Western Sierra 6-0 in conference with win
The Western Sierra Collegiate Academy boys basketball kept their winning streak alive in the Northern Pacific Athletic Conference going with a decisive win over Alpha Charter on the Wolves’ home court Tuesday.
The Angels’ Jacob Thompson scored 26 points against Western Sierra’s defense, but shot just 27 percent from the floor. He was 4-for-16 from the 3-point line.
The Wolves started strong, but Alpha Charter hung tough and trailed by three at halftime.
Leading 50-45 to start the final quarter, the academy outscored the Angels 22-13 to secure the victory.
Western Sierra 42, Leroy Green 41
The Wolves let down a bit in the second half, but held on to beat the Lions 52-41 Friday for their fifth straight NPAC win.
With a couple key players sidelined, 5-foot 8-inch Gabe Whitecotton sparked the victory with 17 points, driving inside for several layups. Wolves head coach Jake Simms said the missing players had been accounting for more than 40 points per game.
“A lot of guys stepped up; they really played a solid game,” said Simms. “Gabe, our point guard, he stepped up. He was really attacking the rim and commanding the floor. That was huge for us.”
Brayden Biel scored eight for WSCA and was strong on the boards.
The Wolves were only 4-for-10 from the free-throw line; the Lions 5-8. Only 21 fouls were called in the contest.
“We did a good job and our defense was really good all night,” Simms said. “We fell off in the last quarter. We kind of got comfortable and stopped doing the things that got us a lead in the first place.”
Western Sierra 77, John Adams 36
The Wolves got off to a 49-20 start in the first half on the Patriots’ home floor.
Western Sierra then used a strong defense to subdue John Adams Academy.