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Easy win for queasy Falcons

02/14/2014, 10:55pm PST
By John Maffei

Still recovering from illness, Torrey Pines players have enough in tank to handle Poway

Torrey Pines sophomore Brandon Cyrus (shown in a game earlier this season) scored 20 points for the Falcons in Friday's win over Poway.

Torrey Pines High boys basketball coach John Olive was worried about his team’s health before Friday night’s Palomar League first-place showdown with Poway.

Brandon Cyrus was so sick he missed Tuesday’s game and was still struggling Friday.

Zach Wagner, Sam Worman and Jack Beach were also far from 100 percent. Even Olive said he was playing hurt.

Didn’t matter as the Falcons made Poway feel ill, racing to a 15-point halftime lead and cruising to a 64-44 win.

The victory assured No. 6-ranked Torrey Pines (23-4, 8-0) of at least a share of the league title. Poway (16-10, 6-2) is two games back with two to play.

“This is the first day I’ve been out of the house in a week,” said Cyrus, who finished with 20 points and blocked a pair of shots. “I came to the shoot-around in the morning and was dying.

“I wasn’t feeling well in the first two minutes but felt better as things went on.”

Olive said starting Cyrus was “a game-time decision.”

“I told him to go hard for the first two minutes and we’d see how it was going,” Olive said. “We got him out, but he said he felt better.

“He did everything we asked on offense and guarded one of their top guys.”

Cyrus held Poway’s Dalton Soffer to six points.

Worman had nine points on a trio of 3-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Wagner had four points and six rebounds while running the offense.

“Zach really gutted it out,” Olive said. “This was a good, overall, grind-it-out win.

“I’m very pleased with the way we played.”

Tyler Green led Poway with 20 points.

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