VACAVILLE — Different gym, same result.
Less that a week after thumping the Armijo HIgh boys basketball team 64-39 at JIm Boyd Gym, Vanden cruised to a 72-40 victory over the Indians in the first round of Vacaville High’s Honk Williams Memorial Tournament, Thursday.
“It is what it is,” Armijo coach Carly Perales said. “Having seen them last week, we knew what to expect for the second game. We were a little bit overmatched. They’re a pretty good team.”
The Vikings (3-0) didn’t give up a basket until Anthony Jones’ 3-pointer 3 minutes into the second quarter and didn’t give up a 2-point basket until Isaiah Stewart’s scoop shot under the basket nearly 3 minutes into the third.
“After the first three minutes of the game, the defensive intensity picked up,” Vanden coach Micheal Holloway said. “We were able to take control and keep control of the game.”
Indeed, the Indians (1-4), playing their third game in four nights were within one at 5-4 before back-to-back layups by Tony Terry ignited an 11-2 run to end the first period.
Six of Armjo’s first nine possessions in the second quarter ended in turnovers as the Vikings went on a 14-5 run, capped by Thomas Avent’s inside basket, to take a 30-11 lead.
“The first game they hurt us on the boards,” Perales said. “I thought tonight turnovers cost us. That allowed them to get open baskets in transition.”
“We understood what they wanted to do, trying to go back door, trying to get us to overcommit so they can get those backdoor layups,” Holloway said. “But our team did a good job being in help and not allowing that to happen.”
Having scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the second quarter, DeMarre Walker helped Vanden expand on its 37-17 halftime lead by pouring in seven points in the third. Damondre Wilson scored all six of his points in the period as the Vikings outscored the Indians 20-9 to take a 57-26 lead into the fourth.
Vanden featured balanced scoring over the final 8 minutes as six different players scored two points with Avent leading the way with three.
The Vikings enjoyed their biggest lead at 70-36 following a Terry floater.
The Indians shot just 11.8 percent (2 of 17) in the first half, 22.0 percent (9 of 41) for the game.
Vanden didn’t light it up, either, shooting 36.9 percent (24 of 65), but got off 24 more shots, the result of forcing 26 turnovers and holding a 46-28 rebounding edge.
After Walker’s 20 points, Avent and Rashad Fisher were next for Vanden with nine, followed by Terry and Joey Kuzbiski with seven.
The only downer for the Vikings was Kuzbiski injuring his knee in the second quarter. Holloway didn’t know the extent of the injury, but said the senior forward would have the knee examined Thursday night.
Stewart led Armijo with nine points, followed by Amrinder Bhandal with seven and Victor Caldwell with six.
Vanden plays the winner of Thursday’s Davis-Vallejo game at 8 p.m., Friday, while Armijo takes on the Davis-Vallejo loser at 3:30 p.m.
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