Pitman boys basketball was unable to repeat Thursday's 79-38 win over Davis in the opener of the 40th annual Godinez Tournament after matching up against a determined West High team on Friday night.
Heading into Friday's second day of the Godinez, Pitman was 3-1 overall, but they fell to 3-2 after losing to West in a 94-56 final.
“When we learn to handle the press we will be okay, but we stayed in it for as long as we could,” said Pitman head coach Harvey Marable.
The big guys for West were evident as Michael Hayes paved the way with his high-flying dunking skills.
Hayes tied Pitman’s Christian Williams for a game-high 18 points. Ephraim Estell of West was second in scoring with 17 points.
“They play together; they did a great job just how they did it. It didn’t surprise me but I knew it would be a good game,” said Marable.
West, which coming into the game was ranked No. 14 in California with a perfect 6-0 record, played like a top contender on Friday night running up and down the court with their full court press that got the best of Pitman and led to multiple turnovers for the game.
Pitman went up 3-2 after the first few minutes, but it didn’t take long for West to surge into a 19-16 lead after the first.
They never gave up the lead for the remainder of the game while Pitman came within two points but never found the opportunity to rally back.
Before they knew it, West had built a 49-29 lead by halftime.
“I knew they were undefeated coming in and beat a Ripon team by a lot and they played some very good teams,” said Marable. “To be undefeated still… I knew they pressed and I was worried about their size and how they played.”
West surpassed the most points scored in a Godinez Tournament after Modesto Christian finished with 88 in 1987.
Pitman falls to 3-2 heading into Saturday’s final game of the tournament.
“I told our kids that the game is over and we have many games coming up, so we take from it what we learned and we will play better tomorrow,” Marable added.
Pitman’s next game will be for the third place contest against the loser of Kimball and Ceres at 4:30 p.m. today.