LOCAL ROUNDUP: Yuba men rally to win
Falcons win at NU Invite; Indians put up 107 points
The Yuba College men's basketball team overcame a 24-4 deficit and marched back to roll Merced 78-58 at the Modesto Tournament on Thursday.
The 49ers started the 8 a.m. tip-off 1-for-14 from the field, but quickly turned things around by shutting out Merced in the final 7 minutes of the first half.
"We actually ended up playing well after that terrible start," said Yuba College coach Doug Cornelius.
Jeremy Bubier led the 49ers with 21 points, shooting 10-for-11 from the field, while Chris Smith finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Achoki Moikobo had 12 points and six rebounds, while Akachi Okugo delivered 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the 49ers (3-4).
Yuba College will face Reedley today at 10 a.m..
New Life Christian 65, Sacramento Country Day 40
In Olivehurst — Tyler Treat dropped 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and four steals to help lead the Crusaders to victory on their home carpet.
Chase Smotherman finished with 14 points, six steals and five assists, while Thomas Marquette scored 12 points. Coby Bancroft had 10 points and five steals, and Jordan Smith finished with eight points for New Life (2-3).
NEVADA UNION TOURNAMENT
River Valley 56, West Campus 54
In Grass Valley — Jordan Noall tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds and the Falcons took their first of the game with 1:30 left to go and held on for a victory over the Warriors in the opening round of the Nevada Union Tournament.
Deepak Leal added 14 points and Josh Dhatt finished with 10 for River Valley (2-3), which will play McQueen High of Reno in the second round today at 6:30 p.m.
Marysville 107, Valley Christian 92
In Marysville — Senior Brandon Graves delivered in a big way by scoring 37 points and pulling down 14 rebounds to lift the Indians to a win at their own tournament.
Marysville kept the hot pace up thanks to 23 points from Manny Montano and 22 more from Brayden Bartolome. Montano also finished with seven rebounds and six assists.
The Indians (2-4) picked up the victory despite dressing just six varsity players.
RON PRITCHARD INVITATIONAL
Lindhurst 71, Winters 51
In Live Oak — Cedrick Thomas had a big night with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Devin Ward poured in 23 points and the Blazers cruised to an opening-round victory over the Warriors.
Alex Yang added 18 points for Lindhurst (3-2).
Marysville 54, Live Oak 28
In Marysville — Ellie Fisher scored a game-high 17 points, and Bayshta Aguila and Holly Tarr added 12 points each to lead the Indians (5-1) past the Lions in opening-round play.
Anijah Clark led Live Oak (1-4) with 11 points.
DOROTHY SPECK TOURNAMENT
Davis 41, River Valley 39
In Davis — Aleqse Hawkins had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Sarah Brennan chipped in with 10 points of her own as the Falcons fell just two points short of the host Blue Devils in opening-round action.
Taylor Massengale pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds for River Valley (3-2), which will play McQueen High of Reno in the second round today at 5 p.m.
Gridley 57, Colusa 52
In Durham — Ashtyn MacFarlane scored 18 points to help lift the Bulldogs (2-4) past the RedHawks in the opening round of the Durham Tournament.
Teale Stacey had 13 points and nine rebounds, Mattie Myers scored 13 points and Emily Mobley added seven points and 16 rebounds for Colusa.
Paige Townzen chipped in with seven points and five rebounds for the RedHawks (2-3).
VALLEY CHRISTIAN TOURNAMENT
Sutter 57, Highlands 18
In Roseville — Erika Larsen recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 23 rebounds and 11 blocks to lead the Huskies to an opening-round win.
Jaelyn Hoffman also delivered 19 points and 12 rebounds for Sutter (3-3), while Destiny Stevenson added 11 points.
New Life 41, Sac Country Day 37
In Olivehurst — Despite playing with just five players, the Crusaders managed to come out on top.
Elicia Villafranco had 16 points, Rachel Whiteley had 12 and Kayley Ramirez finished with seven points for New Life (4-1).
Wheatland 41, River Valley 36
In Yuba City — The Pirates recorded six wins by pinfall and won nearly every one of the lightweight division matches to edge out River Valley in a dual meet at Falcon Gym.
River Valley led 36-35 heading into the final bout, but Wheatland's Tony Ortiz recorded a pin in the 285-pound match to give the Pirates the victory.
Cameron Clinton (113), Ryan Franken (120), Taylor Hicks (126), Austin Shinn (138), Mikey Hawkins (145) also won by pin for Wheatland, while Jon Cerboni (132) won by technical fall.
Harlan Shelton (106) and Jordan Davis (220) both won by pin, Marco Carillo (152) and Logan Morace (170) picked up wins by decision, and Karm Sran (182) won by injury default while leading 8-2 in the third period for River Valley.
Colusa 4, Mercy 1
In Red Bluff — Gustavo Sanchez recorded a goal and an assist, and Diego Jimenez, Tony Rico and Alfonso Ruiz scored a goal each to lead the RedHawks to a win in their Sacramento Valley League opener.
Adrian Garcia dished out an assist, Felipe Granados played well at midfield and Fernando Amador recorded seven saves in goal for Colusa (2-1-1, 1-0).
Gridley 5, Winters 1
In Winters — Ernesto Orozco notched a hat trick and Juan Velasquez scored a pair of goals to propel the Bulldogs (3-4-2, 1-1) to a Butte View League victory over the Warriors.
Live Oak 6, Paradise 0
In Paradise — Sal Vargas scored two goals and the Lions rolled past their second large school in the past three games.
Pedro Valencia delivered a goal and two assists, and Joel Cibrian came out of the keeper's position in the second half to score a goal.
Heilo Palacio and Jose Cuellar each scored a goal, while Edgar Diaz recorded two assists, Jose Medina had one and Eder Haro added another for Live Oak (3-1).
JV BOYS BASKETBALL
Nevada Union 69, Yuba City 49
In Rocklin — The players dipped into double-figures for Yuba City, but it wasn't enough for a win at the Rocklin Tournament.
John Horn finished with 14 points, while Jaipaul Mann and Angel Hernandez each scored 12 for the Honkers (3-2).
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL
Yuba City 38, Paradise 22
In Oroville — Megan Lockhardt helped lead the Honkers stay undefeated, delivering 14 points in Yuba City's win at the Oroville Tournament.
Natalie Yepaz had eight points for Yuba City (3-0).
Colusa 38, Gridley 37
In Durham — Molly Townzen had 17 points, Sally Loeza scored 14 and the RedHawks edged Gridley at the Durham Tournament.
With the win, Colusa improved to 4-1.
FROSH BOYS BASKETBALL
Sutter 39, River Valley 27
In Sutter — Jacob Farmer led River Valley (2-6) with 13 points in the loss to the Huskies at the Sutter Tournament.
No information was provided by Sutter.
FROSH GIRLS BASKETBALL
Corning 36, Yuba City 26
In Oroville — Hannah Kirchen led the Honkers (2-2) with 12 points in a loss at the Las Plumas Tournament.