STOCKTON – Heartbreak.
Edison of Stockton capped a game-ending 12-3 run by scoring the final five points of the contest Saturday night, including a fall-away 3-point jumper with 1.2 seconds left by Jordan Whately to snag the third-place trophy of the Trojan Christmas Classic with a thrilling 44-42 win over Sierra at Lincoln High.
The Timberwolves (4-8) had their chances in the final period, but five turnovers and missing the front end of two one-and-one opportunities did them in.
“That has been our whole season right there,” Timberwolves coach Scott Thomason said. “We don’t know how to finish games, we miss free throws at the end, we can’t get a big stop or a big rebound and we’re not tough enough to sustain our effort.
“I’ve done a poor job coaching these guys.”
Whately exploded in the second half, scoring 15 of his game-high 17 points with his only 3-pointer coming on the game-winner.
“I am pleased with the way our guys competed,” Vikings coach Calvin Byrd said. “We had a short bench and guys got out there and battled their butts off.
“Sierra went to a zone, but we still ran the play even though we anticipated a man-to-man. Jordan is a playmaker and we wanted Jordan to get the ball and make a play and he did.”
Edison (5-9) took an early lead at 12-9 after the first quarter. Jaime Ochoa and Jaeden Malone (eight rebounds) took over for the Timberwolves in the second and third periods, with Ochoa getting five of his team-high 14 points in the second quarter and Malone netting five of his seven in the third, leading Sierra to a 33-28 lead going into the fourth period when the bottom fell out for the Timberwolves.
Ryan Borgeson (seven points) had four steals for the Timberwolves. Carson Anderson (five rebounds) chipped in six points and Jaylen Jackson added four rebounds and two steals.
Seventh place Lathrop 54, Hiram Johnson of Sacramento 38
Despite foul trouble, the Spartans held on to snap a six-game skid.
Colin Weiss led Lathrop (3-9) with 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist. Andres Villegas chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds and Isaiah Victor added 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Lewis Beasley of the Warriors (0-13) led all scorers with 15 points.