Johal boosts Livingston

LIVINGSTON -- Harnarinder Johal signaled his intent on Friday night with his first shot of the game.

The 6-foot-5 Livingston center spun from the left side of the block and bounced his shot attempt off of the left side of the rim.

Before Patterson could even react, Johal was already in the air, laying in his rebound.

Even when the senior missed, he was there to get his own putback.

Patterson had no means of stopping either scenario.

Johal finished with a game-high 32 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks and Livingston bounced back from its first Western Athletic Conference loss of the season with a convincing 72-60 victory over Patterson.

"This was basically a must win," Johal said. "Anything can happen, but coming back from a loss to Central (Catholic) and Patterson would have been really difficult."

Johal played like Livingston's season was on the line.

The senior scored 15 of Livingston's 20 points in the first quarter and pulled down seven rebounds.

Unfortunately for Angelo Naldi's squad, the second quarter wasn't as kind.

Johal received a technical foul 15 seconds into the second quarter when his attempted slam dunk bounced off the back of the iron.

Johal slammed home the rebound while still hanging from the rim to earn the T.

Thirty seconds later he was relegated to the bench for the rest of the half after picking up his third foul.

Led by Felix Mapanda (20 points) and Justin Nuckolls (15 points), Patterson seemed poised for a big run.

Livingston absorbed Patterson's initial surge and behind guards Josh Avina (11 points), Gurpreet Sangha (10) and Brian Rivera (nine), actually expanded Livingston's lead to 39-31 at the half.

"It's obviously a different game when (Johal) isn't on the court," Avina said. "We were able to move the ball around well and find some open guys."

Patterson tightened things back up in the third quarter, but Livingston put the game away with a 9-2 run to open the fourth.

ENOCHS 63, JOHANSEN 60, at Johansen -- Marcus Bell led all scorers with 26 points as the Eagles (13-6) tipped off Modesto Metro Conference play with a victory over the Vikings (4-13).

Deven Cannon led Johansen with 16 points, while Eric Chavez added 13.

Central California Conference

GOLDEN VALLEY 94, BUHACH COLONY 54, at Merced -- John Sykes scored 25 points as the Cougars (15-3, 2-1 CCC) rolled past the Thunder (9-9, 0-3 CCC). Alex Fletcher had 17 points and Richard Thomas added 14 points -- including four 3-pointers -- for GV.

Hodari Peterson led Buhach Colony with 13 points.

TURLOCK 53, LOS BANOS 29, at Turlock -- Eric Wetzel scored a game-high 17 points and Travis Souza netted 12 to help the Bulldogs (11-8, 2-2 CCC) rout the Tigers (3-1 CCC), who were led by Rubal Sangha's nine points.

PITMAN 61, ATWATER 45, at Atwater -- Edgar Lopez had 17 points, Jaspreet Bassi 11 and Matt Lavendar 10 as the Pride (2-1 CCC) defeated the Falcons (5-14, 0-4). Lopez and Bassi had three 3-pointers apiece for Pitman.

Eriq Belt led Atwater with 13 points, while Colton Beatty had 10.

Valley Oak League

WESTON RANCH 60, EAST UNION 40, at Manteca -- Nathan Moises led three players in doubles figures with 14 points in the Cougars' (9-7, 4-0 VOL) victory over the Lancers (2-14, 1-3).

Ronnie Collins scored 13 and Josh Inis 11 for Weston Ranch. Ricky Inderbitzin's 10 points paced East Union.

SONORA 51, CENTRAL VALLEY 44, at Sonora -- Brenden Evans had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Wildcats (9-6, 2-2 VOL) withstood a 21-point performance by Central Valley's Trevor Mew that included four 3-pointers to beat the Hawks (6-10, 1-3).

Chris Beleele also had 13 rebounds for Central Valley.

CERES 60, OAKDALE 38, at Ceres -- Martino Bertolotti's game-high 19 points lifted the Bulldogs (6-10, 1-3 VOL) over the Mustangs (1-14, 0-4). Justin Canatsy joined Bertolotti in double figures for Ceres with 12 points.

Southern League

Le GRAND 80, DELHI 64, at Delhi -- Noel Rojas erupted for 41 points and Ian Thompson scored 23 to lead the Bulldogs to a victory over the Hawks (2-9, 1-4 SL).

Raya Marcos led Delhi with 20 points, while Brandon Lutz and Mario Orozco added 12 apiece.

MARIPOSA 71, WATERFORD 64, at Mariposa -- Cody Wickman had 21 points and 14 rebounds in the Grizzlies' (13-5, 5-0 SL) victory over the Wildcats (3-2 SL).

Pierce Chaney scored 17 points and Hank Northrup 14 and six assists for Mariposa.

Kyle Masterson scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, for Waterford. C.J. De Deaux had 13 points for the Wildcats.

Western Athletic Conference

] CENTRAL CATHOLIC 36, HILMAR 26, at Central Catholic -- Dan Hulst scored 10 points and Ken Mashinchi had nine points and 14 rebounds in the Raiders' 13-3, 4-0 WAC) win over the Yellowjackets (10-6, 1-3).


AMADOR 66, HUGHSON 46, at Sutter Creek -- Justin Williams scored 1 points, including three 3-pointers, and Clinton Tremelling had four treys among his 17 points to lead the Buffaloes (10-7) to a nonleague win over the Huskies (6-9). Jack Rodgers paced Hughson with 14 points.

ESCALON 56, SUMMERVILLE 53, at Summerville -- Leighton Pangilinan's 14 points helped the Cougars (5-12) get past the Bears, who got 13 points apiece from Tige Wingo and Dustin Perkins.

MODESTO CHR. 73, LINDEN 43, at Modesto Christian -- Johnny Hutton scored 20 points, Leo Prophete 16 and Marcus Butler 11 in the Crusaders' (6-7) victory over the Lions.

Aaron Judge's 12 points paced Linden, while Greg Cooke and Austin Alvarez tallied 10 apiece.

RIPON 59, BRET HARTE 47, at Angels Camp -- Matt Ratto's 20-point night included a 10-for-10 effort from the free-throw line -- eight of which came in the fourth quarter -- to lead the Indians (8-8) past the Bullfrogs (9-7).

Efren Sifuentes scored 14 points and Ryan Baker chipped in 10 for Ripon. Will Finn led Bret Harte with 19 points.