Alvarez boys reclaim first

Alvarez boys reclaim first

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Alvarez boys reclaim first

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The “House of Thrills” was open for business again Friday night at Alisal High.

A full house, pep band, rivalry atmosphere, cheers and chants bellowing all night, first place at stake and the fans whipped into a frenzy made for a wildly entertaining night of basketball between Alisal and Alvarez where the “House of Thrills” is proudly painted on the gym wall.

In a bruising 32-minute battle royale the Alvarez Eagles hung on for a 45-42 win over the Trojans to reclaim first place in the Monterey Bay League Pacific Division.

The two teams began the night tied for first and played like they didn’t want to leave it. There were 41 fouls called in the game.

Alisal suffered a key blow late in the first half when 6-3 center Jessy Salinas, the league’s leading scorer at 20 points a game, went down with a twisted ankle and could not return.

Salinas got off to a strong start with six points and seven rebounds in the first quarter. He didn’t score in the second quarter after apparently rolling an ankle on a shot from the top of the key.

Alisal lead 21-13 when Salinas left the game for good.

The Trojans lead 25-19 at halftime and extended it to 30-21 early in the third quarter.

A 3-pointer by Max Alvarez started the Eagle comeback. They tied the game 30-30 on a basket by Lanier King with 2:30 to go in the third quarter and it stayed tight the rest of the way.

In a boisterous and rough fourth quarter with the Alisal and Alvarez fans competing nearly as hard and loud in the stands as the game was on the floor, the Eagles were able to slowly pull ahead when Alisal went eight straight possessions without scoring.

Isaiah Bledsoe finally snapped the slump with a hoop that cut the Alvarez lead to 37-34 with under three minutes to go in the game.

Two free throws by Hugo Huerta, who pulled himself off the floor and limped to the free throw line time and time again, narrowed the Alvarez advantage to 42-40 with 37 seconds left. Huerta led all scorers with 18 points.

A driving layup by Jessy Hurtado cut the Alisal deficit to 44-42, and after the Eagles missed a pair of free throws with eight seconds left, Alisal had a chance to tie.

Alisal rushed the ball down court for an open 3-pointer, but an angle to the right of the basket. The shot missed and the buzzer sounded sending Alvarez players and its fans to center court to celebrate.

Gamble had 11 points to lead Alvarez with Aaron Borum and King following with eight.

Alisal: Bledsoe 2 2-4 6, R. Cardenas 1 0-0 2, Huerta 4 9-12 18, Hurtado 4 0-0 8, Salinas 3 0-0 6, I. Carrillo 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 11-15 42.

Alvarez: Borum 3 2-5 8, Alvarez 1 0-2 3, Gomez 1 1-2 4, Carrillo 1 3-4 5, Gamble 4 3-5 12, King 3 2-3 8, Hernandez 1 1-2 3. Totals 15 14-23 45

3-point goals: Alvarez (3) Alvarez 1, Gamble 1, Gomez 1, Alisal (1) Huerta 1.

* Hollister 57, Monterey 55: At Hollister, yet another game for the Toreadores went down to the last shot — the sixth straight game they’ve been involved in such a situation.

Monterey lead 28-26 at the half as it went to 4-3 in the Gabilan Division while Hollister took over first place at 6-1.

Monterey was led by Austin Shake, 12 points and Carter Aldrete and Michael Armstead with 11 points each.

On Wednesday Monterey (4-3) hosts Seaside.

Monterey: Aldrete 5-0 11, Kim 3-2 8, Armstead 4-3 11, Shake 5-2 12, Hall 2-0 4, Saldivar 4-1 9.

Hollister: Breen 2-0 6, Diaz 2-0 5, Collins 7-0 16, Harrison 2-2 6, Skinner 2-4 8, Miskin 6-2 16,

3-point goals: Monterey (1), Aldrete 1. Hollister (7) Breen 2, Diaz 1, Collins 2, Miskin 2.

* Gonzales 68, Greenfield 64: At Greenfield, the Spartans were up 22-21 at the half and took another step in finishing the season with their first MTAL winning record since 1986.

Gonzales went to 6-2 in league while the Bruins are 3-5.

Greenfield took the lead in the third quarter 42-41, but Gonzales pulled away.

For Greenfield, Rudy Amezcua scored 35 points and Noah Huerta 19. Chris Harrigan had 31 points for Gonzales and Israel Gallegos 16.

Greenfield on Wednesday travels to Marina while Gonzales hosts King City.

Gonzales: Loza 2-1 6, I. Madrigal 2-0 4, Harrigan 11-7 31, F. Madrigal 2-3 7, Gallegos 6-3 16, Diaz 1-2 4.

Greenfield: Amezcua 7-16 35, Huerta 6-7 19, Vega 1-0 2, Sanchez 1-0 3, Garcia 2-0 4.

