Davis High remained perfect in the Modesto Metro Conference, though it wasn’t easy as the Spartans had to survive a spirited fourth-quarter run and overtime before celebrating a 73-68 win Friday night.
Johansen (14-8, 3-2) stunned the No. 4 large-school Spartans (18-4, 5-0) on their homecourt by jumping to a 39-29 halftime lead, and behind the shooting of Malachi Batt (33 points) and Dakarai King (10). Davis turned the momentum in the third quarter, but could never pull away — in part due to its 12 of 25 night from the free-throw line.
Davis’ Kory Johnson (17 points) tied the game with a layup with 20 seconds to play, and the game went into OT when Johansen missed a Hail Mary toss at the buzzer to leave it at 66-all. The Spartans’ 6-foot-3 Lance Castaneda hit jumper and a free throw in OT, Davis assistant Chris Guptill said, and added a free throw to put Davis in front.
A few free throws by Jalen Jimerson (eight points) provided the winning margin. Johansen also hurt itself at the free-throw line, making just 5 of 16 tosses.
Batt was on fire in the second quarter with four threes and 14 points. He was well-defended, Guptill said, but couldn't be stopped and finished with nearly half of the Vikings’ points.
“We had a solid third quarter on offense and defense, and the fourth quarter was a war,” Guptill said. “Great crowd, great game. No lead more than three and it was back and forth.
"We were balanced with good contributions from Donte Walker (14 points), Johnson, and Castaneda. Lance was the best player on the floor for us and dominated inside. Kory scored all 17 in the second half and OT."
Modesto (8-13, 3-2 MMC) bounced back from Wednesday’s heartbreaking loss to Davis by rolling past Enochs 66-50 behind the strong play of Andre Barry (14 points) and Deangelo Williams (15). The Eagles (12-10, 1-4) jumped to a 17-9 lead after a quarter, but the faster, more athletic Panthers quickly reversed the tide with a game-deciding, 26-10 run for a 35-27 halftime lead. Scott Robertson scored 16 for Enochs, but the rest of the Eagles struggled.
NECK AND NECK — No. 2 large school Turlock set up a winner-take-all showdown for first place in the Central California Conference, as Eric Wetzel (24 points) Travis Souza (20) combined for 44 points in a 68-50 win over Atwater. Turlock visits top-ranked Merced (18-4, 6-1) on Wednesday, and the Bears made sure to keep pace with a 61-59 win over Pitman, despite a 29-point effort from 6-6 Dominic Romeo and a potential game-winning shot by the Pride in the final seconds.
Trek Fayerweather scored 23 and Golden Valley (12-10, 4-3) beat Los Banos 77-52, its third time over LB (5-14, 1-6) this year. Garrett Hill (14 points) and Justin Wooten (11) as GV outscored LB 43-24 in the second and third quarters.
MANTECA’S ROLLING — Kiwi Gardner scored 19 points, but it was a night for No.
3 large-school Manteca (16-5, 9-1 Valley Oak League) to spread the scoring during its 73-49 win over Lathrop. Ernie Pimentel and Gerry Cooper (10 points apiece) helped Manteca jump to a 25-12 lead after a quarter and remain in first place.
Alex Kiriluk (28 points) provided plenty of offense as Sonora (12-8, 6-4 Valley Oak League) topped East Union (9-10, 5-5) 63-51, though the Lancers did their best to stay in it by hitting seven 3-pointers. Sonora’s Josh Martin (18) countered with four treys of his own.
As usual, Sierra (15-7, 7-3) relied on its defense to stay with the contenders in the VOL, smothering Ceres 51-38. Sierra dominated underneath with a 2-to-1 rebounding margin, and sophomore Will Ward enjoyed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while sharp-shooting guard Eddie Andrade fired in four treys.
HITTING STRIDE — The Bee’s top-ranked small school, far below .500 at one point in the season, has hit its stride now that the Trans-Valley League season is here. Modesto Christian (10-8, 4-0) scored 36 points in the first quarter, and nine players scored at least seven points in a 104-37 win over Riverbank (9-11, 0-4).
It was a good night to be a guard for the Crusaders, with senior point man Isaiah Burse scoring 16 and sophomore JoeSue Chew came off the bench too hit three treys and score 15. Hayden Lee, MC’s 6-5 inside man who has been hampered by a persistent cold, broke out with 13 points. ...
Escalon (14-7, 3-1 TVL) has been one of the district’s most surprising programs, and the Cougars kept up their impressive streak with a 63-42 win over Hughson (2-16, 0-4). As usual, it wasn’t just one Cougars leading the way, but a group that included Brandon Shaw (11 points), Gino Franceschetti (nine) and the trio of Raymond David, Vince Audfermaur and Tyler Schurrman with seven each.
It was the sixth win in the last seven games for Escalon, with the only defeat coming at the hands of MC. Hughson’s Chris Pimentel scored 11.With the defense focusing on 6-7 Tyler Goslinga, Tyles Vos scored 20 points to lead Ripon Christian (16-3, 3-1) to a homecourt, 52-47 win over rival Ripon. A big difference in the game was the ability to score from beyond the 3-point arc: Ripon hit five and RC nailed nine, including six by Vos).
RC led 46-43 with 1:23 to play when Goslinga (13 points) hit a key shot to make it 48-43. The Knights then hit their free throws to clinch it. Matt Ratto scored 16 for Ripon.
WILD WEST SIDE — It doesn’t matter that neither team is competing for the Western Athletic Conference title, any meeting between Orestimba and West Side rival Gustine is usually heated. This one was no different, as Sunny Braich (23 points) and Korey Bettencourt (19) led Gustine to a 62-61 thriller over Orestimba, despite a 20-point night from Wyatt Brazil.
SUMMERVILLE STUMBLES — Summerville started and finished strong, but a stagnant second quarter and a 20-point by 6-7 Linden center Aaron Judge allowed Linden to post a 54-49 Mother Lode League win. Zach Roberson (15 points) and Tige Wingo (14) did their best to keep the Bears in it.
Big Valley’s (8-10, 5-3 Harvest Christian League) pressure proved too much for Venture, said BV coach Aaron Filburn, as steals led to transition baskets. Jon McCall racked up a double-double with 11 points and 17 rebounds in the Lions’ 69-45 win. Caleb Theodore had a balanced game with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
The folks in Le Grand for their last look at Mariposa big man Cody Wichmann, and aren’t they relieved. The husky 6-4 center scored a career-high 30 points and had 12 rebounds as Mariposa (17-3, 8-0) cruised to a 57-40 victory over Le Grand (9-7, 6-3).