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Goetz gives Valencia big lift

first_img As did Goetz, who made a clutch pair of free-throws with :27 second left to give the Vikings a 54-52 lead and K.C. Arbogast made another two for the final margin of victory. “I’m used to being at the line with the pressure on me at the end of the game,” Goetz said. “Guys tend to do things differently in those situations. I’ve shot thousands of free-throws. I just did things as I normally do.” Rincon, averaging a team-high 15 points per game for the Cowboys, was held to just one basket in the first half. The senior scored 13 after intermission, including nine in the fourth quarter. Guidroz finished with 10, including three 3-pointers. Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 6-foot-5 Valencia senior scored six of his game-high 21 points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter as the Vikings defeated the visiting Cowboys, 56-52, in a Foothill League game to move into a three way tie for first-place with Canyon and Burroughs of Burbank, a 69-60 winner over Burbank on Tuesday. “Teddy is our captain, our leader. He’s the go-to-guy,” Valencia coach Robert “Rocket” Collins said. “This was a must win for us.” The Canyon High boys’ basketball team was resilient Tuesday, battling back from a 13-point halftime deficit and an eight-point disadvantage at the outset of the fourth quarter. Each time, however, the comeback attempt failed, due in large part to Teddy Goetz. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Canyon (13-7, 3-1), ranked No. 14 by the Daily News, went on a six-point run to open the second half, and had a chance to cut the deficit even more, but missed an opportunity inside. Goetz responded with a pull-up jumper to give his team a 36-26 lead at the 3:16 mark of the third quarter. A Jason Nicholson 3-pointer a minute later extended the advantage to 12 points for the Vikings (15-4, 3-1), ranked No. 13. Lucas Guidroz and Kris Rincon kept Canyon close. Guidroz hit a 3-pointer and made one of two free-throws to cut the deficit to 41-34 with less than :45 seconds remaining in the third. Rincon converted a layup with 5:12 left in the fourth to make it a 46-44 game. Goetz hit a jumper on the Vikings next possession only to watch Guidroz bury a 3-pointer the next time down the floor. Rincon tied the game at 52-52 with 1:20 left on the clock. “My guys showed some character,” Canyon coach Phillips said. last_img

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