Dos Palos boys win tournament's silver bracket

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

In its second year, the Los Banos Invitational expanded to 14 teams, allowing the directors to add Pacheco as a host and split into a gold bracket and a silver bracket.

Then Dos Palos came in and ruined Pacheco's day with a 54-37 win over the hosts in the silver bracket championship Saturday at Pacheco High.

"It was really important because it's a great way to start off the season," Dos Palos coach Megan Grijalva said. "We didn't see any of these teams last year other than Pacheco."

After trailing early, Pacheco fought back to a 6-point deficit several times in the third quarter, the last on a Geor-cion Hymes bucket, before the Broncos pulled away in the fourth.

"We always make changes, especially based on the defense they're running, who's hot, who's not," Grijalva said. "But the girls have a lot of heart, and they see those number coming down and they know they have to pull it through."

Hymes and DP's Emelee Croninger tied for the game high with 14 points apiece, but the Broncos' depth was too much for Pacheco. A 10-2 DP run finished the game.

Dos Palos reached the finals after defeating Denair 48-11 in the first round, then Le Grand in the second round. Pacheco opened play with a 39-22 win over Delhi in the first round and a 46-23 win over Millennium in the semifinals.

The previous Pacheco school record for points scored was 41 (set the previous Tuesday in a loss to Orestimba), which Danae Lopez broke with a layup in the fourth quarter off a Samantha Rodriguez pass, generated off a Vanessa Guzman steal.

Following the tournament, Pacheco traveled to Millennium for a nonleague game Tuesday, a 38-20 Pacheco win. Rodriguez led Pacheco (3-3) with 9 points, followed by Hymes and Lopez with 8 each.

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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