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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Riverbank, RC to square off in title game

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Trans-Valley League rivals Riverbank and Ripon Christian square off tonight at 7 o'clock in the championship game of the Riverbank Tournament.

The two teams rolled over their semifinals foes on Friday night.

Zack Gonzales made sure Riverbank enjoyed its game with neighboring Oakdale, scoring 20 points in the Bruins’ 51-31 victory, while Tyler Goslinga dominated inside for 27 points as RC topped Calaveras 60-46.

Logan Vos scored 13 points for the Knights, who used a 21-12 second quarter for a 27-26 halftime lead. They pulled away early in the fourth quarter, despite to efforts of Calaveras’ Devin White (16 points).

In the Modesto City Classic, Johansen topped city rival Enochs 79-66, despite the efforts from the Eagles’ trio of Scott Robertson (20 points), and Ty Galloway and Abel Watts (13 points apiece).

Central Catholic raced to a 41-12 halftime lead on its way to a 63-24 win over Lathrop, while Manteca rallied in the fourth quarter and went on to beat Pitman 79-75 in overtime behind Kiwi Gardner’s 52 points. Also, Justin Canatsy’s 21-point night led Ceres past Beyer 62-50.

Over at Downey High, meanwhile, East Union beat Buhach Colony 80-55, Golden Valley outscored the host Knights 26-8 in the fourth quarter for a 60-34 win and Davis had its way with rival Modesto 77-50.

It was another big night for EU freshman guard Jordon Kron, who had 29 points and helped the Lancers to a 50-32 halftime lead. Kron scored 25 of his game-high 29 in the first half, and three-year starter Ricky Inderbitzin filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

Junior guard Teejay Gordon added 15 points, and senior center Ken Ramos held his own against the taller Thunder with 12 points and four rebounds. EU faces Ceres today at 4:30 at Enochs in the consolation final.

Bret Harte maintained its hot start, as Matt Brechtel, Matt Airola and Conrad Epps scored 13 points apiece in a 68-41 win over Hughson. The Bullfrogs (2-0) led 39-16 at halftime, as the Huskies (0-1)struggled to find scoring beyond Julian Farhound (12 points).

Point guard Brandon Rogers scored 26 points, but was equally effective dishing the ball to his teammates in Turlock Christian’s 67-60 win over Rite of Passage. John Heller (17 points) and Chase Gonzalez (11 points) benefited from Rogers’ passes.

While it was a disappointing night for Sonora’s football team, the basketball team came through with a victory as Josh Martin scored 16 points and the Wildcats used a smothering defense to beat Tokay 50-35. Martin hit five 3-pointers.

GIRLS

Argonaut completed its impressive run through the Escalon Lions Club Tournament, rolling past Redwood Christian 75-34 in the championship game. Summerville beat Denair 48-27 for third place, while Riverbank outlasted Downey 29-20 for fifth and the host Cougars topped Delta 47-29 for seventh place.

Speaking of championships, Oakdale will play for the title at the Golden Valley Tournament, after Cassandra Clark hit three treys on her way to a 23-point night to lead the Mustangs past Hoover of Fresno 56-32 in a semifinal. The Mustangs, who also got 12 points Naydee Fernandez and led 28-14 at halftime, play Dublin in today’s 2:30 p.m. final.

After a slow start, Kelsey Tillema (22 points, 13 rebounds) and Ripon Christian caught fire on their way to a 63-31 rout of Brookside Christian

"Defensively, we made some adjustments after the first quarter which proved effective against Brookside's outside game," coach Kelli Tillema said. "We were a solid 21 for 32 from the free-throw line."

Mikaela Alger (13 points) and Raeann DeRousse (10, seven rebounds) made it difficult for Brookside to focus too much of its defense on Tillema, and RC used a 17-6 second quarter to take a 30-19 halftime lead.

In a tight game that saw Linden lead by 10 points in the third quarter, Enochs (4-0) used its tandem of senior guard Brittany Arnold (14 points, three treys) and junior forward Taylor McCain (15 points, to pull out a 47-44 win in the round-robin Pitman Tournament. Arnold’s 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining put the Eagles up 46-44, then she made a free throw with 8 seconds to play. Enochs plays Pitman tonight at 7:30 and Linden finishes with Le Grand at 6.

VeAnne Navarro (16 points, six assists, five steals) and Alexandra Cariker (14 points) combined for nearly two-thirds of Johansen’s points, as the Vikings beat Lodi 46-35 in the Sonora Kiwanis Tournament. Jocy Davison helped the Vikings inside with 14 rebounds.

It was tight in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, Johansen coach Jeff Koester said, with Johansen up 31-29. Johansen outscored Lodi 14-6 over the last 5 minutes of the game to win going away. Johansen will play Davis today at 1:30 pm for the consolation championship.

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