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T’Wolves take preview of VOL opener

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POSTED December 31, 2009 2:53 a.m.
SONORA – Sierra High will open up the 2010 Valley Oak League season with a visit from the Sonora Wildcats, so the Timberwolves’ 52-47 win in the third-place game of the Dominick Fuchs Classic helped Sierra close out the preseason in the best possible way.

Sierra (7-4) held a slim one-point lead heading into the intermission, but unlike its previous outing, the Timberwolves closed out the final period with the effort that was most definitely pleasing to the Timberwolves’ coaching staff.

“Yesterday we were up four going into the final quarter and got outscored,” Sierra head coach Scott Thomason said. “So I was proud of the fact that we outscored Sonora 18-14 in the fourth quarter.

“It was good to see us finish this game much better.”

The win took every bit of Sierra’s best effort, going into the final period with just a one-point lead. Both clubs came in looking to close out non-league play with a win, but more importantly with a surprise or two left to be revealed in Tuesday’s VOL opener.

“We didn’t show them everything and I am sure they didn’t show us everything,” Thomason said. “We’re both going to go make adjustments after that game, but this one was important for us.

“We wanted to bounce back from a disappointing loss and we were able to do that.”

Trevor Nogueira and William Ward led Sierra in scoring with 14 apiece and teammate Eddie Andrade finished in double-figures with 13 points on three 3-pointers. Edy Guzman chipped in with nine.

Nogueira, who earned all-tournament honors, made good on a pair of field goals from beyond the arc.

Bear Creek Bruin Shootout
Bear Creek 64, East Union 63
STOCKTON – The Lancers were unable to close out a solid run through the 4th Annual Bear Creek Bruin Shootout, dropping a one-point heartbreaker to the Bruins in the tournament consolation final.

East Union (5-5) fought back into the contest after trailing 27-23 at the half, but ran into a wall in the final period as Bear Creek went on a 16-0 run to grab the lead.

“We played great, they played good,” East Union head coach Brett Lewis said. “It was a great game that felt like a league game. It was a great game and a great atmosphere for us to go into league on.”

East Union was led by Jordan Kron’s 19 points and teammate Teejay Gordon finished with 16. Senior Ricky Inderbitzin added nine.

East Union will open VOL action Tuesday when they travel to Ceres to take on the Bulldogs. The two clubs met during the Modesto City Classic Dec. 5, with Ceres pulling out a 62-55 win over the Lancers.
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