East County Sports

Pack gets city win over Sultans; Norwood scores 31 for Matadors

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By Adam Paul
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SANTEE (1-9-16) — It was a great night Friday (Jan. 8) as the annual Battle of Santee took place in front of a packed gym as the host West Hills Wolf Pack cleaned house against the Santana Sultans, 68-34, in a Grossmont Conference crossover game.

TR1_8923Tied 6-6 early in the first quarter the Wolf Pack used a 6-0 roll to take a 12-6 lead after the first period.  The second quarter was more of the same as the Sultans couldn’t get anything going offensively and fell behind more as West Hills put together a 20-2 run to lead 26-8 and would go on to lead 33-13 at the break.

Leading the charge for the Pack was the trio of MARCO OVIES who scored 13 points including 3 treys, BRYCE PARSONS who rolled a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards, and CAMERON BARRY who tallied 10 points.

For the Sultans, TRENT BAUGH was the only one to reach double digits as he tallied 10 points.

The second half was more of the same as the Sultans were stuck on 13 points midway through the third period. They were able to finally put points on the board but the Wolf Pack put up 18 points to lead 51-23 after three periods.

Santana tried to make a comeback in the fourth as they started out on a 6-0 run to pull within 51-29 but couldn’t stop the bleeding as West Hills put things away.TR1_8790

West Hills: Bryce Parsons 13 (10 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl), Marco Ovies 13 (3 reb, 1 ast), Cameron Barry 10 (4 reb, 2 ast), Marquell Cool 9 (7 reb), Nathan Ball 8 (2 reb, 2 ast), Kyle Ruiz 7 (2 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk), Chris Moyer 2 (5 reb, 2 ast), Nelson Zoree 2 (1 ast), Miguel Nava (1 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk).

Santana: Trent Baugh 10 (1 reb), Anthony Romero 9 (3 reb, 1 stl), Frankie Gutierrez 4 (5 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl), Cooper Mendoza 4 (5 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl), Noah Nunez 4 (4 reb, 1 blk), Mitchell Miller 2 (3 reb), John Bobof 2 (1 reb), Taylor Rivers 2, Daulton Barry 1 (1 reb), Dylan Brown (3 reb).

 – DARIAN NORWOOD was on fire in Friday’s (Jan. 8) non-league tussle against visiting Eastlake, knocking down 31 points, muscling down 12 rebounds, recording 4 steals and dishing 2 assists as the Matadors prevailed over the Titans.


The Matadors (9-6) used a 17-5 rush to register the come from behind victory.


“Eastlake led by 8 in the 4th quarter and TAJ TUCKER made a 3-point play to cut it to 2,” recalled Matadors coach JAY ROWLETT. “Then Mount Miguel took the lead and never looked back.


“Norwood and Tucker made some key shots in the 4th quarter,” Rowlett added. “On top of that it was a great defensive effort. We held them to 5 points in the 4thquarter.”


Tucker finished with 17 points, hitting a pair of treys and 7 of 8 free throws.


Mount Miguel:  Darian Norwood 31 (12 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl), Taj Tucker 17 (5 ast, 2 stl), Trevon Allen 4 (5 reb, 2 stl), Marquis Neal 4 (3 reb, 2 ast), Andre Cox (3 ast, 1 stl), Trannell Hudson (1 reb, 1 stl), Justice Chima (2 reb), Chris Thompson (1 reb).


— Bill Dickens

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