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Wolf Pack pull away from visiting Clairemont




By Chris Davis 
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SANTEE – In the final tune-up before Grossmont Conference play begins, the West Hills Wolf Pack put the Grossmont Hills league on notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with.


On Monday (Jan. 4), the Wolf Pack (9-3) more than doubled Clairemont High by a 78-34 final that included every single player scoring at least one point.


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KYLE RUIZ (15), BRYCE PARSONS (13) and MARQUELL COOL (12) all scored in double figures for the hosts.


West Hills stomped on the gas pedal at the start of the night, and didn’t let up until the final horn.  The Black, Blue and Silver scored the first 10 points before Clairemont finally got on the board.  For the quarter, the Wolf Pack scored 25 points to the Chieftains four.  Cool and Parsons combined for 14 of the Wolf Pack’s first quarter points.


Three of the five West Hills’ starters played all but the final 30 seconds of the quarter.  The other two starters played the first 12 and a half minutes of the game.


In the second quarter, the Wolf Pack slowed down a bit, but not by much, scoring 19 points in the second frame.  The Chieftains did their best to keep pace, but couldn’t do so as they only put up 11.  At the break, the score was 44-15.


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The Wolf Pack’s Marquell Cool scores on a layup Monday night against Clairemont in Santee.

Clairemont was the most competitive in the third quarter as they put 15 points on the board, the only problem was that West Hills put 20 on the board.  It was looking like the entire fourth quarter would be running clock, but in the words of Lee Corso of ESPN, “Not so fast my friend!”  The score was 64-30.  For a running clock in the fourth quarter to happen, the scoring differential has to be 40 points.


It took West Hills three and a half minutes to get to that magic mark.  After Clairemont scored a bucket, the Wolf Pack came right back at them and scored a basket to keep it at 40.  So with 4:04 left in the game, the Wolf Pack finally got to the mark for good.


The referees whistled for a timeout that they thought Clairemont had called. The Chieftains didn’t actually call the timeout, but took it anyway.  After the timeout, the referees instructed the clock operator to run it.  When the dust settled in the quarter, West Hills paced the segment with a 14-4 score.


The Wolf Pack will travel to Granite Hills to begin the cross-over portion of the Grossmont Conference schedule.


West Hills:  Kyle Ruiz 14 (3 reb, 3 stl, 3 ast), Bryce Parsons 13 (8 reb, 3 stl, 2 ast), Marquell Cool 12 (5 reb, 4 stl, 3 ast, 1 blk), Cameron Barry 6 (8 reb, 1 stl, 2 ast), Cesar Curet 6 (2 reb, 2 ast), Miguel Nava 6 (1 reb, 1 ast), Nathan Ball 6 (1 ast), Spencer Moyer 4 (2 reb, 2 stl, 2 ast, 1 blk), Chris Moyer 2 (4 reb, 2 blk), Scott Wheeler 4 (2 stl, 2 ast), D’Ante Hill 2 (2 reb, 1 stl, 2 ast), Marco Ovies 2 (5 ast), Nelson Zoree 1 (1 reb).

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