Boys Basketball: West rallies in third quarter for win
by Bob Brownne
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A quick scoring run at the start of the third quarter put the Wolf Pack on its way to an 81-50 win Friday, Jan. 18, over the visiting Edison Vikings of Stockton.

The Vikings pulled within five points of West, narrowing what was a 39-29 halftime lead, when West senior forward Michael Young nailed two quick 3-point shots, followed by another outside shot from senior guard Hayden Ordone.

“A good defense leads to a great offense, and I feel like we executed on offense,” Young said. “Leaving the open shooters on the perimeter got us some confidence. After the first one, I just felt the rhythm and kept going.”

The win put West (15-6, 2-2 Tri-City Athletic League) in charge for the rest of the game, as Young went on to score 10 of his game-high 23 points in the third quarter.

The Wolf Pack continued to hit shots, while the Vikings (8-13, 2-2 TCAL) struggled to control the ball, and ended up with just one field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Wolf Pack hit nine 3-pointers, which coach Derek Sprecksel attributed to heads-up passing — players repeatedly drove to the inside and then kicked the ball to the open shooter.

“We’ve got to work to get those opportunities,” Sprecksel said. “I think getting more rebounds and getting some more points in the paint created more opportunities for kickout 3s, too.”

West ruled the boards, allowing Edison few second-chance shots. Young pulled in 12 rebounds, and center Obrien Nnaji had nine.

West was also on target from the line, making 12 of 15 free throws. Other leading scorers were senior guards Kenneth Daye, with 13 points, and Justin Saar, with 12 points.

Edison won the sophomore game 54-50, and the Vikings freshmen beat West, 53-47.

Weston Ranch 67, Kimball 66

The Jaguars were nearly able to overcome the Valley Oak League-leading Cougars’ early advantage Thursday, Jan. 17, at Weston Ranch High.

Kimball (11-9, 2-4 VOL) trailed 55-48 at the end of the third quarter, but kept up the pace with the Cougars (12-5, 6-0) and closed in during the fourth quarter, finishing just short of the win.

Kimball senior guard DeVante Baisa scored 16 points to lead Kimball, and junior guard Ben Juarez tossed in 13 points.

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