Pacheco boys score first cross-town win

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comJanuary 25, 2013 

Pacheco's boys basketball team cleared a hurdle Wednesday with a 51-40 victory over Los Banos, the second-year program's first win over its cross-town rival.

Now the Panthers (10-9, 2-4 in Western Athletic Conference play) are looking at a desperate shot at a playoff berth.

"Every year you're going to have this circled on your calendar to play Los Banos," Pacheco coach Tyrell Jenkins said. "We always want to try to get the monkey off your back and get a little respect around here, and it goes through them.

"It feels great. It really does. Right now playoffs are a far distance for me. I'm living in the moment."

Pacheco's defense caused trouble early, giving up just one Los Banos bucket in the first quarter, and the offense took over in a 21-point second quarter.

Los Banos (4-15, 1-5) closed the gap to 10 points midway through the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Isaac Ruiz -- a junior who played his freshman year with Pacheco.

"It means a lot. It's this cross-town rival. It's just great fun," said Pacheco guard Daniel Marquez, who led the field with 19 points. "It feels good. I can't wait to face them again. I'm already thinking about it, but I feel next time it should be by more."

While Los Banos spread the scoring around, most of Pacheco's points came from its guard duo of Marquez (19 points) and Edgar Iglesias (16 points). The Panthers' swing passes around the perimeter left shooters open.

"The plan was just getting through our sets. If we run our sets, not many teams can guard us," Marquez said. "We get a lot of teams lost, especially if they go man to man. If they go zone, we get each other wide open shots."

Delvonte Moore led the Tigers with 11 points. Teammate Joel Marshall scored all 8 of his in the second half.

Each time LB closed the gap to 10 points, either Iglesias or Marquez struck from beyond the arc, and the Tigers lost a key piece inside when sophomore Alec Barcellos fouled out with 4:56 remaining. The loss was key given Pacheco's gameplan of taking away LB's inside game.

"We knew in this game that they had some athletes that could do some things, but we tried to play the percentage," Jenkins said. "Are they going to do that 100 percent of the time, 40 percent of the time? Shooting 3s, some of their guards can, but most of their athletic guys take it to the basket."

A Marquez 3 gave Pacheco an insurmountable 48-33 lead at the 3:24 mark.

"He's just riding a streak. He's a senior who doesn't want to stop playing," Jenkins said. "I've got to give it to the whole team, because this is Los Banos. Everybody wants to make their name here, and a lot of people sacrificed for Daniel to get shots off."

The rivals will meet again near the end of the regular season, and Pacheco hopes it will have a shot at the team's first playoff berth.

"Having nothing to lose, I think they're going to come out with guns blazing," Jenkins said. "It's one of their last games, some of their seniors will be their last time playing in the Pacheco rivalry, so they're probably going to press a little more."

With the first round of league play over, both teams now prepare for a second look at each squad.

"We know we have only one more game to lose, and that's what made us pick it up," Marquez said. "We had a team meeting last week, and that changed a lot in practice and everything. It went from a lot of messing around to everybody changed real quick."

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at

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