3-point goals: Gonzales (2) Loza 1, Gallegos 1. Greenfield (4) Amezcua 3, Sanchez 1.

* Salinas 53, Seaside 41: At Seaside, the Cowboys gained a measure of revenge against Seaside from earlier this season.

Salinas went up by double digits with about five minutes to go in the game and then kept it there.

Nat Hunsdorfer had 21 points and 12 rebounds to pace Salinas. LaRon Logwood had 11 points, and Paul Van Schuyver tallied eight points.

R.J. Johnson and Chris Evans each scored 15 points for Seaside.

* North Salinas 82, North Monterey County 74: At North Salinas, the Vikings came up with clutch free throws to force extra time twice and then outscored North Monterey County 15-7 in the second overtime to get the win.

Christian Casillas scored six points in the second overtime. Nine of his 11 points came in the extra session.

His heroics came thanks to several other North Salinas players.

With no time left in regulation, Branden Pena hit two free throws to tie the game and force overtime.

Down two with 3.1 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Ray Lopez was fouled while attempting a three-pointer. He missed the first free throw and then made the next two to keep the game going.

Justyn Gutierrez was North Salinas’ first-half catalyst, getting five assists. He eventually finished with 13 points. Lopez had 12 points.

North Monterey County standout sophomore Jordan Graves led all scorers with 29 points.

Daniel Valley had 12 points, and Kevin Montemayor had 16 points.

North Salinas faces Pajaro valley on Wednesday.

North Salinas: Daye 1 0-0 2, Lopez 2 7-9 12, Gutierrez 4 2-2 13, Ivey 4 1-2 9, Torres 3 1-4 7, Casillas 4 1-1 11, Garcia 1 0-0 2, Medina 1 0-0 3, Pena 6 9-16 21.

North Monterey County: Valle 4 2-2 12, Montemayor 5 3-5 16, Samples 3 1-2 7, Lopez 1 0-0 3, Graves 9 9-17 29, Alvarez 2 0-0 5, Calderon 1 0-0 2.

Three-pointers: Lopez, Gutierrez 3, Casillas 2, Medina, Valle 2, Montemayor 3, Lopez, Graves 2, Alvarez

Fouled out: none

* Carmel 64, Soledad 33: At Carmel, the Padres allowed four first-quarter points to Soledad and finished with the big win.

William Spinola had 15 points, Marco Giangoiorgi had 12 points and John Stivers had 11 points.

Carmel: Giangiorgi 5 0-0 12, Spinola 6 3 15, Marden 2 0 4, Riley 4 0 8, Stivers 5 1 11, Kehoe 3 0 6, Zubek 2 0 6, Michele 1 0 2.

Soledad: Salas 1 0 3, Castillo 2 0 4, Medina 1 0 2, Alvaro 1 0 2, Gibbs 0 2 2, Tinjero 4 0 10, Chavez 5 0 10.

Three-pointers: Giangoiorgi 2, Zubek 2, Salas, Tinjero 2

Fouled out: none

* Pacific Grove 55, King City 36: At King City, a 20-9 third quarter by the Breakers helped them put away the Mustangs.

With the win, the Breakers remained in first place in the MTAL.

Brad Sendell led Pacific Grove with 14 points, and Luke Lowell had 12 points.

DeAndre Sharif and Trent Salcido each had nine points for King City.

King City: Martinez 1 2 4, Salcido 4 1 9, Sharif 4 0 9, Rose 1 0 2, Flores 1 0 3, Bailey 1 0 2, Van Marsenille 3 0 7. Totals 15 3 36

Pacific Grove: Sendell 5 0 14, Lowell 5 2 12, Dalhamer 1 0 2, Gurung 0 1 1, Russell 1 0 3, Maker 4 0 8, Buttrey 2 2 6, Wagner 4 0 9. Totals 22 4 55

Three-pointers: Sharif, Flores, Van Marsenille, Sendell 4, Russell, Wagner

Fouled out: none

College baseball

* Marin 9, Hartnell 2: At Marin, the Panthers had a one-run lead in the eighth but Marin took advantage of an error and several big hits to get by the Panthers.

Hartnell starting pitcher Jacob Cabral picked up a no-decision, allowing a run on five hits in seven innings of work. He struck out seven.

Isaac Ortiz went 3-for-4, while Julian Wilcox and Jossiah Raval each hit a double.

The two teams play each other again today.

Men’s basketball

* Cabrillo 72, Hartnell 48: At Cabrillo, the Panthers fell to the Seahawks in a Coast Conference game.

Cabrillo was up 41-24 at the half. Hartnell was lead by Ken Masic with 14 points, Anthony Cannon with 11 and Tristen Arthurs with 9.

The Panthers (3-16, 2-5) on Wednesday host San Jose City College, currently holding second place in Coast Conference.

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