The championship games at tournaments this time of the season do not always uncover the major news.
Teams of all shapes, ambitions and win-loss records seek various goals — titles, confidence or often merely development of their respective players.
Scott Robertson, Enochs High’s 6-foot-6 senior forward, no doubt took a step forward Saturday during the consolation finals of the Tracy Winter Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament. About eight hours before Turlock was beaten by Valley in the tournament finals, Robertson gashed Golden Valley with 34 points during the Eagles’ 69-62 win in the consolation finals. He’s averaging 18 points a game, good news for the Eagles (9-4) as they prepare to defend their Modesto Metro Conference title.
Trek Fayerweather, a 6-2 junior guard, netted a trio of 3-point baskets and had 22 points for Golden Valley.
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In another consolation bracket game of interest at Tracy, Livingston (9-2) opened with a 15-0 run and raced to a 79-58 win over Johansen (6-5). The Wolves’ Brian Alvarez (18 points) earned all-tournament honors by averaging 19.5 points in four games at Tracy. Livingston and Hilmar will tip off the Western Athletic Conference season on the Wolves’ court on Jan. 5.
Let’s review other area tournaments:
RIPON CHRISTIAN — Linden pulled away in the third period to defeat host Ripon Christian 56-47 at the RC finals. Tyler Goslinga scored 13 points en route to all-tournament honors for the Knights. Also making all-tournament was Central Catholic’s Dan Hulst, whose 17 points carried the Raiders (5-3) over Millennium 69-43. Linden was led to the title by all-tourney picks Aaron Judge, a 6-7 senior center (17 points) and senior point guard Austin Alvarez.
HILMAR — Noel Zaldana totaled 16 points and nine steals and was named the MVP of the Hilmar-Irwin-Stevinson Lions Christmas Classic won by the Yellowjackets (7-2) 56-52 over Bret Harte. Josh Tung of Hilmar (16 points), Jackson Gates of Bret Harte (5-4), Tayler Aderholt of Big Valley Christian, and Parker Shaddix and Cody Wichmann of Mariposa were all-tournament selections. Earlier, Mariposa’s size prevailed over Big Valley Christian 56-39, though BVC hit 11 3-pointers including 6-of-10 by Aderholt who had 18 points. Mariposa improved to 7-2.
DENAIR — The Coyotes (5-4, topped by Clayton McDonald with 17 points, held on for a 44-42 win over Le Grand and the title of their own tournament. Delhi (6-6) claimed third place with a 53-49 win over Hughson behind 10 points apiece by Guillermo Ramirez and Jose Hernandez. Senior guard Chris Pimentel had 24 points for the Huskies (1-5).
COSUMNES OAKS — Jarrell Davis had 28 points, including four 3-pointers and seven assists for Buhach Colony (5-8), which claimed seventh place at the Cosumnes Oaks tournament by beating Tokay 75-61. Davis made the all-tournament team. Tokay fell to 4-7.
Rachel Dunlap, a 5-7 junior forward, scored 21 points to lead Summerville (7-7) to a 38-24 win over host Hilmar. Roxanne Corella, a 5-6 junior guard from Orestimba, was named the tournament’s most valuable player. The Warriors defeated Lathrop 44-27. Other all-tournament selections were Sarah Spaulding of Orestimba (11 points vs. Lathrop), September Easter of Hilmar and Jasmine Elder of Lathrop.
At Sacramento, Halie Bergman scored 24 points, Molly Farrar had 11 and Amy Wright 10 as Turlock Christian (9-0) overwhelmed Encina 66-32 to win the Bradshaw Christian Christmas Jamboree. Bergman was the MVP and Wright was all-tournament.
Pitman (6-5) enjoyed a pair of wins this week, 66-21 over Downey (1-9) and, on Saturday, 52-34 over West. Jasmine Washington, a junior guard, totaled 42 to lead the Pride to its two victories.
[OTHERS]Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2302.