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Brawley hammers Vincent 81-54

January 09, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — For anyone who follows Imperial Valley boys high school basketball, it would have seemed that Brawley Union High's game against Vincent Memorial would be a severe mismatch.

Well, it was as it seemed, as Brawley hammered Vincent 81-54 here Tuesday.

Led by Mark Rivera, the Wildcats dominated the Scots in every facet, including forcing more than 20 turnovers.

While Vincent entered the game with a losing record, Rivera said he and his teammates did not take the Scots lightly.

"We still had to go out and play strong. We respected them … respect all, fear none. We take every game serious," said Rivera, who finished with a team-high 21 points, dished out four assists and pulled down two boards. "I think what did it for us was that we were playing good defense and were creating turnovers."

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Scots' coach Dennis Jacobelli echoed those statements, saying the Wildcats' defense stifled his squad and took it out of its game.

"Brawley's a good team. I'd say they're the best in the Valley. They're very well-coached, always have been, and they're a very disciplined team," said Jacobelli. "The turnovers really hurt us.

"I think this game, more than anything, was so we could test ourselves, like a barometer for us. If we didn't commit so many turnovers, we probably would have been able to score more on them," said Jacobelli.

Leading Vincent was Dominic Jacobelli with a game-high 22 points. Josh Martin added 10 for the Scots.

Brawley did just about whatever it wanted as it built a 10-point lead through one quarter. The Wildcats then stepped up everything a notch as their defense held the Scots to 13 points and their offense dropped 26 on Vincent in the second frame.

Things got a bit tighter in the second half as Brawley only outscored the visitors 33-29.

After taking a 65-35 lead into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats put away the game, and, despite a dunk attempt by Carlos Corral that clanked off the rim, closed the game narrowly by outscoring the Scots 16-14 in the fourth quarter.

"This was a good game because it allowed some of our younger guys to get some playing time. Also, it allowed us to see what we've been doing in practice," said Wildcat assistant coach Rahsan Overton. "Our hats go off to Vincent Memorial. They're coming along and they have a couple kids that can shoot the ball."

Next on the schedule for Brawley is the beginning of Imperial Valley League play Friday.

"With league coming up, you'd always want more wins under your belt," said Overton. "Everything is just day-to-day learning for us. If we keep it up, we'll continue to develop."

The Wildcats (8-5 overall) will play at Calexico at 7 p.m. Friday. Vincent Memorial (3-7 overall) will host Warner Springs at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Calipatria 53, Central 49

CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria High boys basketball team kicked off Imperial Valley League play with a 53-49 victory over Central Union High here Tuesday.

Ezequiel Navarro finished with a team-high 21 points followed by Vontray Taylor with 18 and Jorge Navarro with eight.

Central fell to 0-15 on the season and 0-1 in league. Vincent McSee led Central with 22 points, seven rebounds and six steals.

Central will play at Southwest High in El Centro at 7 p.m. Friday.

Imperial 71, Mountain Empire 48

PINE VALLEY — The Imperial High boys basketball team reached .500 with a 71-48 thrashing of Mountain Empire here Tuesday.

Danny Jones led Imperial with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks and Matt Taylor added 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Marwan Ratliff chipped in 11 points for the Tigers.

Imperial (7-7) will begin IVL at 7 p.m. Friday as it hosts Palo Verde.

Clairemont 75, Holtville 52

SAN DIEGO — The Holtville High boys basketball team fell 75-52 to Clairemont High here Tuesday.

The Vikings fell behind 21-6 in the first quarter and never fully recovered. Andres Quesada led the Vikings (5-5 overall) with 16 points, Eric Cueto tallied 14 and Jon Singh added 13.

Holtville opens IVL play at Calipatria at 7 p.m. Friday.

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