The West High boys basketball team came out hot in the first quarter of Monday’s game against visiting Patterson High and then finished with a 68-67 loss after the Wolf Pack gave way to Patterson’s aggressive rebounding and inside shooting.
The Patterson Tigers (5-3) responded to West’s (7-4) 24-5 first-quarter lead by outscoring the Pack 25-13 in the second quarter, mostly on inside shots by Patterson senior Kevin Phelps. Phelps scored a game-high 30 points and dominated the inside of the key as the Tigers also outrebounded West through the second half.
“They outplayed us the rest of the way,” West coach Derek Sprecksel said. “No excuses. They deserved it.”
By the end of the third quarter, the Tigers had a 47-46 lead. West kept it close with three 3-point shots for senior Elijah Tuando, who scored 14 points for the night. West was back in the lead toward the end of the fourth quarter, but the Tigers exploited two West turnovers for scores to pull ahead at the end.
Senior Isaiah Grady was West’s leading scorer with 14 points. Sophomore Ephraim Estell scored 12, and senior Ashiko Morgan scored 10.