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East Union boys can’t close the deal vs. Enochs

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POSTED December 10, 2009 1:41 a.m.

MODESTO — East Union hoped speed and deadly perimeter shooting would help overcome Enochs’ overwhelming size advantage Wednesday, and for the most part they did.

But for the second straight outing the Lancers couldn’t hold on in a 77-71 non-league defeat.

Robert Son and Ty Galloway, both 6-foot-5 forwards, led the Eagles with 19 and 15 points, respectively.

East Union (2-3) never trailed until Enochs (3-1) took the lead for good with 3:40 left in the contest. The Lancers were ahead 57-52 going into the fourth period. Their biggest lead of the game was 11 during the second.

“What’s frustrating is that this is the second time in a row that we let one slip away,” East Union head coach Brett Lewis said while referring to Saturday’s 62-55 loss to Ceres in the Modesto City Tournament consolation championship game.

“Every game we’ve lost we led at halftime and in the third quarter but couldn’t finish.”

Teejay Gordon gave East Union an early lift by scoring 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half. He also drained four 3-pointers. Freshman Jordan Kron added 15 points, and Robert Vaughn had 11.

“We battled,” Lewis said. “The referees let us play, and they (Enochs) were big and physical. They always had two big guys on the floor, and their size just overpowered us. We only had 21 rebounds the whole game, and it wasn’t because we didn’t try.

“We boxed out like crazy, but they eventually wore us down.”

East Union 45, Enochs 40
The Squires (2-0) took the lead for good after firing in 14 unanswered points to start the third quarter.

Brandon Cline finished with 12 points to lead EU, and Wayne Cheung turned in 10. Enochs led 26-22 at halftime.

Enochs 66, East Union 55
Justin Ontiveros paced East Union with 18 points, and Justin Nieto chimed in with 17.

— Jonamar Jacinto
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