The future clashed with the present at Newark Memorial High on Friday night in a Mission Valley Athletic League boys basketball game.
Newark, which has dominated the MVAL the past decade and starts five seniors, claimed a 74-48 win over a Moreau Catholic squad that starts three sophomores and two freshmen.
It was Newark's 34th straight league win.
As to be expected from a veteran squad, the Cougars (7-7, 2-0 MVAL) controlled the pace and led 27-13 after the first quarter. They were firing on all cylinders offensively with five 3-pointers -- three by Michael Pickney, who finished with 11 points and five assists.
Newark's Joey Frenchwood led all scorers with 18 points. He also had 10 assists. Teammate Matthew Thomas added 13 points, seven blocks and grabbed six rebounds.
But just as the game was on the verge of a blowout, the Mariners (10-4, 1-1) made their run. They opened the second quarter with an 11-5 run to get within 32-24. After a Newark bucket, the Mariners went on a 9-0 run that was capped by two free throws by Brandon Lawrence and cut Newark's lead to 34-33.
Moreau's Damari Milstead made a bucket just before the half to tie the game at 38-38. Milstead scored nine points. Teammate Terrell Brown scored 12 points.
The difference proved to be Newark's defense, which clamped down in the second half. The Cougars held Moreau to just three points in the third quarter and 10 in the half.
Meanwhile, Newark's offense went on a 10-0 run to open up the third quarter for a 48-38 lead. The closest Moreau would get was within nine midway through the third. The Cougars took full control with a 12-2 run to open up a 70-48 lead in the fourth.