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Posted: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 9:08 pm

The Santa Rosa Warriors are normally a highly successful run-and-gun basketball team known for hitting a high percentage of shots from all over the court, especially from behind the 3-point line.

But the shots just weren’t falling Tuesday night for the 2016 UIL state tournament qualifiers, and Hanna’s defense had something to do with it as the Golden Eagles raced to a 53-27 non-district triumph over the Warriors at the Hanna gym.

“I think our defense did a good job tonight,” said Hanna coach Fermin Lucio, whose team improved to 6-5. “We forced some bad shots (by Santa Rosa) and closed down on their shooters well.

“Santa Rosa is historically a very good-shooting team, and we did a good job of getting hands in their faces and not giving them any easy looks at the basket,” he added. “I think we did a good job on defense and that allowed us to get into our offense. I was impressed with our defense tonight against a great team like Santa Rosa. They’ve been places where we want to go (such as the state tournament).”

Hanna was up 10-5 after one quarter and led 25-12 at halftime. The Eagles took a 43-21 advantage into the final quarter after outscoring the defending District 32-3A champion Warriors 18-9 in the third period.

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