Chester’s Eddy Perez makes the layup during the Volcanoes’ 61-44 win against Los Molinos on Feb. 4. Chester has been on a roll this season, losing only four games at time of writing. Photo by Tony Cordero
The Volcanoes wasted no time getting their groove back after losing to Liberty Christian on Jan. 31. Last week, Chester was right back into the swing of things with two more wins to add to its standings.
The Volcanoes easily handled Los Molinos on Feb. 4 with a 61-44 home win. Three days later, Chester traveled to Mercy for a 69-52 victory. The two wins upped Chester’s record to 18-4 overall and 7-2 in league.
Chester’s only two league losses were to Liberty Christian, a team in a higher division than the Volcanoes. Chester’s wins last week elevated the team to second in the Five Star League standings and third in the Northern Section Division VI.
In its win against Los Molinos, Chester rallied 30 points in the first half to gain a substantial lead over the visiting team. The Volcanoes kept its lead through the second half for the win.
Wyatt Durkin got a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. David Estacio pitched in with three three-pointers and some short shots for a total of 14 points. Estacio also led the team in steals with eight. Jeremiah White helped out substantially with 11 points.
Chester racked up even more points on the road against Mercy, scoring big in the first quarter. Chester got 22 points on the board in the first eight minutes, but Mercy kept up with 18 points. In the second quarter, Chester inched its way closer to the win with 13 points to lead 35-27 at the half. The Volcanoes really shot Mercy down in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 18-8. Mercy couldn’t recover.
Chester travels to Redding this Friday to play University Prep. Chester has beat University Prep twice already this season.
The Trojans seemingly met their equals last Friday against Maxwell in Quincy. The two teams swapped the lead through the game, but the Trojans eventually won the game 62-58 from the free-throw line with seconds remaining.
Maxwell took a short lead through the first quarter, but Quincy caught up to take a 28-27 lead. The Trojans had a good run in the second quarter to go into the half ahead 37-28.
Maxwell inched its way back into the game toward the end of the third quarter, and the two teams were neck and neck through the rest of the game.
With one minute left, Ty Morrison sank his third three-pointer of the game to put Quincy up 57-56. The two teams kept stopping the clock with fouls, and Quincy simply out-shot Maxwell from the free-throw line to win the game.
Erik Schwartz led the team in free throws with seven and in points with 17. Schwartz also grabbed 15 rebounds. Brady Rick was the next top-scoring Trojan with 15 points. Morrison contributed 13 points and Anthony Sullivan added 10 to Quincy’s score.
The Trojans will host again this Friday, going up against Biggs at 7:30 p.m.
The Indians went two-for-two last week a 62-45 win over Elk Creek on Feb. 5 and a 69-52 win against Westwood two days later. The two wins came at the right time for Greenville, which lost two games in a row the week before.
The wins put Greenville back in the playoff run with a 12-11 overall record and 5-2 league record.
Justus Eaglesmith had his best game of the season against Elk Creek, posting a triple-double with 21 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. This is freshman Eaglesmith’s first season on Greenville’s varsity team.
Cooper Kingdon was the other top scorer of the game with 19 points against Elk Creek. Christian Beres was on spot defensively, collecting eight rebounds.
The score went back and forth in Greenville’s home game against Westwood. In the final quarter, the Indians pulled ahead to take the win.
Kingdon led in scoring with 28 points and Eaglesmith added 20. Greenville coach Russ Crouch named freshman Corte Smith the team’s player of the game due to Smith’s contributions toward the end.
Smith changed the course of the game with two consecutive two-pointers from the floor, followed by a strong rebound and a 17-foot jump shot. Westwood was shaken and the Indians were able to make a run for the win.
Greenville played its final league game Feb. 11 at Herlong. Details of the game will be in next week’s Sports and Recreation section.
The Tigers scored one win and suffered one loss on the road last week to bring their record to 7-13 overall and an even 3-3 in league.
Portola started its week with a 79-54 loss at Virginia City on Feb. 3. The Tigers redeemed themselves at Williams on Feb. 7, winning 75-55. Against Williams, Portola had a slow start before finishing strong for the win.
The win over Williams put Portola in the fourth seat in the Mid-Valley League, right under Quincy. Portola stands 14th in the Northern Section Division V. The Tigers will play at Loyalton on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and host Maxwell the next night at 7 p.m.