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T’wolves clamp down on Ceres’ potent offense

Andrade hits back-breaking 3’s in fourth while ‘D’ bears down

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T’wolves clamp down on Ceres’ potent offense

Sierra High forward David Keating gets his shot off over the outstretched arm of Ceres defender Lance Hunter Friday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED January 30, 2010 2:51 a.m.
A telling statistical category for Sierra High’s boys basketball team this season is points allowed.

The Timberwolves are winless in the six games that they’ve yielded over 60 points. But on Friday they improved to 6-0 when holding teams to under 40, clamping down on an otherwise dangerous offensive Ceres team in a 51-38 victory to cap off Winter Fest week.

Sierra (7-3 Valley Oak League, 14-7 overall), which has won three straight to keep within striking distance of Valley Oak League-leading Manteca (9-1) and Weston Ranch (8-1), led 16-6 after the first period and held the Bulldogs (4-6, 10-11) to a single point for most of the fourth until giving up two buckets, one a 3-pointer, with under 2 minutes remaining.

Justin Canatsy accounted for half of Ceres’ points with 19, but sharpshooting guard John Dhillon mustered just one and 6-foot-4 forward Lance Hunter had six.

“When we play with heart and desire, when we play Sierra defense and we move the ball around on offense we’re tough,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said. “I loved our first quarter; I thought we came out with energy.

“It was about doing the little things tonight.”

Sierra gutted the Bulldogs inside and out, holding a 39-19 edge in rebounding while using a balanced attack that included six 3-pointers.

One of those 3’s came from 6-4 sophomore center Will Ward, who finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“He’s been doing that in practice, so I’ve been waiting for that,” Thomason said.

Eddie Andrade drained four 3-pointers for all of his 12 points and also pulled down seven boards. Andrade was instrumental in helping the Timberwolves pull away late after Ceres recovered from its poor first-quarter effort and got within four, 32-28, off a turnover midway through the third.

Andrade hit back-to-back 3’s in the fourth, stretching Sierra’s lead to 47-33 with 4:50 left. Ward’s layup at the 2:04 mark represented the Timberwolves’ largest lead of 16.

Trevor Nogueira also had 12 points despite struggling from the field, but Thomason said his biggest contribution was his ability to facilitate the offense after Ceres closed in by quickening the pace.

“They came back and that challenged our character a little bit, but we stayed poised and made plays one possession at a time,” Thomason said. “Trevor hasn’t been shooting well from the outside, but he controlled the tempo for us and got us in our sets.

“Eddie Andrade hit some big shots for us late to give us some distance, and I thought we got good production from David Keating (five points) off the bench in the first half. It was a good team win for us, and we’ll see if we can keep rolling.”

Sierra will look to exact revenge Tuesday when it heads to rival East Union. East Union is responsible for one of the Timberwolves’ league losses, a 67-64 heartbreaker at home Jan. 8.
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