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Mariners muscle through

Posted: Saturday, Jan 12th, 2013

San Lorenzo Valley Highís Ryan Olmstead (3) tries to get by Aptosí Cole Welle (44) and Luke Rossi (20) during the second quarter of their game Friday night at Aptos High. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

APTOS ó It started off with rebounding and putbacks from Antonio Andrade and Cole Welle. It ended with dagger three-pointers by Rewen Reyes.

The recipe worked as the Aptos High boys basketball team outlasted San Lorenzo Valley 75-62 on Friday night.

The Mariners improved to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League. They sit a half-game behind Soquel for first place in the league.

The win was Aptosí third in a row.

For San Lorenzo Valley, their hopes of winning a second consecutive game for the second time this season came to an end. The Cougars fell to 1-2 in the SCCAL.

San Lorenzo Valley scored six points early in the third quarter to close to within 39-37. Aptos responded with a 12-1 run to put the Cougars at an armís length from the lead. In the run, Welle got a putback, Ben Brenkwitz scored on a coast-to-coast layup and Antonio Andrade followed up with a putback and a baseline jumper to cap off the run and give Aptos a 47-38 advantage.

The Cougars didnít go away just yet, stringing together five points to close their deficit to 48-43. But the buckets didnít come easy, as Billy Mullins and Noah Perez each hit extremely contested close-range shots with 1:28 to go in the quarter.

San Lorenzo Valley got just one bucket in the final 1:28, as Perez hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.

The Cougars missed their first eight shots of the fourth quarter and finished the quarter 3-for-14.

Up 55-49 early in the fourth quarter, the Mariners went on an 11-0 run that finished off the Cougars. This time, it was Reyes who emerged from the pack.

Reyes sank two barely-move-the-net three-pointers in the 11-0 run as the Mariners held off a final San Lorenzo Valley charge.

Meanwhile, on defense, the Mariners didnít allow the Cougars to get a field goal until Ryan Barton hit a three-pointer in the corner with 1:37 to go in the game.

For the complete article see the 01-12-2013 issue.

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