Foothill’s boys basketball team hasn’t faced many extended losing streaks in recent years.
On Saturday, the Falcons finally rallied to end one.
Foothill went on a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to get back into the game on the way to a 56-49 win over Legacy in the Las Vegas Prep Championship at Las Vegas High.
“Right when they took a seven-point lead, I had to call a timeout,” Foothill coach Kevin Soares said. “Because we’ve lost five in a row, and we lost because we were afraid to make mistakes, which in turn we made mistakes. I told them to just play to win. We came out, we went on that 10-0 run to get back in the ball game and built our confidence up from there.”
Legacy led 44-37 after a pair of free throws by Aidan Subira with 5:24 to play. Jeron Bodin’s 3-pointer started a 10-0 run, and Devon Erb hit a 3-pointer to cap the run and give the Falcons a 47-44 lead.
The Falcons led 50-49 coming out of a timeout, and reserve guard Kai Gamett slipped behind the defense and took a baseball pass from Mauricio Smith for a layup to push the lead to 52-49 with 38 seconds to go.
Gamett got free on another inbounds play, and again took a baseball pass from Smith for a layup with 18 seconds left that made it 56-49.
“I think there was just a little miscommunication on their part,” Soares said. “I subbed a better free-throw shooter in, and they just didn’t guard him for some reason. And we got lucky and got a couple layups out of it.”
Jonny Rolle, who started for much of last season, had 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots to lead the way for Foothill.
“Right before the game today I asked him to step up his game and help his team out, and he did a great job,” Soares said.
Bodin had 12 points, and Erb scored 10 for Foothill, which improved to 2-8 after going 21-7 last season.
“We are learning on the job,” Soares said. “When you’re in the public school system you go through stuff like this. So each day we just work on them getting better and understanding the game, the varsity-level game. Because right now, I think our mentality wasn’t quite at the varsity level.”
Tim Jeffries led Legacy with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Las Vegas 56, Western 52 — The Wildcats opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run and rallied to defeat the Warriors.
Donovan Joyner had 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and teammate Ronald Daniels had 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead Las Vegas.
Western took a 21-8 lead early in the second quarter, and Las Vegas didn’t take the lead until a three-point play by Eric Hill with 5:17 left put Las Vegas up 46-44.
Hill had 10 rebounds and Marquise Raybon grabbed 11 rebounds for Las Vegas.
Nakia Harris-Neal led Western with 19 points. Kwan Carter added 13 points and six rebounds for the Warriors. Carter had a pair of third-quarter dunks that pushed Western’s advantage to 38-33.
Rancho 66, Las Vegas JV 31 — Lamont Traylor had 26 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots as the Rams routed the Wildcats’ junior varsity.
Chrys Jackson added 12 points, eight assists and three steals for Rancho, which forced 33 turnovers.
Michael Hernandez added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Rams.
Basic 57, Hanford (Calif.) 53 — Kerry Keyes had 14 of his 22 points in the second quarter to lead the Wolves over the Bullpups.
Basic outscored Hanford 21-13 in the second quarter to take a 30-21 lead at the half.
Matthew Esplin and Trent Digiulio each added seven points for Basic.
Ryan Johnson led the Bullpups with 15 points.
Agape Christian (Fla.) 64, Valley 40 — Tyler Lindsay scored 20 points as the Saints rolled past the Vikings.
Agape outscored Valley 16-5 in the third quarter to take a 42-25 lead.
Juan Magana, John King and Roell King each had eight points for Valley.
El Toro (Calif.) 73, Chaparral 55 — Patric Schoen scored all 17 of his points in the first half as the Chargers defeated the Cowboys.
Schoen hit 5 3-pointers in the half, helping El Toro to a 44-28 halftime advantage.
Marc Silas had all 12 of his points in the second half for Chaparral. Samuel Porras added 10 points, all in the first half, for the Cowboys.
Woodbridge (Calif.) 71, Liberty 66 — Anthony Coloma had 19 points to lead the Warriors over the Patriots. Coloma had eight points in the fourth quarter, six coming from the foul line, to help seal the victory.
Vik Ghadi added 16 points, and Mitchell Rausch scored 15 on five 3-pointers for Woodbridge.
Dyllan Robinson led Liberty with 14 points. Cameron Burist had 11 points, and Logan Koch scored 10 for the Patriots.
Eagle Rock (Calif.) 67, Cimarron-Memorial 59 — Daniel Sebetich had 16 points to lead the Eagles over the Spartans.
Jeremiah Broussard paced Cimarron with 19 points. Ja’Don Brown added 15 points for the Spartans, including 12 in the fourth quarter. He hit three 3-pointers in the final period.
KeAnte Huddleston had 13 points for Cimarron.
Agape Christian (Fla.) 64, Valley 40
Basic 57, Hanford 53
Eagle Rock (Calif.) 67, Cimarron-Memorial 59
El Toro (Calif.) 73, Chaparral 55
Foothill 56, Legacy 49
Las Vegas 56, Western 52
Rancho 66, Las Vegas JV 31
Woodbridge (Calif.) 71, Liberty 66