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Bruins edge Wolf Pack in overtime

West Hills' Theron Humphries puts up a shot against High Tech San Diego. / Vic Marano


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EastCountySports.com staff report


SAN DIEGO – The West Hills boys varsity basketball team was so close to getting a really good win on the road, but it was not meant to be, as the Wolf Pack lost to High Tech San Diego, 50-47, in overtime on Tuesday.

Things got defensive late in the game and the score was tied 43-all heading into the extra session.

“We had an opportunity in regulation as we got a stop with eight seconds left and pushed it to the frontcourt only to lose the ball as we were going to the basket and as the fourth quarter ended,” West Hills head coach Tim Barry said.

Jake Partington had a three-pointer in the fourth quarter for West Hills.

Jake Kelly led the Wolf Pack with 11 points, while Luke Gibson finished with 10 points, including one of West Hills’ two field goals in overtime.

Zeid Salem and Partington both finished with nine points.

West Hills looked like the stronger team early, building a 15-7 lead in the first quarter. Kelly scored five points in the first quarter and had nine points at halftime.

However, it was High Tech’s Farai Sibanda, a junior, that led his team back in the game, scoring all of his 17 points in the second and third quarters combined.

“We played really strong defensively again and limited their really good point guard (senior Luke Beasley) to 11 points but just did not finish well tonight,” Barry said. “We did not power up strong and the game was very physical. To beat teams like this it’s a must to finish at the rack or get to the free-throw line. We let an important win within D3 slip away but back to work.”

The Pack seemed to have it figured out in the fourth, as HTSD scored just two points in the fourth quarter.

Beasley hit a key three-pointer in overtime for the Storm.

High Tech San Diego is 7-2 while the Wolf Pack fell to 7-4. The teams are rated very closely in the early Division III power ratings.


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