Sierra started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run Friday night and eventually cut a 20-point deficit to 11 points but would come no closer in an 88-73 loss to visiting Weston Ranch in the Valley Oak League finale for both teams.
“We got back to within 11 at one point,” Timberwolves coach Eddie Morales said. “I told the guys to go on a run to start the fourth quarter and make a game of it.
“I wish we could have done something like that in the first half but they are pretty good and it took us a while to wake up.”
According to Cougars coach Chris Teevan, a defensive lapse led to the Sierra comeback.
“We have to start playing defense,” Teevan said. “We have not been playing defense. We have to play at least average defense.
“Except for turnovers, offensively there is not one complaint I can make. Heavy minutes for (Donjaé) Lindsey, heavy minutes for Gavin (Wilburn) and heavy minutes for (Kodey) Weary, too. Everyone had great moments at times.”
Wilburn and Lindsey shared high-point honors with 25 points apiece.
“This was our last league game so we had a lot of juniors stepping up showing they were ready for next year,” Wilburn said. “And our young guys are getting ready for playoffs, too.”
Lindsey, a junior, is one of the young guys Wilburn was referring to.
“We just have to execute,” Lindsey said. “We had to execute and run the plays coach had for us so we could finish strong.”
Two other underclassmen for Weston Ranch (10-2 VOL, 17-11 overall) in double figures were Weary, a freshman, with 13 points and junior Mi’son Coilton with 10 points.
Kendrick Currey led the Timberwolves (5-7, 14-12) with 23 points followed by Zach Curry and Jason Aucello with 14 points apiece.
Both teams will find out their seeds for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs today. Coming into Friday’s game, the Cougars were No. 12 in Sac-Joaquin Section Division I MaxPreps rankings, and Sierra was 11th in Division III.
Weston Ranch 74, Sierra 30
The Cougars placed four players in double figures.
Weston Ranch’s Jesus Gonzalez led all scorers with 16 points followed by Xavion Bell and Elliot Mobley with 12 points each and Elijah Mobley with 11.
Joey Obrochta led the Timberwolves with 10 points.