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Braves Drops Second League Contest to Nobles, 56-50

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Alexis Baron moves the ball up court credit: Henry Montemayor

By Henry Montemayor

The Baldwin Park Braves dropped its second league contest of the year as they fell to the visiting Nogales Nobles 56-50 in a Valle Vista League contest Monday night.

Baldwin Park held the Nobles to only two points to take a 17-2 lead after one quarter.

“They have very good 3-point shooters there,” Baldwin Park coach Marc Hart said. “We did a phenomenal job stopping them in the first half.”

Baldwin Park was led by its do it all junior Alexis Baron who tallied 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal. Alex Delgado tallied 15 points, two rebounds, two steals, and an assist, while Drake Gullien added nine points, four rebounds and an assist.

The Braves however were only able to muster 17 points in the second and third quarters, as the Nobles were beginning to heat up, to take a slim 34-33 lead going into the final eight minutes.

James Santiago scored a game-high 25 points (including 13 in the final quarter) to lead the Nobles. He also added two rebounds, two steals and an assist, while Jalen Cosman and Chris Akins each tallied eight points, and Keith Bolden added six points as Nogales would take its first lead of the game with 7:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Both teams would trade baskets in the early part of the fourth quarter, but Nogales would pull away with an 11-6 run, capped by Santiago’s two free throws in the final seconds to put the game away. Gullien would score the final two points of the game as time ran out.

“We have a young team, and we made many mental mistakes,” Hart said. “Costly turnovers and costly defensive lapses in the fourth quarter is what did us in.”

Baldwin Park (10-9, 1-2) looks to go back on track as it hosts the Covina Colts Friday. Tip off time is at 6:30


NOGALES (56)-James Santiago (25), Jalen Cosman (8), Chris Akins (8), Keith Bolden (6), Jesus Orellana (5), Errol Romney (2), Bert Sheffler (2) BALDWIN Park (50)-Alexis Baron (16), Alex Delgado (15), Drake Gullien (9), Ricardo Higueros (5), Eugene Nierras (3), Edgar Lozano (2)


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January 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm