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Luke Tyson of Turlock Christian dribbles the ball past a Delhi High defender during Tuesday’s 63-29 win from home (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

Josh Comfort dropped a game-high 15 points to go with his double figure rebounds while teammate Ethan Fisher knocked down 12 points of his own and the Turlock Christian Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak after beating Delhi High, 63-29, in Tuesday’s home contest from Calvary Baptist.

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Ethan Fisher of Turlock Christian scored 12 points for the Eagles in Tuesday’s 63-29 win over Delhi High (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

“We just wanted our guys to play confident and go out and run and we needed our bigs to step up and they did… just a good team win,” said TC head coach Travis Thompson. “They got a couple shooters and their big guy, so our game plan was when the big touched the ball we would double team him and then make everyone else beat us, and it took them out of what they wanted to do and made other guys have to step up.”

“We tried to do a couple things differently defensively and offensively, but it didn’t happen. We tried to adjust and see what happens, but unfortunately it didn’t work tonight and it is what it is,” said Delhi head coach Brian de la Porte. “We just want them to compete and play hard and really build for next year.”

Delhi is currently boasting one of the youngest varsity squads of the program’s history.

On the squad are six juniors, two freshmen and a sophomore along with one senior in Jesse Ponce.

“We are trying to compete at varsity and play hard,” said de la Porte. “We know we are going to take our bumps, but that is the nature of the beast. We are trying to stay positive with this young group of kids and trying to teach them as much as we can.”

The Hawks are off to an 0-9 start and fell to TC back on Dec. 6 in a 50-33 final.

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Delhi High’s Jesse Ponce looks to work around a Turlock Christian defender during Tuesday’s 63-29 TC win (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

This time, TC was playing without two regular starters including their starting point guard in Zack Silva, who is expected to miss the entire season due to injury.

With four games under his belt, Silva was the team’s leading scorer with 16.5 points per game while second on the squad is Will Liu at 12.8 points per game.

“A lot of people don’t know but we are dealing with injuries, our starting point guard Zack Silva is out,” said Thompson. “Gideon Hoag, our two guard, broke his foot and so we have them step up and grow pretty quick. Our motto is next man up, so this was a great confidence booster to come in at home and win and execute.”

Gideon should be back for the Denair tourney on Thursday.

TC wasn’t fazed, however, without its star player.

The rest of the group stepped up and they took an early 14-4 lead after the first.

By halftime, TC had extended the lead to 29-8 and it grew to 46-14 heading into the fourth.

TC outscored Delhi 17-12 in the fourth.

The Eagles are currently 5-3 overall.

Fisher scored 12 points for TC while Comfort knocked in a game-high 15 points.

TC will next take on Denair at the Holiday Classic at Denair High at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Delhi will next take on Mesa Verde on the road at a time yet to be announced on Dec. 19.