At a glance
West 83, McNair 55
It was a key win for the Wolf Pack, but with only two games
left and with West seeking a favorable position in the Sac-Joaquin Division I
playoff bracket, every win is key.
West now stands at 6-2 in the Tri-City Athletic League, 18-7
overall, after a frustrating loss Wednesday to the Edison Vikings. The Pack
will host Tokay here next Wednesday and play league leader St. Mary’s in
“We’re playing for a lot next week,” West coach Steve
Thornton said. His team will have to work hard to win on Wednesday. If
matchup could allow West to share the league title going into the playoffs.
hopes to have the Pack’s senior forward Terrence Jones, the team’s scoring
leader, back by next week. Jones was out of both of this week’s games because
of an illness, but West was able grab an early lead Friday and keep it all
“We miss Terrance, no doubt about it, but we’re getting a
little extra from several other guys,”
said. He added that all year he has put his backup players in as much as
possible, so they can all score when needed.
“It’s nice to have contributions from a lot of guys,”
(S) West 63, McNair 52
After jumping out to a 22-4 lead in the first quarter, the
Wolf Pack were in cruise-control mode. Until the third quarter, at least, when
McNair pulled to within three points.
That’s when Patrick Phillips caught fire.
Phillips dropped 13 points, including three 3-pointers, in a
19-point fourth quarter for West to help the home team pull away. The win puts
West at 4-4 in the TCAL and 15-9 overall.
Phillips led the team with 28 points on the night, and
Dexter Alcala played a key supporting role with 15. Marcus Smith was solid in
The Wolf Pack’s next game is a Wednesday home contest
(F) Win by forfeit
West’s freshmen won in a forfeit after the McNair team failed
to show up in time for Friday’s game. It puts the Pack at 6-2 in the TCAL and
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