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Freshmen Boys Roll Past Turlock Christian
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They jumped out early and never looked back.

That's been the formula for success for Escalon's freshman boys so far this basketball season and they used that same route to topple Turlock Christian on Thursday.

Getting on the court for one game during the week, the frosh Cougars went to Turlock and roughed up the hosts, leading 16-4 after one quarter.

"Anthony Aho really sparked us, he had nine points in the first quarter," said coach Nate Bartelink. "That really got us going."

Turlock Christian kept pace a little bit better in the second quarter, Escalon outscoring them 14-10, so the Cougars still maintained a solid lead, 30-14, at the half.

"We had 10 players score, Anthony had 13 points, his best game of the year so far, Joseph Cowan had 12 points," noted Bartelink. "Rocky Overturf had 11 points and Ben Carnes had eight points for us."

The balanced scoring was key, as the Cougars kept the pressure on Turlock Christian with quarter leads of 17-12 and 16-9 over the second half.

"We played around with different variations of the line-up," added Bartelink. "It was good to see them do well, I'm happy with the way we played."

The freshmen were slated to be at Calaveras for a non-league game on Tuesday, Jan. 4 then will host Linden on Friday, Jan. 7. They open up Trans-Valley League play with a rare Saturday game at home against Patterson on Jan. 8. Freshmen take the court at 2 p.m. for that league game.