Tracy High’s last home basketball game of the season ended up as a 74-68 win for the visiting Chavez team as the Titans hit a string of shots near the end of the fourth quarter and then held on for the last 1-1/2 minutes.
While the Bulldogs have finished their season on a positive note, in the last game it was the Titans that made up for its loss to Tracy earlier in the season.
“I think we got too complacent, looked up and saw there were two minutes left and thought we had the game won,” Tracy senior Cole McDaniel said. “Chavez is a good team. They had a lot of fight and didn’t want to go down twice, so they were the better team the last couple minutes.”
The Titans (11-16, 4-6 SJAA) pulled ahead in the first quarter as Tracy (11-16, 5-5 SJAA) kept up the pace on offense and defense, but struggled to make its shots. McDaniel, who was Tracy’s top scorer for the night with 20-points, hit his shots in the second quarter as The Bulldogs started to catch up and cut Chavez’ lead to 39-31 at the half.
Hugo Levy got the Bulldogs’ third quarter started with a 3-point shot, and McDaniel hit a couple shots, including a 3-pointer, to tie it up 41-41 early in the third. From there the teams traded the lead back and forth, with neither able to pull ahead by more than four points.
“We just had to play defense. Our offense came in eventually in the third quarter,” Levy said. “It’s just in the last two minutes they went on that run, and that just killed us for us.”
Chavez took away Tracy’s 65-62 lead with 10 unanswered points at the end of the fourth quarter. T.J. Williams hit a shot and a free throw in the last minute, and Chavez scored two more free throws to make it 74-68.
In addition to 20 points, McDaniel had 11 rebounds and three steals. Williams scored 17 and had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Levy scored 10 points.
Tracy head coach Doug Silva said his team play hard for its last game, but Chavez executed at the end when it counted most.
Silva said that overall he’s pleased with the way the season went. While Tracy will most likely finish short of the top 16 teams that go to playoffs, the Bulldogs came back from a mid-season slump and finished strong.
“I told them that this is really where it begins for them,” he said. “Being competitive in high school sports is much different than being competitive in the real world. That’s something they’re going to have to face in college and getting jobs.”
“I think that overall I’ll probably remember this year the most for trying to make competitors out of them, and trying to build a competitive nature in all of them. That’s definitely not something that’s easy to do, and I think we’ve been able to achieve that over these last three to four weeks.”
Sophomore boys: Tracy 48, Chavez 45
After a back-and-forth contest for three quarters, the Bulldogs outscored the Titans at the end for the 48-45 win. It finishes Tracy’s season at 9-13, 6-4 in the SJAA. Luka Hanna led the Tracy offense with 20 points, and Reggie Dodson and Chris Sonderman scored nine each.
Freshman boys: Chavez 57, Tracy 30
Tracy finished its season at 2-17, with Friday’s game a 57-30 loss to undefeated Chavez. The Titans took a 27-10 lead in the first quarter. Tracy outscored Chavez in the third, but the Titans came back again in the fourth to extend their lead. Devin Foster led Tracy’s offense with nine points and C.J. Butcher scored six.
Varsity boys: McNair 64, West 48
West High’s boys basketball team (18-9, 4-6 TCAL) ended their season on the road at McNair High with a 64-48 loss to the Tri-City Athletic League champion Eagles (21-5, 10-0 TCAL).
West Coach Derek Sprecksel said that it was a close contest for three quarters, with McNair taking a four-point lead in the first quarter and holding onto it through the third quarter as West’s defense kept the Eagles from pulling ahead any further.
In the fourth the McNair offense went on a scoring run, outpacing the Wolf Pack 27-14 in the fourth to win it.
“They just got hot in the fourth and we couldn’t match them,” Sprecksel said.
The Wolf Pack had balanced scoring among its starters, with Robert Mason scoring 12, Charles Piper and Jaylen Sanders scored 10 each, and Damon Sloan and Jordan McIntosh scored eight each.
“It was a pretty good season considering that we’re starting four juniors,” Sprecksel said, noting that while West had a couple tough league losses, the season included some big wins against good teams, including two tournament championships at the start of the season. “We’ll be pretty good next year considering how many guys are returning.”
Sophomore boys: West 67, McNair 53
West High’s second quarter scoring attack gave the Wolf Pack at 34-20 lead at the half last Friday at McNair High and helped West finish its season at 17-10, 7-3 in the Tri-City Athletic League, good for second place after St. Mary’s and ahead of Tokay.
Kenny Silva led West’s offense with 15 points, DeAndre Thompson scored 10, Miguel Madruga and Hayden Ordone scored nine each, and Daniel Erlandson scored eight.
Varsity boys: Kimball 46, Lathrop 37
The Jaguars finished their first varsity season at 3-11 in the Valley Oak League, 10-17 overall, after their 46-37 win over the Spartans (2-23, 0-14 VOL) in Lathrop on Friday.
Teams took a while to get started, with the score 6-0 in Kimball’s favor at the start of the second quarter. Both teams put their offenses to work for make it a 23-21 game in Kimball’s favor at the half. The Jaguars extended their lead in the third and put the game away in the fourth.
Devonte Price led the Jaguars with 15 points, Tyrell Brewer scored 11 and Shakeel Carpenter scored eight.