FAIRFIELD — A fast finish overcame a slow start.
The Armijo High boys basketball team outscored West of Tracy 38-21 in the second half and pulled away for a 61-52 victory in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I outbracket playoff game at E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium Friday night.
The win earns 15th-seeded Armijo a road game against No. 2 Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove on Wednesday.
“We were playing tight in the first half,” Perales said. “I think nerves were definitely a part of it. We missed a bunch of layups and nerves had something to do with it. We just talked (at the half) about getting back to playing Armijo basketball, handling the pressure.
“We were getting outhustled in transition in the first half. That was one of the things we talked about. I thought we did a real good job in the second half. We limited them to 21 points in the second half. We talked defensively about giving up way too many points in the first half. We knew we had to do a better job (on defense), especially if our shots weren’t falling.”
After West, seeded 18th, missed two free throws with 4:21 to play, the Indians went on a 13-6 run to finish the game, including nine points from Barfield down the stretch.
Davontre Thompson finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds for Armijo, while Brooks wound up with 11 points and six rebounds.
Hayden Ordone led West with 20 points, 18 of them coming in the first half.
As for playing one of the best team’s in the section on the road in the next round?
“We’re just going to go play our game,” Perales said. “That’s all we can do. They’re the No. 2 team and we’re the No. 15 team, so we have nothing to lose. We’re going to go play our game and play our ball. There’s a reason why the game’s aren’t played on paper.”
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