Sonora falls on road to VOL-leading Cougars

The Union Democrat Sports Department /

The Sonora Wildcat boys hoopsters ended their three-game week on Saturday in Stockton with a 56-34 loss against Weston Ranch.

The Cougars jumped out to a quick 22-10 lead after the first quarter and lengthened their advantage to 33-15 at halftime.

"We got off to a bad start," said Wildcat head coach Rick Francis. "We'd been doing a good job on not turning the ball over, but we had a little problem with them down there. They had a little too much fire-power for us."

For the Wildcats (7-13, 3-4 Valley Oak League), who had won two straight, Ben Bates and Nick Mays each scored 10 points, Josh Thacker added six, Will Collamer five and Jeff Storey added a 3-pointer.

The Wildcats had a difficult time matching up against 6-8 center Davieon Lavrett, who scored 17 points and controlled the glass. As a team, Weston Ranch outrebounded the Wildcats 27-19.

The Cougars (13-5, 7-0 VOL) remained unbeaten in league and will play at Lathrop Wednesday and then will host unbeaten Sierra (17-3, 7-0 VOL) on Friday.

Sonora next will host Manteca on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.

JV-Carter Denton received a pass from Camden Wilson and swished a game-winning 3-pointer with six seconds left to lift the Wildcats over Weston Ranch 44-43.

Sonora remained perfect (7-0) and on top of the VOL standings.

With about 25 seconds left, and Sonora trailing 43-41, the Cougars missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Cats corraled the rebound setting up Denton's heroics.

One last gasp for Weston Ranch fell short when they turned the ball over.

"Weston Ranch came out and played a tough, very physical game of basketball," said Wildcat head coach Dan Dona. "We did not adjust until about halfway through the second quarter."

Sonora shot 8 for 12 from the free throw line while Weston Ranch converted just 15 of 33 attempts.

For the Wildcats, Kahale Warring scored 13 points, Thomas Nelson netted 12 points and Wilson added nine points.

Frosh-The Wildcats suffered their third buzzer-beating loss of the season, losing to the Cougars 49-48.

For Sonora, Ian Cicero scored a season-high 17 points, Charlie Dunn added 12 points and Wyatt Faughnan had 11 points.

On Thursday, Sonora lost at East Union 46-38.

Dunn scored 20 points and Cicero added seven.

Starting off the week on Tuesday, the Wildcats lost to Kimball 59-52.

Cody Henderson scored a team-high 12 points, Dunn added 11 and Cicero 10.

The Union Democrat
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