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Golden Valley holds off Timberwolves

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POSTED December 10, 2013 1:56 a.m.

Sierra was unable to recover from a slow start in its 57-52 loss to Golden Valley in Merced this past Saturday.

The host Cougars (3-0) took an 18-9 lead into the second quarter and never trailed since, but Sierra (2-1) was able to close to within three on more than one occasion in the fourth.

Devin Nunez’s nine points led the Timberwolves, and Josh Patton chipped in with eight. Christian Carroll fired 21 points to pace Golden Valley, which also got 13 and 12 from Devon Powell and Evan Stillahn, respectively.

“We were playing catch-up all game and had chances in the end, but we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said. “(Golden Valley) shot well and we didn’t. We also had 17 turnovers. We have to play better when we play on the road against a good team.”

Sierra faces another good team in undefeated Cordova (3-0) on Wednesday, when the T’Wolves tip off The McDonald’s Classic hosted by Edison of Stockton. Sierra’s opening-round contest takes place at Franklin High.

Riverbank 72, Ripon Christian 56

On Saturday, the Knights (2-1) lost the championship-round contest to the Ron Peterson Tip-Off Tournament host for a second year in a row.

Ripon Christian took a 4-0 lead at the outset before the Bruins returned fire with 21 unanswered points.

Fourth-year standout Rolaun Dunham poured in 26 points for Riverbank (4-0). Sean Broker finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for RC. Travis Vander Molen buried three 3s and contributed 13 points.

Riverbank 64,  East Union 49

On Monday, East Union (2-3) struggled to contain Riverbank’s speedy guards, Reilly Nabors (19 points) and Dunham (17 points).

The Lancers got 12 points each from center Jake Danhoff and Drew Ruiz.

“We handled their press pretty well,” said coach Ryan Tarr, “but turnovers in halfcourt and transition defense hurt us a little bit. We didn’t execute very well.”

East Union will soon get to work out the kinks, but not after tonight’s game at Stagg. The Lancers are playing their sixth game in seven days.


Ripon 52, Tokay 26

Sophomore Jill Jamero led a balanced effort against the visiting Tigers of Lodi on Monday, finishing with 13 points. She was followed by Morgan Carrico’s 10 points, Zaire Davis’ eight and Ellie Waters’ seven.

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