Sachs taking control

first_imgLA HABRA – When La Habra High School plays visiting Eisenhower High in tonight’s wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA boys basketball playoffs, the Highlanders will have a sophomore at the controls. But you won’t be able to tell that by the way Jordan Sachs plays. According to La Habra coach Mark Stewart, Sachs’ all-around game is solid. “For the amount of responsibility we’ve placed on him, he has responded very well,” Stewart said. “He has evolved really well in all aspects. He has the potential to be one of the best players La Habra has ever had.” Stewart isn’t just blowing smoke. He backs up his words with actions. Sachs, 16, played his freshman year with the La Habra freshman team, but was moved up to varsity for the playoffs. He said the biggest adjustment he’s had to make is the physical aspect of the varsity game. “There weren’t a lot of freshman players taller than me,” said the 6-foot-4, 170-pounder. “Now, I’m playing against guys 6-6 and 6-7 and weighing more than 200 pounds. “Definitely my game is more finesse than physical, but I don’t mind going low and banging bodies with the big guys.” Sach’s statistics give evidence to his impact on the program. He leads the team in assists (97), blocked shots (60) and steals (72). He ranks second in scoring (12.4 ppg), rebounds (167) and 3-point baskets (22, tied with Randy Nygren). He also leads in turnovers (105), but his 3.8 per game are usually due more to trying to make something happen rather than just carelessness. A priority tonight will be taking better care of the ball. “I know this is just another game, but the stakes are higher,” Sachs said. “Win and go on, lose and go home. I feel I definitely have to step up. Everybody has to step up.” Sach’s impact in Stewart’s game plan is best summed up when he says, “Dominique plays quite a bit, but he needs to come out to rest. Jordan is the one player I don’t consider taking out of the game.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “As well as running the offense, defensively we’re thinking of putting him on Eisenhower’s best player,” Stewart said. That suits Sachs just fine. “La Habra stresses defense, and I love playing defense,” Sachs said between classes Tuesday morning. “It’s pretty much my favorite part of the game, especially when we’re putting on full-court pressure.” As for his assists, Sachs is quick to cite the play of power forward/center Dominique Moreno, the team’s leading scorer (14.8 ppg). “Dominique takes a lot of pressure off me,” Sachs said. “He’s why I get a lot of assists. I feed the ball to him down low, and when he gets it, there’s always a good chance he’s going to score.” last_img read more