Patterson gets scare as LB Tigers narrow gap

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comJanuary 10, 2013 

The Los Banos boys basketball team dropped a 64-50 road loss to Patterson on Wednesday, but not before closing a 24-point deficit with 4 minutes left in the third quarter to 5 points with a couple of minutes left.

"I think we went in a little bit intimidated, and I feel like once the game started we were letting the pressure get to us," LB coach Mike Bonillas said. "In the second half we went to a man defense. They were really standoffish in the zone. We played more man-to-man, and they wanted to play one-on-one stuff, and that played into our hands."

Los Banos played into foul trouble in the second half, with Delvonte Moore (who finished with a team-high 18 points) fouling out after LB closed the gap to 5 points. Teammate Joel Marshall spent most of the second half with four fouls.

"We were right there, and we got Central Catholic Friday," Bonillas said. "We can compete with all those teams. We feel like if we can compete with Riverbank, we can compete with anyone.

LB wins Friday

A box-out and a put-back gave Los Banos a 55-53 win over Central Valley Friday in LB.

With the score tied 53-53 and about 15 second remaining, LB took the ball after an errant Central Valley pass. Moore drove for a layup, and when it bounced off the glass and skipped past the rim, teammate Marshall was there, boxing out CV's 6-foot-6 forward Ryan Donnelly despite giving up 4 or 5 inches, to grab the ball and float it in.

"It was more of a reassuring fact that we're taking the right steps in the right direction," Bonillas said. "On Friday, we had won three of our last four. We were confident going in. We knew they had a couple of big guys, but we were better shooting the ball."

CV (5-10, 0-2 WAC) had a distinct height advantage, but it was CV guard Jaron Dickson who took control of the game late, raining five 3-pointers to give the Hawks a 53-46 lead. Dickson led all scorers with 21 points. But Moore and Marshall countered to lead the comeback for the Tigers, scoring 16 and 14, respectively.

"He's our leading scorer and our best defender," Bonillas said about Moore. "He's definitely our team leader. We have the athletes to do it. We just need to keep it up. Never let up."

CV played nearly flawless in the first half, committing no fouls on the way to a 29-23 lead. But the tables turned after the break, with LB hitting 9 of 12 from the charity stripe.

"I thought Dee Dee played a great game. He kind of took the game over offensively and defensively," Bonillas said. "That was just a good win with a lot of different people in the house. Some came to see us win and some came to see us lose, so it was good so send the right people home happy and the right people upset. It was a good atmosphere for the kids."

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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