Ceres High loses lead, game in fourth quarter

TRACY -- The Ceres High boys basketball team was 12 minutes from advancing to the finals of the Tracy Winter Holiday Boys Baskebtall Classic on Friday.

The Bulldogs led Edison of Stockton by five points heading into the fourth quarter. But unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that's when the Vikings heated up.

Carlos Martinez made all three of his 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Edison pulled away for a 72-62 victory in their semifinal at West High School.

Edison plays Weston Ranch, a 67-63 winner over West in the other semi, in today's championship at West High at 7:30 p.m. Ceres and West meet for third place at 6 p.m.

Marcus Hilgen and Brett Sayad each scored 18 points to lead Ceres, while teammate Thomas Vanderlaan added 15.

TURLOCK 71, MODESTO 53 -- Gavin Souza scored 13 of his 23 points in the first quarter, including three 3-pointers, to give the Bulldogs a 34-14 lead. Senior forward Josh Jones led the Panthers with 22 points, including eight in the third quarter.

TRACY 61, MANTECA 51 -- The Bulldogs rallied with 27 points in the fourth quarter, making 12 of 18 free throws. Manteca's Matthew Gomez scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Kiwi Gardner added 15 points for the Buffaloes.

JOHANSEN 69, FRANKLIN 53 -- Jesse Singer and Jeff Horne scored 18 points in the Vikings' victory and Malachi Batt added 12. Johansen plays Beyer for the consolation championships at West High today at 4:30 p.m.

BEYER 59, LIVINGSTON 48 -- Bryan Garbez (16 points), Dom Rossi (14) and Blake Barber (11) led the Patriots over the Wolves. Ariel Hernandez led Livingston with 15 points.

LOS BANOS 64, LIVERMORE 58 -- Phil Etcheverry scored 21 points, including six 3-pointers in the first three quarters, as the Tigers got past Livermore. Teammate Josh Bourbon added seven of his 11 points in the first half as Los Banos jumped out to a 35-26 lead.

Trans-Valley League

MODESTO CHRISTIAN 95, RIPON CHRISTIAN 36, at Ripon -- Junior standout Reeves Nelson scored 24 points to lead the Crusaders past the Knights in their Trans-Valley League season opener. Dabrail Henton scored 14 points and Daniel Lemburg 12 for MC.

Southern League

TURLOCK CHRISTIAN 62, WATERFORD 59, at Turlock -- Eli Davis scored 33 points, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key in the final seconds for the lead, as the Eagles (1-0 SL) came back to surprise the Wildcats (0-1 SL). Turlock Christian trailed 58-49 with two minutes left, but outscored Waterford 13-1 to end the game.

Brad Abraham sealed the victory for the Eagles with two free throws in the final seconds. Jordan Logan led Waterford with 17 points, including three 3-pointers.

MARIPOSA 55, DELHI 44, at Delhi -- Tim Oswald's 22 points helped the Grizzlies (1-0 SL) top the Hawks (0-1 SL), as Mariposa forced turnovers that led to easy fast-break points throughout the Southern League game. Brandon Lutz had 17 points for Delhi.

Oswald canned four 3-pointers and Lutz five.


ORESTIMBA 66, BIG VALLEY CHR. 61, at Orestimba -- BVC led 58-51 with 3:30 to go, then committed 4 consecutive turnovers which led to a 13-3 Orestimba run that sealed the outcome.

Craig Beevers had 23 points for Orestimba (6-2). Jared Lunsford led Big Valley (10-3) with 17.

SIERRA 55, RIPON 45 -- Adonis Brown of the Timberwolves (8-1) scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half of the win over the Indians, while Christian Williams scored nine of his 17 points in the third quarter.

Efren Sifuentes had 19 points for Ripon.

HILMAR 73, ESCALON 67, at Escalon -- Justin Rodrigues scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to spark the Yellowjackets over the Cougars.

Girls Basketball

EAST UNION 55, RIPON 36, at Manteca -- Junior guard Ashley Rose scored 15 points and senior guard Rachel McDaniel added 14 as the Lancers rolled past the Indians. Lauren Fedderson led Ripon with eight points.

Rose made all three of her 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, while teammate Brianna Shaw added six steals.


WESTERN INVITATIONAL, at Modesto Junior College -- Golden Valley and Escalon each sent six wrestlers into the quarterfinals of the 13th Annual Western Invitational. Central Catholic and Davis each have five wrestlers in the quarters.

Two of the state's top-ranked wrestlers in their weight class had little problems moving on.

Pitman senior Vincent Perez, ranked No. 2 in the state at 103 pounds, pinned his first opponent, Nikolaus Contreras of Stagg, and beat his second opponent, Brenden Sullivan of Calaveras, 17-0.

Central Catholic senior Dominic Galas, only a week after playing for the Raiders football team in the CIF Division III State Championship Bowl game, beat Hilmar's Juan Alverez and pinned Davis' Alex Becker in 26 seconds. Galas is the state's No. 3-ranked heavyweight.

Quarterfinals will begin today at 9 a.m. Semifinals are scheduled to begin at noon, with finals to go off at 3 p.m.