The West High boys basketball team took three consecutive losses at the weekend Fairfield Holiday Classic tournament.
The tournament drew seven of last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section playoff teams and San Marcos High, which made the San Diego section playoffs.
West coach Derek Sprecksel said the Wolf Pack need not worry about early-season losses hurting their playoff chances, because this year’s Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs are based on league standings.
“With the new playoff selection system, it’s a good thing to play as many good teams as possible and take some lumps early,” Sprecksel said.
West (8-4) played a strong first half and then fell behind in the second half Monday, Dec. 30, in a 63-48 loss to Kennedy High of Sacramento. Kennedy overcame West’s 30-19 halftime lead by outscoring the Pack 27-8 in the third quarter. Leading the West offense was senior Kenneth Daye with 17 points, and senior Alvin Crenshaw scored 12.
West’s 61-58 loss to Antelope High on Saturday, Dec. 28, was a close contest all the way through. West came back from a 48-39 deficit at the end of three quarters, but the Pack’s chance to win ended with a missed shot with three seconds left on the clock. Crenshaw scored 18 points and Alfonso Brown scored 12.
The team’s opening game Friday, Dec. 27, a 77-67 loss to Fairfield High, was close until the final minute, when West got within three points of Fairfield. In the final 52 seconds, Fairfield shut down West’s offense and made its shots to seal the win. Daye scored 20 points, and Crenshaw and junior Anthony Ross scored 18 each.
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