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AOW: Eagle guard sets San Diego Section record for threes

February 12, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN
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Sports Writer

When the Southwest High boys basketball team was shooting during warm-ups against Palo Verde in El Centro on Feb. 5, Bradley Goff had a good feeling about how he'd perform.

The 17-year-old junior had only played in two other games this season. But on that one magical night it didn't matter how many games Goff had missed, because everything that could go right did go right as Goff set a CIF San Diego Section record by hitting 15 three-pointers and scoring 45 points to lead Southwest to an 83-63 league victory.

"During warm-ups I felt pretty good out there. But it wasn't until halftime that I realized how well I was doing," said Goff, who missed games due to disciplinary actions. "A friend of mine on the team told me that I had like seven threes and to keep shooting. The rest of the team was behind me to keep shooting, so I did.

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"I never really expected to get as many as I did. I mean, it still hasn't really sunk in yet," said the 6-foot Goff. "But that night, it wasn't just me. The whole team was clicking."

Goff followed with a 23-point effort against Calexico High on Friday.

While the 23 points fell shy of his career-high 45, and while he didn't set any records, it was the timeliness of his points that mattered most.

Down by 18 midway through the third quarter, Goff and his teammates rallied to pull within three with under 10 seconds to play. Looking at a three-point deficit, Goff made a trey with one second left to force overtime, where Southwest edged Calexico 70-67.

"This whole thing is more mental than anything else. I know that if I have an open shot, I'm going to take it. And in those games, I had open shots and my team was totally behind me to take them, so I took them."

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