SARATOGA — Two free throws by Josh Allen with 4 seconds left, which followed two free throws by Evan Grimes with 11.4 seconds to go, preserved Modesto Junior College’s 74-72 win over Monterey Peninsula in the first round of the West Valley Holiday Classic on Thursday night.
Zack Gonzales led the Pirates (6-6) with 20 points and eight rebounds while Allen collected 17 of his 19 points during the second half. Grimes had 15 of his 17 points during the second half. Modesto trailed most of the game before it overtook Monterey Peninsula (6-7) in the final four minutes.
Modesto meets Ohlone, a 76-68 winner over Lassen, tonight at 5 p.m. in the semifinals. Modesto fell to Lassen 89-88 in the consolation finals of the MJC Tournament two weeks ago.
MJC QB IS ALL-STATE
Modesto Junior College sophomore quarterback TeeJay Gordon, the Pirates’ all-time leader with 444 completed passes, has been named to the All-State Region 1 first team for the second consecutive year. Gordon, a graduate of East Union High in Manteca, is the only quarterback in school history to throw five touchdown passes in a game three times. The Valley Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year led the Pirates (6-5) to a win over Santa Rosa in the Golden Valley Bowl, MJC’s first bowl win on the road in 33 years. Gordon and his teammates will be honored at the annual team banquet on Jan. 10.
MORE HONORS FOR CSUS’ DEMERY
Cal State Stanislaus soccer player Karenee Demery was named Division II Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. It’s the third national player of the year award received by Demery and makes it a sweep by the All-American forward from Merced. She has been named the player of the year from all three organizations and polls. Demery, who had 21 goals in leading the Warriors to the NCAA Tournament, also earned player of the year honors from Daktronics/CoSIDA and earned Capital One Academic All-America’s player of the year award.