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Sierras Andrade scores 15 in overtime
Sierra High’s Eddie Andrade gets ready to attempt a pair of technical foul free throw shots during overtime action of Sierra VOL win Friday. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Eddie Andrade is capable of getting hot at any time.

For the Sierra High senior guard, his moment came in overtime. He knocked down three 3-pointers in Friday’s 83-72 Valley Oak League victory over cross-town rival East Union High.

“I had to step it up for my team,” said Andrade, who hit 15 of his 18 points in the extra session.

 Ahead 46-28, the Timberwolves (6-2, 15-5) appeared to have the game under control until midway in the third quarter.

That’s when the Lancers (4-4, 10-9) staged a 20-4 run behind the hot-shooting of sophomore guard Jordan Kron, who knocked down a pair of 3s. Robert Vaughn also had a trey while Alex Del Real and Wayne Cheung, who converted a three-point play, delivered key buckets.

Just like that, East Union whittled down the Timberwolves’ sizeable lead to two.

Sierra opened the fourth on Guillermo Nunez’s fast-break layup. Down by four, the Lancers came back strong, surging ahead for the moment by scoring seven unanswered points. Vaughn’s basket off a pass from Del Real – the 6-4 junior forward had seven of his 24 team’s rebounds while chipping in with nine points, and coming away with a couple of steals – made it 53-52.

The game seesawed from there. Included were three ties and the Lancers twice claiming the lead on baskets by Cheung and Kron, who hit one of seven 3s late during regulation play while finishing with a team-high 24 points.

Nunez, who sizzled in the first half by scoring 15 of his game-high 26 points, was hardly surprised by Kron’s effort. The two grew up together and were CYO basketball teammates.

“We’ve known each other since we were (age) 3 or 4,” Nunez said. “Jordan is like my brother.”

Sierra led 64-60 on Nunez’s two free throws with 18.6 seconds left in the fourth. East Union came right back on Teejay Gordon’s coast-to-coast layup, and then played tough defense on the inbound pass to force a turnover with 13.1 seconds.

The Lancers tied the game at 64-64 on Vaughn’s driving layup.

Sierra was unable to get a clean shot off at the buzzer, forcing overtime.

“I was disappointed that we let (a big) lead slip away,” Timberwolves coach Scott Thomason said. “We didn’t have that killer instinct to put the game away.”

After winning the tipoff in OT, Sierra went right to work. Jerrod Patton found Andrade for the spot-up 3.

He followed up with another trey, giving the Timberwolves a 70-64 advantage early on.

Moments later, Andrade matched Kron’s 3, providing his team with a 73-67 lead.

Sierra snapped its two-game losing skid, closing out by connecting on 8 of 12 of free throws.

Ward and Edy Guzman, who hit on a couple of second-half 3s, finished with 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Timberwolves.

“It was a good team effort,” said Thomason, who also received a boost off the bench from Grant Widmer.

He had a fast-break layup, hauled in a pair of rebounds, and forced a turnover in overtime.

“Grant understands his role on the team,” Thomason added. “He played with intensity and made an impact on defense.”

East Union had balanced scoring from Gordon and Vaughn. They finished with a respective 15 and 11.

“I was proud of the way our guys stepped it up (in the second half),” said Lancers coach Brett Lewis, who obviously was disappointed with the outcome.

His team had battled back from a double-digit deficit in the second half only to lose in overtime.