In almost every game, Turlock High's Matt Ruesga provides a unique stat. It's the kind that a high school boys basketball supporter doesn't see too often, perhaps because the amount of sacrifice it requires.
This time, it wasn't the Emilio Saavedra show. That's because Pitman High wrestling coach Adam Vasconcellos decided to give the freshman sensation - already considered a favorite to win the state's 103-pound title in March and the winner of numerous tournaments this season - the weekend off.
Just seconds after his team survived one of the season's closest calls, Turlock High boys basketball reserve Cristian Jinenez let out an excited "woo!" Even from his point of view, he knew this win was big. So his gesture could've also been easily taken as a sigh of relief.
On Tuesday night, the Turlock High girls basketball team was thrown into an environment that the girls hadn't seen much of this season. They were inside the gym of their crosstown rivals, with hundreds of fans packing the stands - though the Turlock side might've had more people. They all roared when something significant happened.
In one of the major gauges of the state tournament, last weekend's Temecula Valley Invitational allowed wrestlers from the Turlock area to go up against elite competition. Some of them did well - well enough to go home with first-place medals and respect from their peers.
Tuesday night will be the first of three battles this season between the Turlock and Pitman high girls basketball teams. The Pride players talked with excitement earlier this week about the upcoming matchup, adding that "we're ready."
His drenched-in-sweat shirt looked as if he had taken a dip into a pool. His legs must've had felt like they climbed a mountain, bearing in mind the type of workout his coach puts him and his teammates through.