With five talented sophomores, the Gahr High boys basketball team figures to be a force to reckon with in years to come in the San Gabriel Valley League.
But on Wednesday night, Dominguez let everybody know the Dons' time is now.
Senior guard Patrick Christopher and junior guard Quinton Watkins each scored 25 points and senior guard Dezon Otis added 15 as the Dons began SGVL play by beating the Gladiators 93-75 at Dominguez.
"This was a nice way to open league," Dons coach Russell Otis said. "In the beginning of the game, we weren't rotating to their shooters and they were getting wide-open 3-pointers but at halftime, I told the team, don't leave their shooters open. Once we did that, they had a hard time scoring.
"We played so many games this year where teams were taller than us but in this game, we knew we had a height advantage and we took advantage of it, putting back some shots after misses."
Gahr (11-6, 0-1) played Dominguez (11-4, 1-0) close early.
The Gladiators took an 11-10 lead with 2:17 remaining in the first quarter on a basket by Chester Woolen and heading into halftime, even though they were trailing 47-42, it appeared they had the momentum after Gabriel Negash made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
But then the Dons, top-ranked in CIF Southern Section Division II-AA, took over.
Watkins opened the period by converting on a four-point play after he was fouled making a 3-pointer and Christopher followed with a thunderous rebound dunk to make it 53-42.
Cameron Nettles then scored a basket for Gahr, but Dominguez scored the next six points to cap a 12-2 run.
"They shot the ball very well in the third quarter," Gladiators coach Bob Becker said. "We played hard, but they just have more firepower than us. Coming into the game, we focused on stopping their inside game and then they go out and beat us from the outside.
"They can beat you in so many ways, that's why they'll probably win the state championship in Division II."
Senior guard Aaron Woods scored 14 points to lead Gahr.
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