The last chance for many boys' basketball teams in the district to stake their claim to a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth came Wednesday night. Some answered the call, while others will be sweating out the days and hours before the Sunday's pairings announcement.
Golden Valley 48, Pitman 46, at Pitman — Trek Fayerweather's layup with 16 seconds remaining broke the tie, and Pitman committed a turnover and failed to get off a shot in its final two possessions. The Cougars (14-12, 6-5 in the Central California Conference) finish the season at Atwater today and need to win to improve from its No. 17 ranking in Division 1. The loss to GV has the Pride on the bubble.
Modesto 77, Enochs 70, at Modesto — The Panthers are another team at the mercy of the computer, having dropped from No. 16 to No. 20 by going 1-1 last week. The regular season-ending victory over the Eagles is unlikely to allow them to regain the four spots they need to reach the postseason. DeAngelo Williams scored 21 points for Modesto (12-15, 7-3 Modesto Metro Conference) while Andre Barry added 17, as the Panthers led 59-41 after three quarters. Enochs got 19 points from Herbert Whitehurst.
Downey 58, Beyer 48, at Beyer — Ten different Knights scored as Downey finished its season 8-19, 4-6 MMC. The Patriots suffered through a 1-24, 0-10 campaign.
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East Union 64, Lathrop 41, at East Union — Tyler Bylow scored 22 for East Union (13-12, 8-7 Valley Oak League).
Oakdale 43, Weston Ranch 38, at Oakdale — Nate Madsen led Oakdale with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Sierra 55, Central Valley 44, at Sierra — The Timberwolves (18-8, 11-4 VOL) probably can start making travel plans for the first round, having entered the week ranked No. 14 in Division 3. They got 16 points from Trevor Nogueira to trip up the Hawks (2-26, 2-14.)
Turlock Christian 56, Delhi 53, at Delhi — The Eagles got a miracle finish to stay alive in the Division 5 playoff hunt. Josh Wright capped a 17-point effort with a game- tying 3-pointer with nine seconds left. After a Hawks' turnover, Brandon Rodgers drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to net the win.
Denair 55, Waterford 43, at Denair — Clayton McDonald had 15 points for Denair (13-12, 7-7 SL), while Waterford fell to 3-22, 1-13.
Millennium 48, Big Valley Christian 39, at Millennium — Big Valley (12-11, 9-4 Harvest Christian League) will be in the Division 5 playoffs, but likely will drop from its No. 8 ranking and have to open with a road game. Jon McCall led BVC with 11 points, but the Falcons were able to rally from a 33-30 deficit after three quarters.
Patterson 55, Hilmar 36, at Hilmar — The Tigers' sixth straight win clinched a share of the Western Athletic Conference title with Livingston.