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TC finds first win over Waterford
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Turlock Christians Manny Preciado (pictured here in an earlier game this season) nabbed 10 rebounds in the Eagles' first win of the season over Waterford on Tuesday. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ / The Journal

It took 10 games but the Turlock Christian (1-9) varsity boys’ basketball team finally notched their first win of the season after a solid showing against Waterford High at home on Tuesday.

TC had four players in double figures led by Mason Mark’s double-double after finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds as the Eagles clinched a 79-64 win.

“We put the hammer down tonight finally,” said TC head coach Eddie Sai. “We have been trying to find ourselves as a team."

An improved press helped TC go on a 24-13 lead, which they never gave up.

The Eagles didn’t turn the ball over very much after struggling in their previous nine games, but things finally began to click.

By the halfway mark, TC was up 42-34.

The only time that TC failed to press was in the third quarter after extending the lead to the largest of the game at 24 points.

“After going up big we pulled the press then they came back and cut it to 14. When we started the fourth we went back to the press,” said Sai. “We ran the ball down and played good basketball tonight.”

Coleman Kirkendall added 15 points and Ben Balswick finished with a double-double after scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for the night.

Manny Preciado added 10 rebounds and sophomore Max Tyson snagged 12 boards and added 8 points.

“I think for most of these guys it's believing in themselves that they can play at this level,” said Sai. “In other games we never really led all four quarters, but finally we clicked in all cylinders, everyone looked good and confidence was up.”

Eight different players scored for TC.

“We had a lot of alumni at the game and previous players so they were rooting them on and they loved the energy and atmosphere,” Sai added. “It’s good after losing nine that they have confidence and can build off it now.”

The TC boys will take on Orestimba on the road at 7 p.m. Monday.