Alvarez boys basketball

 Producing points wasn't a concern coming into the year. Uncertainly stemmed on whether the Eagles could mold as one -- or would it be a process in the preseason.
 While four games is a small sample size, four straight wins to open the year suggests that Alvarez is pointed in the right direction.
 If the Eagles needed a statement win, it came last Saturday when they defeated Immanuel of Reedley 70-69 in the finals of the Eagles Classic.
 Not only was Immanuel the defending tournament champion and 5-1, but it also took part in the state tournament last season.
 Alvarez is 4-0 for the first time since 2012. And it is producing points at an alarming rate, averaging 72.3 points a game.
 Not that this should come as a complete surprise, considering Alvarez closed league play last winter with three straight wins. Apparently those that are back are feeding off last year's finish.
 Isaiah Rodriguez warmed to the rims in the tournament, averaging 18 plus points a game. Three-year starter Devin Foster has been a presence in the key and on the perimeter along with Jacob Gomez.
 The Eagles have shown balance, with as many as four different players scoring in double digits in a game.
 Another pop quiz awaits the Eagles on Thursday when they face a 4-1 Pittsburg squad in the Scattini Tournament at Palma.
 The Pirates are coached by Carson Paden, who took Marina to its first ever basketball title in 2008.
 Clearly, though, Alvarez head coach Mark Haddan couldn't have asked for a better start. The energy in the locker room has been vibrant. There's an expectation that's building momentum.

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