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Pierce boys second at Maxwell
The Faith Christian boys basketball team claimed its second Irene Wells Memorial Basketball Tournament in three years with a 50-41 victory against Pierce on Saturday.
Tournament MVP Justin Glen posted a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and swatted away six shots as the Lions (6-1) won the 61st edition of the event.
Justin Travis led Pierce (4-3) with 12 points, Zack High scored 10 points, and Saul Mendez and Jake Voorhees added six points each. The Bears reached the championship game with an overtime win against Los Molinos and a victory against June Jordan from San Francisco.
Austin Cooper scored a game-high 16 points and Kyle Poppinga added eight points and five steals for Faith Christian.
Maxwell 58, Los Molinos 40
Tournament host Maxwell (5-1) steadily pulled away from Los Molinos (5-3) in the third place game behind an 18-point, 14-rebound performance by center Zach Troughton.
Eddie Rangel chipped in 17 points and five rebounds, Blake Vierra added 10 points and four rebounds, and Laine LaGrande scored five points and nabbed eight rebounds.
Vacaville Christian 48, Williams 39
Williams lost in the consolation championship to Vacaville Christian 48-39 after being outscored 24-8 in the third quarter.
Noe Ramirez led the Yellowjackets with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Ismael Larios scored 11 points and had eight rebounds.
Princeton lost to June Jordan in its final game of the tournament and dropped to 0-6 so far this year.
Pierce 46, Los Molinos 42, OT
The Bears edged the Bulldogs on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game of the tournament.
Voorhees led the way for Pierce with 20 points. High posted nine points and Joe Howard put up seven points for the Bears.
Williams 57, Princeton 37
Larios scored 12 points and helped the Yellowjackets advance to the consolation championship of the Irene Wells Memorial Tournament with a win on Friday against Princeton.
Noe Ramirez added 11 points and Robert Ramirez chipped in seven.
Faith Christian 44, Maxwell 42
Bailey Carter tallied 17 points and nine rebounds as the Lions rallied back from 12-point, first-half deficit to edge the host Panthers on Friday.
Glen added 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, and Taylor Savage finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for Faith Christian.
Troughton scored 17 points and Rangel added 11 to lead the way for the Panthers.
Pierce 43, June Jordan 36
Voorhees paced Pierce with 17 points and six boards as the Bears advanced in the winners bracket of the tournament on Thursday
Howard hauled in 10 rebounds and scored six points, High netted six points and Justin Travis dished out six assists.
Los Molinos 48, Vacaville Christian 41
A.J. Long erupted for 21 points as the Bulldogs held on to beat Vacaville Christian on Thursday in the first round of the tournament.
Long also picked up eight rebounds and four steals for the Bulldogs, who led 24-12 at the half. Jorge Ceja notched nine points and eight rebounds, and Ramiro Castellon tallied eight points and eight rebounds.
Faith Christian 61, Williams 52
Justin Glen picked apart the Williams High zone defense and guided Faith Christian to a 61-52 victory in the first game tournament on Wednesday night.
Glen was dominant from the start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. The 6-feet, 2-inch senior forward spread the Yellowjackets defense out by hitting four 3-pointers and capitalized in the paint, finishing the game with 26 points.
He was also a standout on the defensive, compiling seven rebounds, seven blocks and four steals.
"He can shoot from the outside and go inside," Faith Christian coach Rick Daughtery said. "He's got the whole package so we rely on him a whole lot."
Williams came out in a full-court press in the second half and were able to cut the Lions' lead to seven with a minute left in the third quarter on a trey by Robert Ramirez, but Faith never wavered and pushed its lead back to 11 on a three by Austin Cooper at the start of the fourth quarter.
Noe Ramirez brought the Jackets back within seven with a rebound and a bucket with less than 4 minutes remaining but that would be as close as Williams got the rest of the way. Ramirez finished the game with 19 points and 14 rebounds and helped Williams control the boards.
"I think we did good turnover-wise," Williams coach Ben Padilla said. "We could have attacked the hoop more and, man, we've got to sink our free throws."
Williams went 8 for 19 at the free throw line and only senior forward Larios connected consistently from the line, hitting all four free shots he attempted.
Larios and Noe Ramirez were dominant on the boards but the second chance opportunities didn't always turn into points. Larios finished the game with seven points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Robert Ramirez connected for three, 3-pointers and finishing with 14 points.
Maxwell 51, Princeton 27
Zach Troughton posted a game-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Trent Mathis added eight points and three steals, and Laine LaGrande scored six points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Blake Vierra scored six points, Bryce Perry scored four points and swiped six steals, and Eddie Rangel score four points, snagged seven rebounds and dished out five assists.
Luis Angel led Princeton with nine points.