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Sierra continues in right direction with big road win

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POSTED December 23, 2009 2:37 a.m.

MERCED – The Sierra Timberwolves were able to get another solid performance outside from Trevor Nogueira and cruised to a non-league victory over the host Golden Valley Eagles.

Nogueira led all scorers with 27 points, including three 3-pointers, while teammate Eddie Andrade chipped in 14 behind four 3’s. Sierra jumped out on the Eagles promptly, walking into halftime with a comfortable double-digit lead.

“I was very pleased with our effort out there,” Sierra head coach Scott Thomason said. “We had talked about wanting to beat a quality team, especially on the road. We outscored them 16-7 in the second quarter and headed to halftime with a 15 point lead.

“It was a good win all around for us.”

William Ward and Jerrod Patton both chipped in seven for Sierra.

 The Timberwolves (5-3) are finding their identity, giving the Sierra something to look forward to heading into the Valley Oak League season.

“We are pretty young and inexperienced,” Thomason said of his club. “We’re gaining experience and getting better every day. Right now we’re trying to improve on our details and just understanding of our system as well as the game.

“We have a long way to go, but we won’t be playing our best basketball until the end of the year.”

Ripon 49, Big Valley Christian 31

RIPON – The Indians had little difficulty disposing of the visiting Lions, cruising to an easy double-digit victory.

Ripon (4-5) took care of business, but the performance was not without blemish as Ripon opened the game with a lackluster effort and had to run the Lions down after a blistering start.

“We let them start out on an 11-2 run,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said. “It kind of felt like a Christmas walk through. They came out on fire and were 5-for-10 from 3-point land in the first half. They came out hot and we came out lethargic.”

Ripon turned things around in a hurry, thanks to a solid performance from Matt Ratto. Ratto finished with a game-high 17 points, while teammate Kody Wengel finished in double-digits with 13. Jared Ratto nailed a pair of 3-pointers on his way to eight points in the win.

The Indians will be back on the court Saturday when they kick off the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic in Salida.

Ripon Christian 69, Big Valley Christian 49

On Monday, The Knights were able to get back on the right track with its non league win over the Big Balley Christian Lions.

Tyler Goslinga finished  with a game-high 24 points, while teammate Steve Vander Molen chipped in 14. Ripon Christian also got a solid performance from Dan Van de Pol, who added 12.

— Jagada Chambers

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