West High’s boys started their Tri-City Athletic League season with a 60-54 comeback win over Tokay in Lodi Wednesday. It was a rematch of the championship game of the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic, and this time the Tigers were ready to take charge of the game.
While West (15-3, 1-0 TCAL) led after the first quarter, Tokay (8-9, 0-1 TCAL) rallied for a 34-24 lead at the half and pulled ahead 50-36 by the end of the third quarter. West then took over on offense and defense, outscoring Tokay 24-4 in the final quarter for the win.
“Our pressure defense was incredible,” West coach Derek Sprecksel said. “We showed a lot of heart and determination to come back on the road.”
Jaylen Sanders scored 16 points for the Wolf Pack, Robert Mason scored 14, Jordan McIntosh scored 13, and Kenneth Daye scored 10 points, all in the fourth quarter.
West will take on St. Mary’s next in Stockton on Friday.
Sophomore boys: Tokay 47, West 34
The Wolf Pack and Tigers played a close first quarter on Wednesday at Tokay, but missed shots and turnovers in the second quarter cost West (7-9, 0-1 TCAL). Ryan Herrera was West’s leading scorer with nine points. Jacob Pico scored eight and Anthony Ross scored seven.
Freshman boys: West 53, Tokay 47
West coach Rich Tanner said he saw some of the best basketball yet from his freshman Wolf Pack team. West was down at the start to trail 27-19 at the half, but cut Tokay’s lead in the third quarter and pulled ahead in the fourth to take the win. Spencer Carroll led the way for West with 20 points. Kirk Truehill scored 13, Max Aduako added nine, Kona Chong scored five, and Kyle Hunt, Donovan Patterson, and Austin Torma each scored two.
Varsity boys: Lodi 79, Tracy 69
Lodi’s defense prevented Tracy from getting open shots and also forced the Bulldogs to turn over the ball as the visiting Flames took a 43-34 lead at the half. The Bulldogs started to catch up with a series of 3-point shots in the third quarter, and got within four points in the final minutes but again the Flames denied Tracy its open shots and took advantage of Tracy’s foul trouble to score from the free-throw line at the end.
Leading scorer for Tracy was T.J. Williams with 19 points. Josh Brakkee scored 16, Cameron Gable and Luke Hanna scored nine each, and Ivan Atchoukeu and Justin Phelps scored eight each.
Sophomore boys: Lodi 69, Tracy 57
Tracy’s sophomores (4-9, 0-1 SJAA) held a 30-29 lead at the half before Lodi went on to outscored the Bulldogs through the third and fourth quarters for the 69-57 win. George Obinna scored 17 points for Tracy, and Damon Stroup scored 15, including three 3-point shots. Cole Link scored eight and David Hinson scored seven.
Varsity girls: East Union 48, Kimball 28
A 32-9 halftime lead carried the Lancers (13-2, 3-0 VOL) to the win Wednesday night at Kimball High. Kimball (11-5, 1-2 VOL) was able to get its offense working in the second half, but not enough to close the gap. Sarah Nunes scored eight points for Kimball, Sara Searle scored six, Alexis Clark and Megan Bhathal scored five points each, and Christy Brown and Iris Nelson scored two points each. Next up for Kimball is Sierra High on Friday in Manteca.
Sophomore girls: East Union 49, Kimball 28
After a close first quarter the Lancers shut out the Jaguars in the second and Kimball’s girls were unable to recover. Andrea Barajas scored seven points for Kimball, Amari Sims and Precious Kol scored six each, Gerica Manalo scored three, and Brittany Lee, Aaliyah Asuncion, and Lorraine Coulter scored two each. The Jaguars are now 7-9 overall and 1-2 in the VOL.
Freshman girls: East Union 53, Kimball 18
The Lancers outscored the Jaguars in every quarter to take the win at Kimball High on Wednesday. Kimball’s scorers were Jordyn Luna and Viel Salgarino with five points each, Daniela Barajas scored four, and Genna Dang and Miranda Ybarra scored two each. Kimball is now 6-9 over and 1-2 in the VOL.
Varsity girls: Tracy 59, Lodi 35
Tracy’s varsity girls moved the ball well to create their scoring opportunities on Tuesday at Lodi, and then put up a strong defense in the second half to stay in control of their first contest of the San Joaquin Athletic Association season.
Mariah Serrato led Tracy’s offense with 16 points for the night. Karsi Fyfe and Shelby Perry scored 12 each, Ari Grimes scored five, Emily Archartechahar and Taylor Juarez scored four each, and Monique Stevenson, Shelby Devlin, and Tammy Serrato scored two each.
The win puts Tracy at 7-10 overall, 1-0 in the SJAA. Lodi is 5-12, 0-1 in the SJAA. Tracy play Franklin next at home on Thursday.
Sophomore girls: Tracy 46, Lodi 41
Tracy’s sophomore girls held a 24-19 lead after a back-and-forth first half and held onto it through the second half for the 46-41 win. Kimberly Paschal led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points, Camille McDaniel scored 12, Toni Harrison scored seven, Sarah Rodriguez scored six, and Vicky Gracie scored four. The win puts Tracy at 8-8, 1-0 in the SJAA.
Varsity girls: Tokay 47, West 34
West High’s varsity girls opened the Tri-City Athletic League season with a 47-34 loss at home to Tokay (10-6, 1-0 TCAL). West (6-12, 0-1 TCAL) fell behind 17-2 in the first quarter before Sierra Davis hit a shot to start West’s offensive momentum. Defense kept the Wolf Pack in the game as West started to catch up in the second half. West limited Tokay to just six field goals in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the slow first quarter.
Emma Bell led the West offense with 11 points. Nina Pritchett scored 10 points and had seven rebounds, Kate Bell scored four points, Alexis Granderson hit a 3-point shot in the fourth quarter, and Sierra Davis, Diana Gonzales, and Kalyn Schmig scored two points each.
West plays again at home on Thursday against St. Mary’s.
Varsity boys: East Union 61, Kimball 39
The Lancers started with the advantage over the Jaguars at East Union High in Manteca Tuesday. East Union (9-6, 1-2 VOL) had a 27-17 lead at the half and pulled the game out of Kimball’s reach in the third quarter.
DeVante Baisa and Shakeel Carpenter scored nine points each for the Jaguars, and Evan Owens scored eight. The loss puts Kimball at 8-8 overall and 1-2 in the Valley Oak League, with Kimball headed to Lathrop next on Friday.
Sophomore boys: Kimball 57, East Union 36
Kimball’s sophomore boys had a 29-24 lead at the half on Tuesday at East Union High School in Manteca, but the Lancers threatened that lead in the third quarter. The Jaguars responded with a strong defense to shut out the Lancers in the fourth as Kimball scored 19 unanswered points to seal the win.
Leading scorers for the Jaguars were Mykelle Elliott with 18 points, Ben Juarez with 16, and J.D. Schmidt with eight. The win puts Kimball at 12-3, 3-0 in the Valley Oak League.