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East Union’s win streak reaches 10

Nieto scores 21 points as Lancers ward off Bear Creek

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East Union’s win streak reaches 10

Justin Nieto leaps past Bear Creek’s Dwayne Lee to score two of his game-high 21 points for East Union Thursday.


POSTED December 28, 2012 1:20 a.m.

East Union’s winning streak survives another day.

The Lancers opened the 7th Annual Bruin Shootout in Stockton Thursday night and held off host Bear Creek, 66-59. It’s the 10th straight victory celebrated by the Lancers to start the season, but much like most of their other wins this one did not come easily.

“They ran three or four different full-court presses and three or four traps, but our guys stayed poised every time they came down court,” East Union coach Brett Lewis said. “I give a lot of credit to Bear Creek, because they really tried to keep us off balance as much as possible and kept our guys on their toes. It was stressful trying to figure out what (defense) they were in on every possession, but our guys showed maturity.”

Justin Nieto was clutch in the fourth quarter for EU scoring eight of his game-high 21 points including two 3-pointers. During one stretch in the final period the Lancers went to 6-foot-6 center Jacob Danhoff (18 points) on three straight possessions and he converted every time. Jordan Kron added 15 points for East Union, and Aaron Ramos had eight.

Bear Creek (8-5) trailed for most of the contest but found ways to stay within range, mainly by hitting 3-pointers. Sophomore Quinn Ryan, a 6-6 guard, drained three 3s and finished with 13 points for the Bruins. Standout Dwayne Lee paced them with 17.

In the first half they were active on the offensive boards and remained in the hunt that way early on.

“We gave up 12 points off offensive rebounds in the first half,” Lewis said. “We rebounded much better in the second half, and that was a big adjustment.”

East Union takes on McNair of Stockton tonight at 7:30 in a semifinal.

Columbia Tournament

Sierra 57, Atwater 32

Eric Melgar recorded a team-high 11 points, and Guillermo Nunez had 10 as the guard tandem led Sierra’s balanced attack.

Atwater (9-6) was never in the game, trailing 32-13 at halftime. Post Ben Peterson accounted for half of the Falcons’ points with 16 of his own.

Sierra (7-3), which captured the last two Robert & Mary Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic titles, squares off with Escalon at 3 today in the semifinals.

Oakdale Rotary Classic

Ripon Ch. 57, Pitman 30

The Knights (7-2) opened with a 16-6 first-quarter lead and held Pitman (4-10) to just 10 points in the opening half en route to their fifth straight victory. They play tourney host Oakdale in the semifinals tonight at 8.

Point guard Dan Vos spearheaded RC with 12 points nine assists and four steals. Eric Broker added 11 points, and Jon Vander Molen ended up with 10.

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