Los Banos girls fall hard in tourney's title game

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comDecember 6, 2012 

Modesto Christian has owned the first two years of the Los Banos/Pacheco Tournament -- and the Crusaders have also owned Los Banos High in the same time period.

The returning champions waltzed into the tournament's gold bracket with just six players on the roster, and waltzed out with a 67-14 win against host Los Banos in the championship.

"I thought we'd be able to (take advantage of the small roster), but they were well conditioned," Los Banos coach Danny Crosby said. "They out-hustled us. Even though we had the bodies to compete, they out-played us in every aspect of the game. They did a really good job."

Tournament-MVP Hoku Faiaipau led all scorers with 23 for MC, but most of the damage came from a combination of stifling defense and a cold shooting night for LB.

"They played really good man defense. We did get some shots off, about 40 or 50, which is about average," Crosby said. "But if we're not making any, it doesn't look good. Our shots were from the 3-point line, or 20 feet out. They were getting the high percentage shots."

MC's swarming defense led to a lot of fast-break points, and the wind was taken out of LB's sails long before the first half ended with a 40-8 MC lead.

"I think they gained a lot of experience," Crosby said. "When you play a good team like Modesto Christian, it puts it in perspective where we need to be as a team, and some of the things we need to do better."

Guard Jacquelin Arretche led the Tigers with 9 points.

The Tigers advanced to the championship with a 47-40 semifinal win over Chowchilla, which lost to Calaveras in the third-place game. Alexis Barcellos drained six 3-pointers on her way to 25 points in the win, and Arretche added 12 points.

Chowchilla may get another shot at LB this weekend in the Chowchilla Tournament. LB, the tournament's returning champion, began play Thursday against Mendota (results were unavailable at press time).

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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