The Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team opened its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch a little flat but played an inspired fourth quarter, pushing the game into overtime before falling 69-65 Friday.
Sierra got outplayed in the first period, closing with a 24-11 deficit, yet found its way back into the contest behind the hot shooting of Joseph Berry. Berry finished the contest with 20 points, dropping 13 in the fourth period, including a free throw with a second remaining to force the bonus period.
“We came out flat and got into a hole early,” Sierra head coach Justin Muschott said. “We outscored them 24-11 in the fourth to force overtime, but couldn’t get it done in overtime.
“I’m proud of the way we battled back, but we can’t expect to win only playing one quarter of good basketball.”
The Cougars raced out on a 11-3 run to open the bonus period, leaving Sierra with an uphill climb to get back into it.
Dylan Alexander led all scorers with 28 points for the Cougars, while Daiveon Leverett finished with 14. Sierra was led by Tim Thorton’s 27 points. Both Berry and Thorton nailed five 3-pointers for the Timberwolves.
Both teams will be back on the hardwood today, with Weston Ranch playing host to Oakdale and Sierra making the trip to Ceres to take on Central Valley.
Zac Carrillo led East Union with 18 points and Wayne Chung chipped in 14.
B.J. O’Dell led the Buffaloes’ scoring attack with 17.
Sierra 55, Weston Ranch 44
Eric Melgar led Sierra with 16 points, while teammate Emanuel Elijah added 10 points and 11 boards. Guillermo Nunez chipped in with nine points and seven boards.