Mountain House 60, Pacheco 49

Mountain House senior Keenami Maggard was dominant on offense on Thursday as the Mustangs closed out the Western Athletic Conference season undefeated with a 60-49 win at home over Pacheco High.

Maggard scored 36 points for the Mustangs as his team led from start to finish. The Mustangs were up 31-24 at the half and extended their lead in the third quarter.

The Mustangs closed the regular season with a 20-6 record and a 14-0 record in league play. It’s the first league championship for the Mountain House boys and the second time the team has been in the playoffs in the four years the school has had a varsity boys basketball team.

With the Mustangs going from the Trans Valley League to the Western Athletic Conference, coach Nolan Dixon expected league competition to be just as tough this year.

“From my understanding Ceres was a good team, and Beyer is one of the best teams around,” he said, adding that at the start of the season his expectation was to finish in the top half of the league. Then, after two league wins in December, the Mustangs defeated Beyer 64-61 in overtime on Jan. 4 and the Mustangs won every game after that.

Dixon credits the growth of the school’s basketball program, noting that the Mustangs’ first varsity team in 2015-16 had no seniors, and two of the freshmen on that team, Nick Baluyot and Adam McNiel, are now seniors who have developed along with the program. He added that Maggard joining the team this year as a transfer made a big difference as he became the team’s leading scorer.

As of Friday night, the Mustangs were ranked No. 4 in the MaxPreps.com rankings for Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4. If that holds true for the playoff brackets, to be released Saturday afternoon, Mountain House will play its first two games at home.

Venture Academy 65, Millennium 46

The Falcons played a close first half against Venture Academy on Thursday at West High, but Millennium’s 32-31 halftime lead disappeared in the third quarter, and Venture Academy continued to outscore Millennium, including seven 3-point shots in the second half, to get the 65-46 win.

Junior Isaac Dewitt led the Millennium offense with 10 points, and junior Josh Marlin scored 9 points.

The Falcons closed the season with an overall record of 5-19, 3-8 Central California Athletic Alliance. Venture Academy is 15-9, 9-3 CCAA and advances to the playoffs.

Contact Sports Editor Bob Brownne at brownne@tracypress.com, or call 209-830-4227.

Sports editor at the Tracy Press

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