Sonora upset try falls short at Sierra

By Alex MacLean, The Union Democrat

For three quarters it looked like the Sonora Wildcats might pull off an upset of the defending Valley Oak League-champion Sierra Timberwolves.

But in the fourth quarter, Sierra pulled away for a 63-45 victory and remain perfect in VOL play (3-0).

"We played three really good quarters," said Wildcat head coach Rick Francis. "In that fourth quarter we just fell apart."

Sierra led 15-11 after the first quarter but Sonora rallied and trailed 26-25 at halftime. Heading into the final frame, the Cats trailed 47-41.

"We played really hard and we mixed up our defenses like we did against Lathrop (64-49 win Friday)," said Francis. "We defended two of their top leading scorers real well but one guy just tore us up. And in the fourth quarter, we just made too many mistakes and you can't do that against a good basketball team."

Sierra's star guard Guillermo Nunez scored a game-high 34 points, including six 3-pointers.

Sonora was led by Ben Bates who scored a team-high 17 points, including a 3-pointer.

Also for Sonora (5-11, 1-2 VOL), Will Collamer scored eight points, Nick Mays netted eight points, Derek Smith scored six on a pair of treys and Matt Howard and Jeff Storey each scored three points, both hit 3-pointers.

11886841
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Cal boys knock out Bret Harte, on the verge of playoffs

02/15/2017

Calaveras went home thrilled with Wednesday’s outcome. Bret Harte left the pitch ... more

Wildcats win, but Calaveras moves on; Sonora girls in

02/17/2017

The Sonora Wildcats had one goal Thursday night on the soccer field, ... more

Sonora gymnasts compete in Tracy

02/14/2017

American Sports Acro Gymnastics, of Sonora, went to its first competition Feb. ... more

Columbia has 6-game win streak snapped at Merced

02/15/2017

Columbia’s hopes of grabbing a share of its first Central Valley Conference ... more

Sonora, Calaveras, boys and girls, to host in postseason

02/17/2017

Calaveras and Sonora, boys and girls, will host playoff basketball games next ... more