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EU earns tough win in Vacaville tournament

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POSTED December 7, 2012 12:26 a.m.

East Union High opened with a blistering first quarter, but a defensive lapse in the third nearly cost the Lancers in a 61-50 Gene Honk Williams Memorial Basketball Tournament victory in Vacaville Thursday.

The Lancers (3-0) raced to an 18-7 first quarter lead and would add to it for their halftime cushion. The third quarter was no different for the Lancers as they scored a respectable 13, but surrendering 19 to Dixon on the defensive end gave Dixon its first lead of the contest. They would take a two point lead only to see Jordan Kron (19 points, three 3-pointers) immediately answer and sink a 3-pointer to put the Lancers back on top for good.

“We battled,” East Union head coach Brett Lewis said. “We definitely got tested tonight and I am proud of our guys for the way they fought.”

Justin Nieto finished in double figures with 14 and Robbie Gleockler chipped in with 10.

The Lancers will continue action in the 20th annual tournament with the winner of the Vacaville-Woodland contest at 6:30 p.m.

Galt Tournament

Bear Creek 64, Ripon Christian 53

The Knights were off to a good start after building a quick first quarter lead, but it wouldn’t last as they fell to Bear Creek 64-53 Thursday in the first round of the Galt Tournament.

Ripon Christian saw its advantage slip away when Bear Creek bruised the Knights for a 23-point second quarter. The Bruins stayed hot in the second half, outscoring Ripon Christian over the final two periods.

“We played good against a really good Bear Creek team,” Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen said.

The Knights will try and get back into the win column at 4 p.m. todaywhen they take on the loser of the first-round Elliot Christian-Liberty Ranch contest.

Granada Tournament

Castro Valley 83,Ripon 37

Ripon head coach Rod Wright knew that if his Indians were going to stand a chance against Castro Valley and their top prospect Eric Clayton that they’d have to make the most of their scoring chances.

And that didn’t exactly happen in Ripon’s 83-37 loss Thursday in the first round of the Granada High tournament in Livermore.

“They had a press going tonight and we turned the ball over significantly,” Wright said. “And we had difficultly shooting. I wish it was better but they were a good defensive team and they were contesting all of our shots. That made it real difficult.”

The Indians will try to get back on track with its first win of the season at 3:30 p.m. today when they take on Antioch at Grenada High.

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