| Local Roundup: Wood downs Benicia in comeback, 67-60
The Will C. Wood boys basketball team wrapped up its preseason with a road win versus Benicia High School Tuesday night.
Winning their fourth straight in as many contests, the Wildcats (10-6) prevailed over the Panthers (9-5) with a strong first and fourth quarters en route to the 67-60 win.
Wood opened the game on a 22-12 run in the first quarter but gave up the lead after being outscored 13-4 in the second quarter. However, the offense found a rythmn in the second half and outscored the Benicia 41-35 when it mattered most.
Wood senior forward Jay Nagle led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Michael Wudel added 14 and Jeremiah Jones scored 13 points. Ricky Holland added nine points and eight rebounds, with Landon Seaman scoring eight and collecting six boards.
On the defensive end, Tyreese Carson and Jhalen Grayer played an integral role to help the ‘Cats make a second half surge.”
“Tyreese Carson and Jhalen Grayer led us on our defense and held them in check in the 4th quarter. Carson got two steals for us in the final minutes and Jeremiah Jones made 7-of-8 free throws at the end to seal the victory.”
Wood tips off league play Friday versus Vintage High School (8-8).
Buckingham Charter 50, El Dorado 38 >> The Knights held the El Dorado Eagles to five points in the fourth quarter en route to the lopsided road victory.
After trading brief leads in the first three quarters, the Knights (2-6, 2-2 Sac Metro Athletic League) hunkered down on the defensive end and captured the 55-38 victory over the Eagles (1-7, 0-4 SMAL). Buckingham’s Sonny Swift-Watson paved the way with a 28-point performance and nine rebounds in the second half. Bryan Krum also filled up the stat sheet with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Fellow Knight and big man, Caleb Alvarez, made his presence felt down low as he matched the strength of the El Dorado post with six rebounds.
Buckingham will return to the hardwood at Vaca Pena Middle School Friday night versus Wilton Christian. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
El Dorado 39, Buckingham Charter 29 >> The Buckingham Knights lost their first game of league play Tuesday night at El Dorado Adventist.
Despite keeping up with the Eagles for much of the evening, the Knights were unable to overcome a deficit they faced throughout the night and ultimately fell 39-29.
“We came up against a David and Goliath game with El Dorado Adventist having some extremely powerful and tall post players,” said head coach Tessa Threets. “We switched up the defense to using a 5 Guard defense and offense and they created some chaos. The problem was, we still had some trouble execution and converting. But I have to applaud the effort.”
Buckingham was led by Sana German as she scored a team-high nine points and garnered a team-best six steals. Chenin Gelera scored four points and tallied two steals, while Cesia Carballer chipped in three boards and a pair of steals.
Cesia Carballar (3 rebounds and 2 steals)
The Knights will take on Valley Christian Jan. 16 as they look to move to 4-1 in league.
Buckingham Charter 3, Leroy Greene Academy 1 >> The Buckingham Knights used a productive second half to capture a league opening victory Tuesday night.
Following a successful 20-yard penalty kick from Buckingham’s Adrian Anaya in the first half, the Knights were firing on all cylinders against the Lions as they manufactured a pair of second half goals. JoJo Galvan and Matt Davis found the back of the net in the second half to put the Lions away.
Goalkeeper Gage Reiner and defender Brennen Liddocet played a huge role on the defensive end to help the Knights procure the victory.
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