Denair High boys basketball (4-8) went into Friday's matchup against Hughson (6-2) High in the Coyotes' Holiday Classic with the goal of redeeming their loss to the Huskies earlier in the week. However, the game didn't go quite the way the Coyotes were hoping, as Denair failed to produce enough offense behind Isaac Starks' 23 points, 6 steals and 6 rebounds and they lost it at the end, 63-54.
When Turlock Christian (0-8) and Waterford (3-5) High met in day two of the Denair Holiday Classic it was a rematch of former Southern Athletic League opponents and both were eager for the opportunity to compete against a former league rival.
Hilmar High (5-3) went through a rough patch at the Pacific Grove tournament this past weekend, dropping back-to-back games, but the Yellowjackets moved past the minor slump with a big preseason win on Tuesday.
Alec Cano of Hilmar (4-1) scored a game-high 17 points in Tuesday's preseason meeting with Denair High (3-3) and the Yellowjackets swarmed to a 50-23 win at home to secure their fourth straight pre-league win.