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Fresno outlasts Timberwolves in double OT
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STOCKTON — Sierra High had a two-possession cushion with under two minutes left in the first overtime against Fresno, but the Timberwolves were done in by a series of strange happenings in this second-round game of the McDonald’s Classic at Delta College on Thursday.

“We had a 56-50 and should’ve had the game wrapped up. Instead, we gave it away,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said following the 67-57 loss in double overtime.

The Timberwolves (3-1) had battled back from double-digit deficits in the first half. They clawed their way back thanks in part to a 13-5 rally to kick off the third period. Sierra, behind the play of Jess Spivey and Ogun Delaney, tied the game at 50-50 after regulation play.

“I was proud of the way we fought back after losing the game in the first half,” Thomason said.

Spivey had a game-high 35 points. Meanwhile, Fresno (5-1) built its early lead by relying on some hot outside shooting from beyond the 3-point stripe.

Brandon Verdialez and Daniel Armstrong were the big guns. They both finished with 14 points, scoring a majority of that in the first half.

At the half, the Warriors led 29-19 propelled by seven 3s.

Sierra had found early success by feeding the ball inside to the 6-foot-5 Spivey and 6-2 Alex Farfan, getting away from that in second period by trying to go for the 3s.

Spivey and Bikram Thiara had early second-half steals to help trigger the comeback.

Delaney gave the Timberwolves their first lead since earlier in the game with his floater in the lane at the top of the fourth. Spivey had a pair of 3s.

Lee Major came up big for the Warriors down stretch.

In regulation, he scored twice on drives to the hoop. With his team behind by six in the first overtime, Major scored in similar fashion to force a second OT.

He along with Armstrong and Aaron Rodriguez put the game away from there as the Warriors closed things out with an 11-1 run.

Delaney and Farfan had 9 and 6 points, respectively, for Sierra.

The Timberwolves will play Bethel of Vallejo at 3:30 p.m. at Blanchard Gym. Bethel edged tournament host Edison 64-62 on Thurday.