Ballin’ out

On Friday, Jan. 16, at Downey, junior Charles Smith tries to intercept a pass from the opposing team, Warren. Luna showed off his abilities and determination as well as other players.

Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

The Downey vs. Warren winter sports rivalry week came to a victorious end with a boys basketball game on Friday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., at home in the gym. The Vikings took the win with a final score of 58-51.


First time varsity player, Daniel Luna, 11, spoke about his excitement for the game after the Black Light Assembly-which is also the Winter Sports rally.


“I was hyped [for the game] because it was my first time,” Luna said. “I’ve been to Downey vs. Warren games before, but I’ve never been a part of it.”


Spirits were high and the stands were filled as expected for the classic cross town rivalry. Both teams came out strong as they began the game. Ending the first quarter with a tied score of 10-10, it was clear that neither team was going down without a fight.


“I really didn’t like how we played, but Warren played much better than we thought,” Luna said.


Vikings struggled to follow through in their plays and it showed as the second quarter came to an end with Warren on top: 23-19.


Halftime featured performances by cheer’s varsity Lady Vikings and the DHS dance team.


“I always look forward to basketball season because we cheer in front of a different crowd,” senior Perla Quesada said. “That and we miss cheering on Friday nights now that football season is over.”


As the boys commenced the third quarter, the audience increased their intensity in their chants. The start of the fourth quarter was looking up for the Vikings, 38-33, but the Bears weren’t far behind. The Vikings fought to keep their lead while Warren continued to play a game of “catch-up.”


Things heated up on the court between senior Justin Ayala and Justin Reyes from Warren. This resulted in a series of free throws for both teams due to the conflict. Although Warren showed potential with their three-point shots made consistently throughout the game, they still fell short by the end, with a final score of 58-51.


After the game, junior Yousif Alshekh tweeted, “It was ugly, but got the W against Warren.”


Winning against Warren gave Downey a good start in league and left them with eight more games left in their season.