The Tracy High boys basketball team spent most of the night catching up to the Chavez Titans on Friday, Jan. 24, in San Joaquin Athletic Association action at Tracy High. Even after compensating for an early deficit the Bulldogs finished with a 65-56 loss.
The Titans jumped on the Bulldogs (10-8, 2-2 SJAA) early. A quick Chavez team (12-9, 2-2 SJAA) grabbed its defensive rebounds, forced repeated turnovers and scored nine points in the first two minutes before Tracy got on the scoreboard. Chavez held a 23-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We knew right out the gate that they were athletic and quick,” Tracy senior 6-foot-6 forward Josh Brakkee said. He added that after the Bulldogs adjusted their pace the challenge was to stay in control of the inside. Brakkee collected 14 rebounds for the night but also had to guard against Chavez 6-foot-4 forward Lewis Hayes.
Tracy outscored Chavez in the second and third quarters, and briefly held the lead in the fourth after senior Josh Brakkee grabbed a rebound and passed the ball up the court to senior Devin Foster, whose shot put Tracy up 47-46.
The momentum shifted back to Chavez after the Titans hit a couple outside shots.
Brakkee led the Tracy offense with 21 points and junior guard Druce Asah scored 20.
West 71, Edison 52
The Wolf Pack held a 30-28 lead at the half at Edison High on Friday, Jan. 24, but the Wolf Pack (14-7, 3-1 Tri-City Athletic League) opened up in the third quarter to take a commanding lead over the Vikings (4-16, 1-3 TCAL).
Senior Alvin Crenshaw scored 21 points for West, senior Kenneth Daye scored 19 and senior Kenneth Thompson, with his best-scoring night of the season, hit four 3-point shots to contributed to his 16 total points.
Brookside Christian 68, Millennium 26
The Brookside Christian Knights took control early in their win over Millennium on Friday, Jan. 24, at West High. The Knights (17-3, 3-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) were up 35-15 at the half and held the Falcons (4-11, 1-2 CCAA) to just four field goals in the second half.
Leading scorer for the Falcons was junior Matthew DeWitt, whose two 3-point shots in the fourth quarter contributed to his eight points for the night.
Weston Ranch 54, Kimball 53
The Kimball High boys basketball team finished just shy of a win at home after a wild finish against Valley Oak League opponent Weston Ranch on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Kimball High.
The Weston Ranch Cougars won it 54-53 after a game that was close all the way through, with teams never more than eight points apart. For most of the second half both teams put up defenses that effectively guarded the inside.
“We were doing everything we could to get inside but they were doing a pretty good job of locking it up,” Kimball junior Jhordin Mellion said. “We knew we would have to come in shooting good.”
The game came down to the last three minutes of regulation and then an overtime period.
The Jaguars (13-6, 3-3 VOL) took a 46-45 lead with 2:33 left, but the Cougars (9-10, 5-2 VOL) hit a 3-point shot with 1:51 left and then a free throw with 12 seconds on the clock to go up 49-46. Kimball coach Joe Lawrence called a time out to set up the play, where Bryer Peet took his position on the left side just outside of the three-point line and place his shot right through the net.
Teams traded the lead four times in overtime, and the Cougars took the 54-53 lead with two seconds left after a scramble for the ball underneath the basket. Peet got one more shot from half-court at the buzzer, but the ball bounced off the rim.
“They executed what we talked about and at the end got a pretty good look. That’s all I can ask for,” Lawrence said.
Leading scorers for the Jaguars were Mellion and senior J.D. Schmidt with 12 points each, and Peet scored eight. Schmidt had 10 rebounds.
Delta Charter 64, Tioga 23
The Delta Charter Dragons were relentless against the Tioga Timberwolves on Thursday, Jan. 23, in Groveland in Mountain Valley League play. The Dragons (13-5, 5-2 MVL) held a 36-13 lead over the Timberwolves (2-9, 1-4 MVL) at the half and continued to dominate through the second half.
Junior Dramell Pitts led the Dragons’ offense with 16 points, junior Daniel Zeratsion added 12 points and junior Deandre Ragsdale scored 11.
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