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Enochs closing on MMC title

For three quarters, the Enochs High boys basketball team could do no wrong.

In the fourth quarter, it was Davis' turn; but it wasn't quite enough.

The Eagles jumped out to a huge early lead -- it was a 16-point spread with just over six minutes left -- and withstood a furious comeback by the Spartans in a 57-50 victory Wednesday night at Davis High School.

The Eagles (19-6, 7-1) remain alone atop the Modesto Metro Conference standings, one game ahead of Johansen. Davis (14-10, 5-3 MMC) is alone in third place.

"We went from zero wins last year to 19 this year," said Enochs forward Tyler Wasden, who scored seven points. "It's pretty amazing."

Early, it looked as though the Eagles would have an easy time of it. Their full-court press gave the Spartans many problems. On the offensive end, Enochs made easy baskets due to fast ball movement.

"Early, we could do no wrong," Enochs assistant coach Brad McGhee said. "Then all of a sudden we were on our heels."

Enochs led 48-32 on a basket by Marcus Bell with 6:46 left, and it was all Davis for the next five minutes. Ryan Michael (game-high 18 points) started the rally with a layup, sparking a 10-0 run. After a Matt Iles free throw to keep the Eagles' lead at 49-42, Lance Castaneda scored on a three-point play, followed by a 3-pointer from Michael.

Enochs guard Kolton Pico scored on a layup in traffic, but Castaneda answered with two free throws. The Spartans made a stop, and Castaneda actually had a shot for Davis to take the lead. But his 15-footer bounced off the rim and the Spartans had to foul.

"The kids battled back, they nearly had it," Davis coach Dan Pacheco said. "Now we have to win both of our remaining games."

Enochs can clinch a share of the MMC crown with a victory tonight at Beyer.

"The guys put their time in," McGhee said. "They've worked so hard."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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