Going 1-2 for the week, the Escalon junior varsity basketball boys got a win when it counted, in Trans-Valley League play.
First year head coach Brandon Hoover said the team lost back-to-back non-league games, falling to Atwater and Argonaut, before getting into the win column on the home court on Friday.
They were on the road against Atwater on Dec. 17 falling 63-52.
“We got down 15-0, dug ourselves too deep a hole,” Hoover explained. “We did get within two points in the third quarter but they just killed us on the offensive boards.”
Logan Webster paced the effort with 25 points for the JV squad.
Wednesday it was another road trip, this time to Argonaut, with that game another tough one, losing 57-49.
“It was a very good game,” Hoover noted. “A competitive game, it just came down to them making more shots than we did.”
Webster poured in a team high 20 points for Escalon while Russell Weinbrecht added 17.
Friday, the JV Cougars were home to host Riverbank, opening the Trans-Valley League campaign. The host team took a 56-29 win.
“Ty Bashaw was back and that made a world of difference,” explained Hoover. “We played great defense.”
Up 13-10 after one, the JV boys had a 28-16 lead at the half and pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Riverbank 14-3 in the frame. Weinbrecht had 20 points, Webster added 13.
Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 27 through 29, Escalon will host its annual Christmas Classic Tournament featuring the freshman and JV teams. The JV squad opens up with Bret Harte on Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m.; the freshmen play earlier that day, meeting Johansen at 5 p.m.
Against Riverbank on Friday night, the Cougar frosh boys fell by a 58-18 final.