Justin Patton scored half of the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team’s 22 first-quarter points and ended up with a game-high19 points, helping the Timberwolves crush visiting Kimball 82-39 Friday.
Sierra, now 4-0 in the Valley Oak League and 11-1 overall, went for at least 20 points in every quarter but the third and was well ahead 45-21 at halftime.
The Timberwolves didn’t let up in the second half, even with the reserves on the floor. They went on a 17-4 third-quarter run to increase the lead.
Erik Melgar and Emmanuel Elijah added 11 points each, and Izick Espinoza finished with 10. Justin Denhart drilled three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for all of his nine points, while Matthew Elliot chimed in with eight points, all off free throws.
“We came back down to earth,” said Spartans coach Bill Slikker, who noted that the poor practice session on the previous day reflected the effort.
Mike Pereznagron led Lathrop with nine points. Weston Ranch (3-1, 6-6) enjoyed a 21-point third period led by Jamaree Priest, who netted 11 of his 15 points in the quarter.
Felix Buenostro had game-high honors with 16, while Sean Visperos finished with 10.
The Lancers (3-1, 12-3) were led by Tyrus Rattler’s game-high 20 points, while teammate Justin Nieto chipped in with 11.
Weston Ranch 39, Lathrop 38
Lathrop even had a chance to pull ahead, gaining possession of the ball in the final five seconds only to commit a turnover.
Daniel Mendola led the Spartans with 18 while T.J. Conley finished with eight.
Ike Gutierrez led all scorers with 18, while Jonnythan Munkholm added 14.
Clay Cuneo led the Lancers with 18, while Jake Danhoff added 15 and Robbie Gleocker chipped in with 12. East Union (3-1, 9-3) will try and put together back-to-back wins when they meet up with the Manteca Buffaloes Wednesday.
The two teams were deadlocked at 39 at the end of regulation, but Sonora outscored Manteca 7-2 to seal the deal.
Brandon Dabney and Stephan Ruble led Manteca with 10 points apiece, while Alex Jorgensen chipped in with seven. Manteca will be back on the court against Oakdale High Wednesday at home.