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Buhach Colony cracks CCC win column

ATWATER -- The Buhach Colony boys basketball team didn't make it easy on its coach.

John Bliss' kids led for the entire fourth quarter, but kept things interesting down the stretch.

There were inexplicable turnovers, shots that went up way too early in the shot clock and enough missed free throws to allow a scrappy Atwater team to hang around.

BC wouldn't be relinquishing this lead, however.

Jarrel Davis' breakaway layup with 30 seconds left put all doubt to rest and Bliss' squad picked up their first Central California Conference victory of the season with a 69-59 victory over Atwater.

"People argue that there are some other good leagues out there, but I don't know if any are as tough as ours," Bliss said. "Wednesday's loss to Golden Valley was draining both physically and mentally and you have to give the guys a lot of credit for getting back up for this one."

That didn't always appear to be the case on Friday night.

With BC struggling to shoot, Atwater quickly took control.

Bryant La Count had his way on the inside, scoring five of his team-high 16 points in the first quarter.

Atwater (1-10 CCC, 6-19) couldn't sustain its play, though.

"I thought the first half was the difference in the game," Atwater coach John Kane said. "They weren't playing very well and we started missing layups.

"We let them off the hook."

Buhach (1-9 CCC, 10-15) fought its way back into the game by hitting the offensive glass.

BC outrebounded Atwater 32-21 in the first half, 21 of which were offensive.

"They were missing 3s and we let them get offensive rebounds," Kane said. "You can't do that on the road and expect to win."

Justin Lewison shot BC back into the game, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the second quarter to help Buhach take a 26-24 lead into intermission.

Atwater self destructed in the second half, committing 15 turnovers.

BC took advantage, getting easy transition buckets from Davis (game-high 20 points) and Hodari Peterson (11).

Any chance for an Atwater comeback was wasted at the free-throw line, as Kane's squad made just 15 of 33 attempts.

"We knew we had to win," Davis said. "We're too good a team to go the whole conference season without a win.

"We brought it tonight and we finished the whole game for once."

At Buhach Colony

Atwater 14 10 19 16 -- 59

Buhach Colony 10 16 21 22 -- 69

ATWATER -- Eriq Belt 10, Andrew Rogers 8, Juan Diaz 6, Jose Rivas 2, Giovanni Dalmaso 4, Colton Beatty 9, Bryant La Count 16, Albert Martinez 4. Totals 22 15-33 59.

BUHACH COLONY -- Hodari Peterson 11, Jarrel Davis 20, Denzel Brown 8, Adrian Gonzalez 5, Justin Lewison 16, Daniel Bolsar 7, Adam Wakefield 2. Totals 26 11-22 69.

3-pointers: Atwater None, Buhach Colony 6 (Davis 2, Lewison 3, Bolsar); Total Fouls: Atwater 16, Buhach Colony 21; Fouls Outs: None. Technicals: Buhach Colony (Peterson).

Records: Atwater 1-10 CCC, 6-19; Buhach Colony 1-9 CCC, 10-15.

JV -- Atwater 45-31.

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