SHERWOOD BOYS 61, SOUTHLAND 44:
The Eagles seemed to be hitting their stride — and doing so without former leading scorer Dequan Green.Green left the program earlier this week in hopes of transferring to Westover, though it didn’t seem to matter as coach Matt Ruta’s eagles had four scorers in double figures for the first time all season to make up for it.Wesley Pittman finished with a team-high 18 points — all on 3-pointers — while the Eagles also got big games from Gary Holloway (15), while both John Schramm and Brannan Anthony, who each added 13 apiece.“There’s not doubt we played really well together (Friday night),” said Ruta, whose team improved to 3-2 after starting 1-2 and coming off a 20-6 season in 2008. “We played selfless basketball and it’s the most consistent on defense we’ve been all year. We stopped dribble penetration, went up and got rebounds and really shared the basketball on the offensive end. I felt very proud after this win — and the effort.”Southland, meanwhile, was led by Andres Chaparro with 11, followed by Jose Hernandez with 9.Sherwood now gets set for a trip to Crisp Academy next Friday, then will hit the road and head South to Orlando, Fla., to face Ruta’s old school, First Academy, as part of an eight-team Christmas tournament.