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Jones' 22 lifts Modesto

Golden Valley's John Sykes converts a layup over Los Banos' Nick Gutierrez, left, and Richard Dybas.
Golden Valley's John Sykes converts a layup over Los Banos' Nick Gutierrez, left, and Richard Dybas. Merced Sun-Star

Josh Jones scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half Friday and No. 2 large-school Modesto rallied for a 56-50 Modesto Metro Conference win over Enochs.

The Panthers (13-8, 9-2) trailed 14-4 early, before Enochs (0-22, 0-10) lost 6-foot-7-inch Marcus Bell to a sprained ankle.

"He got off to a great start, then came down on a Modesto player and his foot swelled up on him fast," Enochs coach Wayne McGhee said. "We controlled the tempo through the first half. But Modesto got going. They had more weapons on the boards."

Central California Conference

TURLOCK 56, ATWATER 49, at Atwater -- Gavin Souza (14 points) led the No. 4 large-school Bulldogs (17-6, 6-2) past the Falcons (5-19, 0-9) and into second place.

Valley Oak League

SIERRA 60, SONORA 52, at Sonora -- Center Adonis Brown scored 17 points, while guard Christian Williams had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the No. 5 Timberwolves (18-4, 8-2) past the Wildcats (11-12, 4-6), despite 16 points and four assists from junior center Brenden Evans.

Sierra, playing its typically tough defense, led 28-14 at halftime and had allowed only 27 points through three quarters.

Sonora cut its deficit to six with 2 minutes remaining, but Sierra hit its free throws to seal it.

WESTON RANCH 57, OAKDALE 42, at Weston Ranch -- The Cougars (18-5, 10-0) led by 10 at the half to beat the Mustangs (5-18, 0-10). James Nunnally had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars.

EAST UNION 50, CERES 45, at Ceres -- Cody Lee drew one of the league's toughest assignments, defending 6-6 senior Brett Sayad, and his performance was crucial as the Lancers (8-15, 3-8) stunned the Bulldogs (13-13, 5-5). Sayad, the Stanislaus District's No. 2 scorer with 22.3 points a game, was held to seven by Lee.

Ceres, led by Lance Hunter (16 points) and Marcus Hilgen (14 points), could get no closer than three in the final minute. Eugene Alston (12 points) helped the Lancers take a 36-29 lead into the final period.

MANTECA 65, CENTRAL VALLEY 56, at Manteca -- Matt Gomez (19 points) had eight points in the first quarter as the Buffaloes (11-12, 7-3) jumped to a 21-14 lead in beating the Hawks (9-15, 3-7).

Western Athletic Conference

PATTERSON 80, ORESTIMBA 64, at Patterson -- Center Felix Mapanda continues to be a force around the basket, scoring 25 points for the No. 2 small-school Tigers (19-4, 10-1), who pulled away from the Warriors (9-12, 2-9) in the second half. Daniel Reza hit three treys in the first quarter to get the Tigers out to a 22-13 lead, but Andrew Godinez (24 points) helped Orestimba rally to within 38-36 at halftime.

Trans-Valley League

MODESTO CHR. 85, RIPON CHR. 42, at Ripon -- Reeves Nelson (29 points) and Adam Watts (20 points) combined for 49 points as the top-ranked small-school Crusaders (16-4, 10-0) continued their domination of the TVL by topping the Knights (5-18, 1-10). MC led 70-34 after three quarters.

HUGHSON 61, RIVERBANK 34, at Hughson -- Zach Adams, battling the flu much of the week, shook off his malady to hit five 3-pointers and lead the Huskies (16-5, 7-4) over the Bruins (7-17, 3-8). Adams (17 points) and an aggressive defensive effort by the Huskies helped Hughson to a 36-13 halftime lead, despite a strong performance from Riverbank's Francisco Pineda (18 points).

RIPON 54, ESCALON 42, at Ripon -- Dane Wells had eight of his 14 points in the second quarter to help the Indians (14-8, 9-1 TVL) to a 30-16 halftime lead over the Cougars (2-9 TVL).

For the first time this season, Ripon did not have a 3-pointer.

Southern League

MARIPOSA 71, DELHI 36, at Mariposa -- The No. 3 small-school Grizzlies (20-4, 11-0) used 6-5 Cody Wichmann (17 points, 13 rebounds) and 6-2 Tim Oswald (17 points, 11 rebounds) to dominate the paint as the Grizzlies (20-4, 11-0 SL) defeated a Hawks (4-16, 2-0) team left short-handed by the flu.

LE GRAND 56, DENAIR 55, at Denair -- Noel Rojas and Ian Rojas scored 14 apiece to lead the Bulldogs (9-11, 6-5) over the Coyotes (11-1, 6-5), despite 29 points and four 3-pointers from Mason Wooten.

Mother Lode League

AMADOR 67, CALAVERAS 49, at San Andreas -- Craig Lively scored 17 points, hitting three treys, and the No. 5 small-school Buffaloes (16-5, 8-3) pulled away from the Redskins (8-14, 3-8) with a 23-4 run in the second quarter. Amador, which began the night a game behind first-place Argonaut, hit six treys and Calaveras fired in eight -- with Daniel Perez (12 points) collecting four.

BRET HARTE 54, SUMMERVILLE 50, at Tuolumne City -- Six-foot-8 Brett Downey (18 points) and 6-7 Dakotah Richter (16 points) played pretty evenly in their matchup of the league's top big men, but it was Downey's Bullfrogs (15-8, 6-5) who came away with the upset by beating the Bears (16-7, 7-4).

Summerville had won the first two meetings.

Mother Lode League girls

BRET HARTE 64, SUMMERVILLE 44, at Angels Camp -- Alex Ballard, averaging only eight points a game, scored a season-high 20 as the No. 2 small-school Bullfrogs (18-3, 10-0) remained in first place with a win over the Bears (4-15, 0-11). It was the seventh time in the last eight games Ballard scored in double figures.

LINDEN 49, ARGONAUT 32, at Linden -- Nina Sanguinetti (11 points) hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, as the Lions (17-5, 9-1) grabbed a 16-10 lead on their way past the Mustangs (13-10, 4-7). Jordan Baca had 16 points and three 3-pointers for the Lions, who play Bret Harte (18-3, 10-0) twice next week.

Linden's Michelle Knipper, a 5-8 senior guard, had five points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Harvest Christian League girls

BIG VALLEY 32, CALVARY TEMPLE 14, at Big Valley -- Brittany Miller (12 points) and Victoria Nyberg (10 points) helped the Lions (9-10, 4-3) dominate the Warriors (3-10, 0-7), holding them scoreless in the first quarter while taking a 12-0 lead.

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