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Teams shoot lights out at Pierce tourney
The stage was set for a full slate of basketball on Friday in Arbuckle, with Corning Union High scheduled to take on Maxwell for the tournament championship and Willows battling Live Oak for third place, until the lights went out on the stage.
A power outage that began at about 6:10 p.m. during the first quarter of the Willows and Live Oak match-up and affected much of Colusa County brought the annual Pierce Tournament to an abrupt end.
Not knowing the nature of the outage at the time or when power would be restored, the last two games of Saturday were canceled.
In the games concluded before the lights went out, Pierce fell to Biggs 61-47 and Winters downed East Nic 61-47.
Jake Voorhees scored 17 points for the Bears and Saul Mendez added 11, but a very quick Wolverine's squad created a number of turnovers that resulted in quick fast -break buckets.
Juan Castanedo led Biggs with 19 points, followed by 11 from Andrew Perez.
Corning 47, Willows 37
Michael Shoemaker led the Cardinals with a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Nick Hoag tallied 11 points.
Travis Mendes was Willows' high man with 13 points, and Jake Martin their top rebounder with nine boards.
Maxwell 49, Live Oak 35
The Panthers used 18 points from Zach Troughton and 13 by Isaias Martinez to reach the championship game.
Eddie Rangel put up eight points.
Pierce 42, East Nic 41
Biggs 56, Winters 53
Pierce 47, Live Oak 46
For the first 27 minutes Live Oak High controlled nearly every facet of the game against the tournament host Bears in the opening round of the 47th annual Pierce Invitational on Wednesday night in Arbuckle.
But that all changed in a four-minute stretch as the Bears went on a 15-2 run to cut the Lions' lead to one point before the rally sputtered out and Live Oak held on for a 47-46 victory.
The Lions held Pierce without a field goal for the entire first quarter and led by as many as 18 points in the second half before Bears junior forward Jake Voorhees caught fire.
Voorhees finished with 23 points, 10 of which he scored in the fourth quarter, including two 3-pointers during the final four minutes of the game.
"They did a great job, I think the team that was out there in the first quarter was not the team that finished in the fourth, they did an excellent job just improving within the game," Pierce coach Noah Gomez said.
Senior forward Joe Howard was second on Pierce with six points and Saul Mendez had five.
Maxwell 64, East Nic. 33
Maxwell opened the tournament with a 64-33 victory against East Nicolaus despite having just three practices under its belt.
Troughton was a dominant force in the paint with 14 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Laine LaGrande added 14 points and five rebounds, Trent Mathis scored 11 points while hitting three, 3-pointers, and Martinez added nine points.
Willows 54, Biggs 45
Willows opened the tournament with a 54-45 win as Martin and Chris Walter both scored 15 points for the Honkers and Mendes posted a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
The Wolverines pulled within seven with 1:37 left in the game but couldn't close the gap against the taller Honkers squad.
Corning 67, Winters 32
The defending Division IV champions routed the Warriors in their opener, getting 10 points from Hoag and having 13 different Cardinals get significant playing time and crack the scoring column.
Shoemaker commanded the boards for 13 rebounds, and scored nine points.