abian Varela scored 23 points and Derek Gold had 18 to propel West Las Vegas past a spirited Cuba team 77-75 on Saturday evening.
The Dons came up with a critical defensive stop and Gold swished two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game just out of the host Rams’ reach.
Cuba’s Jamito Chiquito had narrowed West’s lead to 74-72 by hitting a free throw with 40 seconds remaining, and the Rams had forced several turnovers in coming back from a double-digit deficit.
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