Kahale Warring scored a career-high 26 points and Will Collamer added 17 Tuesday to lead the Sonora Wildcats over the Summerville Bears at Bud Castle Gym.
Sonora jumped out to an 18-7 lead after the first quarter behind eight points each from Warring and Collamer, who hit a pair of 3s.
"They're big guy (Warring) did a good job, he took it to us," said Bears head coach Ben Watson. "He was a force and also ran the court very well. And their point guard (Collamer) did a great job."
Summerville used its defense in the second quarter to press and chip away at Sonora's lead.
"Summerville put a halfcourt trap on us that I didn't expect them to use and they kind of turned things around," said Wildcat head coach Dan Dona.
"Braden Anderson made some key steals that got us rolling," Watson said. "He did a good job running the point and giving us good energy."
Anderson scored 14 points to lead the Bears and helped bring Summerville to within seven, 32-25, at halftime.
The Bears continued the chip away in the third quarter and trimmed the Wildcat lead to six, 44-38.
"Summerville played extremely hard-nosed basketball," Dona said. "They were physical, pushed the ball and should be proud of their effort."
Warring took over in the final eight minutes, scoring 14 of Sonora's 21 points.
"Kahale he played real big in the fourth quarter," Dona said. "Everything was in the paint, he was a monster. And Will, in that first quarter was just penetrating and attacking. I was so proud of him for battling through adversity. He came back and they couldn't press him. He did a great job of handling the ball."
Warring finished the night shooting a red-hot 93 percent on 13 of 14 from the floor. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Thomas Nelson scored eight points for Sonora (3-3), Matt Howard added six and Scott Liggett, Carter Denton, Kade Barajas and Kyle Wolfe each netted two points.
Aryk Freeman scored 13 points for the Bears (2-3), Eli McLaurin had seven and Bryce Farreel and Danny Robles scored four points.
"Sonora did a good job of controlling the boards and getting good looks," Watson said. "They got way too many second shots and that's a credit to them. They out-physicalled us. They moved the ball against our pressure and got good key shots down the stretch. They took it to us early and they closed us out in the fourth quarter. They did what they needed to do. It comes down to effort and execution and we had the effort. The kids worked real hard. Hopefully we'll learn from this and improve."
"We had a good crowd, the band was there and the band makes a big difference," Dona said. "We played pretty good defense in an up-and-down game. For the most part, we played pretty well. I hope we're coming around."
The Wildcats will next travel to Riverbank (7-1) Friday at 7:15 p.m. The Bruins are off to a strong start and look like strong Division IV competitors. The Bruins defeated Bret Harte 81-61 Tuesday at home.
Summerville will next face Mariposa Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the first round of the Hilmar Classic. The Grizzlies defeated the Bears by four in the season opener in Tuolumne.
Sonora and Summerville will clash again on Dec. 26 in the first round of Columbia College's High School Classic at Oak Pavilion. Tipoff for that clash is at 4:30 p.m.