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Cougars can’t grab consolation

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POSTED December 13, 2009 1:48 a.m.
ELK GROVE – The Weston Ranch Cougars handed a Reno High a sturdy fight, but a last second push from Reno provided the difference in the Cougars’ 61-49 loss in the Mark Macres Tournament consolation championship.

The Cougars (1-4) found themselves trailing by five with less than a minute to play, when Reno found the bottom of the net on a desperation 3-pointer as the shot clock ran down. The deficit catapulted to eight, forcing Weston Ranch to foul the rest of the way.

Nate Moises led the Cougars with 15 points and five rebounds, while CharRay Poole finished with 12 points and five assists. Melvin Allen had a solid outing, chipping in 11 points to round out the Cougars’ leading scorers.

Weston Ranch has battled against some of the strongest teams in the area to open the season, leaving other areas to gauge improvements other than in the win-loss column.

“This three-game stretch was by far the best we have played all year,” Cougar head coach Ryan Bono said. “Defensively, rebounding, team effort; it all has been our best effort by far. I am really pleased with the progress we have made this tournament, even though we went 1-3.”

Weston Ranch will be back on the court Wednesday when they kick off the Tracy Holiday Tournament with a first round matchup against Johansen.

Granada Holiday Invitational
Granada 65, Ripon 45
The Indians’ struggles continued as they were upended by tournament host Granada High in the seventh place game Saturday.

Matt Ratto led Ripon (3-4) with 16 points, while teammate Kody Wengel added 12. Sophomore Jake McCreath chipped in 10.

The Indians have seen some tough times over the past week, but the groundwork for a successful Trans Valley League season is being laid now.

“We are getting better,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said. “We have played three quality division I programs and we are developing a new system that we are finally getting the personnel matched up with.

“Slowly we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.”

The Indians are scheduled for a trip to Manteca to take on the Sierra Timberwolves Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Galt Warrior Classic
Ripon Christian 45, Linden 44
The Knights closed out a solid tournament effort with the third place finish in the Warrior Classic thanks to a one-point win over the Linden Lions.

Tyler Goslinga once again was the Knights’ leading scorer, finishing with a game-high 15 points. Isaac Norman and Steve Vander Molen both chipped in eight for the Knights victory.

Ripon Christian jumped out to a 27-16 halftime lead and would never look back. Goslinga was also the high-point player on the glass, pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds as well/

Frank Godinez Tournament
Manteca 68,  Davis 61
The Buffaloes were good enough to walk away with the third place title of the Godinex tournament, handling Davis High for the second time on the season.

Kiwi Gardner and Ernie Pimentel led the Buffaloes with 14 points apiece, while E.J. Godfrey added 13. Gerry Cooper closed out the Manteca players in double-digits with a 10 point effort, he also grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots.

Manteca (6-1) continues to pile up the early season wins, but the squad still have areas for improvement if they plan on making a lengthy postseason run.

“We know that we need to improve on the boards,” head coach Dave Asuncion said. “It has been an area of emphasis all week. We want them to get better and they know they need to get better. If we want to make a run at VOL and are fortunate enough to make a run in the playoffs we have to get better defensively, on the boards and we cannot waste possessions.

“It’s a learning process and we are taking those necessary steps.”
— Jagada Chambers
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