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Hawks clinch DSL title
Boston twins come up big in loss for Barstow
VICTORVILLE • The Barstow boys basketball team couldn't hold to a halftime lead against Silverado in the teams' final Desert Sky League matchup Tuesday, as the Hawks ran off to 78-56 win and their fourth outright title in a row.
With the win Silverado (18-6, 12-2 DSL) clinched the league title, but received help from Burroughs, which beat Victor Valley 62-35.
The Aztecs (13-10, 9-5 DSL) led the Hawks 33-30 at the end of the first half, but Silverado started the third quarter on a 21-0 run and never looked back. Barstow didn't score their first point of the third quarter until there was 3:30 left in the quarter.
Hawks' coach Tyrone Brown was impressed with his team's performance in the home finale. Brown said Silverado's slow start to the game was because he started a lineup full of seniors on senior night. The Hawks trailed 19-8 after the first quarter.
"We were out of rhythm to start the game. That group of seniors have never been on the court together," Brown said. "That's what led to our slow start, but I was pleased to see the boys' performance in the second half. We just applied pressure and forced turnovers. That was the key to the big run in the third."
The Aztecs controlled the tempo in the first quarter, led by twin brothers Cody and Joseph Boston. The brothers both scored six points and grabbed three rebounds each in the first quarter.
But despite the big play from the Bostons, Silverado cut the lead to three at halftime outscoring the Aztecs 22-14 in the second quarter.
Cody Boston led all scores with 18 points, while adding six rebounds, six assists and a block. His brother, Joseph Boston, chipped in with 14 points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot.
Sophomore Alize Travis led the Hawks with 13 points, four steals, four assists and three rebounds. D.J. Sylvester ended the game with 14 points, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Senior Bryan Katz also scored in double figures, scoring 10 points to go along with five rebounds and a block.
Despite the lopsided score, both coached were impressed by the Aztecs performance; Brown said he was impressed by Barstow's "steady improvement."
"These guys never quit," Brown said. "Coach Biggs has done an outstanding job with them. I see them continuing to grow. My honest prediction for them is a run to the semifinals."
Barstow coach Prestonn Biggs said his team showed on Tuesday that they can matchup with just about any team entering the playoffs.
Biggs said the key to the Aztecs' potential success in the playoffs will be learning how to execute and not turn the ball over as they have been prone throughout the season.
"We could beat any team in our league, we just have that one quarter where we just fall apart," Biggs said. "We match up pretty well in our bracket. I'm really looking forward to the playoffs cause I really think we can make a deep run. We got beat pretty bad tonight, but I think we needed that. It will help re-energize us and the boys know what they need to do."
Barstow wraps up the season on the road at Granite Hills on Thursday, and Silverado travels to Victor Valley.
C. Boston 18, J. Boston 14, J. Joseph 9, Butler 4, E. Joseph 3, Johnson 2, Santos, Welsh 2.
, Sylvester 14, Travis 13, Katz 10, Bonam 10, Henderson 9, Agee 7, Ayinalem 6, Nolen 5, Brown 2, Clark 2.
Barstow 19 14 6 17 — 56
Silverado 8 22 28 20 — 78
3-point field goals - Barstow 2 (J. Joseph); Silverado 4 (Sylvester 2, Ayinalem, Travis).
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.