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Churchill too much for Roosevelt

January 16, 2018 GMT

Churchill Coach Brad Lacey understands it can get confusing telling the Estrada brothers apart.

It was especially hard to tell the three apart during the Chargers’ 72-61 victory over Roosevelt Jan. 13 at Blossom Athletic Center. Alex, Aaron and Andrew Estrada scored a combined 57 points to give the team its first win since Jan. 2.

Following a tight three quarters, all three brothers contributed 15 of the Chargers’ 22 points to open up the fourth to run away with the victory.

But it was Andrew Estrada, who finished with 11 points, who Lacey signaled out for triggering back-to-back 3s to give Churchill a 61-49 lead — its largest lead of the contest. He also credited the 5-foot-8 sophomore for maintaining the team’s momentum when his brothers dealt with foul trouble.

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“Andrew was steady all day with the big shots he hit,” Lacey said.

All three Estrada brothers made big plays down the stretch for the Chargers, losers of three of their previous four games.

Aaron Estrada’s 3-pointer with 3:19 remaining in the third gave Churchill its first lead — 43-40 — since the beginning of the quarter. Andrew Estrada made two free throws and Alex Estrada drained a 3-pointer of his own to carry the Chargers into the fourth with a 50-44 lead.

Evans was pleased with the entire team’s second half performance following an early third quarter deficit that was sparked by the Rough Riders’ Isaiah Nash, the team’s leading scorer with 29 points, who hit two free throws less than a minute into half to tie the game at 34-34.

Osiris Watson, who finished with 13 points, scored on Roosevelt’s ensuing possession to give the team its first lead of the game since the first quarter.

The Chargers regained the lead following Aaron Estrada’s 3-pointer with 3:19 remaining in the third

“I thought we showed composure and made key stops when we needed to,” he said.

Aaron and Alex Estrada each had 24 and 22 points, respectively, for a 16-9 Churchill team that improved to 2-3 in District 26-6A.

Roosevelt remained winless in district action.

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