SHASTA LAKE – Dojah Alido grew up envisioning his glory moment on the playground hundreds of times. But none of those hypothetical tries could compare to the pressure he faced Tuesday night against Yreka.
Alido stole an inbound pass, was fouled on a desperation heave and was sent to free throw line with 0.3 seconds left, needing to make all three shots to force overtime.
Except Alido’s first attempt hit the back of the rim and off. He ended up making the second and CV couldn’t get the tip-in on the purposeful miss to lose 55-53 to visiting Yreka Tuesday night to fall to 0-2 in Northern Athletic League play.
“I’m thinking I’m going to go win this game; the shot looked good, just rimmed out,” Alido said. “I can replay that 100 times, I take that shot time in and time out in practice every day.
“That’s a tough one. But we’ll bounce back.”
Alido, who entered Tuesday as the leading scorer in the NAL, finished with a team-best 18 points, coming alive in the second half following Yreka’s 10-0 run to open the third quarter to go ahead 36-25.
He buried a 3-pointer, took a rebound coast-to-coast for a lay-in and swished a step-back trey to get CV within three. It’s what Carr expects from this third-year varsity starter and captain.
“He always does something like that for us where he lifts us up,” Carr said. “He’s a competitor. He’s a confident guy and our leader.”
Kevin Seaman dished to Alido for a downtown bucket late in the third to make it a one-point game but Yreka’s Trevor Truttman matched it with a 3 to go up 41-37 entering the fourth.
CV (0-2 NAL, 8-10) stayed close early in the fourth with Alido setting up Nawoj Cawker for a 3 and Jamare Rawls’ putback kept it a one-score game. Alido poked a steal free and turned it into a layup on the ensuing possession and the Falcons led for the first time of the second half at 44-43 with 6:13 to go.
“Coach preaches before the game to know your role, if you’re a hustler, a scorer, whatever,” Alido said. “My job is to be a leader and I noticed we were lacking in offensive energy and we had to pick up the intensity. Once I saw the first 3-ball go down we got a spark and we got other guys going too.”
Neither team could hit back-to-back buckets and the lead changed five times on the next five buckets, including four straight 3-pointers. Seaman hit from beyond the arc for CV and Willie Mowry’s step-back put CV up 50-48 but Yreka’s Tyler Korber buried one from the right wing to go ahead 51-50 with 2:28 left.
CV had a chance to go ahead but a lazy pass out of a timeout resulted in Yreka’s Brandon Anzo stealing the ball at half court and feeding Nick Stensether in transition for a 53-50 lead with 1:22 remaining.
Rawls answered with a pull-up jumper from the elbow to make it a one-point game. But Yreka’s Stensether responded by driving the lane and getting an off-balance leaner to fall for a 55-52 lead with 30 seconds left.
Mowry got the ball stolen driving to the hoop and CV, which only had two fouls, had 7 seconds to try and get to the bonus. After four fouls, Alido stole the ball with 3 seconds left and was fouled on the three-quarter court heave, sending him to the charity stripe with the game on the line.
But Alido couldn’t get the Falcons to extra time.
Alido misses the first, makes the second and tries to set up his teammates for a tip in on the 3rd but CV can’t convert.
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Despite starting 0-2 in NAL play, the Falcons have been in both games. CV led NAL frontrunner U-Prep in the fourth quarter in the league opener and taking a Yreka team, which was ranked two spots higher than CV at 15th in the Northern Section Power Rankings Tuesday, to the wire.
“I can never fault them for their effort and these kids played hard,” Carr said. “I got scrappers, know their personalities and they’re not going to quit.”
Cawker had 11 points while Mowry scored nine points and Rawls finished with eight.
Central Valley 11-14-12-16—53
Yreka (1-1 NAL, 9-9): Korber 13, Applewhite 10, Laffoon 7, Presti 7, Stensether 6, Fraley 5, Truttman 5, West 4.
Central Valley (0-2 NAL, 8-10): Alido 18, Cawker 11, Mowry 9, Rawls 8, Seaman 5, Manriquez 2.
3-pointers—Yreka 7: Korber (3), Applewhite (2), Fraley (1), Truttman (1); Central Valley 8: Cawker (3), Alido (2), Mowry (2), Seaman (1).
Team NAL, Overall
U-Prep 2-0, 12-7
Lassen 2-0, 14-6
West Valley 1-1, 7-8
Yreka 1-1, 9-9
Anderson 0-2, 9-9
CV 0-2, 8-10
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