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Bulldogs win West Coast Jamboree Championship
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Turlock's Jaydon Williams, seen here at an earlier preseason game, finished with a double-double during Wednesday's West Coast Jamboree Amber bracket championship win. - photo by Journal file photo

The Turlock (8-6) High girls basketball team are the West Coast Jamboree Champions in the Amber bracket after defeating Escalon 42-26 on Wednesday in the final day of the three-day tournament.

“There was never any doubt in my mind that we would compete and win,” said Turlock head coach Mark Musselman.

Bulldogs started strong, going up 19-12 after halftime. Turlock followed the big lead at the half with a 13-6 run to begin the third quarter.

Freshman Jaydon Williams finished with a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds as the ‘Dogs never trailed for the game.

Turlock won two of its three tournament games by keeping their opponents 27 points or less.

Sarah Musselman scored 8 points, Hope Salsig added 7 and Meghan Hopkins finished second on the team with 10.

“Confidence-wise it’s a nice boost to come out and get three games and beat these teams, [I'm] pleased with the girls effort,” Musselman added.

Turlock will next take on Lodi at home at 7p.m. Tuesday.


Coyotes take final preseason game over Dos Palos

The Denair (6-8) High varsity boys basketball team finished preseason as strong as they could—with a win.

After playing poor in the first half, Denair and Dos Palos were tied at 18 each before the Coyotes went into an offensive run and eventually sealed the 56-37 victory.

“The holidays got us a bit out of rhythm, but in the second half we came out hard,” said Denair assistant coach Garett Elliott.

Denair went on an immediate 10-0 run and kept Dos Palos far out of reach for the remainder of the game, outscoring their opponents 38-19 in the second half.

Isaac Starks scored 12 of the team’s 18 points in the first half and went on to add 17 in the second half to contribute with a game-high 29 points for the night.

It was enough for the Coyotes to secure their second straight win and have now won three of their last four contests heading into league play.

Denair will begin Southern Athletic League play with a home contest against Waterford at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.