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Boys basketball: Deja vu all over again for Vincent

December 05, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — The Vincent Memorial High boys basketball team's game against Holtville High here Tuesday was like deja vu.

A week ago at Imperial, Vincent, in its season opener, held what seemed a safe double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter only to see it slip away.

Up 54-44 going into the fourth quarter Tuesday, the Scots were primed to pick up their first win of the year in their home opener. But just like last week, Vincent could not close the game and Holtville stole it, winning 72-67.

"There's no more moral victories for us. We have the pieces in place and I think we could have a pretty good team," said Scots' coach Dennis Jacobelli. "What it is, is that I think some of the guys still have last year in their minds when we didn't win a game. So it's probably 90 percent mental. When we have a lead, we just have to learn to win games."


At one point in the third quarter Vincent (0-2) held a 20-point advantage, 54-34. Holtville then outscored the Scots 28-8 in a nine-minute span over the third and fourth quarters.

Leading the Vikings' comeback were Eric Cueto and Andres Quesada, combining for 20 points in that run.

"We were just very erratic at the beginning of this game and weren't running our offense very well," said Quesada, who finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds. "But all we needed to do was just calm down in the second half. When we calmed ourselves down we were able to work our way back in the game.

"I felt like we played a really good team. I was really surprised with how well they played. In the end, though, we just kept our intensity up and we just kept on working hard," said Quesada.

While Quesada and Cueto, who finished with 17 points, stole the show at the end, it was the Scots' Dominic Jacobelli who lit up the scoreboard early.

In the first quarter Jacobelli dropped 16 points on the Vikings and had his team leading by 14. He was "contained" over the next two and half quarters, scoring only 18 more points before fouling out in the fourth. He finished with 34 points.

Despite Jacobelli's performance, Holtville (2-0) did enough to win.

"I think our defense finally tired them out late in the game. They needed to," said Viking coach Mike Goodsell. "Andres came up really big for us when we needed it. He was like our go-to guy. But along with him, there were a few guys that came off the bench who really stepped up tonight.

"Give Vincent credit. They played a really good game. They're a good team and they played us really well."

The teams play each other again at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Holtville.

Brawley 72, Cibola 54

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High boys basketball team had little trouble disposing of Cibola High of Yuma, winning 72-54 here Tuesday.

Leading Brawley (2-0) were Lafayette Lofton with 31 points, Mark Rivera with 15 points and Miguel Melendrez with 11. Carlos Corral added six for the Wildcats.

Brawley next plays at Indio at 7 p.m. Friday.

Calipatria 48, Antelope 33

CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria High boys basketball team kicked off its season with a 48-33 victory over Antelope here Tuesday.

Leading Calipatria were Vontray Taylor with 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals and Ezequiel Navarro with 13 points.

The Hornets compete in the La Jolla Country Day tournament beginning today.

El Cajon Valley 74, Central 64

SANTEE — The Central Union High boys basketball team let a five-point halftime lead slip away in a 74-64 loss to El Cajon Valley in the West Hills Tournament here Tuesday.

Up 36-31 at the intermission, Central was outscored 26-5 in the third quarter.

Leading Central (0-2) were Vincent McSee with 23 points and seven rebounds and Angel Fernandez with 16 points and five rebounds.

Central will continue play in the tournament against Christian on Friday.

Orange Glen 60, Southwest 43.

SANTEE — The Southwest High boys basketball team dropped to 1-3 on the season with a 60-43 loss to Orange Glen in West Hills Tournament action here Tuesday.

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