Boys Basketball: Farmersville’s third straight loss to Orange Cove ends season
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
ORANGE COVE – The last time the Farmersville Aztecs traveled to play the Titans it resulted in a three point, 64-61, loss. Last Thursday they had to make the trip again. Only this time it was an eight point difference 76-68 which the East Sierra League champions defeated the No. 10-seeded Aztecs by.
“This was a very high scoring game and both teams played hard,” Farmersville head coach Fabian Acevedo said. “They just had a little bit more left in the tank at the end.”
By the end of the first half the No. 10-seeded Farmersville Aztecs (18-2, 10-4) held a slim one point lead, 33-32, over the No. 2-seeded Titans (22-6, 14-0). The Aztecs strung some early points together to take a 37-34 lead.
A three point lead was the largest either team had during the quarter. Farmersville was able to get one back to 47-44 late in the third. However, the Titans ended it with a five point run to make the difference once again three points, 52-49.
Early on in the fourth quarter the outcome was decided. As the Titans continued to dominate the offensive boards they strung seven points together to make it 59-51. Another long point run happened just two minutes later. This time six points extended their lead to ten points, 66-56. All the Aztecs could do was chip away at the deficit to single digit points briefly before it was taken back up again.
“Orange Cove wanted it a little bit more than we did,” Coach Acevedo said. “But our boys played hard, and we didn’t quit. We just came across a team who was just a little bit better.”
While the sting of once again not making to Selland Arena will linger for a while the Aztecs looked to have made some improvements. The biggest of which is how they are taking the loss. In past seasons Coach Acevedo saw his team get eliminated, and not seem to care. After this loss however, it was very visible his players were disappointed.
“I have never seen that type of reaction from our teams,” Coach Acevedo said. “They are getting more emotional invested in this team.”
Two players who will get another chance to try and break through the quarter finals are Jesus Romo, and the Aztecs career leading scorer Raymond Paramo. Both of whom made an impact in the Aztec’s loss. Romo scored a team high 20 points. While Paramo ended with 11 points.
“Despite losing this season our players are now seeing a shot at Selland Arena as a real possibility,” Coach Acevedo said.