The Kimball High boys basketball team ran up against a Sierra High team that nailed its outside shots and dominated the boards to hand the Jaguars a 61-52 loss starting the second half of the Valley Oak League season.
Kimball (14-7, 4-4 VOL) matched the tempo of the league-leading Timberwolves (15-5, 8-0 VOL) and hit a couple of hot streaks during the night to keep within striking distance.
The Jaguars briefly held a 30-29 lead at the start of the third quarter on a steal and layup from senior Ben Juarez. But Kimball’s shooting went cold for the rest of the quarter, and the Timberwolves’ tall players — 6-foot-4 junior Hunter Johnson and 6-foot-7 junior Jordan Thompson, who had 21 rebounds between them — continued to rebound nearly all of the Jaguars’ missed shots.
Kimball was behind 50-34 early in the fourth quarter, but outscored Sierra in the fourth with 3-point shots from seniors Bryer Peet, J.D. Schmidt and Ali Habal and got within seven points in the final minute.
“It seems like recently we turn it on a little too late,” Schmidt said, adding that plays on the outside shots started to work well. Kimball still had a tough time getting the inside shots and rebounding.
“I’m 6-foot-2, so we know we have to fight hard. We just have to make up for it on offense and steals.”
Peet and Schmidt both totaled 11 points for the night and senior Ben Juarez scored nine. Sierra junior Devin Nunez scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers, as the Timberwolves patiently worked around the outside to set up accurate shots.
Even though the Jaguars were quick and aggressive, Kimball coach Joe Lawrence said they needed accurate shooting to keep up with Sierra.
“That’s a tough team. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go undefeated in league this year,” Lawrence said.
West 68, Stagg 57
Senior Alvin Crenshaw had his best night yet, scoring 33 points, 23 of them in the first half, as the Wolf Pack (15-7, 4-1 Tri City Athletic League) jumped out to a 31-18 lead at the half in Stockton on Wednesday at Stagg High (8-14, 2-3 STCAL) in Stockton. Senior Kenneth Daye scored 15 points and also had several assists. Senior Anthony Ross scored 10 and senior Kenneth Thompson scored eight.
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