TURLOCK — Marcus Bell has added some new punch to the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors.
Bell, the Warriors’ 6-foot-9, 225-pound center by way of the University of Idaho and Enochs High, once again proved nearly unstoppable during Stanislaus’ 69-48 win Saturday afternoon over Holy Names at Fitzpatrick Arena.
Bell scored points on 13 of 16 shooting from the floor, pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked three shots for Stanislaus, which opened with three wins in a row for the second time in the last three years.
The senior from Modesto, last week’s California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Player of the Week, is averaging 26.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Saturday’s game marked his second consecutive double-double in a performance he punctuated with emphatic slam dunks.
More important, Bell rallied his team after Holy Names (1-5) closed an 18-point deficit to seven midway through the second half.
• MJC 90, REDWOODS 77 – Josh Allen, the Pirates’ 6-7 forward, dominated with 32 points, 16 rebounds, five steals and four blocks during Modesto’s 90-77 win over Redwoods for the consolation title of Mendocino’s John Hogue Memorial Tournament. Allen earned an all-tournament selection for the Pirates (3-3), who also featured guard Eric Melgar with 18 points (all in the second half) and eight assists.
Anthony Hubbard had 17 points and Keegan Sanchez 10 for the Pirates, who rallied from a 35-34 halftime deficit.
• FRC 93, COLUMBIA 83 – Columbia’s nine-point halftime lead evaporated into a 93-83 loss to Feather River in the consolation final of the 35th James Clark Classic at Cosumnes River in Sacramento. The Claim Jumpers (4-3), who went 1-2 with a win over Alamada in the tournament, will return to Oak Pavilion for their home opener Tuesday against the William Jessup junior varsity.
• MJC 73, MARIN 48 – Addie Garza scored the first 10 points for the Pirates (3-3) en route to a 73-48 win over Marin (1-2) in the third-place game of Las Positas’ Hawk Classic. Garza finished with 14 points and earned all-tournament honors for Modesto, the defending champion which bounced back from a cold-shooting loss to Cuesta in the semifinals.
Brei Castilleja paced the Pirates with 17 points, followed by Kaitlin Dadalt with 13 and Brianna McGinniss with 10.
The Pirates will join the men in a doubleheader Tuesday night at Reedley.
Women’s Cross Country
• MJC’S HOBBY 7TH – MJC sophomore Becky Hobby finished seventh and led her team to a 15th-place finish at the State Cross Country Championships at Fresno’s Woodward Park. Hobby covered the 3.1-mile course in 18:27 and earned All-America honors for the second year in a row (she was fifth in 2012). She went out fast and was among the leaders until about half-way through the race.
“Becky had a lot of pressure on her this year and she responded well,” coach Mary Shea said. “What a great year for an exceptional person.”
Modesto, the Northern California champion, wrapped up an impressive season though it hoped for better results in Fresno. Kaylee Sedler, the only other sophomore besides Hobby for Modesto, was 78th (19:57.77). Freshman Dana Pollard (20:13) and Karina Ruiz (20:20) posted times close to their personal bests.
“I think they were all a little shocked at the level of competition,” Shea said. “Luckily we had many coaches around the course cheering them on.”
• WEST VALLEY 1, MJC 0 – MJC’s Francisco Chavez, the state’s leading scorer with 23 goals and 51 points, was shut out and so were his teammates during a season-ending 1-0 loss at West Valley in the first round of the NorCal playoffs. Modesto finished with a record of 12-4-5.
• FOOTHILL 2, MJC 0 – Modesto’s season ended with a 2-0 loss at Foothill in the first round of the NorCal playoffs. The Pirates fell to 10-7-5.
• MJC 2ND AT CHABOT – The Pirates picked up four weight-class victories at the Coast Conference Tournament at Chabot, but they finished a close second behind Fresno in the team standings. The Rams finished with 93 points, six more than the Pirates. “One more victory in the finals would have won it for us,” coach Jesse Vazquez said.
MJC champions were 165-pounder Alex Grijalva (beat the returning state champion Matt Hickman of Fresno due to his injury during the match), Jesse McDaniel at 174, Luke Brewer via overtime at 197 and heavyweight Travis Smith.
The Pirates travel to Sierra College for the North Regionals on Dec. 7. The State meet is at San Joaquin Delta in Stockton on Dec. 13-14.