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Lancers hold on for berth to consolation finals

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POSTED December 30, 2009 2:00 a.m.
STOCKTON — The East Union boys basketball team nearly squandered its nine-point halftime lead, holding on for a 58-57 win over Stagg in 4th Annual Bear Creek Bruin Shootout Tuesday.

The Lancers (5-4) bounced back from a tournament opening loss to Berkley and will face tournament host Bear Creek for the consolation title today.

“We couldn’t finish them off and they just kept hanging around,” East Union head coach Brett Lewis said. “The fourth quarter they came out scrappy and hit a couple of shots while we missed some and put them right there.

“Our shots weren’t falling for the second night in a row, so we had to battle back to win it.”

East Union survived with a balanced scoring attack, getting a team-leading 11-point effort from Robert Vaughn.

Tyler Bylow and Jordan Kron both finished with 10, while Ricky Inderbitzin and Teejay Gordon added nine and eight, respectively.
East Union and Bear Creek previously met for a thrilling matchup back on Dec. 16. The Bruins held what they thought was a comfortable 19-point halftime lead, but ultimately fell 84-80 at home.

“Bear Creek wants to beat us bad after what happened a couple of weeks ago,” Lewis said. “We’re prepared for that; we have already talked about it. They definitely will not give us as many shots, so we’re going to have to earn everything we get.

“We’re going to have to win by going to the rim and not shooting.”

Fuchs Classic
Central Catholic 44, Sierra 40
SONORA — The Timberwolves (6-4) squandered an opportunity to make it back-to-back Dominick Fuchs Classic championships when they were beaten by the Central Catholic Raiders in second-round action Tuesday.

Sierra had one of its worst efforts of the season, landing a spot in the tournament’s third-place game. The Timberwolves will meet up with Valley Oak League foe Sonora at 3 p.m. for third place.

Non-league
Weston Ranch 71, Franklin 69
WESTON RANCH — The Cougars (4-6) had four different players finish in double digits led by Ronnie Collins’ 15 points and nine rebounds.

Melvin Allen and Nate Moises turned in 14 apiece, and CharRay Poole chipped in 10.
Weston Ranch never trailed and led 39-29 at halftime. Franklin hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it close.

“Our team plays its best when it comes out with energy, and we did that tonight,” coach Ryan Bono said.

The Cougars close out the preseason with Buchanan of Fresno at Delta College Saturday. The game, which is a part of the Stockton Showcase, tips off at 2.
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