Tracy High’s boys were able to fight their way back from an early deficit on Friday, but the visiting Bear Creek Bruins outscored the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter to shut down Tracy’s playoff hopes.
The 64-56 loss for Tracy puts the Bulldogs (12-12, 4-6 San Joaquin Athletic Association) in fifth place in the league behind Lincoln, Chavez and Bear Creek, the top three teams going to playoffs, and fourth-place Lodi.
The Bruins (19-8, 6-4 SJAA) got the early advantage, consistently outrebounding the Bulldogs through most of the first quarter on the way to a 27-18 halftime lead.
Tracy got back in the game with a 23-point third quarter, including 11 points in the third for junior guard Druce Asah, who hit a 3-point shot at the end of the quarter to make it a 41-41 tie. Bear Creek turned the game around again in the fourth and gradually pulled ahead.
“It was really intense, and they are a lot bigger team than we are,” senior Devin Foster said. “We just tried to put in as much effort and heart as we can to try to pull off a win, but we fell a little short at the last minute.”
Asah scored a game-high 23 points and had four assists, and senior Josh Brakkee scored 16 points and had seven rebounds and three blocks.
Coach Junior Cueva added that just having the playoffs in sight is a big improvement over last year and enough juniors will return to give the Bulldogs a good foundation for 2014-15.
“Compared to last year it’s a step in the right direction,” Cueva said.
West 65, Stagg 59
The Wolf Pack took care of business on Friday with a 65-59 win at home over Stagg High. West (19-8, 8-2 Tri-City Athletic League) had already affirmed its place in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, and finishes TCAL play in second place behind St. Mary’s.
West coach Derek Sprecksel said the Stagg team (10-17, 4-6 TCAL) was a strong contender, taking a 29-28 lead at the half.
West senior Alvin Crenshaw got fired up in the second half to score 19 of his game-high 28 points. Senior Kenneth Thompson scored 12 and senior Kenneth Daye scored 11.
Millennium 82, Stone Ridge Christian 39
The Falcon boys claimed an 82-39 win at Stone Ridge Christian in Merced on Friday. The Falcons (9-15, 4-5 Central California Athletic Alliance) have one more game on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Kimball High, against Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage to determine if they can finish in the top three in the CCAA for a chance to make playoffs.
Junior Jordan DeWitt was the Falcons’ top scorer with 26 points. Senior Derritt Scarver scored 19 and junior Marques Shanks scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds.
Kimball 69, Lathrop 67
Kimball’s boys may be out of the playoffs but they are still having an effect on the post-season with their 69-67 win at home on Friday over third-place Lathrop.
Sierra and Manteca hold first and second, respectively, in the Valley Oak League. Kimball’s final game on Tuesday will be against the other third-place contender, Weston Ranch, and a win on Tuesday for the Jaguars (16-10, 6-7 VOL) will knock Weston Ranch out of playoffs.
Friday’s game against Lathrop (15-10, 8-5 VOL) proved that Kimball aims for a respectable finish in league play as the Jaguars claimed victory with senior J.D. Schmidt’s put-back in the closing seconds.
Kimball coach Joe Lawrence said the Jaguars only had a few seconds to break a 67-67 tie, and after senior Bryer Peet’s shot bounced off the rim with 2.5 seconds left Schmidt was there for the tip-in. Schmidt finished as the Jaguars’ leading scorer with 19 points, including four 3-point shots.
Ben Holt Academy 82, Delta Charter 61
The Delta Charter Dragons held up through the first half against fast-paced and physical play of the Ben Holt Academy Bobcats on Thursday at Delta Charter’s Teranishi Events Center, but outside shooting and foul calls favored the Bobcats, who won it 82-61 to confirm their status as Mountain Valley league champions.
The Dragons hold second place in the MVL but Stockton Christian also has a chance to move into second in the final week.
The Bobcats (17-3, 14-0 MVL) relied on senior guard Corey Demourelle, who was unstoppable with 48 points, including eight three point shots and 14 of 28 free throws. Most of the foul calls in the hotly contested match went in favor of the Bobcats, who sank 32 of 51 shots from the line. The Dragons (18-6, 9-3 MVL) made 15 of their 20 free throws.
“They brought it. We brought it a little too late,” Delta Charter junior guard Mario Perez said, adding that the Bobcats also had strong presence on the inside with 6-foot-8 senior center Alex Camacho.
“They’ve got the big man and the screens, and off the screens they could hit the jump shot all day,” Perez said.
Coach Eric Ragsdale said he expected a physical game.
“With that team and Stockton Christian it’s highly competitive,” Ragsdale said. “We’ve been league champions the past three years so they want to bring it every time.”
Junior guard Dramell Pitts led the Dragons’ offense with 18 points, junior Daniel Zeratsion scored 13 and junior DeAndre Ragsdale scored 10. Junior Addison Jenkins pulled in 10 rebounds, junior Marcus Anderson had nine rebounds and Zeratsion had eight boards.
Delta Charter still needs one more win to affirm its place in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, and played again Friday at Venture Academy in Stockton, and again on Monday at Lodi Academy. Results of Friday's game were not available.
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