Hunter Johnson led Sierra to a 59-37 quarterfinal win over Edison-Stockton to open the Adidas Trojan Christmas Classic boys basketball tournament Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton.
The score was tied 27-all at halftime and the Timberwolves (8-1) came out to dominate the third quarter, outscoring the Vikings 18-3.
“They played a good first half and we had a tough time getting going,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said. “We played good defense in the second half and Hunter (Johnson) had a really good game.”
Johnson had 20 points behind two 3-pointers with eight rebounds and five assists. Daniel Wyatt added 11 points, six assists and four steals, Josh Patton had 10 points and seven rebounds and Devin Nunes had two 3-pointers for six points. The Timberwolves won the battle of the boards 30-18.
Sierra plays tournament host Lincoln in a semifinal contest today at 6:30 p.m.
Oakdale Rotary Classic
Ripon Christian 52, Pitman-Turlock 35
The Knights stingy defense limited the Pride (6-5) to just six points in both the first and second quarters in a semifinal matchup on Saturday.
“We had good defense – solid man-to-man defense for 27-12 halftime lead,” Ripon Christian coach Ron Vander Molen said. It was our best defensive performance of year – nobody had more than 10 points for them.
“They tried to pressure and we handled it very well. Danny Vander Molen handled the ball against their press and had no turnovers. As a team we only had 11 turnovers.
Sean Broker had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Knights (7-2). Travis Vander Molen added eight points, eight rebounds and four assists, Danny Vander Molen had eight points and Kyle Colyn had seven points and four assists.
Ripon Christian plays Hughson at 8 p.m. today for the championship.
Dixon Ram Jam
River City-West Sacramento 46, Ripon 36
The Indians led until late in the third quarter in second-round action at Dixon High on Saturday.
“We led at halftime and until late in the third quarter,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. We thought we would probably be headed for a 40-point blowout – and they thought so too – but we played disciplined basketball for the first time this season.
“If we would have had a little more shooting production we could have got the upset.”
Mario Roach led the Indians (8-5) with 15 points and teammate Cody Haines had nine rebounds.
Ripon plays Orland or Dixon for the consolation championship today.
Holiday Hoops Classic
Immanuel-Reedley 76, Weston Ranch 67
For the second time in as many weeks the Cougars (5-3) ran up against the powerhouse Eagles (10-0), but Saturday’s second-round nine-point loss was significantly better than the 31-point drubbing of Dec. 20.
“The score was 66-62 late, and then they hey hit some big 3-pointers late in the game,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan said. “This is a good team – they could win the Division IV state title easily and we kept up with them.”
Jaelen Ragsdale led the Cougars with 32 points. Fred Lavendar added 13 points and Tre Simmons 12.
Weston Ranch plays Chavez-Stockton in a third-round game today at 5:30 p.m.
Manteca Block M
Manteca 52, Ripon 25
Stifling Buffaloes pressure held the Indians to just four first-quarter points to open the tournament.
Kyle Bolding had 12 points for Manteca (7-2). Gino Campiotti added nine and Kyle Reis eight.
The Buffaloes continue tournament play today at 6:15 p.m. against East Union.