On the court

Wildcat Saiz Aguilar (2) catches some air at hoime against Summit Tuesday, Dec. 3.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — The Twentynine Palms High School varsity boys basketball team earned its first win of the new season Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The Wildcats beat the Summit Skyhawks 80-72 in the first game of the Showdown in the Snake Pit Tournament hosted by Rancho Mirage. 

The win raises their record to 1-2.

Junior Jacob Hueso paced the Wildcats with 19 points, six assists and five steals, with Israel “Izzy” Goldsmith chipping in 14 points and eight rebounds. 

“Heavy team defense and balanced scoring saw nine Wildcats score, and the team shot 23 of 29 from the free throw line to pick up their first win of the season,” coach Michael Usher reported.

“It was a really good team win against a good team. We played excellent team defense, and our effort on the defensive end was the difference in the game as we forced 37 turnovers and had 30 points off of turnovers.

“We shot 80 percent from the free throw line, which helped us maintain our advantage late,” he said Wednesday morning.

“I’m really hopeful that we can continue this effort on both ends tonight against Rancho Mirage, and hopefully have a good showing the rest of the tournament before we start league play next week.”

The junior varsity Wildcats lost 70-45.

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