Livingston falls by three to Panthers

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comJanuary 17, 2013 

Pacheco's boys basketball team's last three games were each decided by 3 points or less.

The Panthers got their first Western Athletic Conference win of the season with Friday's 51-48 victory over Livingston.

The win came two days after the Panthers blew a close game late to lose 55-52 to Ceres.

"This one, it helps for morale, but as a coach it hurts even more, because we could be 2-1 now," Pacheco coach Tyrell Jenkins said. "We could be five games away from the playoffs. But any time you win, you have to take pride in it."

After Pacheco led most of the second half, Livingston's Brian Perez scored to give the Wolves a 48-46 lead with 2:28 remaining. After that, nobody scored but Pacheco guard Daniel Marquez, who nailed a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to put the Panthers up by 1.

"I think tonight he got more help. More guys made shots. But Daniel's been clutch since the Tracy tournament," Jenkins said. "He's a senior, and I think he knows time is short. So he's giving me everything he has. In the first half, I don't think he came out once."

Marquez, who finished with a game-high 20 points, then sealed the deal with a pair of free throws.

"I think he wants it so bad that even if he's dead-legged, he's saying, 'Coach, I'm ready.' I like his confidence, because it helps out the confidence of our team," Jenkins said. "We run a play to get Daniel some shots a lot, and that's one of the plays we ran down the stretch on the 3, because we believe in him."

Teammate Le'Andre Wright added 11 points, followed by Edgar Iglesias' 9. Livingston's Perez and Joseph Chavez each scored 11.

Livingston held a slight lead in the first quarter, but a Wright 3-pointer, followed by a jumper a minute later, sparked Pacheco to a 30-19 halftime lead.

Pacheco followed up Wednesday with a 62-60 loss to Central Valley.

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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