West wins defensive struggle over East in overtime
Dec. 18, 2012 at 6:18 a.m.
Freshman innocence determined the latest edition of the Victoria East-Victoria West basketball rivalry.
West's Ruben Trevino stole the ball from Terry Kinney with 32 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Warriors just enough cushion to hold off their rival 34-31 Tuesday night.
"Being a freshman and being as innocent as he is, he lacks experience to pressure," West coach Pat Erskine said about Trevino. "We thought he would do well. .He played without fear. It showed several times."
Trevino finished with a game-high 13 points. However, none were bigger than his final field goal, which gave the Warriors a 34-30 lead with less than a minute remaining in overtime.
Others may have seen fearless play from No. 23 in red, but Trevino admitted the thought of playing the Titans, in the District 30-4A opener for both squads, was nerve wracking.
His nerves were not overwhelming to the point where he couldn't produce, as he scored the first six points of the game for the Warriors.
It took the Warriors more than 11 minutes to get those six points.
"I had to step up for my team," Trevino said. "This was an all team effort. We got a W."
When West (8-7, 1-0) took a two-point lead into the second quarter its coaches clapped and encouraged the Warriors to keep up the effort.
Meanwhile, the Titans trudged to the bench after the first quarter.
"I thought we did the job defensively," said East coach John Grammer. "We missed shots and we missed free throws. They outscored us 11 to 5 at the free throw line. We didn't make a 3-pointer."
Eventually, the game came alive in the second half. There were more field goals in the first 50 seconds of the third quarter than the entirety of the first.
West used big men Darien Henry and Chris Erskine to score 17 points in the third quarter and take a 25-22 lead into the dramatic fourth quarter.
The Titans warmed up with contributions from Xavier Ellis, Justin Shaw and Deondric Lofton.
Henry's post play was so effective in the third quarter someone on the East bench said "Darien is putting on a show on you all." Henry scored eight of his 10 points in the third quarter.
"We said 'Be Big' (to our forwards). We're not tall, but we have big kids," Pat Erskine said about the third quarter play of his forwards. "Darien is the one who stepped it up as far as low post play."
East tied the game at 27 with 1:28 remaining when Kinney stole the ball from Erskine at midcourt and passed to Christian Herring.
East (6-8, 0-1) could have ended the game in regulation, but the iron was unkind. That set up overtime with the score tied 27-27.
"We had our chances," Grammer said. "We had three shots at the end of regulation in the paint. We just didn't make the shot."