By Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
BALDWIN PARK – There was nothing but bragging rights on the line Wednesday night at Baldwin Park High School.
For the host Braves, that was enough.
Corey Garcia scored 20 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, and the Baldwin Park boys basketball team scored a 51-45 victory over intra-city rival Sierra Vista in a pool-play game at the fourth annual Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Winter Tip-Off Tournament.
Juan Garcia also had 14 points for the Braves, who improved to 1-1. Corey Garcia also had 12 rebounds.
Steven Baron had 12 points and Christian Lopez and Brian Marquez nine each for the Dons, who slipped to 0-2.
Baldwin Park, which put together a 10-0 run in the second quarter en route to a 25-17 lead at halftime, overcame a sluggish third quarter with a solid performance down the stretch.
The Braves, after Sierra Vista closed to within 33-31 following a 3-pointer by Baron late in the third, used a 15-8 surge to go up 48-39 with just over a minute to play following four consecutive free throws by Corey Garcia, a 9-foot turnaround by Bernard Granados and a 3-pointer by Juan Garcia.
Baldwin Park coach Israel Anguiano: “It’s big, it’s bragging rights. I go hang out with (Sierra Vista coach Herman Flores) from time to time. I want to make sure I have that upper hand every time we meet at a pizza place or something. As far as the kids go, it’s a nice game for both schools. You could see the stands were filled. I’m very proud of my kids.”
Sierra Vista coach Herman Flores: “It’s an excellent rivalry and it’s intense. The kids sometimes lose focus, but our inability to make free throws hurt us today, our inability to make layups hurt us today. In the moment of the game, the kids just threw the ball away. It’s just early-season mistakes, but we’ll continue to work on it. We came back and had every opportunity to win it, but we missed 14 free throws.”
West Covina 60, Garey 31
Northview 56, Arroyo 34
LA Fremont 79, Aquinas 43
South Hills 70 Don Lugo 66, (OT)
Bell Gardens 77, Edgewood 36
Rowland 55, Azusa 23
Baldwin Park 51, Sierra Vista 46
Walnut 89, La Puente 55
At Baldwin Park
Glendora vs. Walnut, 6 p.m.
Claremont vs. Colony, 7:30 p.m.
At Sierra Vista
Brea Olinda vs. Keppel, 6 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Thousand Oaks, 7:30 p.m.
at Northview, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
At Northview, 7:30 p.m.