The victory for the Wolf Pack (17-6, 4-2 Tri-City Athletic League) makes up for a 61-51 loss to the Eagles (10-13, 2-4) on Jan. 9 and keeps West in second place behind St. Mary’s as the second half of the league season gets under way.
Also leading the Wolf Pack on Friday was junior guard Kenneth Daye, who had 14 points.
Kimball 68, Lathrop 51
Jaguar senior Alex Toledo scored 16 points for his team Friday, Jan. 25, to lead Kimball to a win over visiting Lathrop.
Kimball (11-11, 3-6 Valley Oak League) jumped out to a 36-24 lead at the half and continued to outscore the Spartans (6-12, 2-6) in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Senior Evan Owens contributed 13 points for Kimball, and senior DeVante Vaisa tossed in 10.
Millennium 40, Sierra Ridge/ROP 37
The Falcons found that an early lead wasn’t going to carry them to victory over Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage on Thursday, Jan. 24, in a game at Tracy High.
It took a fourth-quarter Millennium surge, led by senior guard Mark DeWitt, to get the Falcons back on top at the end.
The win kept Millennium (13-9, 3-2 Central California Athletic Alliance) in third place in league and pushed the Rams (8-6, 2-3 CCAA) to fourth at the halfway point of CCAA play.
“We’ve just got to keep playing hard,” DeWitt said. “Hard defense, hard on the boards boxing out and just getting loose balls. It’s all hustle. If we can hustle, we’ll win most games.”
Coach Mike Woods said his team has what it takes to do better in the second half of the league season, but players must apply the lessons they learn in each game.
“They bring effort, but we just don’t bring a lot of intelligent effort all the time,” he said. “You saw a lot of unforced errors and turnovers, and we’ve got to eliminate those.”
The Falcons started out to a 14-7 lead, but the Rams turned the game around when the Falcons struggled to find the basket and pull in rebounds.
The Rams held a 21-19 lead at the half.
DeWitt, who turned his ankle on a hotly contested rebound in the first half, was back in the game in the second half to score 14 of his game-high 17 points. His shots included a field goal at the start of the fourth to tie the game at 33-33, and a 3-pointer to put the Falcons ahead.
Also leading the Falcons’ offense was junior guard Derritt Scarver, who tossed in 11 points to go with had six rebounds and two steals.
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