Gustine made the short trip to Newman Friday looking to upset Orestimba and improve their post-season prospects, but after a fast start by the Reds the Warriors took over.
Orestimba erased a 17-13 first-quarter deficit by holding the Reds to 10 points through the middle two quarters and went on to win 52-40.
The Warriors improved to 9-2 in league play with one game to go and will be the Southern League’s No. 2 playoff seed.
The Reds’ (5-6) playoff hopes hinged on Waterford defeating Mariposa Wednesday, which would set up a showdown between Gustine and Mariposa Friday with a post-season berth on the line, according to Gustine head coach Kingsley Borba.
Justin Hong put up 14 points to lead Orestimba against Gustine, and Auston Martens was in double figures with 10 points. Joel Solano and Atzin Marin each put up eight points, Edwin Alvarez added seven, Xavier Avila scored three and C.J. Kinimaka was in the book with two points.
Devin Bettencourt paced Gustine with 14 points, Nathan Nunes put up 13 and Giovanni Quezada put up 10. Gannon Silva added three points for the Reds.
“I was very happy with how we executed our game plan, especially defensively. However, only scoring seven points in the second quarter and three in the third is what hurt us the most,” Borba commented. “I was very pleased with how hard our defense played all night and how much we have improved at beating a press defense when compared to the beginning of the season.”
OHS 67, Waterford 51
A fast start helped the Warriors turn back Waterford last Wednesday.
Orestimba led 24-6 after a quarter and went on to the victory.
Martens had a big night for the West Siders, lighting up the board for 20 points. Ethan Medeiros was in double figures with 11 points. Hong put up eight, Avila finished with seven, Kinimaka and Marin each scored six, Alvarez was in the book with five points and Trevor Heiberger and Tryston Martens each added two points for OHS.
Orestimba played Delhi Wednesday in its regular season finale.
GHS 45, Delhi 41 (OT)
Gustine kept its playoff hopes alive with a win over Delhi last Wednesday.
A 17-point third quarter by Gustine was a turning point for the Reds.
Nunes scored 17 points to lead Gustine, including 15 in the second half and overtime. Quezada was in double figures with 13 points. Silva finished with eight points, Noel Perez scored three and Bettencourt and Martin each added two points.
Gustine wraps up its regular season at home Friday against Mariposa.