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Del Real catapults East Union to much-needed win

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POSTED February 8, 2012 12:56 a.m.

The East Union High Lancers came away with a 57-56 overtime victory at Kimball on Tuesday.

Alex Del Real enjoyed a big game, hitting five of his 18 points in the extra session of the Valley Oak League contest.

But it was his pass to Jake Danhoff that made for the game winner.

“Alex drew triple-team (defensive) coverage but found Jake for the easy layup,” said East Union coach Brett Lewis.

Deadlocked 50-50 after regulation, Del Real converted on a three-point play and also buried straight-away jumper.

The Jaguars kept it close on Joe Walls’ basket, Alex Toledo’s two free throws, and Evan Owens’ put-back shot.

East Union (5-6, 13-10) dominated the first half, taking a 17-point lead while entering the break leading 31-18.

Kimball (4-7, 11-13) battled back behind the strong inside play of Walls and Owens. Both were able to control the boards.

The Jaguars tied the game with a put-back shot following a turnover with two seconds left in regulation.

“This game was huge for us, especially after we lost that big lead. But to come back in overtime says a lot about our guys,” added Lewis, who was helped out by Justin Nieto’s 23 points.

Sierra 74, Oakdale 38

Joseph Berry led a balanced Timberwolves’ attack with 18 points at Oakdale.

He converted five 3s, with Will Ward and D’ari Allen both chipping in with eight.

“It was a great team effort, particularly on defense,” said Sierra coach Scott Thomason.

The Timberwolves (11-0, 21-2) can clinch a tie for the VOL title with a win Friday against Lathrop.

Sierra led 37-23 at the half, and broke the game wide open with a 19-4 run in the third.

Entering the final period, Oakdale (2-9, 7-15) trailed 58-27.

Southern League

Ripon Christian 63, Denair 45

Jordan Goslinga had 11 to lead the Knights past Denair in the Southern League contest.

Jared Goslinga, Josh Van Groningen, and Jon Vander Molen each chipped in with 10 for first-place Ripon Christian (11-0, 19-5).

The Knights led 17-8 after the opening period, maintaining a comfortable 32-18 advantage at the break.

Sophomore

Sierra 59, Oakdale 42

Carlos Quintanilla had 19 and Bryson Sanders added 18 as the visiting Timberwolves topped the Mustangs.

Devin Nunez chipped in with 11.

“We did a great job of coming out strong in the second quarter,” said Sierra coach Justin Muschott.

His team trailed 12-9 before going on a 24-8 run.

“That set the tone for the rest of the game. We cruised (to the win) with everyone playing quality minutes,” Muschott added.

Freshman

Sierra 49, Oakdale 34

The Timberwolves were paced by Jordan Thompson’s game-high 23 points in the victory over the Mustangs.

Sierra (9-2, 15-3), currently in second place in the VOL behind Manteca, was helped out by Hunter Johnson’s 11 points.

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