Vista warming up as league play approaches

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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After starting the season with 10 straight losses, Vista del Lago’s varsity boys’ basketball team has won four of five games to gain some respect and even more importantly, confidence. At the Dixon Ram Jam Tournament held last week, the Eagles placed third by winning two of three games. Drew McPherson and Patrick Lowman made the all-tournament team. Vista opened the tournament with a 77-56 win over Winters, thanks to a huge second quarter which saw them outscore their opponent 25-6. “We really executed our game plan and went on a big run,” Vista coach Matt von Tillow said. “We got stops, got rebounds and we had a lot of people making shots and scoring.” Despite playing their best defensive game of the season, according to von Tillow, in the team’s next game against Orland, Vista lost 54-49. “I was very happy with their defensive effort, as what we’ve been working on all season came together, but we just didn’t make as many shots as we normally do.” Vista rebounded, however, with a 75-47 win over River City, a team they’ll face twice during play in the Sierra Valley Conference. “That was our most complete game of the season,” said von Tillow. “We put together a good defensive effort and were also able to get our offense going. We started clicking and that was good because we were able to send a message to a league opponent.” McPherson scored 59 points during the three tournament games, while Lowman finished with 53 points. “Drew has really picked it up,” von Tillow said. “He’s always been capable of scoring and I’m very happy to see that he’s been doing a lot better lately. Pat just does whatever it is we need him to do. Jake Duenkel also had a good tournament, finding open guys and just getting us going offensively.” After opening league play on Tuesday at El Dorado, Vista’s next game is Jan. 10 at home against Cosumnes Oaks.