Posted: Jan 09, 2020
The West Valley basketball team overcame a 32-point second half from Kobe Ordonio to hold off visiting Gavilan 90-87 in the Coast Conference opener Wednesday night.
The Vikings (10-6, 1-0 Coast-South) were outstanding in the opening half, leading by as many as 20 on their way to a 50-32 advantage at the break. WVC was up 13-11 at 15:30 when back-to-back threes from Devon Banks, a trio of twos from Ben Baker and a bucket from Adam Afifi fueled a 14-2 run that gave the Vikings a 27-13 lead with 11:57 left in the half.
After being held to only four points in the first half, Ordonio, who's 28.5 points-per-game is second in the CCCAA, caught fire. Personal runs of eight, nine, six and six points brought the Rams (5-12, 0-1) to within 88-85 with :12 to go.
Banks split a pair from the stripe at :22 and then drained two with 11 seconds left to make it 90-85. Gavilan had the ball under their basket with 1.8 to go after Kobe's brother Tahjae hit a layup and West Valley turned it over on a sloppy inbounds play. Leland Estacio stole the Ram inbounds pass to seal the fourth-straight win for the Vikings.
West Valley has a bye Friday and then travels to Hartnell Wednesday (1/15) for a 7pm game against the Panthers (4-12, 0-1).