The West boys basketball team battled against Lincoln of Stockton for a 59-56 win on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Steve Thornton Gymnasium.
The teams played a close first quarter, and the Wolf Pack pulled ahead 28-22 by halftime.
West coach Derek Sprecksel said West (10-6) took a 10-point lead in the third quarter before Lincoln launched a scoring drive that tied it up.
West against extended its lead to 57-50 in the fourth quarter and held on from there.
Senior Kenneth Thompson led the West offense with 15 points, senior Alvin Crenshaw scored 14, and seniors Anthony Ross and Kenneth Thompson scored 10 each.
Kimball 44, East Union 43
Kimball High junior Jhordin Mellion emerged from the fray underneath the basket to score at the final buzzer in the Jaguars’ Valley Oak League opener against East Union at home Tuesday, Jan. 7.
The Jaguars (11-3, 1-0 VOL) had 13 seconds left to overcome East Union’s 43-42 lead when coach Joe Lawrence called a timeout. Two shots missed before Mellion jumped straight up from the middle of the key to for an airborne rebound and put-back.
“I saw it come out and did anything possible to get the ball back in the basket,” Mellion said.
Kimball held a 33-25 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Lancers (7-5, 0-1 VOL) cut the Jaguars’ lead to 42-40 in the final minute. East Union made 3-point shot with less than a half-minute left, which gave the Jaguars a final chance to take the game back.
After a timeout, Kimball moved the ball around the perimeter and drove toward the basket. Kimball coach Joe Lawrence said he told his players during the timeout that quick action would give them an opportunity to drive to the inside
“This group of kids, I always have confidence in them to somehow pull it out,” Lawrence said.
Millennium 64, Venture Academy 9
The Millennium boys outmatched the Mustangs from Venture Academy of Stockton in a home game at Tracy High on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
The Falcons (5-9) were on fire from the start, with senior Marques Shanks scoring nine of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter. The Mustangs hit just two field goals in the first half, two in the third quarter and none in the fourth.
Shanks also had 12 rebounds, and senior Derritt Scarver scored 10 points and pulled in 13 rebounds.
It was Millennium’s final pre-league game. The Falcons start Central California Athletic Alliance play on Jan. 17 against visiting Elliot Christian of Lodi at Kimball High.
Millennium coach Mike Woods said that Elliot Christian, defending CCAA champion Brookside Christian of Stockton and Big Valley Christian of Modesto are likely to be the Falcons’ toughest competition this year. The top three teams in the league will go to playoffs.
Tracy 63, Beyer 38
The Tracy boys basketball team (8-5) froze out the Beyer Patriots (7-8) in the first quarter of a pre-league game Monday, Jan. 6, at Tracy High.
The Patriots scored just one field goal in the first quarter, while the Bulldogs, led by senior Jeff Takahashi’s two 3-point shots, grabbed a 13-2 lead.
Junior Nate Brown led Tracy in the second with eight of his 12 total points, and the Bulldogs continued to outscore the Patriots through the second half.
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