Boys’ basketball: Gay delivers in Poly win

first_imgOnce the opening whistle sounded Friday night, everyone in attendance at Poly High of Sun Valley sat a little more upright in their seats and moved to the edge of the bleachers in anticipation of one of DJ Gay’s signature moves. It didn’t take long for the 6-foot senior point guard to deliver a memorable highlight, one that figures to linger in the minds of every North Hollywood player for quite sometime. The victory was particularly satisfying for Poly (20-5, 9-1), ranked No. 7 by the Daily News, considering the Huskies (17-11, 7-3) were the only team to defeat the Parrots in league this season, by five points in late January. “We wanted to prove a point tonight because we thought they disrespected us after the last game,” Gay said. “We came out focused. There was no way I was going to let us lose this game.” Gonzalez finished with 11 points, Guerra had a pair of 3-pointers and Santiago Moreno added five points and 10 rebounds. Jordin Carroll finished with 12points for North Hollywood and teammate Jesse Zarate was held to six points. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “DJ is a player, what more can you say?” North Hollywood coach Rob Bloom said. That was apparent from the outset. Gay scored the first nine points of the game, 11 in the first quarter and had 19 points by the end of the second quarter as Poly took a 37-15 lead at the half. Gay, bound for San Diego State, finished with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. “DJ got off tonight,” Poly coach Brad Katz said. “That’s what he does.” With a comfortable lead, Gay changed roles and became a facilitator, keeping everyone involved. He dished assists to Mauricio Gonzalez, Justin Cubias and Andy Guerra to extend the advantage to 26 points. center_img Gay dribbled the ball in between his legs several times from the top of the key, crossed over to his right and drained a fadeaway 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of two Huskies defenders just before the shot clock expired. The basket gave the Parrots a 22-point lead early in the second quarter, electrified the packed crowd in the tiny gym and provided plenty of momentum en route to a 65-47 victory, which clinched the program’s third consecutive Sunset Six League title. last_img read more