Bell dominates inside as Enochs tops Davis

OAKDALE -- When Marcus Bell was whistled for his fourth foul with 5 minutes, 24 seconds left Monday, Enochs High's 6-foot-8-inch center turned to the bench as if he was leaving.

"I usually go out if I pick up a fourth foul, but coach left me in because I had helped give us momentum," Bell said. "I just made sure to play smart after that."

Bell had dominated the game to that point and the fourth foul didn't adversely affect his play.

He finished with 29 points, including 23 in the second half, as Enochs beat Davis 68-55 to earn a berth in tonight's title game of the Oakdale Rotary Classic.

Enochs faces Los Banos at 8. Los Banos topped Oakdale 43-28, putting the host Mustangs in the third-place game against Davis.

After a quiet first half, a result of three fouls and a lack of inside passes, Bell took charge. He got to the hoop for two quick baskets in the third quarter and it was clear Bell was on a mission.

"I'm taller, bigger and quicker this year," said Bell, who scored eight in the last 2:11 of the game. "I have to give it to our guards for getting that ball in to me."

Tyler Wasden and Matt Iles began looking to Bell every possession. Davis led 27-24 at halftime.

Davis, whose tallest starter is a shade under 6-3, couldn't focus too much of its defense on Bell.

"Scott (Robertson) and Abel (Watts) give me a lot of help inside," said Bell, referring to his 6-6 and 6-7 teammates. "We're a big line and we work well together. It's all of us with one goal."