Tigers off game in 2nd playoff

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comFebruary 22, 2013 

The Los Banos girls basketball team's playoff run came to an end Tuesday with a 47-34 loss to No. 2 Colfax.

Senior Alexis Barcellos hit six 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, but no other Tigers got more than 5 points.

"We couldn't really make any shots. I'm not sure how focused we were going into the game," Los Banos coach Danny Crosby said. "Going into the playoffs, we needed more balance in our scoring."

Barcellos' long-range prowess left her ranked third in the state -- and 59th in the country -- for total 3-pointers made, averaging 3.2 per game.

"Like I said, I just wish we had a little bit more balanced scoring," Crosby said. "(Colfax) was more aggressive than we were on defense."

The loss left the Tigers looking forward to the 2013-14 season. LB loses a solid core of seniors, but brings up a winning sophomore team.

"I'm really looking forward to that JV team coming up, and hopefully we'll get a few more girls out," Crosby said. "We'll get more aggressive. We'll have more tournaments and less head-to-head games. Our goal next year is to be in the 20-plus win column."

Opener goes LB's way

The Tigers overcame a 15-point third-quarter deficit to survive their outbracket game on Feb. 15, 56-55 over San Juan.

A scramble for a loose ball led to a Los Banos inbound pass with 7 seconds remaining and the Tigers trailing 55-54. The ball swung around to LB guard Jacquelin Arretche at the top of the key, but when she pulled the trigger on a 3-point shot, SJ's Dominique Contreras was there to get a hand on it.

LB guard Alexis Barcellos was waiting for the errant shot under the basket, where she laid it in off the glass.

"We didn't draw that up, no," Los Banos coach Danny Crosby said with a laugh. "But I'm glad it happened."

Barcellos was mobbed by her teammates, but there was still 2.4 seconds left on the clock. San Juan inbounded with a half-court pass to guard Robbin Martinez, who caught it in the air and stumbled backward, earning a travel call as time expired.

Martinez was one of two catalysts for San Juan, torching LB for 15 points in the first half. Her teammate Jesse Enright added 14 in the second half. Near the end of the third quarter, the Spartans led 48-33 after an Enright layup.

"When we realized that (Martinez) was taking all those shots, we did a box and one on her, and Alyssa Luna was the one that did that," Barcellos said. "She was the one that got us back in the game with her passes and taking it to the basket.

"Everything we were told to do but everyone was too afraid, she started and we all kind of followed."

With Luna directing the point, LB chipped away to take a 54-53 lead on a Tiffany Liu free throw, but Enright put SJ back on top with about 2:30 remaining. Nobody scored again until Barcellos' game-winner.

"I really can't explain. We do go kind of flat in the fourth quarter, but I think it was the intensity and knowing that there is no tomorrow if we don't win, so I think they just had the energy to go. Alyssa came out and did an excellent job in the second half."

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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