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Vikings cage Seahawks to cap 24-4 regular season

Fri Feb 17, 2023
Tyler Watters (23) and Ariya Briscoe put the clamps on Cabrillo's Darius Best

Tyler Watters (23) and Ariya Briscoe put the clamps on Cabrillo's Darius Best

The West Valley basketball team ended the regular season with a methodical 74-58 win over visiting Cabrillo. The victory gave the state #7 Vikings (24-4, 10-2 Coast South) a third consecutive season series sweep of the Highway 17 rival Seahawks (13-14, 5-7) and a second-place Coast-South finish one game back of San Jose City College (24-4, 11-1).

The Vikings and the Seahawks battled back and forth for the majority of the first half before Cabrillo grabbed its last lead of the game at 21-20 with 6:05 remaining. The Vikings then went on a 10-4 run on a three from Ariya Briscoe and seven straight points from Elijah Mahi for a 35-25 lead at the break.

Jeremiah Dargan made sure the lead would hold as he scored 14 second-half points on three treys and five points from the stripe. One of Dargan's threes gave WVC its largest lead of the game at 59-41 with 7:16 to go. The Vikings then held the Seahawks without a point from 5:07 to 1:18 and scored their final ten points on free throws.

Dargan finished with a game-high 19 points, along with five assists and a pair of steals. Mahi's tallied 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block, while Briscoe had eight points, five boards, four helpers, a steal and a block.

The Vikings ended the regular season outscoring opponents 80.2 to 60.6 and outrebounding their foes 41.6 to 26.8. Mahi averaged a team-high 16.9 points-per-game (PPG), along with 6.8 rebounds-per-game (RPG), 2.9 assist-per-game (APG) and a team-high 1.1 blocks-per-game (BPG).  Dargan finished with 13.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 3.9 APG and 1.5 steals-per-game, both team highs. Malik Patton led the Vikings with 7.4 RPG.

Playoff seedings will be announced this weekend, with WVC expected to host a first-round contest Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:00pm.