MODESTO — Things didn’t start out well for East Union’s boys basketball team in its second game of the Modesto City Classic on Thursday.
The Lancers were minus their top two post players, one of whom brought the wrong jersey to Downey High. They were able to make do without them, grinding out a 63-57 win over Johansen.
“Nothing really came easy for us all night,” East Union coach Ryan Tarr said. “We had guys playing out of position. (Johansen) is also small and we tried to match up with them. They’re a very scrappy team and made things difficult.”
It was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout with East Union nursing a 36-33 halftime lead. It wasn’t until after Gyse Hulsebosch drilled a late-game 3-pointer that the Lancers were able to get some breathing room. Jordan Barajas came up with a big rebound on Johansen’s ensuing possession, and East Union knocked down free throws to for insurance points.
Hulsebosch wound up with a game-high 24 points which include four 3s. He accounted for 10 of the team’s 19 points in the second quarter. Daljit Sihota and Jesse Anzar added 10 points each. Alex Aguirre poured in 22 points to lead Johansen (0-2).
“We tried to slow it down in the end and get good shots by moving the ball around,” Tarr said. “They sped it up on us and that led to us taking poor shots.”
East Union plays Beyer tonight at 7 back at Downey.
Sonora 57, Ripon 44
SONORA — It was a close game until Sonora (2-0) outscored the Indians (0-1) 28-11 in the fourth quarter of the 59th Annual Jose Nava Delta King Classic at Stagg High.
Jace Decker tallied 20 points, while Damian Kress added 16 for the Wildcats. Ripon was led by Noah Herandez’s 13 points and Aaron Paschini’s 10.
The Indians take on Ceres today at 3:30 p.m.