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West Ranch coasts to fourth league win

Posted: January 19, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2013 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch’s 80-57 home blowout win over an overwhelmed Golden Valley squad on Friday may not have taught anyone anything new about the Wildcats, but it certainly reinforced how good they are.

After handing Hart its first loss of the season to begin league play, and coasting to victories over Canyon and Saugus since, Friday night’s win was an exhibition of just how hard it will be to stop the Wildcats (14-4 overall, 4-0 Foothill League) this league season.

“We don’t play the scoreboard and we certainly don’t take any games lightly,” said West Ranch head coach Shant Bicakci.

Such was evident during the early stages of the game, where West Ranch jumped out to a 23-7 lead after the first quarter.

As usual, West Ranch senior forward/center Ako Kaluna was the subject of intense defense on the inside, but Golden Valley’s guard-centric lineup was too small for Kaluna to be affected, as he finished with 25 points.

Unfortunately for the Grizzlies (5-15, 0-4), Kaluna’s teammates were just as efficient.

Four Wildcats scored in double figures on Friday night, including 13 from senior guard Zac Nuttall.

“We have good inside play and then shooters who can punish you from the outside. That’s definitely going to create matchup problems for the teams we play,” Nuttall said.

While the Wildcats scored a lot of points on Friday, Golden Valley held its own on the offensive end. Three players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, led by senior guard Dominic Gully, who scored 13 points.

Golden Valley just wasn’t able to figure out how to stop the Wildcats from scoring, and are now winless in league and looking for ways to compensate for their lack of size heading into Tuesday’s showdown with Saugus.

West Ranch plays Pacific Hills on Monday before squaring off against Valencia at Valencia on Tuesday.


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