Enochs stands tall again

OAKDALE -- If there is any doubt how Enochs High will attack Modesto Metro Conference foes, it ended Tuesday night.

The Eagles exploited their height to dominate the fourth quarter for a 67-58 win over Los Banos in the championship game of the Oakdale Rotary Classic.

Los Banos got within 49-46 on Eric Gutierrez's layup to end the third quarter, but any hope of rallying ended quickly.

Enochs opened the fourth by pounding the ball inside, with guards Tyler Wasden and Kolton Pico looking to 6-foot-8-inch Marcus Bell and 6-6 Scott Robertson.

That led to an 11-0 run, with Bell muscling in one shot and dunking another, for a 60-46 lead. With Los Banos sagging on Bell, Wasden nailed a 3-pointer from the right side to cap the run with 4:20 left.

Los Banos didn't back away from the taller Eagles, instead attacking them.

That spirit was illustrated by guard Javelle Beasley at the end of the first quarter. Despite giving up a foot to Enochs' frontcourt, he sliced to the hoop and banked in a layup at the buzzer for a 16-16 tie.

Enochs couldn't handle Andrae Jones (22 points) in the first half. He had 16 first-half points and LB led 30-27 at halftime.

But once Enochs committed to going inside in the second half, it gained the lead.

Bell (19 points), Robertson (14), LB's Rubal Sangha, Davis' Brian Jones, Oakdale's Robert Stout and Calaveras' Devin White were all-tourney selections.