Pacheco outdone by Central Valley in second half

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comFebruary 7, 2013 

Things were looking good for Pacheco after the Panthers posted a 2-point halftime lead over Central Valley. But that was before the Hawks took a 12-point lead on their way to a 59-47 win Wednesday in Los Banos.

Central Valley outscored Pacheco 18-4 in the third quarter.

"They've got some good defensive guys," Pacheco coach Tyrell Jenkins said. "I think they really focused on defense, and we didn't execute so well in the third quarter, so they started getting stops and scores, and we kept giving up scores and no scores. It's a tough third quarter and kind of what brought it home for them."

CV's Ryan Donnelly did most of the damage with 26 points, using a combination of skill under the basket and long-range accuracy to foil the Panthers repeatedly. Guard Daniel Marquez led Pacheco with 11 points, followed by Edgar Iglesias' 9 as the Panthers went cold from beyond the 3-point line.

"We saw some things we wanted to take advantage of, and we just didn't execute," Jenkins said. "We wanted to run a lot of pick-and-roll, drive to the basket. (Kendall Johnson) and (Parker Griffin) were doing a pretty good job of denying Le'Andre (Wright) the ball, so we tried to use him to set picks and create an advantage for our guards, and our guards wanted to settle for the 3. When you're not making them, it shows."

Once Central Valley (10-14, 5-5 Western Athletic Conference) stretched its lead to 12 points, the gap stay static through the rest of the game. The closest Pacheco got was 8 points (46-38) on a Tarron Blackmon jumper with about 4 minutes remaining.

Jenkins pointed to the inside work of forward Paul Parks as one thing keeping Pacheco in the game.

"Paul has come into his own. He's been a real rebounding machine for us, but he can't do it alone," Jenkins said. "That's been our biggest downfall. You watch Central Valley, they've got some big guys, but there was one possession where the little guards were boxing out everybody and no one was getting past them."

The loss left Pacheco (10-13, 2-8 WAC) even further from the playoffs. The Panthers were ranked No. 26 in Division 3 in the Sac-Joaquin Section's power ratings released Monday. The top 16 go to the playoffs.

"I think we've been out of the playoffs for a while. We just wanted to finish the season strong," Jenkins said. "I think we had two (league) wins last year, and we wanted to do better than last year."

Pacheco has two more chances to get a third league win -- today against cross-town rival Los Banos and Tuesday at Patterson.

Pacheco defeated Los Banos 51-40 in their first meeting this year.

"I wish going into that game we had a win, some morale, but hopefully they can get up like they did the first game and execute," Jenkins said. "I'm very nervous about that game -- how we're playing going into that game. Confidence might be a little low, and hopefully we can get it back up."

JV wins by handful

Pacheco's junior-varsity squad held off Central Valley 40-36 in a game that came down to the last possession.

With 13.5 seconds remaining and the Panthers up 37-36, Pacheco guard Octavio Jimenez hit one of two from the charity stripe, then grabbed the rebound off his own missed free throw and laid it back in to give Pacheco its 4-point lead.

Orozco honored

In addition to recognizing its seniors, Pacheco also recognized its No. 1 fan -- autistic senior Cesar Orozco, who attends almost every sporting event. Athletic director Charlie Pikas gave Orozco a lifetime pass to all Pacheco athletic events.

Pikas also announced that, starting next year, the school will give a Cesar Orozco Spirit Award to each year's senior deemed to have the best school spirit.

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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