Boys basketball: West claims a win in first home game
by Bob Brownne
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Wolf Pack beats the Bulldogs
West High senior Alvin Crenshaw goes up over a Ceres High player to take a shot Tuesday, Dec. 10, at West High School.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Jaguars defeat Thunder
Kimball High senior Jonah Laguana (left) drives around a group of Buhach Colony High players for a shot Monday, Dec. 9, at Kimball High School.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Wolf Pack boys basketball team jumped ahead early against the Ceres Bulldogs to claim a 72-47 win in West’s first home game of the season.

Senior guard Kenneth Daye sank three 3-point shots in the first quarter and finished as the game’s leading scorer with 19 points. Daye said the Wolf Pack (4-1) came in focused on winning after a close loss on Saturday to Tracy High in the Stagg High Tournament.

“We were thinking that we cannot lose anything else,” Daye said. “We just have to keep playing hard and play our game like we know we can.”

Coach Derek Sprecksel said it was a solid win, with everyone on the roster getting playing time.

“There will always be things that need to be cleaned up. Rebounding was not where it needs to be, a few too many turnovers, and a couple missed assignments defensively,” Sprecksel said.

The Wolf Pack played aggressive in the second and third quarters to counter Ceres’ press, and in the second half West’s press consistently took back the offensive advantage.

“We just work on it every day in practice,” said senior guard Kenneth Thompson, who had five steals for the night and scored eight points. “Coach (Sprecksel) coaches us as a defensive team.”

Senior forward Alvin Crenshaw scored 15 points and had nine rebounds, and senior guard Anthony Ross scored eight points.

Kimball 63, Buhach Colony 61

The Kimball High boys basketball team had protect the ball against a tall and quick Buhach Colony High Thunder team to pull out a 63-61 win Monday, Dec. 9, at Kimball High.

It was the fifth win in a row for the Jaguars (6-1) coming off a first-place finish at the Gustine Tournament during the weekend.

Senior guard Ben Juarez said the Buhach Colony team (1-2) turned out to be the toughest to beat so far, but the Jaguars secured the win after they established better control of the ball in the second half.

“We had a sloppy first half and brought it back in the fourth quarter,” Juarez said. “We were turning the ball over constantly in the first half.”

Juarez and senior forward J.D. Schmidt hit their outside shots in the third quarter and put Kimball in the lead. The Thunder put up a fight in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 61-61 in the final minute.

With less than 10 seconds on the clock, Schmidt scored the go-ahead basket on an assist from senior guard Jonah Laguana.

“We were running a modification to our side-out, out-of-bounds play,” Schmidt said. “I came out to the corner and saw that Jonah was cutting hard to the basket. He gave me a perfect pass, a perfect assist.”

Both Schmidt and Juarez scored 12 points each. Junior Jhordin Mellion scored 11, and Laguana scored 10. Schmidt and senior guard Bryer Peet each had eight rebounds.

Kimball followed up Monday’s game with a 53-51 win at Franklin High in Stockton on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Juarez scored 17 points in the second quarter, including four 3-point shots, to give the Jaguars and early advantage. Juarez finished the night with 25 points and Bryer Peet scored 11.

The Jaguars’ first-place finish at the Gustine High Tournament included a 64-51 win over Linden High on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the championship game. Juarez, named the tournament most valuable player, scored 11 points in the first quarter against Linden and helped give the Jaguars an early 29-9 lead. He finished the game with 14 points. Laguana scored 13, including two 3-point shots, and Peet scored 10, including two 3-pointers. Laguana and Schmidt were also named to the all-tournament team.

Kimball also beat Hughson High 87-37 on Friday, Dec. 6, and the Jaguars opened with a 63-41 win over Los Banos High on Dec. 5.

Delta Charter 50, ABLE Charter 27

Delta Charter coach Eric Ragsdale got his entire team in the game after the Dragons jumped out to a 24-5 lead in the first quarter against visiting ABLE Charter on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Senior guard Jordan Thornton led the Dragons (5-1) with 13 points, six assists and seven steals, and junior Dramell Pitts scored 12 points and had four assists and four steals.

The Dragons also took third place at the Big Valley Christian Holiday Classic, finishing the tournament with a 57-47 win over the host team on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Pitts scored 22 points, including three 3-point shots, Thornton added 14 points, and junior Marcus Anderson pulled in 14 rebounds.

The win followed a 55-47 loss to Victory Christian High in the semifinals Friday, Dec. 6, and a 64-32 win over Le Grand High on Dec. 5.

Tracy 73, Pacheco 43

Tracy High’s boys basketball team continued an early-season winning streak by beating Pacheco High at home Monday, Dec. 9.

Coach Junior Cueva said that the Bulldogs (4-1) played strong on both sides of the court and kept control of the ball and continued to outscore Pacheco in the second half.

Senior Josh Brakkee scored 23 points, junior Khareym Watson scored 16 and junior guard Druce Asah scored 11.

The Bulldogs also claimed the first-place trophy at the Stagg High tournament with a 69-68 overtime win over crosstown rival West High on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Tracy held a 33-25 halftime lead. West’s Daye hit two 3-point shots and a series of free throws in the fourth quarter, making it a 64-64 tie at the end of the period.

In overtime, the Wolf Pack took the lead on free throws by Daye and junior Spencer Carroll. Tracy junior Jeff Nguyen scored a 3-point shot, and Asah sank the winning basket at the end of the overtime period.

Asah, the tournament’s most valuable player, finished the night with 21 points for Tracy. Brakkee, also an all-tournament pick, scored 16. Daye was West’s leading scorer with 31 points, and Crenshaw scored 13. They were the all-tournament selections from West High.

Tracy also beat Sonora High 57-54 on Friday, Dec. 6, and Stagg High 70-57 on Dec. 5. West’s weekend included a 47-41 win over Chavez High on Friday and a 70-53 win over Franklin High on Dec. 5.

Millennium 53, Gustine 32

Millennium High’s boys basketball team went 1-2 at the Gustine Tournament, including a win over host team Gustine High on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Leading scorer for the Falcons (1-4) was senior Derritt Scarver, with 16 points. Junior Matthew DeWitt tossed in nine.

The Falcons were edged out by Los Banos High 36-32 in the second round of the tournament on Friday, Dec. 6. Juniors Izaiah Williams and Jordan DeWitt each scored eight points for the Falcons.

Millennium opened the tournament with a 51-46 loss to Hughson High on Dec. 5. Scarver was the Falcons’ top scorer with 18 points.

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