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Aztecs open Kiwanis tourney with win

SAN BERNARDINO • The Barstow boys basketball team kicked off its participation in the Kiwanis Tournament with a win, defeating Pacific, 55-52, on Wednesday.

It was a game in which the momentum was in each team’s favor at various points. The Aztecs built up a comfortable lead in the first half, but saw it diminish in the third quarter. Barstow was ahead by 16 points early in the third, but was only up by nine going into the fourth.

“They got a couple of big three’s and got on a roll, and were ahead by four with a minute left,” said Barstow head coach Preston Biggs. “But we got aggressive at the end. We got to the line, and played good defense.”

Chris Jordan grabbed a steal down the stretch and made the lay-up, getting fouled on the play. He missed the free throw, but Tracy Venable came up with the rebound and converted. Cody Boston sank a foul shot in the last minute, and Anglish Williams sank two.

“It was a combination of all those guys together that got us the win, plus our defense,” said Biggs.

The Aztecs had built back up to the three-point lead when Pacific got possession with eight seconds left. That’s where the strong defense came in.

“That last eight seconds seemed like forever,” said coach Biggs.

Boston led the way with a double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan had 15 points and seven boards, and Williams seven points, five steals and four assists.

“It was a good game. We battled back through adversity,” coach Biggs said. “It shows the progress the team is making.”

The tournament continues through Saturday. Today, Barstow will take on Redlands East Valley, which beat Summit on Wednesday, 53-40.

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