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Valley Christian wins Watsonville title

Woodcreek frustrates Placer, moves into Arnett tourney final
By: Staff reports
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Valley Christian Academy’s boys basketball team won the Don/Martha Christmas Classic with victories over host Watsonville-Monte Vista Christian on Tuesday and Gilroy-Anchorpoint Christian on Wednesday.

The Lions (5-6) made 11 three-pointers in their 78-57 win over Monte Vista and 19 in a 72-14 blowout of Anchorpoint. All 13 players hit a three-pointer against Anchorpoint, and 12 of 13 scored against Monte Vista.

Valley Christian used a 24-8 third quarter to pull away from Monte Vista and held Josh Mooney to 10 points. He averaged 24.6 last season.

Jason Gish led the Lions with 21 points, and Kris Kobzeff scored 11.

Woodcreek 62, Placer 47 — The Timberwolves (6-8) turned up the defense and spread around the ball in beating the shorthanded Hillmen on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 70th annual Kendall Arnett Tournament at Placer.

Woodcreek pushed the pace against the Hillmen, who were coming off a double-overtime win over San Juan on Wednesday, and flustered Placer with physical defense.

Michael Mathews sparked the Timberwolves early, and junior Tyler Milani heated up in the second quarter as Woodcreek built a five-point halftime lead. Noah Bishop scored eight points in the third period to help the Timberwolves extend their lead to 50-39.

Milani scored a game-high 19 points and Mathews 16. Impressive freshman Noah Blackwell had 11 points.

The Timberwolves play Del Campo at 8 p.m. Friday night for the championship.

Girls

Oakmont in consolation final — The Vikings rebounded from a first-round loss to defeat Alisal 53-46 and Gilroy 53-31 to advance to the consolation final in the Seaside Sweet 16 Holiday Tournament.

Emilee Gavia scored eight of her game-high 15 points in the third quarter, and tough defense by Bianca Aibuedefe and Olivia Francis in the fourth period and a big steal and layup by Kendra Barnhard with under a minute left helped Oakmont finish Alisal.

Sydney Sattelberg scored 11 points, Francis 10, and Barnhard grabbed seven rebounds.

On Wednesday, Sattelberg and Francis scored eight points each in the first half as the Vikings built a 29-18 lead over Gilroy.

Oakmont then held the Mustangs to 13 points in the second half, as Aibuedefe and Kelsey Caudill shut down Gilroy’s post play.

Francis led the Vikings with 10 points. Aibuedefe had six points, six rebounds and two steals, and Caudill had four points, four rebounds and three assists.

Todd Mordhorst of Gold Country News Service contributed to this report.