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Sierra defense, sophomore post shine in opener

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POSTED December 29, 2009 3:26 a.m.

SONORA — Sierra doesn’t want to give up its crown that easily.

The Timberwolves turned the defensive effort up a few notches in the second half and rode the inside-outside threat of sophomore post Will Ward and senior guard Trevor Nogueira in their 66-54 victory over Summerville to open the Robert Dominik Fuchs Classic at Columbia College’s Oak Pavillion.

Sierra (6-3), which claimed last year’s tournament title, was behind 40-31 at halftime yielded just three points in the third and 14 total in the second half.

“It wasn’t anything about ‘X’s’ and ‘O’s,’ it was about effort,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said. “The intensity on defense was not up to our standards, so at half we talked about playing hard and competing.”

Nogueira and Ward certainly did their part.

The sharpshooting Nogueira stroked in 20 points, while Ward controlled the key to the tune of 22 points. Thomason said he also had over 20 rebounds. Eddie Andrade tossed in three 3’s for nine points.

Summerville (3-6) was led by Jared English’s 15 points.

Sierra will tangle with Central Catholic, which beat Downey of Modesto Monday, in the semifinals today at 3.

Bear Creek Tournament

Berkley 68, East Union 61
STOCKTON — Jordan Kron was red hot from the behind the 3-point arc, where he rattled in nine field goals for the bulk of his 31 points.

But it wasn’t enough against North Coast Section power from the East Bay. Berkeley (6-2) was well ahead 40-23 at halftime and staved off Kron and the Lancers over the final two quarters.

Ricky Inderbitzin added 13 points for EU.

“It was a tough loss,” East Union coach Brett Lewis said. “The 12-day layoff since our last game hurt us. We came out flat and didn’t really get going until the fourth quarter.”

East Union takes on Stagg or Burbank today.

— Jonamar Jacinto


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