The Tracy High boys basketball team is ready to hit its stride after winning its first home game on Wednesday, 65-55 over Oakdale High.
The Bulldogs (3-2) got off to a quick start against Oakdale (2-3). Senior guard Druce Asah hit three of his five 3-pointers in the first quarter, giving Tracy an early 17-8 lead.
Asah totaled 26 points for the night to finish as the game’s leading scorer. Senior center Nate Brown, just back from the Bulldog football team after Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section championship game against Folsom, added nine points, and seniors Kharyem Watson and Austin Tucker also scored nine points each.
Also back from football are senior forwards Joshua Clarke and Jake Serrato. Senior Nate Jones also joined the team this year.
Asah said the team has a more effective defense because of them.
“They get all the loose balls and all the rebounds, everything in the middle they were getting,” he said.
Coach Junior Cueva said that the taller players — Brown at 6-foot-5, Serrato at 6-foot-3 and Clarke at 6-foot-2 — freed up Asah and Watson to be more effective on offense.
“With our big guys, we’re able to run more as a team, as our guards aren’t as gassed,” he said. “Kharyem and Druce are able to get out and run a little bit, as opposed to having to stay down and rebound the ball.”
Tracy’s sophomores lost to Oakdale on a last-second shot, 42-40, with Miles Turner the Bulldogs leading scorer, and the Tracy freshmen won 54-44.
Kimball 64, Buhach Colony 53
The Kimball High Jaguars held onto their early lead with effective defense and rebounding on their way to a 64-53 win at Buhach Colony in Atwater on Wednesday. They were also accurate from the free-throw line, making 16 of 17 free throws. Leading scorers for the Jaguars were seniors Peter Van Katwyk with 22 points and Jhordin Mellion with 13 points. Junior Conner Hill added seven points.
Millennium 68, Lodi Academy 40
The Millennium High boys basketball team (4-0) turned up the offensive intensity in the second half to win its first home game of the season, 68-40, over visiting Lodi Academy (1-3) at West High on Tuesday.
Millennium senior Matthew DeWitt led the Falcon offense with 18 points. Senior Izaiah Williams scored 17 points, and senior Aaron Hart scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds and six assists.
Millennium wins Gustine tournament
The Millennium boys brought home the first-place trophy from the Gustine Rotary Tournament on Saturday, opening their season with three consecutive wins.
The championship is the Falcons’ first in their seven years playing in the Gustine tournament.
Matthew DeWitt was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and Williams made the all-tournament team.
The Falcons finished the tournament with a 60-44 win over Hughson High in the championship game on Saturday. Williams scored 24 points for the Falcons, and Matthew DeWitt and Hart scored 13 points each.
On Friday, the Falcons beat Hilmar 46-36 as Matthew DeWitt scored 20 points and Hart contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
The Falcons won their opening game of the tournament on Dec. 4, 65-47. Matthew DeWitt led the team with 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Jordan DeWitt, also a senior, added 13 points.
Tracy second, West third at Delta King Classic
Tracy High’s boys basketball team took second place in the Delta King Classic basketball tournament at Stagg High in Stockton this past weekend.
The Bulldogs (2-2) opened with a 75-47 win over Edison High of Stockton on Dec. 4 and beat Sonora 51-46 on Friday. Tracy finished with a 63-50 loss to Bear Creek of Stockton on Saturday. Senior guard Druce Asah was Tracy’s all-tournament selection. Scoring details were not available.
The West boys (3-2) placed third in the Delta King Classic, finishing with a 64-47 win over Sonora High on Saturday. Senior Elijah Tuando hit four 3-point shots to contribute to his total of 26 points, and junior Isaiah Grady added 17 points for the Wolf Pack.
West lost a semifinal game on Friday to Bear Creek, the eventual tournament champion, 80-76. Bear Creek opened with a 16-0 run, and West was still down by 13 points at the half, but fought back to force double overtime. The Wolf Pack led by as much as five points in overtime before the back-and-forth battle ended in favor of Bear Creek. Tuando led the Pack with 20 points, senior Demariea Williams scored 17 and Grady and sophomore Ephraim Estell contributed 15 points each.
The Wolf Pack controlled the opening game of the tournament on Dec. 4, beating Stagg, the host team, 73-34. Tuando led the team’s balanced scoring effort with 16 points, including four 3-point shots. Estell scored 15, senior Austin Torma scored 13 and Grady added 12.
West High’s sophomore team took third place in the junior varsity bracket at the tournament. West beat Stagg 57-38 on Dec. 4, lost to Patterson 47-37 on Friday and beat Edison 65-49 on Saturday. Jake Brown was selected to the all-tournament team, scoring 55 points in the three games.
Mustangs win Antioch JV tournament
The Mountain House High junior varsity team won the 32nd annual Straw Hat Classic at Antioch High this past weekend. Coach Scott McDonald said it was a balanced team effort, with strong effort from the Mustangs on both ends of the court.
The Mustangs beat St. Patrick-St. Vincent on Friday, 51-48, and then beat Benicia in a close match, 54-51, in the championship game.
Mountain House freshman point guard Lamont Couch Jr. earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award, and sophomore guard J.D. Dike was named to the all-tournament team.
Delta Charter at McKinleyville Tournament
The Delta Charter boys went 0-3 at the McKinleyville High School Tournament.
The Dragons started with a 90-32 loss to Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove on Dec. 4, took a 59-48 loss to KIPP King Collegiate of San Leandro of Friday and lost to McKinleyville High 76-56 on Saturday.
The Dragons’ top scorer for the tournament was senior De’Andre Ragsdale with 30 points over three games, and Dramell Pitts scored 29 points, including 16 in the first game against Cosumnes Oaks.
Kimball 64, Pacheco 35
It took the first quarter for the Jaguars (2-0) to shut down Pacheco’s leading scorer in Wednesday’s game at Kimball High, but they clamped down on the visitors for the rest of the game.
Senior Peter Van Katwyk scored 18 points as he led the Jaguar offense against Pacheco (1-1). Junior V.J. Obiajulu scored 15 points and had 14 rebounds, and junior Noel Oli scored seven points and provided six assists.
Kimball’s sophomore team beat Pacheco 37-34. Denzel Bautista led the Jaguars with 11 points, Nathan Perez scored seven and Vincent Llacuna’s six points included a shot late in the fourth quarter that gave Kimball the lead and another that sealed the win.