TRACY — Gyse Hulsebosch tallied a game-high 26 points, but East Union’s supporting cast also shined in key moments in a 66-53 win at Kimball.
The Lancers (1-0 Valley Oak League, 8-5 overall) erupted for 25 points in the fourth quarter to run away with the league-opening victory. Hulsebosch scored 10 points in the final period, while Jesse Anzar and Blake Greenlee chipped in five apiece. Anzar and Greenlee finished with nine and 11 points, respectively, and DJ Sahota scored all 12 of his points in the second half.
“We hit a dryspell to open up the second half and DJ really sparked us,” Tarr said. “We had some trouble getting shots to fall, then he scored seven points in the second half of that third quarter.”
Tarr also lauded the defensive efforts of Angel Sena and Jesse Anzar. They helped clamp down on Kimball’s leading scorer, Drew Reddick, in the final two quarters. Reddick led the Jaguars (0-1, 4-9) with 23 points, but 15 of them came in the first half.
“The defensive intensity really picked up,” Tarr said. “I wanted us to hold them to 12- to 14-point quarters and we gave up 12 and 11 in the third and fourth. Because of what Jesse and Angel, we were able to slow them down.”
Sierra 58, Oakdale 47
OAKDALE — The Timberwolves (1-0, 10-3) rolled to their eighth win in their last nine games behind Jamille Grady’s 16 points and 15 more from Bikram Thiara. They host cross-town rival East Union on Thursday.
Ripon 72, Patterson 63
RIPON — Ripon (11-4) closed its pre-league schedule with wild win that included big momentum swings from both teams involved.
The Indians led 37-29 at halftime but trailed 58-50 going into the fourth quarter after Patterson (6-10) drained six 3-pointers during a 29-point outburst in the third. Ripon countered with a 22-0 run in the final period, with the Tigers scoring the first two points of the quarter on free throws and the final three of the game.
Patterson wound up with nine made 3-pointers, five coming from Joe Okitukunda. He finished with 21 points, and 6-foot-6, 230-pound center Michael Moore added 15.
Cole Stevens recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Indians. Noah Hernandez had 20 points to go with four assists. Aaron Paschini contributed 12 points and three steals. Kyle Sisk pitched in 10 points.
Ripon 54, Patterson 34
RIPON — The Indians (12-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season with a one-sided victory Tuesday.
Troy Brogan anchored Ripon with 19 points and seven rebounds. Danny Hernandez chipped in nine points and four points. Nico Ilardi also scored nine points.