West High’s varsity boys (7-5) took their second big win of the 10th annual Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic on Monday when they beat the 10-2 Turlock Bulldogs by a score of 92-81.
The Wolf Pack again set a fast pace, running to a 39-12 lead at one point in the second quarter before the Bulldogs got their offense on track.
Turlock outscored West in the second half, but it wasn’t nearly enough to make up for the first half.
“We’re playing our best basketball of the season,” West coach Derek Sprecksel said. “This is a huge win for us.”
It’s the seventh win in West’s past eight games and put the Wolf Pack in the semifinal game Tuesday against Lincoln High of San Diego. The winner of that game will play the winner of the other semifinal game between Centennial of Compton and Inglewood of Los Angeles.
A score for Tuesday’s game was not available as of press time.
Dandrew Cruda’s 19 points for West on Monday included six 3-point shots, five of them in the first half. Jordan Richardson scored 26 points, including 12 of 14 free throws, while Anthony Nzessi scored 18 and Kwame Nunn scored 17.
Other scores reported as of Tuesday night include:
Sophomore girls: Tracy 44, West 36
Tracy made the consolation final in the Sierra High Tournament with Tuesday’s win over West. Mariah Serrato scored 19 for Tracy and Mika Mendoza scored 10. West’s leading scorer was Carina Jenkins with 19 and Kalyn Schmig scored eight. Tracy plays Lathrop in the consolation final on Wednesday and West plays Sierra.
Sophomore boys: Sierra 59, West 48
Sierra’s Timberwolves held the advantage over West for three quarters until West made a fourth-quarter comeback to tie it up 48-48 in the second round of the Manteca Tournament. West coach Steve McMasters said that his team missed its shots in the overtime period and couldn’t score again, while Sierra ran up 11 more points to take the win and a shot at the consolation bracket final. Leading scorers for West were Chris Daye with 14, Justin Saar with 12 and Jordan McIntosh with 8.
Freshman girls: Tracy 45, West 18
Tracy’s freshman girls will play in the championship game of the Sierra High Tournament on Wednesday after taking a win over West on Tuesday. Tammy Serrato scored 11 for Tracy and Emily Anchartechahar scored 9.
Freshman boys: Sierra 58, West 56
In the semifinals of the Manteca High Tournament the West High Wolf Pack and Sierra Timberwolves played a close contest. Sierra kept the lead but West was within striking distance the whole time, and a fourth-quarter scoring drive for West evened up the score before Sierra made the final shot it needed for the win.
“It was a championship game even in the semifinal,” coach Tom McGoldrick said. Hayden Ordone scored 14 for West, Kenny Silva scored 12, Abraham Graham had 11, Daniel Erlandson scored 10 and Ernest Turner scored five.
Monday Sophomore boys: Modesto 62, West 37
West had a 26-23 lead over Modesto at the half in the opening game of the Manteca Tournament Monday. West’s starters got into foul trouble, though, which cost West in the second half as Modesto outscored the pack 39-11 in the third and fourth quarters. Noel Ramirez was West’s leading scorer with seven points, and Justin Saar and Johnny Gori each scored six, Gori on two three-point shots.
Sophomore girls: Manteca 39, Tracy 36
Manteca took a 26-11 lead at the half and held off Tracy’s fourth quarter assault, where the Bulldogs outscored Manteca to come within three points of the Buffaloes. Mariah Serrato scored 12 for Tracy (6-4) and Monique Stevenson and Mika Mendoza each scored eight.
Freshman girls: Tracy 57, Sierra 10
Tracy’s freshman girls opened the Sierra High Tournament with a win on Monday over the host team. Tammy Serrato scored 20 points for Tracy, with seven steals and four assists. Emily Anchartechahar scored 14 and had five steals and two assists. Tracy is now 10-1 and plays West on Tuesday afternoon.
Freshman boys: West 52, Lathrop 44
West took control early on and held onto the lead for the win in the first round of the Manteca Tournament. Daniel Erlandson scored 14 for West, Abraham Graham scored nine and Noah Encarnacion and Hayden Ordone each scored eight. West faces Sierra on Tuesday afternoon.
Freshman girls: West 39, Tokay 26
In the first round of the Sierra High Tournament Monday the West High girls (6-3) took an early advantage and then kept the upper hand in the second half for the win. Emma Bell scored 18 for the Wolf Pack, Megan Grady scored 10, and Danielle Schmig scored eight.
Saturday West 77, Modesto Christian 70
West High’s boys varsity basketball team opened the 10th Annual Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic with a 77-70 win over the host team Saturday.
West coach Derek Sprecksel said it was a promising start -- the first time the Crusaders have lost in the first round of their own tournament – in a tournament that gathers some of the best teams in Northern California.
West did it with a fast-paced first quarter where the Wolf Pack ran up a 20-3 lead.
“We pressed them and they turned it over quite a bit,” Sprecksel said. “I think we surprised them. They may have underestimated us a bit.”
Modesto Christian outscored West in the second quarter, but as the teams matched up evenly in the second half the early lead for the Wolf Pack made the difference.
Jordan Richardson and Patrick Phillips scored 26 points each, Phillips' totals including three three-pointers, which he hit just as the Crusaders would threaten to catch up. West also made 21 of 32 free throws, including 12 of 14 from the line in the fourth quarter.