Highlights: Lompoc takes out Nipomo in Los Padres League boys basketball showdown
Torey Sims played quarterback for Lompoc in a 18-13 win over Nipomo’s football team last September. On Tuesday night in Nipomo, Sims was again running the show for Lompoc, but this time he was in shorts and sneakers instead of padded pants and cleats.
The two-sport Lompoc star scored 22 points, 11 in each half, in a the Braves 53-46 win over Nipomo.
“He has been on varsity for four years, and played significant minutes,” Lompoc coach Eliot Davis said. “He has just become a really good leader, one of the best I’ve seen since I’ve been back and he just knows what it takes to get it done.”
Sims scored nine points in the first quarter and Lompoc (8-5, 6-1 Los Padres) jumped out to a 16-4 lead.
“We could have just let that get us down but the kids kept on fighting hard,” Nipomo coach Daniel Hyun said.
Nipomo’s Luke Wilenius kept Nipomo (7-14, 4-3 Los Padres) close by hauling in 10 rebounds, a handful coming on offense, and scoring 10 points in the first half.
“Luke is still recovering from his ankle injury, but he looked really strong today,” Hyun said. “He is capable of having a game like that.”
Lompoc scored just eight points in the second quarter, and when a Mark Hilbert steal turned layup miss was put back by Mason Gallegos at the end of the second quarter, Nipomo trailed by just three, 29-26, going into the locker room.
“That’s kind of been our Achilles heel for most of the season,” Davis said. “We get in trouble when we don’t box out and that’s kind of what happened. They got back into the game because they were allowed to get second chance points.”
The second half started strong for Nipomo. Gallegos, who finished with 16 points, scored 10 points in the third quarter and Nipomo took a lead at 35-34.
But Sims had an answer. He scored and got fouled on the next possession.
And so it went. Every time Nipomo inched closer, Sims put pressure on the defense with his penetration and passing or drew a foul. He closed out the game going 4 for 5 in the fourth quarter from the free throw line.
“Fortunately for us, we have been in a couple ball games like this,” Davis said of the slow pace of the game. “The Santa Ynez game, kind of the same tempo, same pace, so I think that we were comfortable playing at that pace.”
The Braves played enough defense in the first and fourth quarters. Wilenius and Hilbert, who had 9 points and 11 rebounds, were both shut out in the second half and Nipomo scored just seven points in the final quarter.
“We got the looks that we wanted,” Hyun said about his team’s poor 3-point shooting. “Those are ones that we usually hit, but they just didn’t fall tonight. There are going to be games like that.”
“Next game, hopefully, we hit some more 3s against Cabrillo.”
Cabrillo beat Santa Maria 80-46 on Tuesday night to move to 7-0 in league play. Nipomo will hose the Conqs on Thursday.