San G. hangs on for big SAL win

first_img “From where I was, I thought it was going in.” Both teams had to deal with foul trouble down the stretch. Spartans leading scorer Dandy (19 points) picked up his fourth foul in the final minute of the third quarter. The Hawks’ Joseph Richard picked up his fourth foul seconds after Dandy did and missed nearly the entire fourth quarter. Richard’s absence inside for much of the fourth quarter allowed San Gorgonio center Andrew Jenkins to make some noise. Jenkins had been held to five points and no free throws through the first three quarters, but scored seven fourth-quarter points. “That one hurt,” Smith said of Richard’s foul trouble. While the Spartans were dealing with foul trouble of their own, Stockham identified the play of Rodney Armstrong and Rodney Williams off the bench. “They’re not used to being in there at a time like that, but they gave us quality minutes,” Stockham said. At the outset, it looked like Arroyo Valley was going to drown in a torrent of San G. three-pointers. The Spartans made six in the first quarter and had 10 in the game. “We were taking what the defense was giving us,” Stockham said. Alex Jacobs had 12 points and Jenkins had 11 rebounds to go along with his 12 points. Charles Grays led Arroyo Valley with 18 points, while Green added 14 and James Sanders scored 13. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – It was the chance that Arroyo Valley coach Scott Smith was looking for. But in the end, San Gorgonio coach Ty Stockham got the victory he was looking for. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The victory means San G. (14-6, 3-1) can win out and still assure itself of at least a share of the SAL title. Thursday’s game was tight in the final five minutes, during which neither team led by more than two points. After Regis Knox’s basket for San G. tied the score at 63, Anthony Dandy stole the ball and put the Spartans ahead with a layup with 14 seconds to play. The teams called timeouts for the final time with 4 seconds to play. The Hawks (15-5, 2-2) inbounded the ball and found Green open near the top of the key, but his shot didn’t fall. “We were going for a three to win,” Smith said. “We didn’t like our chances of getting a foul called inside within four seconds. center_img Chris Green’s three-point attempt bounced off the rim as time expired and San Gorgonio held on for a 65-63 San Andreas League victory on Thursday night at Arroyo Valley High School. “This keeps us in control of our destiny (in league),” Stockham said. last_img

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