Paraclete beats Highland in OT
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.