Pirates fall hard at Diablo Valley

The Modesto Junior College Pirates concluded the first half of the Big 8 Conference basketball season with a performance they would rather forget.

Diablo Valley netted 16 three-pointers, eight in each half, and raced to an easy 78-40 win over the Pirates (5-14, 2-5 Big 8) on Tuesday night. Modesto trailed 39-18 at halftime and managed only three points in the first 12 minutes of the second half.

The Vikings (12-10, 4-3), who placed third in the MJC Tournament last month, featured Jelani Hardaway with 26 points, 18 of them via triples.

“They got hot tonight, and there was nothing we could do,” MJC coach Paul Brogan said.

Marko Lepovic scored 10 points for the Pirates, who return home to meet Santa Rosa on Friday night.

Women’s basketball

Diablo Valley 60, Modesto JC 39 – The Pirates (3-15, 2-5 Big 8), major underdogs against the state’s No. 2-ranked team, trailed only 27-20 at halftime before they were beaten by Diablo Valley.

Sophomore forward Kaitlin Gundlach paced Modesto with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Brianna McGinness, whose 17 points and 13 rebounds anchored MJC’s 43-36 win last Friday over Cosumnes River, finished with nine points and three assists. Kayla Taylor led DVC (18-4, 7-0) with 17 points for her team’s 12th consecutive victory.

Women’s tennis

Modesto JC 9, Diablo Valley 0 – The MJC spring sports schedule kicked off with the Pirates’ win at home. No. 1 singles Vanessa Teves rallied from a second-set loss – the only set dropped by Modesto – for a victory. Other singles wins were recorded by Chiara Adamo, Parker Pilati, Britney Leon, Rebekah Jacobson and Kristi Van Diver.

Men’s tennis

Diablo Valley 6, Modesto JC 3 – The Pirates dropped four of six singles matches en route to a season-opening loss. MJC’s No. 1 singles, Jose Gonzalez, rallied from a first-set loss for a victory. The other singles winner for Modesto was J.T. Barcellos.