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WOLF PACK RALLY BEHIND DOBYNS CAREER GAME AND PATRIOTS CRUISE TO TITLE

2018 EASTCOUNTY BOYS PREP BASKETBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

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WEST HILLS 56, EL CAPITAN 50

On Wednesday night out in Lakeside in front of a semi-raucous crowd, the West Hills Wolf Pack were able to rally after being down pretty much the majority of the game for the six-point victory.

El Capitan behind junior Jaqori Harris who scored 7 points in the first quarter would lead 16-10 after the first quarter. Things in the second quarter would get interesting as the Wolf Pack were able to hold the Vaqueros down a bit and outscore them 15-10 to trail 26-25 at the break.

After the break, the Pack came out with some new energy and were finally able to pull even with the Vaqueros at 30-30 with 6:30 remaining in the third quarter. With the game tied the Vaqueros retook the lead but West Hills wouldn’t go away as they pulled within 42-39 after nailing a three-ball.

West Hills knew they had to do something and that they did just like they had done against cross-town rival Santana when they trailed in that contest to eventually come away with the victory.

Sophomore Kyle Dobyns for the Pack decided to take it upon himself to be what the Pack needed as he would give West Hills a 45-44 lead after scoring six consecutive points.

El Capitan would retake the lead 46-45 on a Randy Tucker layup with just under four minutes remaining in the game.

Unfortunately with under two minutes to play Tucker would foul out for the Vaqueros and the Pack took advantage of his absence.

With Tucker now out of the contest, the Pack knew they had an opportunity and Ashton Avestro took the call as he would give them the eventual lead after hitting a couple crucial foul shots and following that up with a defensive play which led to a layup to make it 51-50.

West Hills, in the end, would use a 9-0 run to finish out the contest.

On the night, Dobyns for the Pack scored a career-high 25 points while Avestro chipped in with 8 points.

For the Vaqueros, Tucker scored 19 points and Harris contributed 14 points.

“The young kids really stayed composed towards the end of the game during crunch time, to sneak out the road win is always good.” Said head coach Tim Barry referring to the fact that all underclassman were on the court for the Wolf Pack in the final minutes of the contest.

With the win, the Wolf Pack up their record to 4-4 while the Vaqueros fall to 3-4.

 

CHRISTIAN 69, SANTANA 38

ARMSTRONG MEMORIAL/HORSEMAN AUTOMOTIVE

In what was a close contest after the first quarter as the Patriots only led 13-12 over the Sultans would lead to a 28-20 lead at the break as they outscored the Sultans 15-8.

Leading the charge for the Patriots was Jackson Larsen who led with 22 points and was declared the Tournament MVP.

Things in the third quarter would continue to go the Patriots way as they would up their lead 36-30 with under six and a half minutes to play. Christian would eventually outscore the Sultans 28-1 in the quarter to pull away.

Leading the Sultans in scoring on the night was Desmond Williams who scored 18 points.

With the victory, the Patriots were declared the tournament champions as they remained undefeated at 5-0 and improved their overall record to 6-2.

With Christian being declared champions there will be no championship contest this weekend but the tournament games will go on.

 

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