Boys Overcome Deficit, Defeat SV


BALDWIN PARK, CA —- The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team went up against the Dons for the second time this season on Friday, January 29 at Sierra Vista High School. After trailing the Dons by 20 points in the third quarter, the Braves rallied back to take home the victory with a score of 60 to 55.

IMG_0290The first quarter was a back and forth battle between the two teams as they traded buckets. The crowd was teased by an almost successful alley oop to Manuel Reyes that was reminiscent of a previous dunk attempt earlier this season against the Nogales Nobles. Jose Luis Castaneda and David Brizuela both knocked down three-pointers to help the Braves take a 16-14 lead at the end of the first.

The Braves struggled to get their offense going at the start of the second quarter and ran into foul trouble. The mishaps on defense forced Coach Anguiano to call a timeout. Castaneda responded to SV’s scoring drive with a three-pointer from the left wing on the inbound pass. Brizuela found himself at the line after a last-second foul; however, he missed both free throws and the Braves ended the first half trailing the Dons, 32-25.

Sierra Vista went off during the first half of the third quarter, extending a 7-point lead to a 20-point lead on a 15-3 run. A steal and subsequent layup by Luis Flores marked the beginning of Sierra Vista’s woes. Aggressive offense, improved ball movement, and tighter defense helped the Braves cut the Dons’ lead to 8 at the end of the third.

IMG_0142A baseline cut by Castaneda brought the Braves to within 1 point and soon took a 1-point lead. Both teams struggled to score on several consecutive possessions until a three by Castaneda extended BP’s lead to 4. The Dons finally got on the board with 2:53 left in the game. The Braves were able to withstand the defensive pressure that SV applied towards the end of the game and took home a 60-55 win. They are now 5-1 in league and will face the Azusa Aztecs on Wednesday, February 3 at home.

“I wasn’t concerned much because when we drop a game plan I always tell the boys not to panic, stick with the game plan, and keep working at it and eventually things will start to click and things will start to work,” commented Coach Israel Anguiano after the game.

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