CATS WRAP UP WIN

Boys hoops: Mul­ti­ple Wild­cats score in dou­ble dig­its against Viewpoint

The Signal - - Front page - By Diego Mar­quez Sig­nal Staff Writer

In the first game of the day in The War­rior Clas­sic, West Ranch boys bas­ket­ball went up against Viewpoint at Bishop Ale­many on Fri­day.

Forc­ing a turnover on View­points’ first posses­sion, which re­sulted in a Clyde Seo layup, the Wild­cats played like they had some­thing to prove for four quar­ters and came away with the 65-60 win.

“We played well in mo­ments,” said West Ranch head coach Ron Manalas­tas. “Def­i­nitely not the in­ten­sity or level when we played Her­itage Chris­tian, but a win is a win. Guys came out and played big in cru­cial mo­ments.”

In the early go­ing, Seo and Rob­bie My­ers took ad­van­tage of their op­por­tu­ni­ties by us­ing their size and foot­work to get in the lane and cre­ate easy buck­ets for the Wild­cats, which gave them a 15-13 lead after one quar­ter.

My­ers missed a dou­ble-dou­ble by one re­bound, scor­ing 19 points and pulling down nine re­bounds while Seo fin­ished with two points, five

re­bounds and two as­sists.

“We were com­ing off a hard loss yes­ter­day to Her­itage Chris­tian, which I thought we could have beat,” My­ers said. “We played good yes­ter­day, but we had to come harder to­day so I had to step it up with all the hard com­pe­ti­tion com­ing.”

Try­ing to limit the num­ber of 3’s that Viewpoint could put up, West Ranch (7-4) came out in a zone to be­gin the sec­ond. As a re­sult, the Wild­cats gave up a num­ber of sec­ond-chance op­por­tu­ni­ties al­low­ing the Pa­tri­ots to bat­tle back within a point with just sec­onds to go in the half.

De­ter­mined to ex­tend the West Ranch lead, Deaken Stangl drove into the lane, spun and hit a two­pointer as the clock ex­pired giv­ing West Ranch 29-26 lead head­ing into the half.

Hang­ing around with their 3-point shoot­ing, Viewpoint (2-8) came out fir­ing, eras­ing the deficit in the open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond half.

Pick­ing up where he left off at the end of the first half, Stangl took mat­ters into his own hands, uti­liz­ing his size and shoot­ing abil­ity to hit knock­down 3’s as well as driv­ing into the lane and us­ing the glass for the kiss.

“I just felt like my coach put me in a po­si­tion to be ag­gres­sive,” Stangl said.

Stangl fin­ished the night with 17 points.

Just be­fore the end of the quar­ter with un­der seven sec­onds to go, Sage Kita knocked down a half-court shot as he was fall­ing down to ex­tend the West Ranch lead to 48-38 with eight min­utes to play in the game.

“I was right be­hind him and I thought he was go­ing to pass to the left be­cause he usu­ally passes it, but he shot it and made it,” My­ers said. “It was a cool mo­ment.”

Viewpoint was able to make it a game in the fi­nal three min­utes as the Wild­cats opted to bring in their subs, but were able to keep them at bay to se­cure the win.

West Ranch plays its fi­nal game in The War­rior Clas­sic to­mor­row against Camp­bell Hall at 1 p.m. at Her­itage Chris­tian.

Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal (See ad­di­tional pho­tos on sig­nalscv.com)

West Ranch’s Rob­bie My­ers (5) drives past a Viewpoint High de­fender at Bishop Ale­many High School on Fri­day in The War­rior Clas­sic hosted by Bishop Ale­many and Her­itage Chris­tian.

Dan Wat­son /The Sig­nal

West Ranch’s Rob­bie My­ers (5) scores against Viewpoint High in the first quar­ter at Bishop Ale­many High School on Fri­day.

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