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Late shot boosts West Ranch over Valencia

Christian Ware-Berry's jumper with 2 seconds left wins game

Posted: January 28, 2014 10:22 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2014 10:22 p.m.

West Ranch's Chrisitian Ware-Berry, center, celebrates after the game with West Ranch High School students and teammates on Tuesday.

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Christian Ware-Berry says he always tries to picture himself making the biggest shots with all the pressure on.

On Tuesday night at West Ranch High, it all came to life when the West Ranch senior guard calmly sank a one-footed floater with two seconds left to set the final score of a 71-69 Wildcats win over the Valencia Vikings.

“For me to succeed in that type of situation is a blessing,” said Ware-Berry, who’s jumper put him at 16 points to go with eight assists.

His game winner was one of many big plays in a game filled with drama and significant ebbs and flows.

The Wildcats led 69-66 with 23 seconds to play, when Valencia took possession and tied it on an Angel Cardenas 3-pointer with 10 seconds to play.

The jam-packed purple side of the gym went crazy.

West Ranch, having exhausted all its timeouts, calmly inbounded it to Ware-Berry, who first looked to pass before pulling up for the 15-foot dagger.

The gym remained equally loud, but this time the noise was all coming from the Wildcats’ side.

When all was said and done, the Wildcats (10-11 overall, 3-2 Foothill League) ended up with their third straight league win and another one in a tight game.

“I’ve already written (these games) off. These are all going to be like this. Every single game is going to be close,” said West Ranch head coach Shant Bicakci.

In reality, West Ranch controlled the pace of Tuesday’s game and led by as many as 10 points in the game and nine in the fourth quarter.

Different players made big plays at separate points in the game for West Ranch.

Izayah Doyle led all scorers with 17 points and added nine rebounds.

Ryan Beddeo added 15 points and eight assists and Ryne Williams had 14 points and seven blocks.

Jaleel Howard and Dakota Abbott co-led the Vikings (16-6, 3-2) with 14 points apiece.

Valencia head coach Rocket Collins said West Ranch’s advantage was simple.

“They were at home,” Collins said. “They had the momentum and they’re a good team.”

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