West (7-2) prevailed 75-69 after a strong defensive effort at the end of the game.
“In the fourth quarter we were able to make a few key steals to convert into baskets,” said West coach Derek Sprecksel. “We made the plays when we had to make them, and shot the ball pretty well from the outside at times tonight.”
The Jaguars (5-4) went on a scoring run at the start of the third quarter and made it a back-and-forth game for the rest of the night.
Outside shooting proved effective for both teams. West had seven 3-pointers for the night, including four for junior guard Kenneth Daye, and Kimball’s Alex Toledo sank five 3-pointers.
Three of Daye’s outside shots for West came in the third quarter. The Jaguars had blocked out the West offense and scored 11 unanswered points to take a 49-39 lead.
Daye hit a 3-point shot midway through the third to get West’s offensive momentum going again, and hit two more as teams again battled for the narrow lead into the fourth quarter.
“We had to keep the pace up,” Daye said. “We had to keep pushing it and play hard all the time, non-stop. Coach told me I had to get aggressive and keep shooting. I kept my head in the game and I was making them.”
The teams stayed within three points of each other through most of the fourth until West’s Justin Saar hit one shot from the floor and Daye made a couple free throws at the end.
Daye finished the night with 27 points, and senior guard Hayden Ordone scored 17 for West, including 11 in the first half.
Senior forward Evan Owens was Kimball’s scoring leader with 21 points, and he also had nine rebounds. Toledo scored 19 in all for the Jaguars.
Owens said that his team put up a good fight against West, and just has to focus on the strategies that worked against the Wolf Pack.
“We just got to execute our defense well,” Owens said. “If we can play our defense well our offense is going to come through.”
The two teams could meet again in the West/Tracy Winter Holiday Classic tournament, Monday, Dec. 17 through Thursday, Dec. 20, at West and Tracy high schools. If both teams each win their first three games of the tournament they would play in Thursday’s championship game.
West also won the sophomore game 51-43, and the Jaguars won the freshman game 54-26.
Varsity: Brookside Christian 92, Delta Charter 46
The Brookside Christian Knights consistently outscored the Dragons on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Stockton on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Brookside ran out to a 60-24 lead at the half and didn’t slow down until the fourth quarter. Jordan Thornton led the Dragons’ offense with 16 points, Deandre Ragsdale scored 14 and Joseph Peebles scored six and pulled down 10 rebounds.
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