In a season that hasn't started as well as hoped, the Los Banos High boys basketball team saw a bright spot in a 59-50 win against Hilmar Dec. 20.
After LB opened a 47-34 halftime lead, the Yellowjackets staged a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. A Jordan Ahid 3-pointer with 58 seconds remaining pulled Hilmar to a 55-49 deficit.
Nobody made a field goal the rest of the way, but Jourdon Grissom hit 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch, and James Sams added 1 of 2 to give LB a 10-point lead and the win.
Ahid led all scorers with 25 points, and his 3 was the only one for Hilmar (5-7), while Los Banos rained six 3-pointers on 18 attempts. Three of those made came from Joel Marshall, who led the Tigers with 20 points in his first game of the season. Delvonte Moore followed up with 10, including a pair of 3-pointers, and sophomore inside man Alec Barcellos added 9.
Los Banos kept Hilmar busy at the free-throw line in a game that saw 41 total fouls (21 for Hilmar and 20 from LB) -- Hilmar was 21 of 32 from the charity stripe.
The Tigers followed up the win with a 52-32 loss to Bret Harte to open the Ripon Classic on Friday, then a 69-43 loss to Stagg on Saturday.
LB's sophomore squad earned a 44-39 overtime victory against Hilmar on Dec. 20. After ending the fourth quarter tied 33-33, the Tigers started the overtime period with a 3-pointer and didn't look back, outscoring Hilmar 11-6 in overtime.
Girls lose in Jamboree
The Los Banos girls varsity team opened the West Coast Jamboree with a 64-24 loss to undefeated Burlingame in the 8-team Emerald Bracket at Miramone High School. The Jamboree features 120 teams in 14 brackets.
The Tigers will take on the loser of the Ripon/Paradise game at 9:30 a.m. today.
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