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MODESTO Sonora (3-5) came apart in the second quarter and fell 54-46 to Beyer. The Wildcats got outscored 18-5 in the second after leading 13-7.

"We just had a horrendous second quarter," Sonora coach Rick Francis said. "We started throwing the ball around."

Beyer's press, plus point guard Rob Hoyt being on the bench in foul trouble, added up to no good for Sonora. The Wildcats finished with 17 turnovers, and also hurt themselves by shooting only 10-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Center Tom McDonnell scored 17 points for the Wildcats despite taking only 10 shots, including just three in the first half.

"The guards have to understand that Tom has to touch the ball at least once every time down the floor," Francis said. "He can score inside, but he's also an excellent passer."

Guard Aaron Jolley benefited from McDonnell's passing early in the game, taking kick-out passes from the big guy and draining a pair of 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 14 points.

"Aaron had his best game of the season," Francis said.

As a team, though, the Wildcats are struggling. Francis said they need to improve against pressure, to get supplemental inside scoring to help McDonnell, and to find some more perimeter scoring.

"We'll just practice hard and get ready for league," Francis said.

The Wildcats are idle until a road game next Tuesday against Ceres.

Steven Neville and Marcus Porter scored 13 points apiece and Kyle McKim 10 for Beyer (2-3).

Sophomores Sonora (2-2) lost 54-42 to Beyer, getting 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists from Dustin Scholl and nine rebounds from Ryan Roberson. The Wildkittens host a frosh-soph tournament Friday and Saturday.

Freshmen Jon Hammell scored 12 points and Gabe Wise five for Sonora (1-5) in a 53-35 loss.

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