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Nunez leads VOL champs past Ranch
Sierra scores first 14-0 league finish in school history
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Sierras Guillermo Nunez goes to the basket for two of his game-high 25 points Friday in the Timberwolves win over Weston Ranch - photo by CHRIS LEONARD / <a href=></a>

For one reason or another, Guillermo Nunez doesn’t like to lose.

And the handful of times that losing was a possibility for Sierra High, Nunez personally did something about it. Things were no different in Sierra’s 63-49 Valley Oak League title clinching win over Weston Ranch Friday.

Nunez helped ignite a Sierra (14-0, 24-2 overall) rally that turned a three-point halftime deficit into an eight-point Timberwolves advantage to open the fourth. He got hot in every way imaginable, nailing three 3-pointers, a host of perimeter jumpers and scoring at the basket.

Nunez was simply unstoppable during the run, converting 15 of Sierra’s 17 points during one stretch during the end of the third and beginning of the fourth.

“He’s big time,” Sierra head coach Scott Thomason said of Nunez. “He took over the game. That is why I say he is one of the best guards in our league, and I thought he was the best player on the court today.

“He definitely led our team, and I am so proud of him.”

The Cougars were productive early, leading for the majority of the first half and going into the locker room with a slight advantage. Weston Ranch was still ahead 38-36 in the third quarter but that was the time Nunez began his scoring barrage.

“We tried limiting his touches and we did a good job of that in the first half,” Cougars head coach Ryan Bono said. “They were able to get Guillermo out in transition, which is brutal and very hard to stop.

“You knew Scott would have them ready for that second half; there’s a reason they’ve won 23 games in a row.”

Weston Ranch’s Dylan Alexander led the way with 14 points, while Andre Beard finished with 10. Nunez led all scorers with 25, and Will Ward finished with 15, while going 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the second half. Their performances help Sierra close out its first perfect 14-0 league season in school history.

Both clubs will try and get themselves situated for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III basketball championships. Tournament brackets will be announced by the section office Sunday afternoon.

“We had a great season and did a great job,” Thomason said. “Now it’s over and our new season starts. Now everyone is 0-0 and we have to get back to being focused and prepared.

“We know no matter who we play on Wednesday it’s going to be a tough matchup.”


Sierra 70, Weston Ranch 55

The Timberwolves closed out their season with an impressive win over the visiting Cougars.

Devin Nunez led all scorers with 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and Bryson Sanders added 12. Abdullah Aslami also scored 12. Josh Gonzalez, Alex Dylanilla and J’son Mouton all finished in double figures for the Cougars, with 18, 15 and 10, respectively.


Sierra 69, Weston Ranch 54

Jordan Thompson led the way with 18, while teammate Hunter Johnson added 17 in Sierra’s season-ending win over Weston Ranch.

Richard Maggay led all scorers with 21, while Jordan Tauga added 12.

The win pulled in a piece of the VOL title for the third time in three years.