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Lancers Power Past Cougars On Basketball Court
After appearing in the Foundation Game fundraiser for the section against Central Catholic, the Escalon High varsity basketball boys headed to Manteca and played East Union this past week.

"We lost 60-39 at East Union," said head coach Martin Louro. "Brian Gregorio led all scorers with 23 points and our next guy was Owen Pangilinan with seven."

Matt Silveira added five points, Ryan Bartelink hit for two and both Marvin Guillen and Stephen Silveira had one point.

"We've got guys who can shoot it, we're just not putting it in the hole right now," Louro admitted. "Playing with just over half a team is always tough."

The Cougars started play without several team members still busy with football, though the majority were expected to start practicing with the squad on Monday.

Louro said the game with East Union got away from the Cougars, and they didn't do well from 3-point range and that hurt them as well.

"We gave up 60 but they (East Union) shot the ball really well, they had six three's and we had zero, we were 0-for-7 or 8 from the arc," explained Louro.

For the basketball program, the same head coaches return from last year, with Louro at the varsity level, Nate Bartelink at the JV helm and David Anderson working with the freshmen.

Among the football players expected to make a quick impact for the basketball team is Alec VonAlvensleben, who was a starter and among the top scorers last year for the Cougars.

"Defensively we will be pretty good, we should be able to put some pressure on the ball," Louro said. "We just weren't able to do that on Thursday."

This week, both the JV and varsity squads will travel to play in the Buhach Tournament, Thursday through Saturday, while the freshmen will go to Amador.