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Sequeira helps Sierra secure win over Turlock

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POSTED December 16, 2017 1:03 a.m.

TURLOCK — After holding Turlock to just seven points in the third quarter, the Sierra boys basketball team staved off a late charge from the Bulldogs for a 62-57 nonleague win Friday.
“In the fourth quarter we were missing free throws and had a hard time getting rebounds, but we made plays when we needed them,” Sierra coach and Turlock grad Scott Thomason said.
The Timberwolves (3-5) led by as much as eight in the third quarter but found themselves down one with about two minutes left in the game. Miguel Sequeira, who made three 3s and finished with a game-high 18 points, drew a foul while attacking the basket and drained both free throws to give his team the lead back. Sierra followed with a defensive stop, and Jaime Ochoa delivered a long pass to Romero Sesma for an easy layup.
Ochoa contributed 15 points in the T’wolves’ balanced scoring effort. Jaylen Jackson added eight, while sophomore Kendrick Currey and Jaedon Curry chipped in seven apiece.
Turlock (4-4), which dropped its fourth in a row, was paced by Adrian Espinoza’s 17 points. Cameran Sherwood drained three of the Bulldogs’ four 3s and ended with 15 points.
“We’re going to continue to improve as a team; there’s a lot of work to do,” Thomason said. “We want to get to a point where we can sustain our effort for 32 minutes. Teams are scoring too many points on us and we want to shore that up, but I’m proud of the guys for digging it out on the road. Hopefully it gives them confidence moving forward.”
Sierra heads to Sacramento next Tuesday to face Christian Brothers.

Ripon Christian 59,
Kimball 57
RIPON — Andrew Vander Weide delivered a pass from the high post into Jacob Vander Hoek for an uncontested layup with 35 seconds left, as the Knights (5-3) completed a dominant fourth-quarter finish.
Kimball (4-5) led by seven after three quarters but was outscored 16-7 down the stretch. The 6-foot-8 Vander Hoek ended up with 16 points, while Vander Weide had 12. Freshman Braden Van Groningen scored 10 points, Austin Reis had nine and Jadon Vander Molen eight.
Kainoa Ballungay poured in 23 points for the visiting Jaguars from Tracy. Imran Madison added 12.

El Capitan 59, Manteca 56
ELK GROVE — Manteca (1-5) jumped out to a 20-11 lead before the Gauchos (6-2) of Merced slowly chipped away. El Capitan outscored the Buffaloes 20-16 in the final period to win the Cosumnes Oaks Running with the Pack Tournament semifinal.
Kyle Bolding and Gino Campiotti scored 11 points apiece, while Matthew Ender tallied 10 for Manteca. El Capitan was led by 6-4 wing Marcus McCutchen’s 16 points. El Capitan plays Cosumnes Oaks (4-2) for the championship today, while the Buffaloes (3-3) square off with Elk Grove in the third-place game.

Girls basketball
Lodi 71, Weston Ranch 61
STOCKTON — Lodi (4-8) made 5 of 7 free throws in the fourth quarter to put it away and got 21 points from Brooke Aberle.
Mariah Ghattas spearheaded Weston Ranch with 13 points and made 3 of 6 3-pointers. Damaysha Huff pitched in 12 points and nine rebounds, Justice Stitt hit three 3s and finished with 11 points and Nia Boston added eight points, nine assists and three steals.
“We were coming off playing five games in seven days, so we needed to practice,” Weston Ranch coach Darrell Johnson said. “Having practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday really helped. We’re showing improvement where we need to.”
The Cougars will look to end a six-game losing streak today against reigning Central Coast Section Division IV champion Half Moon Bay (5-1) tonight at 6:30. They’re playing in a showcase event hosted by Mt. Diablo High in Concord.

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