Blazers battle tested heading into Polly Wilhelmsen
Golden West falls short to CVC 59-42 in final non-league game
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
VISALIA – It seemed Golden West was going to hand Central Valley Christian their first loss of the season at the end of the first quarter. However, that was before the Cavaliers took the lead in the second and never looked back on their way to a 59-42 win.
Golden West (4-8) and Central Valley Christian (7-0, 1-0) took a while to get points on the board. Golden West’s Michael Wessel scored the games first five points to give the Blazers the lead. Then before the end of the quarter Golden West scored a three pointer, giving them an 8-7 lead at the end of the first.
“For a player who hasn’t played much basketball in his life he has come a long way,” Golden West head coach Drew Hall said.
The first quarter result was shocking considering the athletic advantage CVC had over Golden West, but the Blazers running the full court press helped even the playing field.
“They are a big team and we wanted to try and neutralize some of that by making the game faster,” Hall said.
It worked for a while until CVC’s Jarren Myers went off in the second quarter. He gave the Cavaliers the lead, 13-11, off a three pointer. He added another shot-from beyond the arch and a drive to the basket as part of a 12-point run for the Cavaliers.
Golden West could only watch as their deficit grew each time CVC drove down the court. Abenet Abraham hit a three-pointer with a little over a minute left, but that only put a dint the 31-19 CVC halftime lead.
In the second half Golden West battled, despite facing a CVC team which seemed to just get better as the game went along. Nonetheless the Blazers fought hard to back into the game, and left a respectable score on the board. By the end of the third quarter Golden West only trailed by seven, 45-38. Unfortunately the Cavaliers height began to take over giving them multiple second chances on the offensive boards.
Golden West tried to counter their height by shooting mostly from beyond the arch later in the second half. It was too little, too late for Golden West and not even four three-point shots could change that.
“This was a very good, strong CVC team,” Hall said. “We played hard tonight, and I am happy with the way we played.”
Golden West enters this year playing of the Polly Wilhelmsen Tournament battle tested, and they will need every one of their bigs tonight when they face the Monache Marauders at 6 p.m.