Crowd at the top, Enochs' win creates four-way tie atop MMC

Marcus Bell streaked down the right side of the court, two Davis players in pursuit. They caught up to Bell just as he slammed it home, the whistle sounding for the foul.

Bell raised both arms in the air as the applause came down from the Enochs side. With just over a minute remaining in the game, it was a fitting exclamation point for the Eagles.

Bell scored 28 points -- 22 of those points coming in the second half -- as Enochs came back to defeat Davis 67-54 Friday night at Enochs High.

The win for the Eagles (14-6, 2-1 MMC) means there is a four-way tie atop the Modesto Metro Conference standings. Davis (11-8, 2-1) was the last remaining undefeated MMC team. Enochs and Davis are joined at the top by Downey (9-10, 2-1) and Johansen (6-13, 2-1).

The Eagles trailed 29-23 at the half, but the 6-foot-9 Bell, who entered the game averaging 21.4 points, had been quiet.

"Second half, my guards started getting me the ball inside," Bell said. "That was our plan."

And Bell started making the shots he was missing -- or not getting -- in the first half.

"When we get the ball inside, it opens up the rest of our game," Enochs assistant coach Brad McGhee said. "At the half, we told our guys to get the ball inside."

Lance Castaneda led Davis with 14 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Weston Toste came off the bench to add 12 for the Spartans.

The Eagles also got some key points from sophomore guard Matt Iles (12 points). He made two 3-pointers at the beginning of the fourth quarter, increasing the Eagles' lead.

Even though it's early, both teams knew the importance of the game. With the MMC shifting to a double round-robin schedule, there are only 10 league games.

"This game puts us right back in the race after Wednesday's loss to Downey," Enochs guard Tyler Wasden said. "It would have been an uphill battle had we lost here."

Instead, it's all tied up at the top.

"This was absolutely a must-win game," McGhee said. "They're all important from here."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at or 578-2300.