The Tracy High boys basketball team kept their hopes for a spot in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs alive with a 58-50 overtime win against Franklin in Stockton on Friday.
Senior Chris LaMadrid, in what could be his last game in a Tracy uniform, scored a season-high 11 points. Classmate Darrell Reed added 12, and junior Nate Brown scored a team-high 18 for the Bulldogs (7-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association, 8-14 overall).
“We struggled on offense tonight,” Tracy coach Paul Demsher said. “But we hustled for baskets at the end.”
Matt Furtado and Steve Memory added six points to the score.
What Tracy lacked in shooting was negated by Franklin’s 38 team fouls. The Bulldogs took advantage of the Yellowjackets’ foul trouble at free throw line, shooting 29-for-52, both season highs.
With thirty seconds to play in the game, the Bulldogs had a three-point advantage, until they made a critical foul that put the Yellowjackets (1-9, 6-18) on the free throw line to tie up the game.
In overtime, the Bulldogs went on an 11-2 run to seal the victory.
The win caps off a stunning end to a solid season, which Tracy ended on a four-game winning streak. Tracy will find out on Sunday if it was enough for a playoff berth.
“We are keeping our figures crossed on Sunday for a playoff spot,” Demsher said.
The Bullpups ended the season on a sore note with a loss to Franklin in Stockton.
“It was a tough way to finish,” Tracy coach Paul Pedersen said.
Alex Alvarez hit 14 points and Preston Mattos notched eight points.
The Bullpups (5-5 SJAA, 12-10) came out strong and took a lead after the first quarter 14-10, but stayed even in the fourth 10-10
“Franklin blew us out with 3-pointers at the end,” Pederson said.
(F) Franklin 52, Tracy 49
The Bullpuppies (5-5 SJAA, 13-7) couldn’t outlast the Yellowjackets’ attack and lost their last game of the season in Stockton.
“We came out flat,” Tracy coach Kevin Ornellas said.
The Bullpuppies took a back seat and were outscored 13-7 in the first quarter, but rebounded in the second.
Mychal James scored 13, Kevin Speer hit ten points and Daryl Dancy scored eight points.
Tracy in the game went 10-for-22 from the free throw line.
While the team might have hoped for an above-.500 finish, the future bodes well for the program.
“The kids worked hard this season,” Ornellas said. “These are going to be a bunch of successful kids.”