Heronemus leads Apaches past Warriors
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 13:46
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Strong defensive pressure and a good shooting performance from Rex Heronemus provided a 38-29 South victory over cross-town the cross-town West eighth graders Monday at the Apache Wigwam.
Speed in the transition game turned out to be the difference. South was able to get rebounds , kick the ball to the sideline and up the court before the Warrior defense could get back to defend the basket which allowed for a number of lay-ups by the Apaches.
West had a size advantage in the paint with Hayden Coker, and South struggled to adjust for the taller Warrior early in the first quarter. Two baskets by Coker gave the Warriors a 4-1 lead.
But Heronemus was able to rally the Apaches, and South had a 9-8 lead at the end of the first period.
South coach Merle Chesbro tried to neutralize Coker with Sergio Borjas in the second quarter. Borjas started the scoring with a basket in the paint and was able to keep Coker off the scoreboard the rest of the first half. South extended the lead to 23-14 at the end of the half.
West was able to keep the game close early with three point baskets from Mershek Wiltshire and Devon Hall, but the inside defense forced West tot ake shots away from the basket, and South was able to control the defensive rebounds.
West tried to come back in the second half by putting the Apaches at the free throw line, and South only made five of 14 attempts in the final two quarters. But the warriors could not capitalize on the offensive end, and the Apaches were able to earn the 38-29 win.
“We played solid defense throughout the game,” Chesbro said. “Our shot selection was pretty good. We had some fast breaks that sometimes the shots went in and sometimes they didn’t.”
Containing Coker was a key to victory for the Apaches.
“We brought in Sergio (Borjas),” Chesbro said. “He’s a good physical player, and that made the difference. We wanted to sandwich (Coker) with one in front and one behind.”
By limiting Coker, South was able to limit the scoring opportunities of the Warriors and move the Apache record to 1-1 on the season.
“It comes down to where do we want to be at the end of the season,” Chesbro said.
Heronemus led all scorers with 16 points. Alex Bermudez scored nine, Borjas had five, and Pedro Lara and Bryan Lozoya each had four.
Coker and Wiltshire led the Warriors with eight points each. Hall scored five, Cesar Flores and Adrian Michel each scored three, and Miguel Beltran had two.
South will host Guymon today.
In B-team action, South defeated West 40-28. Giovanni Enriques led the Apaches with 18 points.