Photos by Miles Hamilton
RIVERSIDE: In a Big 8 League match with Corona, the game seemed to resemble more of a teeter-totter affair and the gym a playground. Both the Wolves and the Panthers went on wild runs, jockeying the score back and forth.
King was the first and the last to go up. They were up by 11 at the start of the game and finished up by 10 at the closing buzzer, but in the middle it was a back and forth game, or, an up and down game, by both squads.
“It became a battle” Coach Mark Vanta said. “They (Corona) tied up the big first-half lead we had, but we were able to go into the half time break 5-up”
The Wolves played the game well, despite the swings in the score. Saafir Moore had 17 points, 5 assists and two steals. Kazeem Salaam added 15 points with 13 rebounds to the winning cause.
“We were down by as many as six in the second half but fought back for the win” Vanta said. The team showed great resilience and overcame the adversity a pesky Corona squad gave them.
Starting out well is not always the key to victory and this game seemed to prove that point. “You have to see things through” Vanta said. “It’s not always easy, sometime you falter, and even lose the small battles …” his words trailed off.
“But don’t mistake the beginning of success for success” he said, seeming to echo the inner reflections on a hard-fought game.