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Williams drops 39; T’Wolves handle Ceres

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POSTED January 31, 2009 5:20 a.m.
Continuing his bid for the Valley Oak League’s Most Valuable Player honors, Sierra High’s Christian Williams added another highlight to his ever-growing resumé, dropping 39 on Ceres Friday night in a 69-59 home win.

“Christian was big-time,” Sierra head coach Scott Thomason said. “We got out to a good start up 30-14, but Ceres ended the second with a 12-1 run.”

Up 31-26 at the break, Sierra controlled the flow of the second half, leading most of the final 16 minutes by a double-digit margin.

“It never got closer than six,” Thomason said.

Trevor Nogueira finished with 15.

The T’Wolves (7-1 VOL, 15-5 overall) head into a huge week starting Wednesday when Sonora (6-2) comes calling.

“We have to concentrate on Sonora,” Thomason said. “It’s not going to be the same type of game that it was up there. They’re going to be looking for a little revenge.”

Sierra will then seek out its own revenge Friday with a trip to Manteca.

Weston Ranch 63, Central Valley 49
In Ceres, the Cougars remained in the thick of the VOL hunt with an impressive win over the Hawks.

Nathan Moises finished with 16 and Derrick Sykes led the way with 20.

Weston Ranch held Trevor Mew to just six points on a pair of 3-pointers and Keymonte Wooten had 10.

“The defense did a great job, especially on Mew,” Cougars head coach Ryan Bono said. “We held them to one shot and attacked on offense.”

Weston Ranch (6-2 VOL, 11-9 overall) heads to Oakdale Wednesday.

Sonora 45, East Union 26
Nick Garcia, Corey Hardesty and T.J. Brown each had four for the Lancers in the loss.

On the bright side, EU held Sonora power forward Brenden Evans to just 10 points.

“We did a good job on him,” Lancers head coach Eric Simoni said.

EU hosts Ceres Wednesday.

— Brandon Petersen
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