The Brawley Union High School boys’ basketball squad hosted Vincent Memorial High in a highly contested back-and-forth battle between evenly matched teams Friday.
Both teams enjoyed leads and comebacks, but in the end, the Wildcats outlasted the Scots and pulled away with the 68-58 win.
“It’s a ten-point victory over a very, very good Vincent Memorial team. So it’s a great win,” said Brawley High head basketball coach Jeffery Deyo of Friday night’s clash.
Early on it looked as though the Scots fast-paced offense would run the Wildcats up and down the court with ease as they jumped to a quick 7-0 lead.
Finding themselves in a hole early, the Wildcats regained their composure and with a Casey Kline three-pointer were able to tie the game with five minutes left in the second quarter.
From there, the Wildcats continued their offensive assault, behind strong scoring from senior Kyle Keldson (21 points) and junior Adberto Lopez (14 points).
The Wildcats took a 34-24 lead into the half.
In the third quarter and early parts of the fourth, the Wildcats continued their offensive assault as Moises Lazos scored seven straight points to give Brawley a 43-32 lead in the third.
In the fourth quarter, Kieldson and Lopez got back into their scoring groove hitting clutch shots that seemingly put the game out of reach with 56-41 lead, but the Scots showed their warrior heart as they battled back from the fourth quarter 15-point deficit to cut the lead to five.
Vincent Memorial’s Fabian Arcienega offensively took over the game with highlight reel drives and tough jump shots, and finished the game with 38 points.
With little over three minutes left, Brawley’s Kline hit a clutch jump shot to end the Scots 10-0 run and gave the Wildcats some cushion as they cruised to the 68-58 final.
“Our guys are getting better and better every night out, we just need to get a little more experience under our belt, continue learning to play the system that were playing, and I think we will be very formidable before it’s all said and done,” added Deyo looking forward towards the rest of the season.
Up next the Wildcats will be at Coachella Valley on Jan. 12 followed by a trip to Yuma to face Gila Ridge on Thursday.