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Warriors survive late St. Joseph rally (w/gallery, video)

By Keldy Ortiz
Dec. 3, 2013 at 6:03 a.m.

Victoria West's Isaac Simmons, bottom left, gets the ball to his teammate, Chris Erskine, right, as St. Joseph players pile on Simmons in an attempt to steal the ball.

When it came down to making key shots for Victoria West, Ruben Trevino answered the call.

The sophomore made two points in the final minute to give the Warriors (1-4) their first win of the season in a 42-39 victory over St. Joseph.

After Trevino scored the two points, junior Isaac Simmons made two key free throws to stop the Flyers (4-3) in their tracks. A final effort by the Flyers to send to the game to overtime was not converted at the final buzzer.

"He's been doing that for the last two years," said Warriors coach Pat Erskine about Trevino. "He's really struggled. He spent some time in the film room the last couple of weeks looking at game film. It was big for him, big for us."

Trevino explained Tuesday's win was a team effort. Though he assisted when needed, he knew the whole team contributed to the overall victory.

"It's our first win as a whole team," Trevino said. "It's very big."

In his second year on the varsity team, Trevino struggled through the first four games of the season, Erskine said. Simmons saw the effort made by Trevino to get back into rhythm Tuesday night and knew it was a matter of time for Trevino.

"He hasn't done too much over the past few games," Simmons said. "He's trying to get his shot back. For him to get that was good for him."

After the Warriors controlled the first half offensively and defensively, the Flyers came back and took the lead going into the fourth quarter. Flyers coach Abraham Garcia credited his team's defense for the comeback.

"We just picked up the defense," Garcia said. "I really thought the guys came out to win the game, and they played hard."

Unfortunately for the Flyers, missed free throws in the fourth quarter hurt them when the game clock ran down to zero, and they didn't come out with the victory.

"It's been one of our things all year," Garcia said. "When you get down in free throws, you kind of hit that streak when you don't make some, and it kind of gets in your head a little bit."

Erskine wasn't surprised the game came down to free throws.

"Our kids stayed a little loose at times, and we got tight at times," he said. "We're young. You can see the youth out there. It's going to be exciting the next few years."

Tuesday night may have been a new leaf for the Warriors. Trevino believed the win will start a new trend.

"We just got our football players back. We haven't had a full team," Trevino said. "We got to come together as a family more, and if we keep practicing hard, we'll keep winning."

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