PLEASANT HILL — The season has ended for the Modesto Junior College men’s basketball team.
Modesto closed to within a point with three minutes left, but Diablo Valley answered for a 75-66 Big 8 Conference win Friday night. The Pirates lost their last three games to drop from a tie for third place to sixth, which means they won’t be in the NorCal playoff bracket to be announced Monday.
“We had to win one of the two games this week,” MJC coach Paul Brogan said. “Tonight we played solid defense but Diablo Valley hit a lot of tough shots and we didn’t shoot well enough. Sometimes it’s that simple.”
The Pirates (13-16, 6-8), who played their best game of the season to beat DVC 79-57 Jan. 28, couldn’t repeat the victory. Evan Grimes paced Modesto with 25 points, followed by Zack Gonzales with 15 points and Josh Allen with 14.
The Vikings (20-8, 8-6) were led by Justin Yeargin with 30 points.
Tough finish – The Pirates (6-19, 0-14) trailed by only eight points with nine minutes left before Diablo Valley (19-10, 8-6) pulled away to a 101-76 win. MJC, which finished its season with 15 straight losses, stayed close until Addie Garza (20 points) and Brianna McGinness (12 points) fouled out during the final seven minutes.
Brei Castilleja, Aaliyah Monroe and Janel Ortega finished with 10 points apiece for Modesto.
Lefty beats Gators – Jeremy McDonald fell one batter shy of a complete game, but the lefty lifted Cal State Stanislaus to a 6-1 win over San Francisco State to open the California Collegiate Athletic Association season. Ryan McDaniel got the final out at Warrior Field.
Stanislaus (5-3, 1-0) was led by Colton Beatty, Brent Hall and Marcus Mastrobuoni, who collected two hits apiece. The Warriors capitalized on two errors by the Gators (5-6, 0-1) to score four runs in the seventh.
McDonald struggled with his control early in the game but settled down, thanks in part to a double-play ground ball to escape a second-inning jam. Later, he retired 10 straight batters.
Warriors drop pair – Cal State Stanislaus dropped both ends of its CCAA doubleheader at Chico State 7-2 and 4-1. The Warriors (5-8, 2-4) stranded nine base runners in the opener, though Natalie Winters and Morgan Balestreri had two hits apiece.
In the nightcap, Stanislaus averted a shutout to Chico (5-6, 3-3) in the fifth when Jessica Varady singled, advanced on Cassidy Duek’s single and a double steal and scored on a wild pitch. Cierrah Mullins had two hits for the Warriors.
Easy win – None of the six singles matches were stretched to a third set as MJC (4-1) blanked Reedley 9-0 on the Tigers’ courts.