Par­a­clete beats High­land in OT

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - From C1

time Warm­s­ley net­ted both free throws to seal the vic­tory.

With the vic­tory, Par­a­clete has be­gun the sea­son a per­fect 20-0, ar­guably the best start to a sea­son in val­ley his­tory. They be­gin what could be the tough­est league in the state on Wednesday on the road against Brent­wood.

“This is a very big win for us. We came in ready to go. I thought ev­ery­body did good. We’re ready to go in league,” said Cole­man, who fin­ished with a game high 23 points. “We kept the de­fen­sive pressure up and of­fen­sively we moved the ball well. I’m su­per happy for this vic­tory.”

The Bull­dogs (15-6) had an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally off shoot­ing night from 3-point range as they fin­ished only 2-of-21 from be­yond the arc. How­ever, they were able to re­main close and even­tu­ally send the game into over­time with their abil­ity to get to the rim.

“We came out slow, but I think we were able to re­group. We played some good teams in this tour­na­ment and it def­i­nitely made us bet­ter,” High­land head coach Tim An­der­son said. “Give Par­a­clete a lot of credit. They made more plays than we did down the stretch and they hit their free throws. There’s a lot we can learn from this loss. We had a cou­ple of hic­cups de­fen­sively, but they showed a lot of pas­sion to win tonight.”

Damien Guest made two free throws with 1:38 re­main­ing to tie the score 48-48. On the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, Par­a­clete’s Cameron Olive was forced to shoot an off bal­ance 3-pointer with the shot clock wind­ing down giv­ing the Bull­dogs back the ball.

Af­ter High­land’s Ju­lian Wil­liams missed a 3-pointer, Warm­s­ley was fouled and made two free throws to give the Spir­its a 50-48 lead.

Guest then made two free throws to tie the score 50-50. Warm­s­ley missed an off bal­ance shot and the game went into over­time.

“We re­ally wanted this dub. We came in con­fi­dent and pre­pared,” said Guest, who fin­ished with a team-high 19 points. “We played hard, but there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment. We have to back in the lab and get bet­ter.”

With the Spir­its leading 52-51 early in over­time, Cole­man some­how hit a base­line shot and was fouled. He con­verted the old-fash­ioned 3-point play to give his team a 55-51 lead.

Af­ter the Bull­dogs called a time­out near their side­line, Warm­s­ley stole the in­bounds pass and con­verted the layup on the other end to help build a 57-51 lead.

Mid­dle Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­onship Lit­tle­rock 58, Palm­dale 51

The Lo­bos ex­acted some re­venge against Palm­dale as the Fal­cons shot poorly in the se­cond half.

Palm­dale de­feated Lit­tle­rock ear­lier this sea­son in the first part of the Golden League sea­son. The two teams meet again at Lit­tle­rock later this sea­son.

“This is a re­ally big win. We played to­gether as a team. We play as a team and we win as a team. De­fense wins games and tonight we played great de­fense,” Lit­tle­rock’s Jabari Whi­taker said. “Our coach got on us at half­time and told us to play bet­ter de­fense. We want to re­build this pro­gram.”

Whi­taker led all scor­ers with 18 points and team­mate Yo­hance Sharp added 15. Sa­muel Caldwell led the Fal­cons with 13 points and Antonio Garcia fin­ished with 10.

The Lo­bos took con­trol in the third quar­ter af­ter the game was tied 25-25 at half­time. They used a 20-7 run to grab a 45-32 lead.

Small Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­onship

Cal City 82, Desert 78

The Ravens (16-5) de­feated arch ri­val Desert for the se­cond time this sea­son and took home the cham­pi­onship tro­phy in the Small Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­onship.

The Scor­pi­ons led 51-50 in the third quar­ter be­fore Cal City, which net­ted a to­tal of 12 3-point­ers, used a 16-0 run to grab a 66-51 lead.

Jaleel Walker hit a 3-pointer with 1:36 re­main­ing to trim the Ravens’ lead to 77-71, how­ever, Cal City’s Cameron Jar­mon con­verted a 3-point play af­ter be­ing fouled to put the game out of reach, 80-71, with 1:28 re­main­ing.

Walker led all scor­ers with 39 points and Jar­mon fin­ished with 25. Madetoneyo Mays and James Bai­ley each net­ted five 3-point­ers for the Ravens.

JOHN san­ders Val­ley Press sports Cor­re­spon­dent

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