Casa Grande High School's varsity basketball Gauchos added a second win in as many nights to their impressive season's start, dominating Vintage's over-matched Crushers, 68-40, Wednesday night in the Coach Ed Iacopi Gymnasium.
Things get considerably tougher for the Gauchos Saturday night when they try to make it a clean opening-week sweep against College Park from Pleasant Hill. College Park eliminated Casa Grande from the North Coast Section playoffs last season.
"They are very good and very quick," observed Casa Grande coach James Forni. "It will be a good game. It's what basketball is all about."
Casa Grande had very little trouble with Vintage Wednesday night, combining balanced scoring with board domination and throwing in an improved defense.
The defensive improvement was most appreciated by Forni, who watched as his team outscored San Marin, 72-66, the night before.
"We are going to keep emphasizing defense until we get it," the coach said. "We showed improvement tonight, but we still have a way to go. We keep committing unnecessary fouls."
Casa Grande continued with its up-tempo style, but also moved the ball well in its set offense, resulting in a multitude of inside baskets.
Cetrick Yeanay followed up his 32-point spectacular against San Marin with 17 against the Crushers. He had all sorts of help with 11 Gauchos scoring.
Jon Christy put an emphasis on his 11 points with a one-handed dunk and matched teammate Kyle Kaupe with nine rebounds. Aaron Dal Poggetto scored nine points for the second consecutive game and Brycen Poarch added eight.
"It was nice we could get everybody into the game," Forni said. "Everybody works hard and they deserve a chance to play."