Vista looking for first league win Friday at Christian Brothers

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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After winning 10-of-14 games during non-league play, including three-of-four games at the Cordova Christmas Classic to finish 2018, Vista del Lago coach Tim Weir was feeling pretty good about his team heading into 2019.

The Capital Athletic League, however, hasn’t been kind so far for the Eagles, as Vista has dropped its first three games. The Eagles opened with defending league champion Rio Americano last Friday and lost, 57-43. Vista had trouble scoring, and were man-handled in the post by the Raiders’ big man.

“We held the returning league MVP to 12 points, but their big guy killed us with 25 points,” Weir said. “We only had 13 rebounds in the game, and their big man had at least that many. We did OK early on, but we had trouble scoring. We got the game to within six, but couldn’t get that next shot to get us closer.”

Things got worse on Monday when the Eagles were clobbered by Capital Christian, 65-43, a team that entered the game with four wins on the season, including a CAL-opening 60-49 win over Rio Americano.

“We didn’t play well at all, and just got hammered,” Weir said. “We only scored 12 points in the first half and were down 27. Our first two league games were our worst offensive games of the season.”

Vista managed to score 57 points Wednesday night against Del Campo, but allowed 63 and lost its third straight game. On Friday, the team hopes for its first league win when they travel to Christian Brothers (0-2, 4-12).

“We just have to get back on defense and make our shots on offense,” Weir said.