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WEB EXCLUSIVE: MMC teams go undefeated to open Modesto City Classic

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The Modesto Metro Conference went 3-0 at Downey High during the opening night of the 16-team Modesto City Classic, though one of them gets an asterisk. Davis rallied in the fourth quarter to beat East Union 70-67, while Modesto pulled away from Buhach Colony late in the game for a 71-57 win. The Panthers had an eight-point advantage from the free-throw line, 17-9.

Downey’s opponent failed to show, giving the Knights a free pass into tonight’s 8 p.m. quarterfinal against Modesto – it will be fun to see if the Panthers can carry their success on the football field over to the court this winter. Davis plays Golden Valley in the 6:30 semifinal, while East Union meets Central Valley at 3:30. Buhach draws a bye into Friday’s 5 p.m. game at Downey.

Power forward Kory Johnson was huge inside for Davis, scoring 22 points, converting a number of offensive rebounds. Davis guard Donte Walker had four 3-pointers on his way to 20 poijnts, and Lance Castaneda went inside for his eight points and helped on the boards.

East Union was led by freshman guard Jordan Kron, who had 23 points and seven 3-pointers, while Junior Teejay Gordon had 16 points. The Lancers showed they’ve got some balance this season, too, with Ricky Inderbitzin (10 points, 7 rebounds) and Robert Vaughn (10 points, and 5 rebounds) helping out.

Golden Valley enjoyed its opener, with Rob Martinez (14 points) and Trek Fayerweather (12) combining for 26 points in a 61-41 win over Central Valley. Martinez and Fayerweather each hit two 3-pointers. It was close through three quarters, with GV clinging to a 39-37 lead before exploding for 22 points in the fourth quarter for the 20-point win.

Johansen won its Modesto City Classic opener at Enochs, as Derek Singer scored 16 points in a 60-55 win over Ceres. The Vikings went ahead during a 17-10 second quarter, and John Dhillion (13 points) and Beau Pimental (12) weren’t enough to spark the Bulldogs at the finish.

Elsewhere, Brandon Rogers (17 points) and Chase Gonzalez (11) kept Turlock Christian within striking distance through three quarters, but Elliot Christian proved to be too much and used a 20-13 fourth quarter for a 66-55 win.

Guillermo Ramirez made sure the Delhi Hawks had a good time, scoring 23 points in the 53-32 win over Venture Academy. The Hawks got in front early and pushed their lead to 27-14 by halftime, as Jose Hernandez (12 points) and Oscar Borg (10, 7 assists) made sure Ramirez had plenty of support. Oscar Pimental stayed busy under the basket with eight rebounds.

The Hawks’ press was too much to handle, and it turned into 18 fast-break points off of turnovers. Oscar Borg found Guillermo Ramirez for eight straight points in the first half on a Delhi 13-0 run.

Bret Harte (1-0) got itself into a wild one against Vacaville Christian, but survived for an 85-82 victory thanks to Martin De Anda (29 points) and Anthony Ballard (24 points)

GIRLS

The Escalon Lions Club Tournament is always a nice tip-off to the season, and the host Cougars fell 48-43 to Denair. Argonaut and Summerville lopsided games over Downey 63-16 and Delta 57-17, respectively, while Redwood Christian beat Riverbank 32-11.

Today at Escalon: 3:30 Riverbank vs Delta, 5:00 Escalon vs. Downey, 6:30 Redwood Christian vs. Summerville & 8:00 Denair vs. Argonaut. The JV tournament scores were: Central Catholic 33 Summerville 14, Oakdale 47 Riverbank 37, Argonaut 34 Downey 12. Escalon 52-6. In today’s JV tourney: 3:30 Summerville vs. Riverbank; 5:00 Downey vs. Denair; 6:30 Central Catholic vs. Oakdale; 8:00 Argonaut vs. Escalon.

Ripon’s volleyball team just finished its season Tuesday with a loss in the Northern California Division 5 final, but the Indians had plenty to celebrate Wednesday as Rachel Rodriguez (12 points) and Hanna Allen (10) combined for 22 points in a 41-26 win over Sierra. The T-wolves got some nice performances from Jaslynn Liotard (9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals) and Stephanie Vanni (4 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals)

“Ripon jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead and stretched it to 25-7 by halftime. We were getting hustle and good shots in the second quarter, but shots wouldn't fall,” Sierra’s Stephan Unterholzner said. “We got things together a bit in the third quarter and closed the gap to 11 by early in the fourth, but couldn't muster enough to get all the way back.

“All in all, I was happy with the way the girls hung in the game and refused to give, even down by more than 20 near the end of the second quarter ... they got tough. We just had dug too big of a hole to get out of.”

Madeline Birchall (19 points, 8 rebounds) was able to keep Hughson close for a while, but eventually Atwater and Patience Madayag (19 points) wore the Huskies down and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 62-47 win.

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