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December 22, 2013

Oxnard Wins Clash On The Coast

Clash On The Coast Championship:
Oxnard Yellowjackets 60, Pacifica Tritons 55

By Dave Keefer

Oxnard breezed through its pool play games but underdog host Pacifica made the Yellowjackets work until the final horn sounded to win the 11th Annual Clash On The Coast, 60-55, at Pacifica High on Saturday.

Oxnard romped in its three pool play games, winning by an average score of 75-45. And when they doubled up the score, 24-12, on Pacifica in the second quarter of this game, it looked like another easy trail for Oxnard en route to taking the tourney crown.

But Pacifica had other plans, and although they never led in the game, they had their eyes on the crown as well. They battled back and made this a barnburner that wasn't decided until the waning moments.

Tourney MVP Riley Nicoll opened the scoring by driving in for a bucket to make it 2-0. Pacifica tied the game on a layin from Daniel Moraga, but Oxnard led the rest of the way after Gabe Reyes got a putback to make it 4-2 at the 4:50 mark.

The lead grew to 8-2 after layup by Daniel Garcia and Oxnard led, 16-10, after the first quarter ended on a floater at the buzzer by Yellowjacket Chris Villanueva.

Villanueva opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to put Oxnard up, 19-10, and they had their first double digit lead, 21-10, after a scoring drive by Nicoll. Deondre Vines answered for Pacifica with a putback but back came Villanueva with another trey and Oxnard had its biggest lead of the game to that point, 24-12.

The lead was still twelve (26-14) after another drive to the hoop from Nicoll, but Pacifica began to chip away at the lead and slowly got the deficit down to 8 as the half ended at 35-27.

Reyes scored inside for Oxnard to open the third quarter and the Yellowjackets had a double digit lead again, 37-27. This was a low-scoring quarter as both teams worked hard with some good defensive pressure.

Eddie Galvan twice cut the lead down to 6 points, once with a three-pointer to make it 37-31, and again with a layup to make it 39-33. Alexis Carranza ended the scoring in the quarter with a layup to make it 41-37 as the teams headed into the 4th quarter.

Oxnard scored only 6 points in the 3rd quarter but got back on track in a hurry as the 4th quarter got underway, as the Yellowjackets threatened to blow away the Tritons. Reyes was fouled and sent to the line just 10 seconds into the quarter. Everything then started to go Oxnard's way, as Reyes made the first free throw. He missed the second but Oxnard got the rebound and Mike Golshani quickly scored on a baseline drive.

Then, as Taylor Kirkham was soon draining a three-pointer for Oxnard, his teammate Nicoll was fouled while the shot was in the air. Oxnard was already in the bonus so Nicoll went to the line for the one and one. He hit both ends and Oxnard was suddenly ahead by 12 again, 49-37, at the 7:24 mark. This was an 8-0 run in just 36 seconds.

And they weren't done. Villanueva added a beautiful drive and scoop for a score, then Reyes hit both ends of a one and one to make it 53-37 at the 5:53 mark. This completed a 12-0 run to start the 4th quarter and Oxnard had its largest lead of the game.

Pacifica didn't blink. Trey Williams banked in a jumper to stop the run, then Galvan followed with a three-pointer. And when Jerry Torres netted a 3-ball, the deficit was down to eight, 53-45, with 4:40 left in the game.

Golshani slowed the comeback by nailing two free throws to up the Oxnard lead to ten, 55-45. Galvan answered with a nice assist to Moraga for a deuce with 4:10 to go but later, Oxnard still led by nine, 56-47, as the clock ticked under 3 minutes to play.

Pacifica kept challenging the lead. Galvan fed Vines for a score, then got a steal and was fouled with 2:34 on the clock. He made both ends of a one and one and the Oxnard lead was down to five, 56-51. Reyes responded with two free throws for Oxnard but Vines got those points back after a drive down the lane made it 58-53.

Both teams struggled to score after that, as the clock wound down to 11 seconds left in the game. That's when Galvan got inside and tossed up a little floater to make it a one-possession game, 58-55. Pacifica called a quick time out to set up their pressure defense on the inbounds play for Oxnard.

Nicoll was quickly fouled and went to the line with 10.3 seconds to go and in the double bonus. One free throw would pretty much seal the win for Oxnard. But he missed the first and the pressure was on to make the second. Make it he did and Pacifica's chances now were pretty slim. Galvan got off a three-pointer with about 4 seconds left, but it missed and Oxnard's Nicoll rebounded it and got fouled with 1.2 seconds left. He made one of two to make the final score, 60-55.

Villanueva and Reyes both had 16 points to lead Oxnard. Nicoll, the tournament's MVP, was right behind with 14 points. Reyes was named to the All-Tournament team also. Galvan and Vines were named to the All-Tournament team for Pacifica and they led the team in points with 14 and 11 respectively. Moraga chipped in with 10.

Score by Quarters:

Oxnard---16-19-06-19 = 60
Pacifica---10-17-10-18 = 55

Oxnard (60):
3-Mike Golshani 4
10-Daniel Garcia 4
11-Taylor Kirkham 6
21-Chris Villanueva 16
24-Riley Nicoll 14
44-Gabe Reyes 16

Pacifica (55):
0-Eddie Galvan 14
1-Elvis Agustin 2
3-Trey Williams 2
12-Jerry Torres 8
13-Alexis Carranza 6
15-Deondre Vines 11
22-Mike Moraga 2
24-Daniel Moraga 10

We'll have a report online in a day or so of the third place game won by Malibu over Santa Clara, plus all the box scores of the other Saturday games.


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