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Thursday, Feb 13 2014 10:43 PM

West tightens grip on SYL, beats Golden Valley

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Early in their game Thursday Golden Valley's Treyvon Armstrong, center, and West's Jonah Broom, left, and Kenny Rogers chase down a loose ball.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Golden Valley's Willie Rufus tries to battle back but the ball bounces into the hands of West High's Malik Williams late in their Thursday game.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The West High fans like what they see as their team takes the lead late in the game against Golden Valley Thursday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    West High's Aris Banks makes a huge effort to keep the ball in play and in West's possession late in their game against Golden Valley.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    West High's Aris Banks gets a pass off as Golden Valley defenders close in late in their Thursday game.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Aggressive defense by Golden Valley's Eugene Williams, left, and Willie Rufus can't stop Malik Washington and West High from taking the lead late in their game Thursday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    West's Jonah Broom takes a shot late in the game against Golden Valley Thursday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    West's Elray Coleman goes up for a shot late in the game against Golden Valley Thursday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    West High's Elray Coleman storms up the court as Golden Valley's Eugene Williams, center, and Willie Rufus chase him down.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Late in their game Thursday night elbows fly between West's Aris Banks and Golden Valley's Tyler Watters, center, and Eugene Williams.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    West High's Malik Washington brings down a rebound as Golden Valley's, from left, Eugene Williams, Austin Toerner and Treyvon Armstrong get in on the battle Thursday night.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Intense 2nd half play by West's Aris Banks helps the Vikings in their game against Golden Valley and Treyvon Armstrong, left.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Golden Valley's Michael Dorrough goes up for a lay up in their game against West Thursday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Golden Valley's Willie Rufus intercepts a pass from West High's Jonah Broom in the 1st half of their game Thursday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Early in their game Golden Valley's Treyvon Armstrong battles West's Jonah Broom, left, and Kenny Rogers for control of the ball.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The game between West High and Golden Valley High intensifies in the closing minutes of their Thursday night game. West's Jonah Broom brings down a rebound and Tylor Williams is also in on the play.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    In the final minute West's Elray Coleman goes to the line as Golden Valley's Eugene Williams shows frustration as West takes a lead in their Thursday night game.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

Elray Coleman didn't miss 100 shots in the first half of Thursday's game at Golden Valley, but the West High senior felt like it.

That was of no consequence to his coach, Tye Hammond, and that paid dividends as Coleman hit two big 3-pointers in the final minute as West beat Golden Valley 66-64 to take control of the South Yosemite League race.

"Coach kept telling me to keep shooting the ball," Coleman said. "I was like, 'Coach, they're not falling tonight.' But he said, 'I don't care if you miss 100; I want you to shoot 101.'"

Coleman, who finished with 25 points after scoring 41 against Mira Monte on Tuesday, cut the Golden Valley lead to 61-60 with a 3-pointer from the right corner with just less than a minute to play.

Seconds later, he buried a trey from the other corner to give the Vikings (16-6, 5-1 SYL) a two-point lead less than a minute after they were down by four.

"I was a shooter when I played (at Bakersfield High)," Hammond said. "I could be 0-for-10, and my coach, Mark Hutson, would say, 'All I need is three 3s from you in this fourth quarter and we win.' It's the same thing with Elray, and he did it tonight."

Isaiah Mims and Coleman combined for three free throws to stretch the lead to 66-61 with 5.9 seconds remaining, but Golden Valley (14-10, 4-3) wasn't quite done. Michael Dorrough hit a long 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left, and Vikings point guard Aris Banks turned the ball over on the inbounds pass.

But then Banks harrassed Dorrough into a fumble on Golden Valley's last chance. Dorrough recovered, but his last-ditch 3-pointer came up way short.

"I was upset because my point guard went against my word there, and I gave it to him pretty good," Hammond said. "But then I told him he could be the hero on defense, and sure enough, he pressured that guy into a bad shot."

Coleman scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half. Malik Washington added 18 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks for West, and Banks finished with 11.

Dorrough led Golden Valley with 18 points, and Treyvon Armstrong and Austin Toerner each had 11. But the Bulldogs lost a 14-point lead early in the second half and were all but eliminated from the SYL race with just one game to play.

"I think we lost the game in the third quarter," Bulldogs coach David Gago said. "There were a couple of technical fouls I thought were questionable ... But we've played (West) four times now, and all four have come down to the wire."

West, meanwhile, has a one-game lead over Ridgeview (4-2 SYL) with a home game against the Wolf Pack coming Tuesday.

"It feels so good to know we're No. 1 in the league now," Coleman said. "We've just got to keep it up. We put up the effort; we go hard every day.

"If we don't have practice, we're at the park. That's the kind of team we are."

 

 

 

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