There's only one Harvest Christian League team that Big Valley Christian has had to concern itself with this season — Brookside Christian, which handed the Lions' their lone league loss a few weeks ago.
Big Valley had a shot at revenge Tuesday, but a second-half rally fell short and Brookside earned a 57-56 win and league title.
The Lions (21-5, 9-2) trailed by 12 midway through the third quarter, but slapped on full-court pressure to gain ground against the Knights (16-3, 11-0). Jared Lunsford hit a 3-pointer with a minute left to make it 55-55, and teammate James Feeney answered a Brookside free throw by making one of two of his own from the line with 5 seconds left.
Quentin Burse was fouled with 1.2 seconds remaining, though, and his free throw provided the winning point.
Big Valley was unable to stop Parris Hill, who scored 31 points.
"We had multiple opportunities to win and just didn't take advantage," Big Valley coach Aaron Filbrun said.
Western Athletic Conference
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 56, HILMAR 41, at Hilmar — Josh Vega and Clay Depauw scored 10 points apiece to lead the Raiders (18-9, 8-6) past the Yellowjackets (13-13, 5-9) and a step closer to the playoffs. The Raiders began the night at No. 15 in Division IV rankings — and only 16 teams advance. Central used a 17-7 run in the third quarter to take control.
"In the first half we missed opportunities to pull away. In the second half we began to penetrate their zone and kick it down low to our posts," said Central coach Mike Wilson.
He said Central rotating five at a time every four minutes wore down Hilmar, noting the rotation of four post players (James Orth, Daniel Hulst, Depauw and Dusty Killian) pulled down at least six rebounds each.
MODESTO CHR. 86, RIPON 46, at Salida — It appears that D.J. Seeley is healthy and ready for the playoffs, as the Cal-bound guard scored a season-high 36 points to lead the top-ranked small-school Crusaders (22-4, 14-0) past the Indians (15-11, 10-4).
MC led just 44-32 at halftime. A 33-9 third quarter ended any thoughts of an upset, despite 17 points by Ripon's Efren Sifuentes.
HUGHSON 65, RIPON CHR. 43, at Ripon Christian — The fifth-ranked small-school Huskies (18-6, 9-5) pulled away with 12 unanswered points at the start of the third quarter. Ken Sullivan had 12 points and Kyle Birchall and David Villarreal 11 for Hughson. Dustin Morgan had 11 for RC (7-19, 3-11).
ESCALON 50, RIVERBANK 49, at Escalon — Spencer Franceschetti scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer for the final points, as the Cougars (6-20, 3-11) beat the Bruins (7-20, 3-11). Franceschetti's earlier trey had pulled Escalon to within 48-47 with 50 seconds left.
MARIPOSA 78, LE GRAND 53, at Mariposa — Point guard Tim Oswald scored 22 points and the No. 2 small-school Grizzlies (22-4, 14-0) beat the Bulldogs (12-12, 7-7) for their 19th consecutive victory. Sophomore center Cody Wichmann scored most of his 13 points inside, as the Grizzlies led 49-25 at halftime.
"We played our best first half of the season," Mariposa coach Trace DeSandres said.
DENAIR 75, WATERFORD 72, at Denair — Mason Wooten posted a triple-double (21 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocked shots) and guard Alex Correia provided two key plays as the Coyotes (13-13, 8-6) beat the Wildcats (13-11, 7-7). Correia stole the ball and hit a layup at the end of the first overtime to tie it at 61, then hit Jarod Martinez in the key for a layup — and Martinez added the free throw after being fouled for a 75-72 lead.
Mother Lode League
SUMMERVILLE 53, ARGONAUT 50, at Tuolumne City — Six-foot-7-inch senior Dakotah Richter hit two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining and the Bears (18-8, 9-5) upset the first-place Mustangs (19-7, 10-4).
Richter also had 19 rebounds and five assists, though Argonaut held him to eight points — six below his average. Teammate J.D. Yeisley picked up the slack with a season-high 20 points.
CALAVERAS 46, LINDEN 43, at Calaveras — Josiah Lozano's 14 points helped the Redskins (10-15, 5-9) top the Lions (1-24, 0-14).
Harvest Christian League
CALVARY TEMPLE 52, WILTON 37, at Galt — Jamaal Williams scored 15 points and Jordan Nelson added 14 as the Warriors (12-11, 5-6) clinched a section playoff berth.