El Camino senior Devin Watson (shown in a game last month) had 26 points and 12 assists in the Wildcats' win over San Marcos on Monday night.
OCEANSIDE Devin Watson and Quen Meadows ignited the crowd and set the tone with three spectacukar , first-quarter pass-and-dunks that would have made The Flying Wallendas blush.
The pair helped No. 6-ranked El Camino to a 77-58 win over No. 7 San Marcos on Monday night in the last of four MLK Showcase games at El Camino High.
“Devin runs those plays to me and Sam Bockman,” Meadows said. “Those things come naturally to Devin.
“I look him dead in the eye, and he sees me. It all starts there. He really adds a dimension to our team."
Watson, a first-team All-San Diego Section pick who transferred from Army-Navy, sat out the first five games of the season before becoming eligible.
“That was good for me,” Watson said. “I got a chance to sit and watch what worked. Those passes to Quen are pure instinct. I see it, and he finishes.”
“We have some great rebounders in Sam Bockman and Chad Morrison. And our guards are scrappy.
Watson led all scorers with 26 points. He had six rebounds and a dozen assists.
Meadows and Morrison had 17 points each. Morrison had 10 rebounds, Bockman 11.
Johnny McWilliams led San Marcos with 19 points and seven rebounds. Nik Zivkovic added 14 points and seven rebounds.
El Camino (16-3) has won nine in a row since a loss to Sweetwater.
San Marcos (11-7) was playing without starters Ben Perez (concussion) and Marc Pacia (ankle). The Knights have lost three in a row and four of the last five.
“I think I’m showing people I can get others involved while still being involved myself,” Watson said.
In the other games:
La Jolla Country Day 67, Serra 49 (girls): Mariana Ecija led La Jolla Country Day (10-8) with 23 points while Isabel Aguirre added 14. Sabrina Callahan scored six points, but had 12 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.
Alyjha Kennedy paced Serra (11-6) with 16 points. Serra trailed by only five early in the third quarter.
Horizon 65, San Ysidro 61 (boys): San Ysidro (6-10) rallied from 12 down at the end of three quarters to tie the game at 61 with 1:54 to play. But the Cougars turned the ball over twice down the stretch and Horizon (6-8) got four free throws from Ethan Underwood to seal the win.
San Ysidro’s Lynard Steward led all scorers with 29 points before fouling out late in the game. Underwood paced Horizon with 26 points while Holden Haskett had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Hoover 67, Lincoln 61 (boys): Lincoln (9-7) cut an 11-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter to two with 17 seconds to play, but Hoover’s Miles Nolen-Webb and Daevon Bazzo both hit a pair of free throws down the stretch to give No. 9-ranked Hoover (13-8) the win.
Nolen-Webb, who was 11 of 12 from the free-throw line, finished with a game-high 27 points. Damonte Holiday added 23 for the Cardinals.
Daniel Melifonwu paced Lincoln with 18 points and 16 rebounds. After starting the season 8-0, Lincoln has now lost five in a row.