Vikings post 80-73 wire-to-wire win over Colts

Ben Baker soars for two of his game-high 26 points against Caņada.
Ben Baker soars for two of his game-high 26 points against Cañada.
The West Valley basketball team closed out the 2019-20 preseason schedule with a wire-to-wire 80-73 win over visiting Cañada Saturday. Ben Baker hit a bucket 15 seconds in and the Vikings (9-6) never looked back.
The Colts (2-10) made things interesting after trailing 41-29 at intermission. Cañada got three buckets from Walter Brandon, a pair of treys from Tommy Cheang and six points from Jayson Sto Domingo to climb to within 64-59 at the 8:03 mark.
Baskets from Baker, Adam Afifi and Leland Estacio made it 70-59 a minute later and then threes from Afifi and Ryan Hewitt gave the Vikings a 76-67 lead with 3:08 left. The win was sealed in the final minute on a trio of Estacio free throws and one from Afifi.
Baker was nearly unstoppable in the first half as he tallied 18 points on his way to a game-high 26. Afifi finished with 22 points and four blocks, while Estacio reached double figures with ten points. Hewitt was a force off the bench in the second half, finishing with a loud seven points. Jumikal Williams-Choa topped Colt scorers with 21 points, while Brandon had 14.
West Valley opens Coast-South action Wednesday (1/8) at home against defending champion Gavilan (5-11). Tipoff is 7:00pm.