Boys basketball: Analy’s Halaweh hits game-winner

Analy vs. Piner Boys Basketball

Malcolm Jenkins (2) drives in for a layup while defended by Piner’s Keith Adams on Saturday night.
(ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

SEBASTOPOL — Analy’s Mohammad Halaweh only scored two points in Saturday night’s home game against Piner, but it turned out to be a basket he’ll never forget.

The forward’s put-back bucket with 2.4 seconds remaining wound up being the difference in the Tigers’ 49-47 victory.

The sequence began with teammate Theo Avila driving to the basket.

As he went up to shoot, weak-side help came over to defend leaving Halaweh on the other side of the basket by himself.

Avila’s shot didn’t touch the rim or the backboard andmissed and came down right where Halaweh was standing. The senior caught the ball and with no defenders on him, made the layup.

Piner took a timeout after the go-ahead score and Nebi Gedlu dribbled the ball to midcourt where his shot was an airball.

It was a comeback victory for Analy.

The Tigers led only twice in the second half. The first time was 47-45 and the second was at the end of the game. Piner led 21-19 at halftime and stretched the margin to 36-27 with 1:40 remaining in the third period.

The Tigers took the 47-45 lead on Chance Ortega’s basket.

Gedlu then scored for Piner setting up Halaweh’s game-winner. The Prospectors hurt themselves by turning the ball over six times in the fourth quarter. Through the first three periods they had only seven turnovers.

“I think in the fourth quarter we did a better job of reading defenses and were able to get shots closer to the basket,” Analy coach Brett Page said.

Malcolm Jenkins led the Tigers’ offense with 15 points. Avila had 13 while Ortega added nine. Efriem took scoring honors for Piner with 16. He was followed by Sam Dominiko with 10 while Keith Adams had nine.

Piner coach Mike Erickson said his players took the loss hard.

“The guys are highly-disappointed,” he said. “It was a game we led most of the way. To lose it at the end is tough, especially because they played so hard.”

“Analy had a height advantage and they used it effectively in the fourth quarter. Also, we made some costly turnovers.”

Piner’s record is now 6-7 and 1-1 in league. Analy improved to 8-6 and 3-0.

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