The Jaguars (8-12, 1-6 VOL) played a strong first half of basketball Wednesday night in Sonora, taking a 28-19 lead at the half over the Wildcats and holding onto that lead through most of the second half.
Sonora (9-9, 4-3 VOL) gradually caught up, though, and hit a last-minute shot to tie it up 41-41.
Kimball Coach Joe Lawrence said that overtime period turned out to be harder fought than any point during regulation play, with both teams scoring 12 points each in the first overtime period.
“It was just a great battle back-and-forth the whole night,” he said. Lawrence noted that one of his team leaders, Tyrell Brewer, is out with an injury. Leading scorer for Kimball was Shakeel Carpenter with 13 points. Beau Lawrence scored four 3-point shots for 12 total, and Devonte Price scored nine points.
Kimball’s sophomores beat Sonora 53-47, and the Sonora’s freshmen beat Kimball 61-51.
Next up for Kimball is Oakdale, at Oakdale, on Friday.
Varsity boys: Delta Charter 60, Tioga 56
The Dragons (10-3, 8-0 MVL) traveled to Tioga High in Groveland Tuesday for a game that came down to the last possessions of the contest.
The Timberwolves went out to a 10-point lead in the third quarter before the Dragons regrouped, switched to a man-to-man defense and scored 16 unanswered points to take a 44-38 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Dragons’ offense got contributions from across the roster, with Willie Hansen, Dustin King and Chris Woods each scoring 13 points. Joey Saar made four of his six 3-point shots for a total of 12 points.
Delta Charter plays next on Monday, Jan. 31, at Stockton Christian. The next home game is Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Williams Middle School, against Lodi Academy.
Varsity boys: Delta Charter 63, Venture Academy 61
The Delta Charter Dragons took their second win of the season over Venture Academy, 63-61, in a game that was close until the end. The game would decide if the Dragons would have to share first place in the Mountain Valley League with Venture Academy, and the win assures the Delta Charter team that they could maintain sole possession of first place going into the second round of league play. The teams will face off one more time at Venture Academy on Feb. 8.
Scoring leaders for Delta Charter were Dustin King with 22 points, Chris Woods with 20 and Torian Montalvo with 16.