How did East Union reserve guard Briona Fontenot celebrate her 16th birthday on Friday?
RIPON – Millennium High looked as if it was up for the challenge, but a 22-7 run to open the second quarter provided Ripon Christian with all the cushion the Knights would need to win the opener of their own tournament, 77-63.
HILMAR – Lathrop High opened the Hilmar Tournament with a strong showing in a loss Thursday, but now the Spartans are hoping to streak after earning their first varsity win, 50-35, victory over the Summerville Bears.
Down 19-14 at halftime, visiting Ripon pieced together a 10-2 run in the third and surged to a 34-28 win against East Union Friday.
LATHROP - Mark Maynard admitted that he felt the pressure of having to set the table for Lathrop High's first-ever varsity dual match against Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove Thursday night.
MODESTO – Manteca High opened the contest with a lackluster effort, and the Buffaloes couldn't recover in their 62-39 loss to Grace Davis.
TRACY – The Weston Ranch Cougars put themselves in position to continue along the winner's bracket path of the 21st Annual Tracy Winter Holiday Basketball Tournament, but an offensive letdown final period left tthem on the short end of a 61-51 final against Vallejo High.
It takes 32 clocked minutes to complete a high school basketball game.
FAIRFIELD – The Lancers made the long trip to Fairfield only to drop its non-league contest against the Monticello Empire League's Armijo Indians 47-35 Wednesday.
STOCKTON – With heads hanging low and a scoreboard reading the improbable, the East Union Lancers walked into the locker room searching for answers. Those answers came in the form of long-range shooting, with the Lancers outscoring Bear Creek by 22 points in a come-from-behind 84-80 win over the Bruins Wednesday in Stockton.
TRACY - CharRay Poole's intentions were clear as he put his head down and took his first aggressive dribble toward the basket from the left wing.
WESTON RANCH – Going into the final period it looked as if both team had an opportunity to snatch a pivotal non league win, but an 18-2 fourth quarter run was too much for the Ripon Indians to deal with during their 59-37 loss to Weston Ranch Tuesday in Stockton.
PATTERSON – With another 20 point performance under his belt, freshman phenom Jordan Kron steered the East Union Lancers roll past the Patterson Tigers, winning 69-65 in non-league action Tuesday night at Dalben Center.
MODESTO – Sierra High did just about everything right, reeling off its second consecutive victory in a 44-35 win over the Beyer Patriots.
PATTERSON – With Brock Swift's 18 points leading the way, the East Union sophomore basketball team cruised to a 39-29 victory in Patterson Tuesday night.
Tournament host Ripon made a run in the third quarter and would not close the gap in losing to Cosumnes Oaks 58-42 in the championship game of the girls Ripon Winter Classic on Saturday.
Ripon finished tied for sixth place with Buhach Colony on Saturday in the 22-team field of the Morning Star Invitational at Los Banos High School.
After two big swings in the second half Saturday tournament host Ripon managed a layup with a minute left and held on over Bret Harte 63-62 for the championship of the boys Ripon winter Classic.
Weston Ranch is heading to the championship game in one of the Central Section's most prestigious tournaments.
Cody Norman is back with his alma mater, coaching the Laguna Creek girls basketball team in Elk Grove.
Livingston buried three 3-pointers to lead 9-0 at the start of its nonleague game at Manteca High's Winter Gymnasium Friday night.
RIPON - Ripon Christian may no longer be in the Southern League for basketball, but its growing rivalry with Mariposa lives on.
TRACY - Ryan Tarr had seen enough.
TRACY - With four reserves checking in at the scorer's table, Lathrop coach Nathan McGrath left them with one simple message:
Unhappy with his team's defensive effort in its last outing, Manteca coach Brett Lewis challenged the Buffaloes tighten things up for their first-round contest with Merced in the Running with the Pack Tournament held at Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove on Thursday.
East Union withstood a tremendous rally by visiting Ripon in the final minute, but the Indians couldn't take advantage of the extra chances created by five rebounds.
FRESNO – Jaelen Ragsdale scored 25 points to lead four players in double figures as the Weston Ranch boys basketball team cruised to victory in the opening round of the Holiday Invitational Tournament.
East Union blew out its first four opponents by 20 or more points, including a 53-25 shelling of Ripon Christian in a Foundation Game.
In time, the Manteca High basketball team may compete with the big boys of the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Devin Nunez knows how to slam a door.