With Eleazar Jones leading the way, the Modesto Junior College men's basketball team advanced to the final of the San Jose City College Tournament.
The Pirates defeated San Jose 81-63 Saturday, as Jones scored 23 points including seven 3-pointers. Modesto (2-0) plays for the championship today at 4 p.m. against Big 8 Conference foe San Joaquin Delta.
Modesto jumped out to a 15-1 lead against San Jose despite having forward Marvin Jefferson on the bench early with two fouls.
Chris Teevan had 15 assists, feeding Jones against a quick, athletic San Jose team. Brian Bergerson contributed 19 points, with three 3-pointers.
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Modesto led 43-32 at the half.
JC Women's Basketball
MODESTO JC 73, MERRITT COLLEGE 53, at Oakland -- Ursyla Mueller had 23 points and Sughey Cervantes 18 as the Pirates won their season opener. Sonora High grad Mueller knocked down three 3-pointers.
Dalisa Waites had eight points, 14 rebounds and six steals for Modesto, which led 31-25 at halftime and then pulled away.
"We played really well in the second half," Pirates coach Mike Girardi said. "We played good defense and were able to fast-break for easy baskets.
"I'm really happy with starting out our first game, playing together as a team like we did."
Whitney Hubbard had 29 points for Merritt.
MERCED 68, SACRAMENTO CITY 62, at Merced Tournament -- The balanced Blue Devil attack had four women in double figures as they won the consolation championship. Tiara Dunson had 15 points, Tarina Hodges 14, Tanisha Reed 14 and Jhinnae Clark 10.
Santa Rosa defeated Foothill 64-51 in the championship game.
CAL POLY POMONA 3, CS STANISLAUS 1, at Turlock -- No. 22-ranked Pomona avoided a Senior Nigh upset by the Warriors, prevailing 30-22, 30-10, 20-30, 30-25 in a CCAA finale.
Vanessa Williams had 12 kills to lead the Broncos (21-6 overall, 13-5 California Collegiate Athletic Association).
Stanislaus, which played well Friday in a loss to No. 4-ranked Cal State San Bernardino, wound up 6-24 and 2-16.
"Finishing our season-ending weekend competing well against two nationally-ranked teams and ending the year on a good note says a lot about the future of our program," said Stanislaus coach Chris Difani. "I am also very proud of our seniors, stepping up and leading the team this year. They worked hard and they have a lot to be proud of."
Saturday night marked the end of the volleyball career of six seniors, including Ripon's Debbie Vander Schaaf. Vander Schaaf led the team with 12 kills to finish the year with 336. She is just the sixth different Warrior to surpass the 300-kill mark in a season.
Senior Caitlin Steffeck had three blocks to finish her career as the school's all-time leader in blocks.
Last year the Warriors upset a ranked Cal State Los Angeles team on Senior Night.
On Saturday night, after slumping in Game 2, the Warriors went on fire and finally claimed Game 3 30-20 by hitting .216 on the attack.
However, Pomona, known for its blocking game, tallied 19 total blocks with 10 team blocks to hold on for the win.
Nicole Musso had six kills, four digs and four blocks for Stanislaus.
High School Tennis
DIVISION II SECTIONS, at Yuba City -- Ceres High's McKenzy Harden in singles, and Sonora's Koko Ankrom-Rachel Shelton in doubles, reached the quarterfinals Saturday before being eliminated.
Harden topped Jackie Ruiz of Christian Brothers 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 before falling 6-1, 6-0 to Ariel Lewis of Vanden.
Ankrom-Shelton won their first-round match 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 before falling in the quarters.
Carly Steichen of Sonora lost in the first round of singles; Carolyn Rowley-Ali Maddox of Oakdale lost in first-round doubles play.