Boys basketball: West affirms postseason berth with decisive win over Edison
by Bob Brownne
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The Wolf Pack took full advantage of its ability to pierce through the Edison defense early in Wednesday’s 76-50 win in West’s Steve Thornton Gymnasium.

West senior Kenneth Daye scored 12 of his 22-points in the first quarter as the Pack (18-8, 7-2 Tri-City Athletic League) took a 28-6 lead over Edison (6-19, 3-6 TCAL) at the end of the first.

“We ran a great fast break and several guys got layups off of passes up the court,” West coach Derek Sprecksel said.

“When we build that type of lead early that gives us the freedom to play more kids and they all got significant minutes.

By the end of the third quarter Sprecksel had put everybody on the roster in the game and nine of the 11 players put points on the scoreboard.

Senior Alvin Crenshaw scored 12 points, senior Kenneth Thompson scored nine, senior Anthony Ross scored eight, sophomore Isaiah Grady scored seven, junior Elijah Tuando scored six and freshman Ephraim Estell scored six points and had six rebounds.

West already has already clinched a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff berth and holds second place in the Tri-City Athletic League behind St. Mary’s. The Pack finishes its regular season on Friday at home against Stagg.

Sonora 50, Kimball 47

The Kimball High boys basketball team was knocked out of contention for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs with a 50-47 loss at Sonora on Wednesday.

Even if the Jaguars can win their last two Valley Oak League games, including Friday at home against Lathrop and Tuesday at Weston Ranch, Kimball (15-10, 5-7 VOL) won’t finish ahead of the two teams now tied for second, Lathrop (15-9, 8-4 VOL) and Manteca (17-8, 8-4 VOL). In spite of a 47-45 loss to Manteca on Wednesday, Sierra (19-5, 11-1 VOL) has clinched first place in the VOL.

Kimball coach Joe Lawrence said his team trailed Sonora 27-13 at the half on Wednesday.

“We really had a rough start offensively,” he said. “The ball would not go in for us.”

The Jaguars outscored Sonora in the third quarter and briefly held the lead. The game came down to the final minute, when junior Jhordin Mellion hit two free throws to tie it up 47-47 with 32 seconds left. Sonora hit a 3-point shot with three seconds on the clock. Lawrence said Kimball got its last-chance shot when Mellion passed to senior Ben Juarez, who had an open look for a 3-pointer, but the ball rattled around in the hoop before bouncing out.

Juarez and senior Bryer Peet both scored 12 points and Mellion scored nine.

Chavez 59, Tracy 45

The Bulldogs were unable to make up for their first-half deficit at Chavez High on Wednesday. The Chavez Titans (16-10, 6-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association) jumped out to a 34-15 lead at the half as Tracy (12-11, 4-5 SJAA) missed its layups early in the game.

Senior Josh Brakkee led the Bulldogs with 12 points and eight rebounds, and junior Druce Asah scored eight points.

The outcome puts Chavez in second place in the SJAA behind Lincoln. Tracy can still finish in a three-way tie for third place with Bear Creek and Lodi. The Bulldogs’ must beat Bear Creek in their last regular season home game on Friday, and they must get help from Lincoln, which must beat Lodi on Friday to create the three-way tie for third.

Delta Charter 61, Excel Academy 57

The Delta Charter Dragons came up with a strong third quarter to pull ahead of Excel Academy in Stockton on Tuesday in a non-league matchup.

Dramell Pitts scored 12 points for Delta Charter and De’Andre Ragsdale scored 11.

The Dragons (18-5, 9-2 Mountain Valley League) hold second place in the league, but with three games left they won’t have a lock on the SJS Division IV playoffs until they get at least one more win.

Brookside Christian 73, Millennium 39

Millennium’s boys lost to Brookside Christian in Stockton on Tuesday night, dropping the Falcons to fourth place in the Central California Athletic Alliance while Brookside (22-3, 8-0 CCAA) keeps its hold on first place in the league.

The Falcons (8-15, 3-5 CCAA) have two must-win games left, including Friday’s game at Stone Ridge Christian in Merced. A likely showdown for third place in the CCAA, and a trip to playoffs, against Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage will be on Tuesday at Kimball High.

Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

 

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