After the end of regular season games on Feb. 18, the City of Tracy’s seventh- and eighth-grade coed division of the Youth Hoops basketball league ended in a three way tie for second place, behind the undefeated Heat. The tie required a three team playoff to determine the second- through fourth-place positions. And, as one might expect, with three teams so evenly matched, the games were very close and well contested.
Magic 22, Lakers 19
The second-seeded Magic and third-seeded Lakers faced off in an elimination game for the rights to play the top seeded Warriors for the division’s runner-up position. This was a close, intense contest throughout. The teams were tied 4-4 after the first quarter and 10-10 at the half. The Lakers forged a narrow 14-13 after the third quarter. The Magic’s Cesar Chavez then scored seven of his game-high 18 points in the fourth, as the Magic outscored the Lakers 9-5 in the final frame to pick up the win and a shot at the Warriors. In addition to Chavez’s 18 points, Cameron Wells added four. For the Lakers, Hassan Sablin scored eight, Nicholas Goulart added five, while Noah Wilkins, Zachary Chavez and Imani McAllister each added two.
Magic 26, Warriors 24
The final game of the 2010-11 Youth Hoops league season was another exciting contest as the Magic and Warriors battled for second place in the division’s final standings. Jake Serrato scored six points in the first quarter for the Warriors as the top seed moved out to a narrow 8-6 lead after the first frame. Both teams scored six points in the second quarter to enable the Warriors to maintain a two-point advantage, 14-12, at the half. But the turning point in this game came down to the final two quarters. In the third quarter Magic outscored the Warriors 7-4 behind Sean Broker’s six points to take a 19-18 lead into the final frame. Once again Broker came up big the fourth quarter, scoring five points as the Magic outscored the Warriors 7-6 to secure a 26-24 win. Broker scored a game high 17 points for the winners, while Joseph Tobias scored four and both Cameron Wells and Christian Uecker added two. The Warriors offense was led by Jake Serrato and Joshua Torres who both scored a team high six points, while Marcus Silveira added four.