MANTECA -- Students whispered amongst themselves, while the announcer dug for information "on this John Sykes guy" before the game.
Yes, the Sierra High gymnasium was abuzz Wednesday night with tales of Golden Valley's travels and rim-rocking dunks by the point guard.
But those hoping to see a show left disappointed. Instead, the Timberwolves put their own star on display, pulling away late for a 65-51 nonconference victory in their home opener.
Christian Williams scored 21 of his game-high 30 points in the second half, connecting on five 3-pointers as Sierra (2-3) snapped a five-game winning streak for the Cougars (5-1).
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Sykes had a team-high 17 points.