The Sierra Lutheran High School boys basketball team posted back-to-back victories on its way to a second-place finish last weekend at Foresthill High School’s third annual Wildfire Classic (Foresthill, Calif.).
Sierra Lutheran dropped a 51-48 decision against Golden Sierra Saturday in the championship game. Earlier, the Falcons opened with a 66-50 win on Friday against Western Sierra Collegiate Academy and on Saturday beat Foresthill 49-46 on Michael Patrick’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Sierra Lutheran 66, Western Sierra 50
A late surge helped the Falcons break open a game that was tied at 49 against Western Sierra (Rocklin, Calif.). Michael Patrick drained a 3-point shot and Jerod Hamilton stole the inbounds pass and scored the layup to give the Falcons the lead, then they pulled away after steals that led to scores by Griffin Kale and Jusdan Mondragon. Patrick led the Falcons with 22 points, while Hamilton added 16 points and Nick Walker 14. Jerod had 5 assists, 9 rebounds and 6 steals.
Sierra Lutheran 49, Foresthill 46
The Falcons rallied from a 29-14 halftime deficit to win the semifinal. They got back in the game by scoring 18 points in the third period while holding the Wildfires to only two field goals. With time winding down at the end of regulation, Foresthill tied the score at 46 on a 3-point shot over the fingertips of Sierra Lutheran’s 6-foot-3 Griffin Kale. Rather than call for a time-out with 10 seconds remaining, the Falcons pushed the ball up the court. Jusdan Mondragon snapped a crisp pass to Michael Patrick who rattled in a long three at the buzzer Mondragon snapped a crisp pass to Michael Patrick, who rattled in a long three at the buzzer. Walker scored 18 points in the game, while Patrick scored 16 of his 17 points in the second half. Evan Lewis contributed 6 total rebounds and three key blocks.
Golden Sierra 51,
Sierra Lutheran 48 ,
The Falcons were plagued by foul trouble, as two starters fouled out. Golden Sierra scored 15 points from the free throw line.