Sweetwater senior guard Spencer Mattox (shown in a photo from last season) led the Red Devils with 37 points in Saturday's win over El Camino.
NATIONAL CITY Tournament host Sweetwater stayed undefeated and won the Lions Club Classic with a 77-69 boys basketball victory over El Camino on Saturday night at Sweetwater High.
Red Devils senior guard Spencer Mattox scored 37 points, including 25 before halftime, to lead Sweetwater (7-0), whose relentless full-court press never allowed El Camino (6-3) to get comfortable offensively.
Sweetwater coach Jesse Aguirre didn’t downplay what it meant to his team to win its own tournament, a result he said was unexpected.
“It’s absolutely big,” Aguirre said. “I scheduled these teams, Mt. Carmel, Hoover and (El Camino) for a reason. I thought if we can compete with these guys, we’ll be in good shape, and then we won the whole thing.”
The Red Devils managed to hold the El Camino backcourt of Devin Watson and Dakota Orr to 26 points, while Mattox, named the tournament MVP, and 5-foot-4 point guard CJ Cadua combined for 54 points.
“I didn’t think we were going to be undefeated,” Mattox said. “I knew Hoover was a good team, and we beat them, which was unbelievable, and to beat this El Camino team, that’s even greater.”
Sweetwater led 42-35 at halftime. El Camino cut the lead to six points late, but the Red Devils sealed the win by forcing turnovers, hitting layups and connecting on free throws.