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Rams Start Fast, Hang On 71-64

By Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

Temple City scored 11 field goals in the first quarter and none in the fourth but still held on to beat West Valley 71-64 Wednesday night in the first round of the CIF Division 3AA playoffs.

Eric Olivas scored 15 points in the the first quarter as the Rams jumped out to a 28-12 lead. The Rams extended it to 47-24 at the half with a 19 point second quarter. Andrew Pau scored four points, and Goren Lee and Brandon Lee each knocked down threes.

West Valley warmed up in the third with a 26 point quarter but the Rams still led by 15 after three. Then things got a little tense.

West Valley outscored TC 11-2 to open the fourth to cut the lead to six. The Rams, who were so hot early suddenly couldn’t find the basket. They missed all of their field goal attempts in the fourth quarter and managed just six free throws. West Valley however got close but couldn’t get over the hump as the Rams held on.

Olivas led all scorers and finished with 25. Awujo had 14 and Goren Lee tossed in eight. For West Valley Nico Vega had 23, Oscar Quezada had 17 and Robert Edwards scored 15.

After the 28 point first quarter, Temple City managed just 24 in the second half.

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