Cate boys basketball got off to a dominant start to their season on Tuesday, taking down Fillmore by a score of 72-31.

The Rams held Fillmore to single-digit points in three of the game’s four quarters.

“This opening game was a chaotic yet graceful blend of hard-nosed defense, shaking off some cobwebs, and playing fast,” Cate coach Andy Gil said. “One of our goals this year is to get out in transition and run and use the athleticism we have from top to bottom.”

Marcus Scudder, Jacob Gabbay, Peter Lehman, Julian Lee, Tyler Martinez and Josh Butler played stifling defense early, which set the tone and set up Scudder for multiple fast break opportunities.

“We have a great group this year with some terrific campus leaders and a team that loves to support one another,” Gil said. “We were loud and united today.”

Martinez, Scudder and Yael Mendez all registered double-digit points, scoring 16, 14 and 13, respectively.

Cate will turn around and face Nordhoff on Wednesday at home at 6:30 p.m.

Providence 57, Thacher 46

The Patriots, a team mostly made up of freshmen, defeated Thacher’s freshmen team by a score of 57-46 on Tuesday.

Micah Song led the charge with an all-around performance of 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. Jordan LaBrie also had a solid night, putting up 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

“I’m happy with the overall energy the kids played with,” Providence coach Micah Ruiz said. “We had a lot of positives and also some fixable mistakes that we will work on in practice.  I’m excited about the potential of this team, but it’s up to us to reach that potential.”