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Sierra, Ranch roll into semifinals at McDonald’s Classic

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POSTED December 8, 2017 12:58 a.m.



STOCKTON — The Sierra High Timberwolves played their game Thursday against host Edison in the second round of the McDonald’s Classic.

By that, they controlled all of the important facets of the game — defense, tempo, rebounding, etc. — in the dismantling of the Vikings, 60-42.

“I was proud of how we played,” said Sierra coach Scott Thomason. “It was the best four quarters of basketball we’ve played this year.”

The Timberwolves are looking to do much of the same in tonight’s semifinals game against Lincoln featuring the area’s premiere player in Cal-bound Andre Kelly.

Tip-off is 8 o’clock at Edison.

Against the Vikings, Sierra (2-2) controlled the tempo from the get-go, with 6-foot-7 senior Carson Anderson being a tall order for Edison (2-4).

He scored five of his 11 points early on while controlling the boards. Anderson also had 11 rebounds — six of those on the offensive glass — along with a steal and a block.

Jaedon Malone was another key contributor, getting a little help from guard Jaime Ochoa, who set him up for a few of his team-high 14 points.

Edison kept pace in the first half by relying on the 3-point line. Jordan Whatley hit four from beyond the arc in that span, tallying a game-high 19.

All told, the Vikings connected on six treys by halftime while trailing, 30-26.

The second half, however, belonged to the Timberwolves, who reeled off an 18-3 run, getting 3s from senior guard Jaylen Jackson and freshman forward Ryan Borgeson, with offensive contributions also coming from Anderson, Malone, and Romeo Sesma.

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Sierra had a comfy 51-32 advantage.

Sophomore Kendrick Currey added the finishing touches with a pair of buckets to seal deal.

Borgeson finished with nine points while Jackson added eight.

 

Weston Ranch 89, Buchanan 56

Micah Vasser drained five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, as the red-hot Cougars (3-0) cruised to a third-straight double-digit win to start the season. They’ll face Jim Elliot Christian at 6:30 tonight back at Edison.

Mi’Son Coiton and Donjae Lindsey contributed 15 points in Weston Ranch’s balanced effort. Makhi Turner pumped in 13 points and eight assists. Antwann Taylor had 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Gavin Wilburn added 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and five blocks.

Weston Ranch broke it open with a 29-7 second-quarter outburst.

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