MERCED -- Allen Huddleston Jr. and his Merced High teammates were in bad shape.
Trailing by 16 points late in the third quarter, it appeared Golden Valley would hand Merced its first Central California Conference loss.
"When you're down like that, you need somebody to take over," Huddleston said. "Whoever gets the hot hand."
Huddleston was again that guy for Merced.
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The junior guard scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the final 10:56 to lead Merced (14-7, 6-0) to a surprising 57-54 come-from-behind win in front of a near sellout crowd at Merced College on Wednesday night.
"It felt like a bad dream," said Merced coach Marcus Knott about the big deficit. "You have to give the credit to GV. They played some of the best defense against us all year."
Liataud Prophete led Golden Valley (9-12, 2-4) with 17 points despite playing most of the game in foul trouble.
BUHACH COLONY 68, ATWATER 42, at Atwater -- Braden Williamson's 15 points helped the Thunder (7-14, 1-5) beat the Falcons (4-16, 0-6) for their first league victory.
Modesto Metro Conference
DOWNEY 66, DAVIS 58, at Downey -- The Knights (6-1 MMC), down 28-12 after one quarter, stormed back to defeat the Spartans (3-4).
Booker Hinton and Brett Butler had 13 points to lead Downey.
Davis' Jose Blanco had 23 of his 28 points in the first half.
"We finally played some defense in the second half," said Knights assistant coach Eli Bynum. "It was a nice comeback after the first quarter."
MODESTO 62, BEYER 59, at Beyer -- Nate Jackson scored 18 points, including two key free-throws to give his team a lead it wouldn't give up, to lead the Panthers (6-1 MMC) over the Patriots (7-12, 1-6).
Bryan Garbez led Beyer with 32 points and 11 rebounds. He scored 20 in the second half.
ENOCHS 62, JOHANSEN 57 (OT), at Enochs -- Marcus Bell had eight points, 19 rebounds and six blocked shots and Demetrius Prunty scored 22 points as the Eagles (5-14, 2-4) surprised the Vikings (8-10, 3-3) in overtime.
Malachi Batt led Johansen with 18 points, all of them coming in the second half.
In the extra period, Prunty was 5 for 6 from the free-throw line.
Valley Oak League
WESTON RANCH 58, OAKDALE 50, at Oakdale -- James Nunnally scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half -- including 10 in the fourth quarter -- to lead the Cougars (7-0 VOL) past the Mustangs (6-15, 0-7).
Nunnally scored on a variety of shots, hitting outside jumpers and also getting to the hoop.
"We got within six with about a minute to go and Nunnally came up with some big buckets," said Oakdale coach Jeremy Fields. "He showed why he's so good. He just took over late in the game."
John Miller had 20 points (four 3-pointers) and Bryce Gerhart 17 for Oakdale.
CERES 48, EAST UNION 47 (OT), at East Union -- The Lancers (6-14, 1-6) had the final possession in overtime, but a jump hook went in and out and the Bulldogs (12-8, 5-2) avoided the upset.
Ceres' Brett Sayad led all scorers with 24 points.
SIERRA 51, SONORA 46, at Manteca -- Christian Williams scored eight of his 16 points in the first quarter to get the Timberwolves (1-5, 5-2 VOL) off and running, and Adonis Brown also had 16 points in their victory over the Wildcats (11-9, 4-3).
"Christian was our catalyst early," said Sierra coach Scott Thomason. "He helped us get off to a good start and kept it together from there."
Brenden Evans' 16 points led Sonora.
JOHANSEN 36, MODESTO 28, at Johansen -- Xavier Jones and Rodney Smith each remained unbeaten in three MMC matches as the Vikings (2-1) defeated the Panthers. Jones won by pin at 1:46 in the 215-pound match, and Smith won his 285-pound bout with a pin at 59 seconds.
WATERFORD 48, RIPON 28, at Ripon -- The Wildcats (2-1 TVL) won the first four matches of the night via pin, jumping out to a lead that the Indians (2-1 TVL) couldn't overcome.
One of the night's more anticipated matches was at 140 pounds, where Ripon's Kyle Souza beat Erick Gomez 2-1.
ESCALON 45, HUGHSON 18, at Hughson -- The Cougars (6-0 TVL) rode three pins to a victory over the Huskies (1-3). Frank Bettencourt sparked Hughson by scoring a takedown in the last minute and defeating Cody Bandini 5-2 at 135 pounds.
PATTERSON 52, GUSTINE 30, at Gustine -- In one of the night's better matchups, the Tigers' Adrian Ramirez pinned Cisco DeAnda 1:30 into the 152-pound match. Every match was decided by either forfeit or fall.
Bee staff contributed to this report.