Guard Derek Check helped Independence with a strong fast break game in the team's 53-31 win over Ridgecrest Burroughs in the first round of the Garces Holiday Hoops Challenge.
Check and D.J. Reed led a swarming, pressing defense which caused early turnovers for Burroughs and the Falcons to lead at the break.
The Falcons press forced turnovers which led to 12 first-quarter points and their eventual rout.
Independence takes on Washington Union in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday.