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East Union High's Ricky Inderbitzin fades away from the base line to get his shot off over Ripon Christian defender Logan Vos during Monday's Foundation Game at Dalben Center.


POSTED December 1, 2009 3:40 a.m.

Twenty two-year-old Brett Lewis’ debut as East Union High’s varsity boys basketball head coach went smoothly.

The same can be said about freshman Jordan Kron, who scored 18 of his Lancer-leading 21 points in a 67-52 Foundation Game victory over visiting Ripon Christian Monday.

Proceeds from the 8th Annual Foundation Games will benefit the Sac-Joaquin Section’s A. Dale Lacky Scholarship program, which awarded 50 students — including Sierra’s Heather Scharmann and Ripon Chrsitian’s Matt Unruh — $34,000 last year.

The bad news for Lewis and Co. is that the game doesn’t count, but it was a nice first outing for a program that went a combined 19-60 over the past three seasons.

Junior Teejay Gordon also debuted at the varsity level, pouring in all 10 of his points in the second half. His 3-pointer with 2 minutes remaining gave East Union its largest lead, 67-47, and final bucket.

Senior Tyler Bylow dropped in four treys to make up the bulk of his 13 points.

Lewis, a 2005 East Union grad, was a part of the program’s last of three straight Valley Oak League championship teams.

“It’s a win in our books,” he said. “It doesn’t count against our record, but it gives our guys a little bit of confidence going into our four games this week.”

Adding to East Union’s confidence is that it controlled a team that advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V quarterfinals a year ago.

It was a classic matchup between the Lancers’ speed and Ripon Christian’s obvious size advantage.

Tyler Goslinga, a returning 6-foot-7 center, led all scorers with 25 points and accounted for nine of the Knights’ 11 first-quarter points. Logan Vos contributed 13 points.

East Union led 12-11 after one but extended its cushion to 33-22 by halftime and never looked back.

“We can get up and down the court and our press was semi-effective tonight,” Lewis said.  “Our goal was to be ready for this game. Since summer workouts, we’ve been working for this.”

East Union will complete its busy week at the four-day Modesto City Tournament starting Wednesday.

In other Foundation Games Monday:


Manteca 73, Ripon 43

At Winter Gym, junior point guard Kiwi Gardner paced the defending VOL champions with 20 points, and junior E.J. Godfrey added 11 in the blowout.

Sophomore Taylor Hasal and Jesson Franklin chipped in nine apiece. Matt Ratto pumped in 13 of his 15 points in the first half for Ripon.


Weston Ranch 56, Stagg 51

WESTON RANCH — Nate Moises fired in 19 points for the victorious Cougars (0-1). CharRay Poole ended up with 12.

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