Mountain House 59, Ceres 50
It took until the second quarter for the Mountain House Mustangs to establish their offense in Wednesday’s 59-50 win at Ceres High.
“We started off slow and sloppy,” coach Nolan Dixon said. “It wasn’t one of our better games but we pulled it out at the end.”
The win kept the Mustangs (13-6, 7-0 Western Athletic Conference) undefeated in league play. They’ve faced everyone in their league except the Lathrop Spartans (12-7, 4-3 WAC), who are on the Mustangs’ schedule for next Friday.
Mountain House trailed 11-9 at the end of the first quarter but took over in the second to take a 33-22 halftime lead. Ceres (8-9, 2-5 WAC) came back to outscore Mountain House in the second half, but not enough to close the gap.
Senior Keenami Maggard led the Mountain House offense with 22 points, senior Nick Baluyot scored 11 points and junior Tavio Meeks scored eight points.
Dixon said it was the best start yet for a Mountain House boys basketball team, but it should serve as a reminder that even the teams in the lower part of the WAC standings can show up strong on any given night.
“What we have to focus on is making sure we don’t overlook anyone,” he said.
Modesto Christian 86, Tracy 56
The Modesto Christian Crusaders were hitting their shots from all directions Wednesday night in Modesto, with seven different players scoring in the first quarter to take a 28-9 lead over the Tracy High Bulldogs.
Modesto Christian (15-4, 6-0 Tri-City Athletic League) finished with the 86-56 win and stands in sole possession of first place in the league, while the Bulldogs (12-7, 3-2 TCAL) moved to third place in the TCAL.
The Bulldogs picked up the pace on offense in the second half. Senior Isaiah Hawthorne scored seven of his 11 points, including two 3-point shots, in the third quarter; senior Jacob Peralta scored six of his eight points in the third; and junior Sean Johnson scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.
St. Mary’s 75, West 52
The St. Mary’s Rams started off dominant Wednesday at West High, taking a 25-8 lead in the first quarter on the way to a 75-52 loss for the Wolf Pack.
West (6-15, 1-4 Tri-City Athletic League) matched St. Mary’s (14-6, 4-1 TCAL) in the second and third quarters. Junior Elias Woodward scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the third quarter, and junior Alfred Robinson totaled eight points for the night.
West 75, Tokay 68
After a slow first half, the Wolf Pack offense gathered the momentum to outscore Tokay for the rest of the game Monday in Lodi, bringing West the 75-68 win.
Tokay (2-18, 0-4 TCAL) was up 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, West junior Elias Woodward scored eight of his team-high 18 points and sophomore Kapono Leonor hit two 3-point shots. The game was tied 29-29 at the half, and in the third quarter, junior David Neal Hickman scored eight of his 15 points. Leonor scored two more 3-point shots and junior T.J. Williams scored six of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.