Tracy’s boys varsity won at Tokay on Wednesday and West’s boys took a loss at Lincoln. Both teams play their last pre-season game on Friday at West High in the second cross-town matchup of the season.
Tracy 56, Tokay 44
The Tracy boys varsity basketball team chose a good time to pick up their game on Wednesday as they went to Tokay High to beat the Tigers 56-44.
Trailing 34-40 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs put their flat first half behind them and went to work, scoring 22 point to Tokay’s 4 in the period and charging ahead for the lead.
Tracy Coach Paul Demsher said his team stepped up its defense and also got away on more fast breaks at the end of the game to boost Tracy’s score. Cameron McMorris-Jackson scored 24 in all and Daryl Dancy scored 16. The win puts Tracy at 6-7 going into Friday’s game at West High.
Lincoln 51, West 42
The Wolf Pack charged to a 24-12 lead near the end of the second half before the Lincoln Trojans reclaimed the momentum, and then came out strong in the third quarter to outscore West for the rest of the game and take the 51-42 win.
Lincoln’s defense then caused West to turn over the ball, take difficult shots and miss its easy shots. Fouls also cost West, which allowed Lincoln 19 of 24 free throws while West only made 5 of 15 free throws.
Eric Green scored 13 for West, Andre Bolton scored 7, and both Brett Steele and Fou Phan each scored 6.
Sophomores: Tracy 58, Tokay 42
Tracy’s sophomores improved their record to 9-4 Wednesday with a win at Tokay. Coach Paul Pedersen said his team struggled in the first half, which ended 29-20 in favor of Tokay. Tracy then came out and played a solid second half and outscored Tokay big in the third and fourth quarters.
T.J. Williams scored 26 for the Bullpups and Hugo Levy scored 13. Tracy is now at 9-4 for the season.
Sophomores: West 85, Lincoln 80
A wild back-and-forth game finally went West’s way in a second overtime period Wednesday. West coach Derek Sprecksel said the game was close all the way, and West pulled into a 65-62 lead at the end, only to see a Lincoln player sink a long outside shot right at the final buzzer to tie the score. West again was ready to take home the win at the end of the first overtime period when Lincoln scored on an off-balance shot for another tie score.
“I think we finally wore them down,” Sprecksel said, adding that West outscored the Trojans by 5 in the final overtime period to make it 85-80.
Robert Mason scored 22 for the Pack, Charles Piper scored 18, Joseph Sausau scored 17, Desean Watson scored 15 and Damon Sloan scored 11. West is now at 10-4 for the season.
Freshmen: Lincoln 40, West 38
Wednesday game started off well enough for West, but Lincoln’s full-court press midway through the third quarter forced the Wolf Pack to turn over the ball and gave the Trojans a chance to outscore West in the second half. West got the lead back in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans matched the Wolf Pack shot-for-shot.
“It came down to who would get the last shot, and Lincoln got the last shot,” coach Steve McMasters said, noting that the Trojans scored the tie-breaker with half a minute left, and West’s final shot of the game bounced off the rim. The loss puts West at 5-9.