The Davis High boys basketball team 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, behind the shooting of Malachi Batt (33 points) and Dakarai King (10).
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 a jumper and a free throw in OT, Davis assistant Chris Guptill said, and added a free throw to put Davis in front.
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."
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).
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.
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 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.
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).
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 Cougar 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.
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.
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, and Jon McCall's points and 17 rebounds led the Lions' 69-45 win.