The Wolf Pack (17-8, 4-4 Tri-City Athletic League) had chances to pull ahead, but the Rams (18-7, 8-0 TCAL) started the second quarter with a scoring run take a 10-point lead.
West senior forward Michael Young, the Pack’s leading scorer with 10 points, hit a couple 3-pointers in the third to get West close again. Junior guard Kenneth Daye scored nine points, but he too was plagued by missed shots and went one-for-nine at the free throw line. The Pack as a whole made just five of 19 free throws.
Coach Derek Sprecksel said he thought the team put up a good effort, playing better defense than in West’s 68-64 loss to Tokay on Jan. 30.
“They competed and didn’t back down, but when you miss that many free throws and layups you cannot beat a quality team,” he said.
The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to the 17th seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I power rankings, but West is guaranteed at least an outbracket game because of its 17 wins.
Kimball 71, Sonora 66
Kimball senior DeVante Baisa set two school records, including 31 points and seven 3-point shots, to help bring the Jaguars a 71-66 win on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Kimball High.
The Jaguars (12-13, 4-8 Valley Oak League) also have the most wins yet in a season as a varsity squad, but with only two games left the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs are out of reach this year.
The Jaguars finished the night with 12 3-point shots, including four for senior Alex Toledo, who totaled 14 points. Kimball was also 19 for 23 from the line, with Baisa making eight of eight free throws, all in the second half.
On Friday, Feb. 1, the Jaguars traveled to Oakdale, where Baisa hit six 3-point shots and scored 20 points total. Oakdale (9-14, 3-8 VOL) still got the 64-53 win.
Chavez 60, Tracy 45
A Tracy boys basketball team that came out strong in the first half fell flat in the second, allowing Chavez to beat the Bulldogs 60-45 on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Tracy High.
Tracy (5-19, 1-8 San Joaquin Athletic Association) took an early lead with shots from junior Josh Brakkee, who had 18 points and 17 rebounds, and senior Luke Hanna, who tossed in 14 poiints.
By the second half the Titans (15-11, 5-4 SJAA) were outrebounding the Bulldogs and put up a full-court press that kept Tracy off-balance and forced repeated turnovers.
“We started off good. We should have finished how we started,” Brakkee said.
Coach Junior Cueva counted 12 shots missed from right under the basket.
“A lot of missed opportunities, turnovers and missed layups,” he said. “Defensively we’re there, except for little mistakes.”
In their previous home game, scored 24 points against visiting Lincoln on Friday, Feb. 1, at Tracy High. The Trojans (20-5, 7-1 SJAA) won it 50-46 to keep their hold onto first place in the SJAA.
Delta Charter 66, Venture Academy 12
Delta Charter senior Joseph Peebles led the Dragons on both ends of the court as they won their seventh consecutive home game on Monday, Feb. 4.
Peebles scored 26 points for the Dragons and also grabbed 14 rebounds. Junior Jordan Thornton scored 14 and had four assists, and sophomore Dramell Pitts scored eight and had five assists.
The string of wins moved the Dragons (12-7, 10-1 Mountain Valley League) back into first place in their league and into the 12-team Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff bracket going into the last week of play.
Big Valley Christian 48, Millennium 46
Millennium’s varsity boys closed in on Big Valley Christian in the fourth quarter, but still finished with a loss on Friday, Feb. 1, at Kimball High.
The Falcons (13-12, 3-5 Central California Athletic Alliance) chipped away at the Lions’ (7-12, 2-6 CCAA) early lead as Junior Derritt Scarver scored 16 points.
Millennium then suffered its third loss in a row, 82-21, to league leader Brookside Christian (23-1, 8-0 CCAA) on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Tracy High.
The losses drop the Falcons to 17th in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V power ratings. Now the Falcons must win their last two games – Friday, Feb. 8 against Stone Ridge Christian at West High, and Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage in San Andreas – in order to qualify for an outbracket game in the playoffs.
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