars before fouling out.

“The game plan was to try to contain him as best as we possibly could,” Aguirre said of Steward, who averages 28.5 points per contest.

“He’s a phenomenal player. Once he passed the basketball to one of his teammates, we tried to deny him the ball.”

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