After the game, Rebels assistant Rudy Bojorquez was not surprised by the explosive night from Eugenio, who averaged 10.2 points per game last season.
"We expect [games like this] of him," Bojorquez said.
However, even with 20 points on 53% shooting, Eugenio was not satisfied.
"In the end," he said, "if I score 20 and we don't win, that's not what I want."
The first quarter was very tightly contested. Flintridge Prep struggled from long range early. However, Jung's prolific passing and quickness provided the Rebels open looks. Tsangeos, Eugenio and West Nowotny combined for 10 points in the period.
However, the Rebel defense could not keep the Rams at bay, as Chris Lee hit an early three and Temple City followed it up with three more baskets and a free throw, ending the first quarter tied at 10.
In the second quarter, Temple City finally broke away. Eric Olivas netted 12 of his team-high 17 points for the Rams in the second quarter on five-of-eight shooting with two of those buckets coming from outside. Olivas' two three-pointers were only a part of what was a solid quarter from beyond the arc, as Sean Diep and Awajo each hit an outside jumper, as well. Combined with the Rebels' four turnovers and 30% shooting, the Rams took a commanding 28-19 lead into the break.
The third quarter belonged to Eugenio. The soon-to-be senior opened the quarter with a quick bucket and a foul. After hitting the free throw, he would go on to score three more times and record a rebound and a block while playing outstanding defense, holding Olivas to only three points. The rest of the Rebels combined for 10 in the quarter.
However, the Rams' hot shooting continued from outside where they scored 12 of the 15 they put up in the quarter. But with the explosive offensive quarter from Flintridge Prep, Temple City saw its lead dwindle to as little as four and took a five-point lead into the final quarter of action.