LOS BANOS — Pacheco High's boys basketball team completed a season sweep over crosstown rival Los Banos with a 47-37 victory Friday before a packed house at Los Banos High.
Le'Andre Wright led the Panthers with 13 points, and his contested bucket near the end of the first quarter gave Pacheco a 9-8 lead that it never relinquished. Sophomore Juwan Epperson followed with 10 points as Los Banos held Pacheco's traditional scoring guards Daniel Marquez and Edgar Iglesias to a combined 10 points.
In fact, Pacheco, which normally lives and dies by the 3-pointer, hit just two from beyond the arc.
James Sams led Los Banos with 9 points, followed by sophomore Alec Barcellos with 7.
Nursing a 24-16 halftime lead, Pacheco worked its lead up to 14 early in the fourth quarter and never let LB come closer than 8.
Mariposa 59, Le Grand 47
LE GRAND -- Mauricio Contreras struck for 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough in a loss to their fiercest rivals.
Mariposa led by as many as 20, but Sammy Flores helped trim that down with seven points in the third quarter.
Dillon Acker-James finished with a game-high 23 points for Mariposa.
J.T. Lettmann added 15 points and Jadin Battles chipped in 15 for the Grizzlies.
Merced College 59, Delta 39
Merced College 56, Sequoias 53
Kolby Ellett won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races and helped Merced College capture the 200 free relay as the Blue Devils won a pair of dual meets at home.
Sophomore Connor Greene won the 200 IM and was a winner on the 200 medley relay team.
Greg Bracamonte was also a double winner on the afternoon.