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BC boys crack win column

ATWATER -- John Kane noted that both Atwater schools have their share of weaknesses.

And as the Atwater coach saw it, whichever team could exploit them could walk away with its first Central California Conference victory on Wednesday night.

Unfortunately for Kane, the most serious weakness of all is failing to put the ball in the basket.

Atwater shot 5 for 32 from the field in the second and third quarters, allowing Buhach Colony to cruise to a 68-42 victory.

"We've had issues scoring all year," Kane said. "But we were one pass and shot all night. We can't do that and run any kind of decent offense.

"Maybe we were a little nervous because we were at home and it was our rivals, but you could see we were rushing things."

Buhach (1-5 CCC, 7-14 overall) appeared to do just the opposite.

Seemingly unfazed by the emotions of playing against its cross-town neighbor, BC executed its game plan calmly.

Six Buhach players finished with at least a half-dozen points -- led by Braden Williamson's 15 -- and BC shot 50 percent from the field.

"We always try to come out ready to play, but I think because it was Atwater we were a little extra focused," Williamson said. "It was kind of weird.

"We came out calm and played that way the whole game."

With six baskets in the opening quarter, Atwater (0-6 CCC, 4-16) trailed just 18-14.

But then came a stretch with only five baskets over the next 16 minutes.

Feeling its hot hand, BC took full advantage and pushed its lead to 29 points while finishing with its highest point total of the season.

"It's been a long time since we've scored 68 points," Buhach coach Steve Abrams said. "We just put the ball in the bucket and they didn't.

"We did a good job of keeping the shots coming from the outside and they didn't hit them."

Despite the convincing win, there wasn't a great deal of celebrating on Buhach's sideline.

"We're happy to get the win, but we don't feel it should be our first," Williamson said. "We feel we should have beaten some other teams, and hopefully we will in the second half."

Central California Conference



At Atwater

Buhach Colony 18 17 22 11 -- 68

Atwater 14 7 7 14 -- 42

BUHACH COLONY -- Bradon Wilkins 6, Denzel Brown 4, Hodari Peterson 9, Jordan Hoffman 8, Joey Lopez 2, Demario Porter 10, Braden Williamson 15, Adrian Gonzalez 4, Shane Munden 6. Totals 26 8-21 68.

ATWATER -- Andrew Rodgers 6, Jose Rivas 2, Colton Beatty 9, Dexter Coward 7, Ricardo Sanchez 4, Brian Cooksey 9, Ricardo Hernandez 2, Albert Martinez 3. Totals 15 10-20 40.

3-pointers: Buhach Colony 9 (Wilkins 2, Pollock 2, Porter 2, Williamson 2, Peterson), Atwater 2 (Beatty, Martinez); Total Fouls: Buhach Colony 21, Atwater 17.

Records: Buhach Colony 1-5 CCC, 7-14; Atwater 0-6 CCC, 4-16.

JV -- Buhach Colony 43-27.

Frosh -- Atwater 41-32.