WEB EXCLUSIVE: Hoops top-seed too quick for Jaguar boys
Going into their Boys Class 4A State Tournament game at top-seeded Roswell High, the Valencia boys knew they had a tough assignment.
But knowing what you’re up against doesn’t always help you, and that was the case Saturday as the host Coyotes ran past the Jaguars 79-41 to end Valencia’s season at 10-19.
“You can look a film and hear things from other coaches, and really prep for it, but you have to just go through it,” said VHS coach Hamilton Doyle, saying the match-up problems the Jags had with Roswell’s big guards was the key to the game.
“Their guards were a lot bigger and quicker than ours,” he said. “And our guards have had problems breaking the press. It was just their speed and athleticism that gave us a lot of problems.”
Valencia’s post players, senior Josh Baca and junior Garrett Gibson, scored the lion’s share of the Jaguars’ points, notching 21 points and 11 points, respectively, in the game.
But Valencia fell behind 27-11 and never got their offense on track consistently.
The Jags lose six seniors from this year’s squad, including impact players Baca, Josh Doyle and Jordan Baca as well as top reserves D.J. Heybourne and Jason McLung.
Doyle had high praise for his seniors.
“This group of seniors sacrificed a lot,” Doyle said. “But I told them after the game they should hold their head’s high because they paved the way and built the foundation for us, they paved the way for guys like Garrett and Quentin (Wanstall) to continue on as seniors next season.”
Valencia managed to double their win total from last season to this, winning 10 versus 5 wins last season, which was a big accomplishment, Doyle said, as well as nothcing quality wins over schools like Mayfield and Belen.
“Our goal was to make state and we accomplished our goal,” Doyle said. “So these kids should be proud.”