West beats Fulshear to snap 6-game losing streak

Marcus Gutierrez By Marcus Gutierrez

Jan. 12, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.

Bob Mejia knew what was at stake Friday night when Victoria West took on District 27-5A foe Fulshear.

The senior guard knew the Warriors had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive this season.

Mejia scored a game-high 12 points as the Warriors ended their six-game losing streak with a 40-27 win against Fulshear at the West gym.

"Going 0-6 is very heartbreaking," said the left-handed shooter. "We put in a lot of work at practice this week, and to come out with this win proves that we need to come out the next game even harder."

The Chargers (3-16, 1-4) led 9-5 after the first quarter, but after a slow start, the Warriors offense caught fire in the second quarter.

The Warriors (7-17, 2-3) outscored the Chargers 16-4 in the second.

The Warriors got off to a 9-0 run to start the second with back-to-back 3-pointers from Mejia, a free throw from Jacob Gonzales and a layup from James Riviera.

With five seconds remaining in the second, Mejia took off from the other side of the court and then stepped behind the arc to hit a 3-pointer as time expired in the second.

"That was amazing, and I'm speechless," said Mejia, whose points were all off 3-pointers. "That was a little payback from when I traveled in the first quarter. Stuff like that gets us motivated as a team, and it made us come out stronger in the second half."

"We were looking to set up Bob all night," said assistant head coach Hector Reyes. "We always tell him to shoot the ball, and that shot really gave our team a lot of confidence."

Mejia hit three 3-pointers in the second and scored all 12 of his points in the first half.

The Warriors took a 21-13 lead at halftime.

Jordan Fillmore drove to the lane for a layup and was fouled to start the third quarter. Fillmore made the basket and the free throw for a three-point play. Fillmore went to the line again after being fouled, knocking down another pair of free throws as the Warriors took a 26-13 lead early in the third quarter and never looked back.

"We are always going to continue to fight no matter what the scoreboard says," Mejia said. "We all play for each other, and we really are a family. We just got going in the second half and kept feeding off each other."

The Warriors defense only allowed the Chargers to score three points in the third quarter.

"Our bread and butter is our 2-3 zone," Reyes said. "Once our kids saw it working, they played more aggressive and we were able to get turnovers and it really got our offense going."

The Warriors next district game will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Richmond Foster.

"This does a lot for our team," Reyes said. "We went into the game and told the kids to play with no fear and play with each other. It didn't matter if you were involved in the game or not. This win will give us a lot of confidence going forward into district and we will look to hit the practice court even harder this week.

Notes: West senior guard Keon Boyd did not play in the game due to a back injury. His status is unknown for Tuesday's game.

Victoria West 40, Fulshear 27

Points - (Victoria West) Derion Green 4, James Riviera 4, Bob Mejia 12, Jordan Fillmore 5, Jacob Gonzales 5, Henry Ybarra 9, John Andruss 1. (Fulshear) Zach Coady 2, Blake Fletcher4, AJ Lee 8, Eric Pena 9, Cade Tourta 2.

Halftime - Victoria West 21, Fulshear 13. 3-pointers - Mejia 4, Pena 2.

Records - Victoria West 7-17, 2-3, Fulshear 3-16, 1-4.

JV - Victoria West 36, Fulshear 25.



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