An early lead served the Bulldogs well in the Tracy High boys basketball team’s 61-56 win over the visiting Lodi Flames on Friday, Jan. 17, in the Bill Swenson Gymansium.
“Once we go up we have to stay up because we know they’re a good shooting team,” senior Josh Brakkee said. “We just have to stay on top of our game at all times.”
The Bulldogs (10-6, 2-0 San Joaquin Athletic Association) held the lead for the entire game and were up 36-21 at the half, with five 3-point shots for the first quarter and an aggressive press that forced Lodi (8-8, 1-1 SJAA) to turn over the ball.
“We just tried to keep pressure on the ball handler, to not let him make an easy pass,” said senior Devin Foster, who had three steals for the night. “We just kept pressure on them the whole game.”
Tracy was up by 20 points early in the third quarter, but then had to withstand Lodi’s outside shooting while the Bulldogs missed many of their fourth-quarter shots. Foul trouble also threatened to be costly as the Flames sank 11 of 14 free throws in the second half and got within three points near the end of the fourth quarter.
Tracy senior Josh Brakkee scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and he also pulled in 12 rebounds. Junior Druce Asah scored 16 points and had four 3-point shots.
West 55, Tokay 45
A 20-point second quarter, led by senior Kenneth Thompson and junior Austin Torma, gave West (13-6, 2-0 Tri-City Athletic League) a 28-17 halftime lead over Tokay on Friday, Jan. 17, at West’s Steve Thornton Gymnasium.
West coach Derek Sprecksel said he also counted on sophomore point guard Isaiah Grady to fill in for Kenneth Daye, who was out on Friday with a hand injury. Tokay (7-11, 0-2 TCAL) regrouped in the second half to get within two points of West early in the fourth quarter, but West pulled away at the end.
Leading scorer for the Wolf Pack was senior Alvin Crenshaw with 21 points. Thompson scored 11 points and Torma totaled eight.
Elliot Christian 60, Millennium 48
The Falcons were unable to sustain a second-half surge in their 60-48 loss to Elliot Christian of Lodi on Friday, Jan. 17, at Kimball High in the opening game of Central California Athletic Alliance play.
Elliot held a 33-26 lead at the half and the Falcons (3-10, 0-1 CCAA) were able to get within four points at the end of the third as senior Marques Shanks scored eight points in the third.
“At one point we were up but we didn’t sustain the consistency in those critical moments,” Millennium coach Mike Woods said. “They made the big shots and we kind of went cold.”
The Eagles (9-8, 1-0 CCAA) brought accurate shooting to the fourth quarter, including five of nine free throws in the final frame.
Leading scored for the Falcons was junior Matthew DeWitt with 11 points, and senior Derritt Scarver scored 10.
Sierra 58, Kimball 41
The Sierra Timberwolves overcame Kimball’s early lead to claim a Valley Oak League win on Thursday, Jan. 16, in Manteca. Kimball charged ahead in the first quarter and still led 22-18 at the half, but missed shots in the second half cost the Jaguars (12-5, 2-2 VOL) as league leader Sierra (11-5, 4-0 VOL) surged ahead.
Senior Ali Habal led the Kimball offense with nine points and senior Ben Juarez scored seven. Senior Bryer Peet scored six points and led the Jaguar defense with eight rebounds.
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