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Nogueira, Alexander square off in Merced
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The Sierra-Weston Ranch boys basketball rivalry has reached the college ranks.

Sierra alumnus Trevor Nogueira and Griffin Alexander of Weston Ranch, both 2010 grads, reunited Thursday night at UC Merced, where Alexander and the host Bobcats suffered a 96-68 loss to Pacific Union in a California Pacific Conference contest.

Nogueira shined brightest, setting a school record for most points in a conference game with 31. He converted 12 of 21 attempts from the field including 6 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc. The sophomore guard averages 13.7 points to lead Pacific Union (2-2, 3-19 overall), which is based in Angwin of Napa County.

Alexander tallied 10 points off the bench for UC Merced (0-3, 2-17). He is averaging 7.2 points. The 6-foot-1 senior is the older brother of Dylan Alexander, Weston Ranch’s all-time leading scorer who is now a walk-on at San Jose State, and Elisabeth Alexander, a junior currently playing for the Ranch’s girls team.

Joining Griffin at UC Merced is 2012 East Union graduate Alex Del Real. The 6-foot-5 freshman forward has made 10 appearances for the Bobcats, making 4 of 6 3-pointers and averaging 1.6 points.