Mariposa needs double OT to top Le Grand

LE GRAND -- Trace DeSandres can't wait to play Le Grand again.

Two weeks should be enough time to let the sweat dry from the hair and shirt of the Mariposa coach.

DeSandres had plenty to sweat about on Tuesday night as he watched Mariposa pull out a 64-58 double-overtime thriller against Le Grand in the first of three matchups this season of the top two Southern League teams.

"Oh boy," DeSandres said. "They're all going to be barnburners. You can just see it.

"I'm looking forward to it. As hard as it is, that's what this is all about."

Mariposa (11-5, 4-0 SL) overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force the first overtime.

DeSandres boys did it with patience.

Mariposa pounded the ball into its 6-foot-6-inch center Cody Wichmann. (21 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks).

Le Grand's Ian Thompson countered Wichmann with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Mariposa used an 11-0 run to a 41-40 lead with 3:05 left in regulation.

"We hit a dry spell for a little bit," said Le Grand coach Raul Alvarez, whose team dropped to 9-2 and 3-1.

"We stopped attacking and that changed the game."

The lead changed hands down the stretch before Le Grand's Zach Moreno hit a free throw to tie the game at 45-45 with 31 seconds left.

Le Grand's Noel Rojas hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first overtime only to see Mariposa fight back again to tie the game at 53-53.

Mariposa's guards were the difference in the second overtime.

Frankie Pena, Jarrett Miller and Hank Northrop all came up with big plays to finally put Mariposa out in front.

"Le Grand has been our rival as long as I can remember," said Wichmann, a junior.

"It's a great feeling to get out of this place with a win."

WATERFORD 72, DENAIR 32, at Waterford -- Colin Cole scored 19 points and Jordan Marchy added 14 points and 15 rebounds as the Wildcats (7-9, 3-1) beat the Coyotes (4-12, 1-3).

DELHI 72, TURLOCK CHRISTIAN 44, at Delhi -- Marcos Raya scored 22 points as the Hawks (2-7, 1-3) toppled the Eagles (2-8, 0-4). Teammates Ramiero Perez and Brandon Lutz scored nine apiece.

Western Athletic Conference

HILMAR 61, ORESTIMBA 52, at Hilmar -- Luke Lamarre had a great all-around game with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot as the Yellowjackets (10-5, 1-2) beat the Warriors (10-4, 0-3).

Hilmar point guard Noel Zaldana added 12 points, five steals and three assists.


BRET HARTE 62, HUGHSON 42, at Hughson -- Will Finn scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Bullfrogs (9-6) cruised past the Huskies (4-7). Rene Braeuer and Chris Pimentel each scored 10 points for Hughson.

LINDEN 62, ESCALON 30, at Escalon -- Aaron Judge and Manuel Perez each scored 16 points as the Lions (4-5) doubled up the Cougars (4-12). Justin Gutierrez led Escalon with eight points.

MODESTO CHRISTIAN 98, ARGONAUT 72, at Salida -- Johnny Hutton erupted for 29 points and 11 rebounds as the Crusaders (5-7) trounced the Mustangs (2-12). Reeves Nelson scored 20 points and Anthony Pratt 12 for MC.

RIPON 67, CALAVERAS 56, at Ripon -- Matt Ratto scored 19 points as the Indians (8-8) jumped out to a big lead then cruised to the victory over the Redskins (9-5). Ripon led 59-37 midway through the fourth quarter before Calaveras went on a 17-2 run highlighted by five 3-pointers.

Dane Wells scored 16 points, Efren Sifuentes had 14 and Dane Wells 10 for Ripon.

AMADOR 63, RIPON CHRISTIAN 62, at Ripon -- Clinton Tremelling scored 16 points and made three 3-pointers, but none were as big as his final bucket, a trey with eight seconds left to give the Buffaloes (9-7) the victory over the Knights (8-7). Tyler Goslinga had a game-high 17 points for Ripon Christian.

RC led 60-57 late, but Amador's Justin Williams made a 3-pointer with 1:36 left to tie it. Daniel Vande Pol gave the Knights the lead with a lay-up with 30 seconds left.

SUMMERVILLE 44, RIVERBANK 42, at Riverbank -- Tige Wingo scored 16 points, leading the Bears (7-8) past the Bruins (7-7).

Summerville led 38-21 heading into the fourth, but Riverbank came back. With just under a minute remaining in the game, the Bruins cut the lead to two points. But Summerville's Taylor Hold made two free-throws for the win.

Lucas Pope had 12 points to lead Riverbank.