Central Catholic High, with expectations of competing for the Western Athletic Conference title, started off on the right foot Tuesday night by beating Gustine 64-48.
The Raiders (10-3, 1-0), who visit defending WAC champ Patterson on Friday, led 29-19 at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter.
Ken Maschinchi (16 points, 10 rebounds) controlled the action around the basket and the Raiders were 8 of 8 from the free-throw line in the third quarter for a 46-31 lead. Dan Hulst (10) and Alex Case (12) combined for 22 points to support Maschinchi's inside game.
MODESTO CHR. 81, BRET HARTE 54, at Angels Camp — Johnny Hutton scored 11 of his 20 points in the second half as the top-ranked small-school Crusaders (3-6) pulled away from the Bullfrogs (8-5). Will Finn (19 points) hit four 3-pointers in the second to keep the Bullfrogs close — each team scored 26 in the period and MC went into halftime with a 41-36 lead — but MC used its pressure defense to limit Bret Harte to 18 points in the second half.
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UCLA-bound Reeves Nelson scored 12 points in limited minutes for the Crusaders, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, while sophomore brother Raymond scored 11.
RIPON 48, LINDEN 46, at Linden — Efren Sifuentes (17 points) nailed a 3-pointer , his third of the night, with 4 seconds left as the Indians (6-8) topped the Lions (4-4). Ripon dominated the second quarter for a 28-19 halftime lead, but Aaron Judge (18 points) and Greg Cooke (13) helped the Lions rally late.
Ripon's Matt Ratto scored 14 points, despite being face-guarded by the Lions much of the game.
SUMMERVILLE 49, HUGHSON 30, at Tuolumne City — The youthful Bears (5-6), who start three sophomores and two juniors, took charge in the second half on their way past the Huskies (4-5). Sophomore point guard Taylor Gold (11 points) played atop the Bears' 1-3-1 zone, preventing the Huskies from establishing any rhythm.
Zach Roberson, an all-District honorable mention quarterback in the fall, scored 14 and keyed the Bears' 19-6 run in the third quarter. Roberson scored seven in the pivotal period and Jordan Sooter scored eight of his 10 points. The Bears, giving up just 42 points a game this season, held Hughson to 23 through three quarters.
CALAVERAS 58, RIPON CHR. 48, at San Andreas — Devin White scored 12 of his 21 points in the first quarter and the No. 5 small-school Redskins (10-4) used a smothering defense in the third quarter to pull away from the Knights (7-6). The Redskins led 31-28 at halftime — Daniel Vandepol (13 points) helped keep the Knights close — but a 16-7 run after halftime boosted the lead to 47-36.
BIG VALLEY 72, VENTURE ACADEMY 55, at Modesto — Center Tucker Richardson dominated inside, scoring 23 of his 27 points in the first half and posting his 12th double-double in 14 games, to lead the Lions (7-7) to victory. Richardson, who was 7 of 7 from the free-throw line and sat much of the second half, helped Big Valley to a 47-24 halftime lead.
LE GRAND 77, TURLOCK CHR. 27, at Le Grand - Noel Rojas (25 points) hit three of the Bulldogs' (8-2, 2-0 Southern League) eight 3-pointers to beat the Eagles (2-7, 0-2).
MARIPOSA 63, DENAIR 51, at Mariposa — Husky junior center Cody Wichmann and Cassius Camus scored 14 points apiece and made sure the Grizzlies (10-5, 2-0 SL) controlled the key during their win over the Coyotes. The shorter Coyotes trailed 15-5 after a quarter and Mariposa never let them catch up.
While Wichmann and Camus were tough inside, Hank Northrup scored most of his 17 points from the perimeter, capitalizing on a defense that was forced to sag on Mariposa's inside game.