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East Union reserves help fuel win over Kimball
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Lancer sophomore Jordan Kron slices to the rim during Valley Oak League action Wednesday against Kimball. More photos at www.leonardphoto.com - photo by CHRIS LEONARD
East Union High boys varsity basketball coach Brett Lewis applauded the effort of his reserves Wednesday against visiting Kimball High of Tracy.

The group led by Brandon Cline and Zac Carillo were instrumental in leading the Lancers past the Jaguars in the Valley Oak League contest, 72-60.

Cline netted three 3-pointers including two in the first quarter and Carillo banked in a buzzer-beating half-court shot to close out the third quarter.

“Those guys got the opportunity to start and play because four of our starters arrived late today,” Lewis said.

His reserves played exclusively in the opening period.

“We battled through the first but came out of it OK,” said Lewis.

East Union (7-4, 13-9) was back at full strength at the midway point of the second quarter. The Lancers led early on but Kimball tied the game at 23-23 on Beau Lawrence’s free throw.

From there, East Union went on a 9-2 run highlighted by Jordan Kron’s steal and outlet pass to Robert Vaughn, who returned the favor by finding the sophomore guard open for the layup. Teejay Gordon drained a trey to maintain the five-point advantage.

Ahead 32-27, the Lancers hit their stride with a fast-paced third quarter, relying on some crisp inside-out passing to the open shooter.

Vaughn swung the ball around to Cline for the open 3 and Gordon connected with Kron for the spot-up trey.

Kron later hit Vaughn in stride on the crosscourt pass, leading to another East Union layup.

Wayne Cheung also got into the act, hauling in a long rebound and scoring on the quick layup.

In the fourth, Troy Hoffdahl came up with a steal, driving the basket for yet another score while increasing the lead, 59-42.

“They pressured us in the third quarter and that gave us trouble,” said Kimball coach Joe Lawrence, who’s in charge of the first-year varsity program made up mostly of juniors and sophomores.

He added, “We also had trouble getting off good shots.”

His Jaguars (2-9, 9-15) got a game-high 24 points from Shakeel Carpenter, who delivered on four 3s in the fourth. Dilraj Singh and Devonte Baisa added 12 and 10, respectively.

For the Lancers, Kron had 15 while Vaughn and Kline both chipped with 11.

In addition, Gordon netted nine and Carillo finished with seven.