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Defense, Nunez lead TWolves to Columbia Tourney championship
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If offense wins games, Sierra High proved Thursday afternoon that defense can win championships.

The Timberwolves downed the Enochs Eagles 56-49 Thursday in the championship round of Columbia College’s Dominik Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic in Sonora and took another step towards being ready for the Valley Oak League season.

“Our defense the whole tournament was really good,” Sierra head coach Scott Thomason said. “We played very sound defense today and were able to put the points on the board when we needed to. It was really a good momentum building win for us as we get ready for league.”

Guillermo Nunez, who was voted the tournament MVP, finished with 15 points to lead Sierra (9-3). Eddie Andrade finished with 12, and both Jerrod Patton and Will Ward contributed with eight points.

“Our team chemistry is getting better with each game, but we’re not quite at that championship level yet,” Thomason said. “We have the potential to get there, but we’re not there yet.”

Sierra opens up the Valley Oak League on Wednesday, Jan. 5 when it host the Sonora Wildcats at 7:30 p.m.

Weston Ranch 68, Tokay 59
All five of Weston Ranch’s starters hit double digits Thursday night.

Dylan Alexander led Weston Ranch (8-2) in scoring with 19 points, while Andre Beard finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Zerrion Payton finished the game with 14 points while Melvin Allen and Daiveon Leverett both contributed 10.

The Cougars will take the court today at 1 p.m. when they host Cesar Chavez. They open the Valley Oak League season on Wednesday when they travel to Oakdale to take on the Mustangs.