SARATOGA — The Modesto Junior College Pirates needed more than 24 percent shooting from the floor to beat streaking Ohlone.
The result was an 82-57 loss Friday night at the seventh West Valley Holiday Classic. Modesto (6-7) will meet West Valley today at 2 p.m. for third place.
Ohlone (13-1), ranked fourth in the state and second in Northern California, rang up its 13th consecutive win by allowing only 12 baskets, only three of them 2-point goals.
“Their matchup zone is second to none,” MJC coach Paul Brogan said, “but we couldn’t knock down open looks.”
Guard Edwin Castellanos drilled six 3-point baskets en route to 18 points, but the rest of the Modesto offense struggled. The Renegades led 35-22 at halftime and pulled away from there.
• EASY FOR STANISLAUS – Marcus Bell scored 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting in only 22 minutes of action as Cal State Stanislaus (6-2) coasted over Pacifica 104-53 at Fitzpatrick Arena. Four other Warriors reached double figures, including Alek Carlson with 15 points, and every Stanislaus player in uniform scored.
Pacifica (3-13), which made 12 3-pointers in its last game, was held to only 6-of-24 from the arc by the Warriors.
• CLAIM JUMPERS STRUGGLE – Sierra (4-5) used its superior size and speed to stop Columbia 81-39 in the first round of the Delta Holiday Tournament in Stockton. The Claim Jumpers (6-7), who trailed 42-14 at halftime, were led by Marcus Junior with 12 points and Tige Wingo with 10.
Columbia and Reedley collide in the consolation bracket today at 1 p.m .
• MJC RALLIES – Brei Castilleja sank six of six free throws down the stretch and the Pirates hung on to beat Allan Hancock 71-62 in the first round of the West Hills Golden Eagle Classic. The Pirates (5-3), winners of three straight, rallied from a 30-30 halftime tie to lead by 10 points midway through the second half. Then they withstood a counter attack by the Bulldogs (8-4).
Michelle Bibbs led Modesto with 14 points and Castilleja finished with 11. The Pirates will meet host West Hills, which defeated Los Angeles Southwest 71-60, in the semifinals tonight at 6.