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Armijo boys rally in 2nd half to win playoff opener, 61-52

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From page B1 | February 16, 2013 |

Armijo vs. West boys basketball

Armijo's Davontre Thompson grabs a rebound during the Indians' playoff game against West High School on Friday in Fairfield. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

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.

Trailing 31-23 at the break, the Indians (15-7) – especially Hosea Barfield – came alive to put away the Wolf Pack (18-10), pleasing coach Carly Perales.

“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.”

Barfield was the key to Armijo’s rally, netting 15 of his game-high 25 points over the final 16 minutes.
“It feels good, man,” Barfield said of getting the playoff win. “We had a breakdown in the first half, but we overcame it and somehow got the W. We showed a lot of heart. We never give up. That’s our motto: Never give until the final bell rings.”
The point guard’s play was what the Indians and Perales needed.
“Barfield is a warrior,” Perales said. “For a kid his size, he’s done it all year for us. He hit big shot after big shot in the close games that we’ve had this year. He had a rough first half. Troy Anderson had a rough first half, and both of them have been our leaders all year. Troy did it on the defensive end and Hosea did it on the offensive end (Friday night).”
Anderson finished with just six points and two rebounds, but recorded five blocked shots.
After opening the game on a 6-0 run, the Indians didn’t regain the lead again until the 5 minute, 38-second mark of the fourth quarter when Terris Brooks hit a layup for a 46-44 advantage. Armijo never trailed again.

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.”

Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.
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