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West Valley spoils Vaquero opener, 71-51

Sophomore guard Drayten Howell had seven points in five assists in the Vaqueros' debut. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Sophomore guard Drayten Howell had seven points in five assists in the Vaqueros' debut. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Freshman guard Francisco Gutierrez scored 14 points with five assists on Friday but SBCC came up short in its men's basketball season opener falling to West Valley 71-51 at the Cuesta Tournament in San Luis Obispo.

The Vikings, from Saratoga, led 30-27 at intermission, then outscored the Vaqueros 41-24 in the second half. West Valley outshot the Vaqueros 47.2 to 32 percent in the second half and 41.2 to 37.3 percent for the game. SBCC committed eight more turnovers (20-12).

Jerard O'Byrne added 10 points for the Vaqueros and Tyler Deavers grabbed 10 rebounds, including five offensive.

SBCC will take on Sequoias on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the round-robin tourney.