The Falcons got their first win in Central California Athletic Alliance play Tuesday at West High, 60-34 over the Knights from Brookside Christian (8-7, 2-1 CCAA) of Stockton.
The Falcons (6-9, 1-2 CCAA) got off to a good start as Daniel Yanez led the way to put Millennium up 15-7 at the end of the first quarter. Jamani Woods hit a couple 3-point shots in the second quarter, and Yanez’ charges to the inside allowed him to draw fouls and make seven of eight free throws in the second quarter.
Yanez said afterward that his team has picked up its intensity over the last few games, and on Tuesday it showed.
“I was kind of nervous coming out here and playing Brookside in front of our home crowd, but we were able to come out here and play as a team,” Yanez said. “If we play like this all season all things will connect and we’ll get more wins under our belt.”
Coach Mike Woods added that he expects the team to get better in future games, but Tuesday’s win showed that his team improves with each game, especially in their improved shot percentage.
“We needed a win and we’ve been working hard in practice. We stepped it up and it’s been reflected in the past few games,” he said.
Yanez was the Falcons’ leading scorer with 27 points. Jamani Woods scored eight points, had seven rebounds and three steals, Derrit Scarver scored seven points and had six rebounds. and Raj Kumar scored six points and had seven rebounds. Brookside’s leading scorers were Kameron Vales and Christian Tinsley with eight each. Kharyem Watson scored seven and Edrico Oliver scored six.
Varsity girls: Brookside Christian 87, Millennium 6
The Brookside Christian girls (15-3, 2-0) had a 45-0 lead in the second quarter when the Brookside coach called off the full-court press. Millennium (6-9, 0-3 CCAA) got on the scoreboard when LaKayla Smith sank a 3-point shot with about a minute left in the second quarter, making it a 57-3 game at the half.
Smith sank another 3-pointer in the third while Brookside racked up another 23 points, plus seven more during the fourth quarter when teams played under a running clock.
Brookside coach Que K Ngo said he wasn’t deliberately running up the score, but still expected his players to put up a half-court defense, run their offensive plays and take shots. Millennium got its rebounds and was able to take some shots in the second half, but the Falcons more often found themselves boxed out of the key. Leading scorer for the night was Brookside’s Tiara Tucker with 35 points.
Varsity boys: Kimball 55, Sonora 44
The Jaguars took an early lead on the way to their second Valley Oak League win as they beat the visiting Sonora Wildcats 55-44.
Kimball (9-11, 2-5 VOL) outrebounded Sonora, moved the ball well, and Alex Toledo and DeVante Baise each hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter. Kimball continued to score consistently through the night, though the Wildcats (10-7, 3-3 VOL) were able to keep up the pace in the third quarter.
Even Owens was the Jaguars’ leading scorer with 16 points. Toledo scored 14 and Baisa scored nine.
Sophomore boys: Kimball 49, Sonora 47
Kimball’s sophomores (16-3, 7-0 VOL) were able hang on through a rough, physical game for the 49-47 win over the Wildcats. Kimball had a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and Sonora came back to cut the Jaguars’ lead to 24-20 at the half, and threatened again in the fourth. Bryer Peet led the Jaguar offense with 15 points, Mykelle Elliott scored nine and J.D. Schmidt scored eight.