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Hearts heavy again as Wolf Pack rally

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EastCountySports.com staff report

SANTEE – The West Hills Wolf Pack dug deep and rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit to defeat Central High, 56-50, at the Santana New Year’s Classic on Wednesday night.

West Hills was without head coach TIM BARRY, whose wife, STACY, is currently hospitalized.

“It was a grind with the absence of Coach Barry,” West Hills coach ELIAS TOTAH said. “Stacy is in critical condition at this time. She is loved by many, so all we ask is for everyone’s prayers, love, and support at this trying time. We were thinking about her and the Barry family.”

Sophomore KYLE DOBYNS had 11 points in the second quarter to help wake up the Pack.

“(We) made a couple of (substitutions) that sparked our comeback and managed to knock down shots and keep the game simple at that point,” Totah said.

Senior point guard MICHAEL TOTAH was brilliant, particularly at the free throw line, making 10-of-12 from the stripe in the contest, finishing with 12 points overall.

Dobyns finished with a team-high 19 points, as West Hills improved to 8-4 overall.

“(Dobyns) gave us superb mileage in the second half,” Elias Totah said. Michael Totah kept getting to the line and knocked down crucial free throws for us.”

Junior guard JAYDEN MORENO added 10 points to help the comeback.

“We got a huge contribution from guard (junior gaurd) ERIC LOZANO off the bench,” Elias Totah said. “He was a defensive anchor. The boys fought and put possessions together when they needed to.” 

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