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Moody's zone defense too much for West

By MIKE FORMAN
Feb. 21, 2014 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 20, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.


WOODSBORO - Victoria West found itself in a zone it wanted to avoid.

A defensive switch by Corpus Christi Moody paved the way to a 59-52 Class 4A area playoff win Friday night at the Eagle Dome.

"They jumped into a 1-3-1, and we had fits with it," said West senior Chris Erskine. "We struggled with being aggressive with the ball, and it just got away from us."

The Trojans (20-11) built a nine-point halftime lead they never relinquished and advanced to the regional quarterfinals against Flour Bluff, a 76-67 winner over San Antonio Harlandale.

The Warriors (21-13) ended their season in the area round for the second consecutive year.

"We're right where we were last year," said Erskine, who scored 10 points. "We wish we could be further, but it just happens like this."

The Warriors took their final lead on a jumper by Gunnar Ritchey to open the second quarter. But Moody put together a pair of 8-0 runs that included 3-pointers by Gabriel Ramos, who scored a game-high 18 points; Kevin Mohamed, who scored 12; and Gabriel Gonzalez.

"I think what we did in the 1-3-1, as we talked a little about it in scouting, is we just didn't want to get in area where they could trap it," said West coach Pat Erskine. "We kind of went to those spots early, and we lost confidence in our attack. I thought after we kind of settled in and said these are the things we can get, we did."

The Warriors trailed 43-35 entering the fourth quarter but twice pulled within three points.

Chris Erskine hit a 3-pointer to make it 55-52 with 23 seconds left, but West didn't score again. The Warriors hurt themselves by going 3 for 9 from the free throw line in the final quarter.

"Every possession had to be something that we had to be in control of, and there were probably about four really bad possessions that we weren't in control of, and they took advantage of that," Pat Erskine said. "It took so much more time to come back."

Isaac Simmons scored 13 points, and Mason Marshall had 10 for West, which returns four starters next season.

"They started five seniors, and we started two juniors, two sophomores and one senior," Pat Erskine said. "When that happens, you've got to realize there's experience there. There are kids who have gone through some different tests. We feel it's a very sad thing to end. But it's a very unique thing that we have so many young people that we got to the second round of the playoffs. So it's a plus, even though it's a loss."

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