Three Modesto City Schools boys basketball teams will receive a pre-Christmas report card beginning tonight at the 16-team Tracy Winter Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Modesto (3-5) will open against Ceres (3-1) at 6 p.m. at West High. Both teams enjoyed some success at the Modesto City Classic — the Panthers placing third and Ceres winning three straight after a first-round loss to Johansen. At Tracy, Johansen (6-2) faces Weston Ranch (1-3) at 3, and Enochs (3-6) meets Turlock (6-0) at 6. After a four-day slog through the championship, consolation and outbrackets, the finalists will meet at Tracy Saturday night at 7:30.
Grace Davis (6-4), the finalist at the City Classic won by Manteca two weekends ago, journeyed to Stockton to defeat McNair 70-58 Tuesday night.. Lance Castaneda (14 pts, 9 rb) and Kory Johnson (17 pts) dominated the key in the second half. McNair outscored the Spartans 19-13 in the fourth quarter as Thomas Morris finished with 21 points. At Atwater, Downey (1-8) fell off the pace in the third quarter and was beaten by Atwater 54-48. Eriq Belt of the Falcons (4-4) led all scorers with 17 points, including two 3-pointers.. Tim Richard topped Downey with 12.
East Union (3-3) knotted its record with a 69-65 road win over Patterson (0-3), keyed by 20 points by freshman Jordan Kron, 14 by senior Ricky Inderbitzin and 10 by senior Tyler Bylow. Seventeen 3s were swished in this game, 12 by the Lancers (Kron 3). Kent Foster, the Tigers’ skilled 6-foot-1 senior guard, totaled 24 points. Jake Saavedra, a senior, netted three 3s en route to 15 points, and 6-3 sophomore Nick Ward finished with 12 points.
Wyatt Brazil connected on important baskets down the stretch as Orestimba held off Big Valley Christian 63-55 in Newman. Big Valley Christian ran off seven straight points to take the lead during the third quarter but the Warriors stabilized and still led by 7 going into the final eight minutes. One more BVC push brought the Lions no closer than five points behind. Brazil had 14 points, but his team’s top scorer was Ramone Pious with 17. Corey Wells starred for BVC with 16 points, six rebounds, five steals and five assists. Jon McCall recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Big Valley again travels Thursday night, this time to Hilmar.
Riverbank improved to 6-1 with a 54-47 win over Bret Harte as Zack Gonzales picked up 13 of his 19 points during the second half. Ivan Manriquez made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line to seal the victory. In a game played Monday night, Sunny Braich scored 10 of his 20 points during the fourth quarter during Gustine’s 69-57 win over Waterford. The Redskins used its transition game to erase a 30-23 halftime deficit.
Enochs, one of the Stanislaus District’s busiest teams thus far, overcame a slow start at Los Banos to defeat the Tigers 60-49. The Eagles (7-3) were led by Shanika Blunt with 15 points, including 9 of 12 from the line. Los Banos (3-4), topped by Michelle Ceja with 12 points, open against Chowchilla at the Le Grand tournament Thursday night. Patterson (5-2) held Hughson (6-2) to only 2 first-period points and went from there to defeat the Huskies 55-36. Manpreet Grewal paced the Tigers with 14 points. At Hilmar, September Easter had 12 points and Alyssa McFaddin added 11 points and six assists as Hilmar (4-2) raced by Denair 61-31. Chelse Wooten scored 11 points for Denair (2-6).
Ripon Christian (3-4) used its inside power to stop Valley Christian of Dublin 52-32. The Knights’ players in the key — Kelsey Tillema (18 pts), Raeann DeRouse (18) and Mikaela Alger (8) — accounted for 44 of the team’s 52 points. Amanda Boersma recorded five steals for RC. Brittany Smith starred for Valley Christian (3-4) with 20 points.