Dixon wins Pierce Tournament

Colusa finishes third, Pierce fourth, Williams fifth

The Dixon Rams captured their second straight Pierce Invitational tournament on Friday night, downing the Middletown 57-45 in the title game on Friday night.

The Rams outscored Middletown 19-5 in the final quarter to capture the tournament crown. Jake Giardino had 13 points and 8 rebounds, Romel Osorio added 10 points, and Anthony Hatfield and George Stewart each had 9 points.

The action for the three Colusa County squads in the tournament came earlier in the day, as Pierce and Colusa faced off in the third-place game, and Williams faced Live Oak in the consolation bracket for fifth place.

Colusa 64, Pierce 39

Colusa and tournament host Pierce were neck-and-neck early on, but the RedHawks began to steadily pull away toward the end of the second quarter. Knotted at 16-16, Colusa went on a 12-6 run to close out the first half. The RedHawks’ high-pressure defense at half court forced the Bears into multiple turnovers, and Colusa kept feeding Gerry Moreno inside, who scored six of Colusa’s twelve points during the run. The Bears entered the half down 28-22.
Colusa continued to slowly build on their lead in the third quarter, outscoring Pierce 14-11.

The RedHawks were most dominant in the final quarter, outscoring the Bears 21-6. Conner Saso scored eight of his 14 points in the final frame. Gerry Moreno led the RedHawks in scoring with 17 points. For Pierce, Alex Ambriz led the way with 10 points and hit a trio of three-pointers. Matt Tapia was second in scoring for the Bears with eight points.

Gerry Moreno and Ramon Paiz were named all-tournament for Colusa (3-1) and Pierce (1-2), respectively.

Williams 48, Live Oak 37

After outscoring Live Oak 19-4 in the first quarter, the Yellowjackets coasted to a victory in the consolation final, beating the Lions 49-37.

Junior big man Anthony Davalos’s 16 points were a team high for Williams. Cesar Lopez was second in scoring with 10 points. Hunter Povlsen was named all tournament for Williams (3-1).

Dixon 63, Colusa 43

The eventual tournament champions Dixon rode a big second quarter to take down the RedHawks in the semi-final of the Pierce Invitational. Things were close at the end of the first quarter – as Dixon held a mere one-point lead, 14-13 – but the Rams built a 20-point lead by halftime and never looked back, outscoring Colusa 22-3 in the second quarter. The 20-point gap proved to be the difference at the end of the game, as the Rams won 63-43.

Colusa found themselves in foul trouble early, and Dixon made them pay. During the second quarter, Dixon reached the free-throw line ten times and made eight. Dylan Nagle hit twice from three-point range, and Romel Osorio also had six points in the quarter.

Conner Saso was Colusa’s top scorer with 12 points, followed by Blake Steidlmayer’s eight. Tylor Gerrard had 12 rebounds and three blocks for the RedHawks.

Middletown 52, Pierce 41

The Bears struggled to keep pace with the Mustangs in the first half of the semi-final of their own tournament, as Middletown jumped out to a 31-13 lead. The Bears struggled to contain Mustangs forward Andreas Cervantez in the first quarter, who scored eight of his team’s 16 points in the period. Pierce was largely able to rein Cervantez in for the rest of the game, but Middletown point guard Thomas Cook picked up the slack, scoring 14 of his team-leading 18 points after the first quarter.

Pierce’s shooting picked up in the second half, with Ramon Paiz, Alex Ambriz and Jonathan Corchado all connecting from three-point range. While the Bears were able to close the gap some, outscoring the Mustangs in each of the final two quarters, the early hole they put themselves in proved too deep. Middletown ended up winning 52-41.

Ramon Paiz led all Pierce scorers with 14 points, followed by Alex Ambriz’s nine.

Williams 68, Orland 58

The Yellowjackets bounced back from a tournament-opening loss to Middletown by beating the Trojans 68-58 to advance to the consolation final.

The Yellowjackets had a 16-point lead at the end of the first quarter and a 17-point lead at the half. Orland cut the lead to eight points by the end of the third quarter, but Williams closed out the game by outscoring the Trojans 25-23 in the final frame.

Bryson Bowen put on his best showing of the tournament, scoring a team high 24 points for Williams. Hunter Povlsen added 14 points, and Andres Trujillo and Anthony Davalos finished with nine and eight points, respectively.

Middletown 54, Williams 49

With Anthony Davalos in foul trouble early, fellow big-man Bryson Bowen rarely left the court in Williams’ tournament-opening game against Middletown, and put together an impressive performance, particularly in the second quarter.

The Yellowjackets found themselves in a hole early after the Mustangs opened the game with a 14-0 run. Middletown ultimately held a 18-9 lead heading into the second quarter. With quite a bit of help from Bowen, Williams was able to narrow the gap to five points by the half. Bowen scored seven of his team’s 14 points in the second period, hauled in four rebounds and added an assist.

After the half, Williams’ shooting heated up from outside, with Hunter Povlsen and Andres Trujillo each hitting from three-point range, but so did Middletown point-guard Thomas Cook. Cook hit three three-pointers in the second half and scored 15 total points after the intermission, which helped the Mustangs hold off a Yellowjackets comeback and escape with a 54-49 win.

Povlsen finished with a team-high 16 points for the Yellowjackets, followed by Bryson Bowen’s 13. Cook led all scorers with 25 points.

Pierce 62, Orland 53

Alex Ambriz had a team-high 19 points and sunk 8-of-11 free throws to lead the Bears past the Trojans in the opening round of the 51st Annual Pierce Invitational.

Up 50-31 at the end of the third period, the Bears nearly squandered their 19-point lead in the final frame. Orland stormed back, going on a 19-3 run, but the Bears were able to hang on for a win.

Ramon Paiz finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, Gabe Villa finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, and Miguel Martinez finished added eight rebounds for the Bears.

Colusa 67, Oroville 35

Tylor Gerrard’s double-double – 16 points, 11 rebounds – helped push the RedHawks over the Tigers on Wednesday in the opening round of the tournament. The towering senior center added four blocks for good measure.

Conner Saso had a team-high 17 points, and Gerry Moreno added 10. Blake Steidlmayer also had an all-around solid night with nine points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net