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Golden Valley boys press Los Banos into submission

With Alex Fletcher closing in from the front, Donte Scott crept in from behind.

The Golden Valley senior poked the ball away from Los Banos' Andrae Jones straight into Fletcher's hand.

And like that...

GV was off and running.

Fletcher made a beeline up the court before splitting two LB defenders with a bounce pass, setting up Scott for an easy layup.

As well as Golden Valley can execute its half-court sets, Keith Hunter's boys are at their best in transition.

Los Banos saw it first hand on Friday night as GV's pressure defense led to a flurry of layups and wide-open 3-pointers.

LB had no response and Golden Valley ran away with a 63-48 victory.

"When we play good defense it creates space for us on offense," said Fletcher, who finished with a game-high 19 points and four steals. "I think the loss to these guys last time was definitely in our minds and we gave a better effort tonight."

GV left no doubt, seizing immediate control of the game.

Los Banos struggled to even get into its half-court sets thanks to a quick and unrelenting GV press.

GV forced six first-quarter turnovers and raced out to a 22-2 lead.

"We couldn't match their intensity tonight," Los Banos coach Joe Barcellos said. "They were just a step quicker. It looked like they they had six guys on the court and we were playing with four."

Scott had 14 points for GV and John Sykes added 12.

Jones paced LB with 13 points and Erik Martin and Rubal Sangha each had seven.

"The key tonight was we didn't slow down," Hunter said. "We came out at full speed in the first quarter and we didn't let up."

Central California Conference

GOLDEN VALLEY 68,

LOS BANOS 43

At Golden Valley

Los Banos 2 17 10 14 -- 43

Golden Valley 22 9 17 20 -- 68

LOS BANOS -- Javelle Beasley 2, Gerald Blackmon 2, Tyler Simmons 3, Rubal Sangha 7, Tony Faria 5, Andrae Jones 13, Erik Martin 7, Darrel Begonia 2, Jarrel Minor 2. Totals 17 3-9 43.

GOLDEN VALLEY -- Daniel Garcia 2, Scott Livesay 4, Steven Andrade 1, Richard Thomas 7, Donte Scott 14, John Sykes 12, Alex Fletcher 19, Justin Wootten 2, Garrett Hill 5, James Stockton 2. Totals 26 11-16 63.

3-pointers: Los Banos 6 (Jones 3, Simmons, Faria, Martin), Golden Valley 5 (Fletcher 3, Thomas, Scott); Total Fouls: Los Banos 17, Golden Valley 17; Fouls Outs: None. Technicals: Los Banos (Max Ornales)

Records: Los Banos 3-4 CCC, 9-13; Golden Valley 5-2 CCC, 18-4.

JV -- Los Banos won.

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