SAN DIEGO — On display Friday night was the Morse High School basketball team's nearly unstoppable fast break, its quickness and even its rarely seen outside shooting ability.
But it was Morse's smothering defense that led the Tigers (11-1) to their 76-44 victory over Mira Mesa (12-3) in the City Eastern League opener for both teams at Morse.
Morse is 11-1. Mira Mesa is 12-3.
The Morse defense was simple and effective: A Mira Mesa player would attempt to drive only to be met by at least three Morse defenders. In a blur of thrashing arms and legs, the basketball often would bounce loose.
"A total team defense was the key," Morse Coach Ron Davis said. "We want to play a tough, aggressive defense. I want all five guys in on the play . . . everybody has to be moving."