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Brawley wraps up undefeated IVL season with win

February 15, 2002|By TIM YANNI

Special to this newspaper

Lafayette Lofton scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots as the Brawley Union High's boys basketball team ended an undefeated league season with a 62-47 Valentine's Day massacre of Southwest High on Thursday.

"It was a pretty good game tonight," Lofton said. "Coach (Phil Grant) told me, ‘This is your last (regular season) game (this year), so just give it everything you've got.'"

Brawley, which outrebounded the Eagles 24-14, led almost the entire game.

Southwest's only lead came at the 6:02 mark in the first quarter when Manuel Sarbin hit a lay-up. It ended a minute and a half later when Mark Rivera hit a three-pointer to put Brawley up 8-6.


After that, it was all Wildcats as Brawley led by as much as 17.

Brawley assistant coach Rahsahn Overton said he was pleased with the team's effort.

"They came together to do what they had to do to win the game," Overton said. "We got the ball into the people's hands who scored points."

He commended the performance of the undermanned Eagles.

"(Southwest) seems in great shape," Overton said. "It's got to be tough when you've only got six guys on your team. They wanted to win just as bad as we did. We just managed to put it all together."

Eagles coach Marty Zwart was not disappointed by his team's performance against the Imperial Valley League champions.

"Our kids competed tonight," Zwart said. "(Brawley's) the best team in the Valley.

"Lofton had a great game tonight," Zwart said, adding that Brawley's rebounding hurt the Eagles more than anything else.

Zwart and the Eagles ended their league season on a somewhat somber note but he is optimistic about next year.

"We have all our kids coming back next year," Zwart said.

Brawley, which completed its second consecutive undefeated league season, is looking forward to representing the IVL in the CIF San Diego Section playoffs.

"We're not going to change things," Overton said. "We play solid team basketball. That's what got us here."

Lofton agreed.

"Our team really wants it this year," Lofton said. "We're looking to go all the way.

"As long as we play like we've been doing, and maybe a little harder, we've got a chance."

Imperial 54, Calipatria 39

CALIPATRIA — Imperial High's boys basketball team earned a share of the Desert League championship Thursday with a 54-39 win over host Calipatria High.

Both Imperial and Calipatria finish the regular season with 4-2 marks in the DL.

Matt Taylor scored 14 points and had five rebounds, four assists and six steals for Imperial. Danny Jones had 14 points, nine boards and four blocks. David Thomas and Marwan Ratliff each added nine points.

Vontray Taylor led Calipatria with 15 points. Ezequiel Navarro added nine.

Holtville 65, Palo Verde 64

BLYTHE — Andres Quesada finished with 25 points and hit the key basket with 11 seconds remaining Thursday as Holtville High's boys basketball team ended its season with a 65-64 win over host Palo Verde High.

Palo Verde had a chance to tie the game with four seconds left but missed a free throw.

John Singh had 21 points and Eric Cueto added 13 for Holtville (3-3 Desert League, 9-12 overall).

Central 72, Calexico 58

The Central Union High boys basketball team wrapped up the season on a winning note, beating Calexico High 72-58 in Imperial Valley League action in El Centro on Thursday.

Leading Central were Vincent McSee with 25 points, 11 rebounds and three assists and Luis Robles with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Eduardo Santiago chipped in 10 points and three rebounds for the Spartans.

Adrian Maldonado led Calexico with 19 points followed by Alex Marin with 14 points and Chris Ramsey with 13.

Central finishes the league season with a 2-8 mark while Calexico ends at 5-5.

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