The Ventura College men's basketball team has so many offensive weapons, it's anyone's guess who will lead the scoring charge on any given night.
Saturday, forwards Michael Tate and Maurice Smith stepped forward, combining for 36 points to lead the Pirates to a 77-63 victory over Valley in a Western State Conference interdivisional game at Ventura.
Smith, a 6-foot-3 freshman from Washington High, delivered from long range with five three-point baskets and 19 total points. Freshman Tate, a 6-foot-5 reserve from Fremont, produced from inside, scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
But if the Ventura offense was a two-man show, the Pirate defense was another story--everyone got in the act.
"They were just all over us," Valley forward Russell Baldwin said of Ventura, which entered the game with the WSC's top-ranked defense. "They pressed all day and all night."