BALDWIN PARK – The Baldwin Park boys’ basketball team began its league play with a bang, defeating the visiting Nogales Nobles 70-60 in the Valle Vista League opener for both teams Tuesday night. The victory was the first league win for first year coach Israel Anguiano who took over for Marc Hart this year when Hart accepted the head coach job at South Hills High school.
Daniel Lopez led the way for the Braves with 27 points, two rebounds and an assist. Alex Delgado added 17 points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Bernard Granados pitched in 11 points and two rebounds.
Although he only had six points, Alex Baron contributed to the team in other ways, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Baldwin Park jumped to a quick 9-0 lead before the visiting Nobles knew what hit them. James Santiago would then hit back to back 3-pointers for Nogales to close the gap to 13-6. Baldwin Park would then go on a 13-9 run to take a commanding 29-15 lead to end the first quarter.
Trailing 43-27 at halftime, Nogales bounced back to outscore Baldwin Park 24-16 in the third quarter to close the gap to 59-51 heading into the final frame.
“They are a very good shooting team,” Anguiano said. “It’s their ability to shoot the ball is what allowed them to stay in the game.”
Nogales used a 9-3 run to close the gap to 64-60 with three minutes remaining in the game, but that was as close as Nogales would get, as Baldwin Park would score the final six points of the game to seal the victory.
Anguiano said that he was “very proud” of this, his first league victory as the first year coach of the team.
Baldwin Park (8-4, 1-0) looks to continue its winning ways as it visits the San Dimas Saints (4-4, 0-1) Thursday night. Tip-off is at 6:30 pm.
BALDWIN PARK (70) – Daniel Lopez (27), Alex Delgado (17), Bernard Granados (11), Ricardo Higuero (7), Alexis Baron (6), Steven Trinidad (2)
NOGALES (60) – james Santiago (12), Andrew Bullock (12), Patrick Phommachanh (12), Sheridan Maglenque (10), Jalen Cosman (7), Carlos Segura (4), Dominic Gangcuangco (3)