Sierra’s 6-4 junior Hunter Johnson finished with 20 points (three 3s) and seven rebounds during Saturday’s third-place game of the Adidas Trojan Classic at Lincoln High and was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Timberwolves (6-5) knocked off Edison 51-31 after shaking off an early 13-4 deficit and scoring 31 unanswered after trailing by nine.
“We outscored them 21-0 in the second quarter,” Sierra head coach Scott Thomason said. “And that was the difference. Good overall defense. I liked our effort. We played harder than we have been. Good all-around effort…so we’re looking forward to the next game.”
Sierra will close its preseason on the road Friday night at Johansen High in Modesto before beginning Valley Oak League play on Jan. 7 at Oakdale.
Sierra junior guard Devin Nunez finished with 14 points (four 3s) against 2-7 Edison. Seniors Jonnythan Munkholm added six points and Bryson Sanders five. Josh Patton hauled in nine rebounds.
“Right now we’re up and down,” Thomason said. “We’re very inconsistent. We’re trying to get better at certain things. I liked our effort against Edison defensively. Overall our preseason has been erratic. I don’t like our consistency or our toughness. We have to get smarter and execute a little better. I trust our guys and hopefully we’ll be playing our best basketball toward the end of the year.”
Cosumnes Oaks 82
East Union 59
The Lancers (5-3) hung with 12-1 Cosumnes Oaks, which features a 6-4 UCLA-bound football player Alex Van Dyke, for the first half of the Trojan Classic final.
Van Dyke scored 15 points and was named tournament MVP against East Union, which will conclude its preseason at home on Friday against Enochs of Modesto. The Lancers’ Jake Danhoff and Andrew Ruiz were both named to the All-Tournament team.
The Lancers’ senior Danhoff finished with a team-high 19 points and Cody Keener added 11. Clay Cuneo, Ruiz and Robby Gleockler each scored eight.
“At one point, we were up 24-23,” East Union head coach Ryan Tarr said. “And then they went on an eight or 10-point run to close the first half. We missed a lot of layups and had a lot of good looks.”
East Union trailed 36-26 at the half and were outscored 27-14 in the third quarter.
“That’s when their depth kind of wore us down,” Tarr concluded. “It was hard for us to compete with them for 32 minutes. But it was a very good weekend for us. We made some pretty significant strides as a team.”