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Boys Roundup: Central Catholic opens conference by beating Gustine

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.

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.

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