Victoria West come alive late for first win
A pair of Stingarees squared off Tuesday night in search of their first win of the season. In the end, it was the Victoria school that was victorious.
Victoria West (1-3) used an 18-point fourth quarter to defeat Corpus Christi King 50-42 in boys basketball.
The 18 points erased a 34-32 deficit entering the fourth quarter and were the most the Warriors scored in a quarter all season. West also scored 18 points in the first quarter Tuesday night to open up a seven-point lead against the Mustangs.
West basketball coach Pat Erskine is a 1982 Victoria High graduate. His counterpart, Sean Armstrong, was a three-year letterman for the Stingarees in the late 90s, before graduating in 1999.
Warriors post Darien Henry scored eight of his game-high 12 points in the first quarter.
Though the Warriors went through a three-minute scoring drought to start the second quarter, its defense didn't allow King to cut into the advantage. West only allowed a solitary field goal during the drought, which ended when Akeem Green made one of two free throws with 4:37 left in the second quarter to give the Warriors a 19-13 lead.
King cut the deficit to 24-23 at halftime. The Mustangs outscored the Warriors 11-8 in the third quarter behind a pair of 3-pointers from guard Stephen Nehr.
From there, the Warriors once again stiffened.
"In the fourth quarter we didn't show up," said King's first year coach Sean Armstrong. "We scored two points in the first 6:40 of the fourth quarter. We kind of collapsed and we did not play as well as we would have liked in the fourth quarter."
Freshman Ruben Trevino scored six of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. In all six Warriors players scored in the fourth-quarter outburst.
Nehr led King with 11 points. Matt Escobar scored eight, while Gabe Sobe added six points for the visitors.