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Sonora rides Mays’ hot hand past East Union

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Sonora rides Mays’ hot hand past East Union

East Union guard Aaron Ramos goes past Sonora forward Nick Mays on his drive to the hoop.

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POSTED January 18, 2013 12:10 a.m.

With the game on the line, the East Union High boys basketball squad went ice cold from the field against Sonora Thursday at the Dalben Center.

In the 45-41 Valley Oak League loss, the Lancers missed on several chances in the waning seconds.

“We had some great looks at the basket but our shots just weren’t falling,” said East Union coach Brett Lewis, who saw his team drop three of its last four games.

The Lancers (2-4, 13-5) were patient on offense and challenged nearly every shot on defense. But Sonora (2-4, 7-12) managed to salvage some earlier shooting woes when Nick Mays found his range from beyond the 3-point arc in the third.

The 6-4 senior hit three in that stretch, accounting for nine of his team’s 11 points in the quarter.

Prior to that, East Union had a 28-22 edge at the half thanks in part to a pair of treys by Eric Lewis, a putback basket coupled with a three-point play by Aaron Ramos, and a drop step to the hoop by Jake Danhoff in the second.

But Mays’ effort was offset by Danhoff, who netted nine of his game-high 16 points in the third.

Deadlocked at 39-39, both teams had trouble scoring in the final quarter.

Sonora’s Josh Thacker finally broke the tie with a basket at the 3:40 mark. However, Robbie Gleockler answered back a few seconds later with a drive to the basket.

The Wildcats went ahead moments later when 6-7 senior forward Ben Bates found a way to score past three defenders.

East Union, in the final two minutes, had three chances to either tie or go ahead. But it was no dice as the Lancers came out empty.

Mays secured victory for Sonora by coming away with a big rebound in final seven seconds and junior guard Will Collamer iced it with a pair of free throws.

“Sonora’s big size advantage may have been enough to disrupt our shooters,” said Lewis.

Thacker led the way for the Wildcats with 12, Bates had 10, and Collamer and Mays both finished with 9.

Besides Danhoff, Lewis hit for 6 while Andrew Ruiz and Gleockler both had 5 for the Lancers.

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