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Varsity Boys Earn Court Win In Tahoe Tournament
After playing in a "glorified scrimmage" against Central Catholic in at the Foundation game on Monday, Dec. 1, the Escalon varsity boys hosted Atwater on Tuesday and fell in a very competitive contest.

They then traveled to the South Tahoe Tournament and came away with one win in three games played.

At Central, the varsity squad was topped by about 20 points, said coach Martin Louro.

Hosting Atwater on Tuesday, he was much happier with the effort.

"We played well, we had the lead after three and were up by one with a minute to play," he said.

But some late turnovers allowed Atwater to steal the win, taking a 54-49 win off the court.

"We were real pleased with the effort against Atwater," Louro said. "We had some turnovers late and just had some nerves."

Doyle Niu had 12 points, Leighton Pangilinan added 10 and Vince Aufdermaur put in seven.

They opened up the South Tahoe Tournament with a game against Soquel of Santa Cruz on Thursday, falling 84-56.

"They shot the ball extremely well," Louro said of the Soquel team. "They had 14 3's."

Niu and Robbie Leal each had 10 points, with Raymond David chipping in with nine.

"Defensively, we didn't play poorly," Louro said. "We disrupted what they wanted to do. But we missed on what you would consider good scoring chances."

Friday against Carson City, the Cougars held their opponent to 47 points, clamping down after falling behind 21-9 in the first.

"After that we held them to 10, 9 and 7 points," Louro said of the next three quarters. "If we keep teams under 50, we'll have chances to win."

Carson City had 47 points to Escalon's 32 in the game.

"We had trouble scoring again, we need to make those shots. We were in a position to make a run, we just couldn't get the ball in the hole."

Niu had 11 points, Nick Araujo and Vince Aufdermaur had five each.

On Saturday against host school South Tahoe, the varsity got their first win of the season, a 46-37 victory.

"We were able to confuse them a bit," said Louro. "We still missed a lot of opportunities, a lot of shots that have to go in but we did a much better job taking care of the ball and were better on keeping them off the offensive rebounds."

Niu had 16 points to lead the team in the win, Aufdermaur added nine.

The tournament was a 12-team round robin event and Louro said he was pleased to beat South Tahoe, which had earlier beaten Atwater.

The Cougars may have the chance to face that team again, as they travel to the Atwater Tournament this week, with games Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 11 through 13.