The Desert Chapel boys’ basketball team has continued its remarkable week with the school’s first- ever victory in the state tournament.
On Saturday, the Eagles lost their CIF title game to Trinity Classical Academy. In the days following, the team gained national acclaim and good will for its incredible display of sportsmanship, helping to let an autistic player on Trinity score a basket at the end of the game.
Then on Wednesday, the Eagles made history. Desert Chapel pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Escondido Adventist 63-54 to earn the school’s first- ever victory in the state tournament. The Eagles had qualified for the event twice before but lost their first game both times.
On Wednesday, the Eagle led by one at the half, but opened their lead to as big as 13 in the fourth quarter to cruise to the win.
Jaleel Miles led the way with 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Roman Pellum added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Taner Alvarez had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
The Eagles now play at San Gabriel Academy at 6 p.m. on Saturday. San Gabriel boasts one of the most talented juniors in the country in Marcus Lovett. The 6-foot guard is being courted by many of the nation’s top colleges.