Scoring the last four points of the half doesn't sound like much.
However, it meant something to Keith Hunter on Wednesday night.
The Golden Valley coach had watched too many teams take the momentum with them into the locker room with quick bursts right before intermission.
Against Buhach Colony, it was GV's Rob Martinez scoring four points in the final 31 seconds from the free-throw line to help Golden Valley take a 42-37 lead into the half.
The momentum stayed with Martinez and his teammates, as they opened the second half with a 15-2 run to coast to an 84-65 win at Cougar Arena.
"It's about time we finished a half," said Hunter, whose team improved to 5-4 in the Central California Conference and 13-11 overall. "It seems like it's always the other team scoring the last six or seven points. It helps going into the locker room."
Golden Valley turned up the defensive pressure and Buhach Colony couldn't take care of the ball.
Turnover after turnover led to a parade of Golden Valley layups on the other end.
"We just turned the ball over too many times," said BC coach John Bliss, whose team dropped to 1-8 in the CCC and 5-18 overall. "We practice that every day. (Golden Valley) is just further along than we are."
Jarrell Davis (18 points) and Daniel Bolsar (10 points) had the hot hand early for Buhach Colony, combining for six 3-pointers in the first half.
However, the duo went cold from the floor in the second half, hitting just one shot the rest of the way.
Rob Martinez helped keep Golden Valley in the game early with 14 of his team-high 18 points in the first half.
Larry Moore (12 points), Justin Wootten (10) and Garrett Hill (10) all reached double figures as all 11 of GV players scored in the game.
It wasn't a pretty game to watch as the two teams combined for 59 fouls.
Golden Valley made 28 of 44 shots from the free throw line.
The game really got ugly early in the fourth quarter when Buhach Colony's Ross Lewis was whistled for a technical foul after throwing the ball off of Golden Valley's Blake Rice after a foul.
The foul and the technical resulted in five fouls for Lewis.
Bliss was immediately hit with a technical foul for protesting the call.
Both teams combined for 77 free-throw attempts.
"I don't really know what to say about that," Bliss said.
Hunter expected that type of game with the style both teams play.
"It was an ugly game," Hunter said. "The 84 points isn't bad. I'll take that every night and we'd be pretty good.
"It was the kind of game you knew it would be. Both teams like to press. It's a tough game to referee. It's a tough game to play with all the stopping and starting.
"That being said, I thought we played some great defense tonight. Some of our traps were dead solid."
Golden Valley has today to get ready for a rematch with Merced (8-1 CCC, 20-4 overall) on Friday at Merced College.
Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Golden Valley
Buhach Colony 19 18 14 14 -- 65
Golden Valley 17 25 23 19 -- 84
BUHACH COLONY -- Daniel Bolsar 10, Jarrell Davis 18, Paul Vasquez 3, Tyler Trammell 4, Alex Angel 3, Russ Lewis 6, Matt Small 13, Andrew Mark 6, Adam Wakefield 2. Totals: 18 22-34 65.
GOLDEN VALLEY -- Rob Martinez 18, Blake Rice 5, Rob McCune 2, Myles Hamilton 4, Richard Thomas 11, Trek Fayerweather 7, Larry Moore 12, Devonta Jackson 2, Justin Wootten 10, Garrett Hill 10, Jeremy Gutierrez 3. Totals: 26 28-44 84.
3-pointers: Buhach Colony 7 (Davis 4, Bolsar 3), Golden Valley 4 (Thomas 2, Wootten 2); Team Fouls: BC 32, GV 27; Fouled Out -- Lewis (BC), Hamilton (GV); Technicals -- Lewis (BC), John Bliss (BC).
Records: Buhach Colony 1-8 CCC, 5-18 overall; Golden Valley 5-4 CCC, 13-11.
JV -- GV won.
Freshmen -- BC won.