In a very competitive first quarter Watsonville's inside play of Kraig Mitchell and Luke Scurich paced Watsonville to a four point lead. Santa Cruz's Justin Hightower led Santa Cruz with 7 first quarter points on a variety of drives and post ups.
Close play continued, Watsonville's balanced scoring allowed the Wildcatz to take a 6 point lead into the break.
Another closely played eight minutes. Justin Hightower and Ian Hoppis kept Santa Cruz close by attacking Watsonville inside. Watsonville's balanced scoring allowed the Wildcatz to extend their lead to 9 by the end of the quarter.
Consistent shooting from the foul line let Watsonville protect its lead. The final score was 61-48. Hightower led all scorers with 22, followed by Mitchell's 19 and Watsonville's point guard Robert Carrancho's 14.