Varsity Boys Basketball defeats Nogales, 56-37

Manuel Reyes goes up for a lay up.

Juan Santiago

Manuel Reyes goes up for a lay up.

The Baldwin Park Braves took on the Nogales Nobles in an away game on Friday December 18th at 6:00 PM. After an impressive victory against Garden Grove in which the Braves were down 27-19 at the end of the first half, the team looked to control the pace against Nogales.

Pre-game huddle
Braves breaking it down before the game.

Through the first quarter, both teams traded buckets and turnovers to yield a 12-12 tie at the end of the quarter. This pattern continued through half of the second quarter until the Braves gathered some momentum thanks to better defensive play. Manuel Reyes recorded a block and steal within a few plays of each other. Nogales struggled to inbound the ball on the last play thanks to a couple of blocks. The Braves ended the half with a 9-point lead.

The Braves found their stride a few minutes into the third quarter and began to convert defensive plays into points. William Trinidad collected a steal and then an assist off an outlet pass to Fernando Carillo with 5:00 minutes left in the quarter. The Nobles tried to answer back with a steal but failed to score on the fast break. They struggled to find an offensive rhythm during the quarter and struggled on transition defense which allowed the Braves to build a fifteen point lead going into the fourth.

William Trinidad ready to cross over #25.
William Trinidad ready to cross over #25.

Nogales began to aggressively attack the rim and drew several foul calls. The Braves struggled to find a rhythm on both defense and offense for the first few minutes. The Nobles managed to cut the lead down to 9 points but their run was stopped by a layup by off David Brizuela off an assist from Chris Giron.

After a mad scramble that left three Braves on the floor and a successful three point attempt by Nogales, the Braves recognized the need to regain control of the game and the Nobles were unable to score more than one point for the remainder of the game. William Trinidad’s drive through the middle earned him a field goal and a successful free throw attempt. Soon thereafter, David Brizuela collected a steal and layup to bring the score to 49-36.

Timothy Lam was called for a foul after attempting to steal the ball. The Nobles missed the free throw opportunity and William Trinidad sealed the game with a three pointer with 2 seconds left on the shot clock. After picking up a steal, Manuel Reyes successfully converted it into an easy two points to make the final score 56-37 and was very close to dunking the ball, something he has yet to do in a game.

“Increase our intensity so we don’t have to match the other team’s desperation. Tonight, they were very desperate for a win so they were playing ten times harder than we were at the beginning and it kind of made it a closer game than it should have been. Had we brought our own brand of intensity right from the get go this game would have never been [as close as it was],” said Coach Israel when asked about what the team needed to improve.

“We woke up eventually and eventually pulled away. Everybody that needed to step up, stepped up,” he added.

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