Boys Basketball: Kimball shooters catch fire in crosstown win
by Bob Brownne
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Jaguars take on the Bulldogs
Tracy High’s Josh Brakkee (left) and Kimball High’s Evan Owens fight for the rebound during the game at Kimball High Tuesday, Dec. 11.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The outside shooters for Kimball High went to work from the beyond the arc against Tracy in a crosstown boys basketball matchup on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Kimball High.

Kimball (5-3) got the 56-51 win over the Bulldogs (2-5) thanks largely to nine 3-pointers, including four each for senior guards Alex Toledo, who had 16 points total for the night, and DeVante Baisa, who racked up 13 points total.

Toledo is averaging four 3-pointers per game over the past four games, according to Kimball coach Joe Lawrence.

But Lawrence noted that the win was a great team effort.

“We’ve got a team that’s really playing well together,” Lawrence said. “Tracy kept getting close, and we didn’t let them overtake us.”

Toledo said that his outside shot has developed naturally since last year, and his teammates help set up his long, arcing shots by drawing the defense toward the basket.

“It’s good that my teammates are condensing the floor for me, which gives me space to work with,” he said.

Baisa added that a win over Tracy means a lot to the Jaguars after last year’s 65-39 loss to the Bulldogs.

“It was really bad, so we wanted to make sure that this year we came out and got a W,” he said.

The Jaguars pulled ahead of the Bulldogs midway through the first quarter and stayed in the lead for the rest of the night, though Tracy closed to within one point a couple times in the second and third quarters and was within three points with a little more than 1 minute left on the clock in the fourth.

Tracy coach Junior Cueva said his team tended to rush too much and miss shots on offense when the shot clock was running down and didn’t collect enough rebounds on defense.

“I thought when we were down two and forced a bad shot we didn’t box out and they put the ball back in, so that was the difference,” he said. “You go from a two-point game to a four-point game on little things.”

Also hitting a 3-point shot for Kimball was junior guard Bryer Peet, who contributed seven points total. Kimball senior forward Evan Owens pulled down 10 rebounds.

Tracy’s top contributors on offense were juniors Josh Brakkee and Damon Stroup with 11 points each, and junior Jeff Takahashi added 10 points. Brakkee had eight rebounds for the night.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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