Barstow returns the favor

The game on Sunday for the Pierce College Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship didn’t disappoint.


The hosting home team lost to Barstow College, 62-61 during what the Brahmas likes to call “the 2010 Brahma shoot out.”


“I felt we were un-intense they played really hard the first time, they beat them by 30,” said Jim Couch, head coach of the Brahmas.


The game began roughly around 4 p.m and the Barstow Vikings came out the Western part of the gymnasium deadly from 3-point range.


“Our kids underestimated a good team, I don’t feel we came to play at all,” said Couch.


As the first half clock whined down and the scoreboard kept changing, half time came around and it was an evenly matched game for both teams; the scoreboard read “Home 25, Guest 25.”


The basketball game resumed and the visiting crowd went wild by stomping their feet and chanting “Let‘s go Barstow, let‘s go!” as the Barstow Vikings came out making shot after shot.


“It was intense I think Pierce played a good game,” said Vikings fan Demond Walker.


The Barstow Vikings had 19 fouls, resulting into easy point opportunities for Pierce, and ultimately most of their points, especially for guard Monica Jackson.


“Monica played really good, good offense player, [but] she could’ve taken more shots,” said avid Brahma follower Claire Aguilar.


The scoreboard had roughly five minutes left, and the Brahmas were up, 51-48 but the crowd kept stomping and cheering “offense Barstow!”


“I felt we could’ve done better if we had more of a crowd more support,” said Aguilar.


With less than 60 seconds left, both teams were tied but it was the Barstow Vikings who drove the dagger home nailing the game’s final shot, beating the Brahmas, 62-61.


“I feel there was a lot of mistakes that could‘ve been avoided, other then that we got skills,” said Brahma guard Christine Aguilar.

Team poses with second place trophy after losing a heartbreaker to Barstow, 62-61 (Joseph Kukuczka)

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