The West High boys basketball team pulled off an upset win in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, beating No. 4-ranked Monterey Trail 66-61 in Elk Grove on Wednesday.
West (20-8, 8-2 Tri-City Athletic League), which came into the playoffs as the No. 13 seed, got off to a fast start in the first quarter to take a 17-6 lead over the Mustangs (19-9, 6-4 Delta Valley Conference). West held onto the lead going into the half but the Mustangs closed in during the third quarter.
“They’re seeded fourth for a reason. They were quick and scrappy,” West coach Derek Sprecksel said of the Mustangs.
“They had a good third quarter and it was back and forth the fourth quarter.”
Monterey Trail cut West’s lead to 50-47 at the end of the third, and midway through the fourth quarter the Mustangs made it a 56-56 tie.
Sprecksel said that senior Kenneth Daye, who scored 35 points for the night, scored a key 3-pointer as West took the lead back, and senior Alvin Crenshaw, with 14 points for the night, also helped the Pack hold the lead at the end. West senior Alfonso Brown added eight points to the Pack’s offensive effort.
West now heads to the Division I quarterfinals to face No. 5 seed Kennedy High in Sacramento on Friday . Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Kennedy beat Lincoln High of Stockton 96-90 in overtime on Wednesday.
Encina 89, Delta Charter 66
The Dragons’ season ended Wednesday at Encina High in Sacramento with an 89-66 loss in the opening round of the SJS Division IV playoffs.
No. 1-seeded Encina jumped out to a 24-9 lead in the first quarter. The No. 16 seed Dragons (20-7, 11-3 Mountain Valley League) kept up the pace through the second and third quarters, but Encina (25-3, 12-0 Sierra Delta League) outscored the Dragons again in the fourth. Further game details were not available.
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