The Mountain Pointe boys basketball team made their much anticipated debut last night in a tri-scrimmage against Rancho Solano and Hamilton, and the Pride did not disappoint. They beat Rancho 24-21 in the first 2 quarters of the scrimmage. Then fell to Hamilton 27-26, for an overall score of 50-48. The biggest discussions among those watching the game was the defensive intensity by the Pride. That can be attributed to Coach Eason’s “55” full court press. “It’s a defense i’ve used for many years in New Jersey,” Eason explains. “You have to have the right mentality, because it’s very aggressive and requires a ton of running.” Athletes like Selah Thomas, Amarion Cash, Rashaan Toombs, and John Norsworthy bring the type of athleticism and speed needed. That was on display last night as the boys sped up both opponents, caused a bunch of turnovers, and forced a lot of quick shots; which resulted in scoring chances on the offensive end. When the press breaks down, having 6’9 shot blocking Jalen Graham and 6’8 charge taking Nate Ward provide rim protection is an added bonus. “55” will be a staple of Coach Eason’s teams, and it proved game ready last night, as it gave fits to both opponents.