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DELTA 3S POWER WIN OVER MERCED
By Dave Campbell
December 22, 2013
STOCKTON - After an ice-cold start - no points were scored until the game's fifth minute - Delta went on a 15-4 run and trailed Merced just once at 4-2 on the way to a resounding 78-48 win in consolation action of the Holiday Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday at Blanchard Gym.
In an offense fueled by 3-pointers - the Mustangs (5-5) hit 12 from beyond the arc - St. Mary's product Alex Simmons hit three of his four 3-pointers in the first half and led all scorers with 19 points.
"After a tough loss to San Francisco to start the tournament, we had to come out and show that we are a state-level team," Simmons said. "Luckily my teammates are looking out for me. Jordan (Belasco) and Kyle (Porlaris) were looking to get me to score and step up into leadership like last year."
Belasco and Porlaris had three assists apiece.
As long as the 3-point game is properly executed, Delta coach Rich Ressa is happy with the risk.
"We want to look for the guys in their roles," Ressa said. "As long as the 3-point shooters are shooting shots that we know they can make within the scheme of our offense, that is what we want to achieve."
Although no player had more than seven rebounds, the Mustangs totally dominated the boards 47-20, with Delta getting 16 offensive rebounds to just 10 for the Blue Devils (0-11).
"In a game that can go up and down like this one, we want to make sure and focus on fundamentals," Ressa said. "And boxing out was a big thing for us to do to get better."
Xavier Farat had seven rebounds for Delta. Simmons, Dwayne Lee and Jarrel Green all had five rebounds apiece for the Mustangs.
Green followed Simmons with 10 points, Andres Silva had nine and Adam Carter came off the bench to score seven points late in the game.
Aaron Deatherage led Merced with 18 points.
Delta plays Reedley, a 61-53 winner over Columbia, in the consolation final at noon today.
Sierra defeated Cuesta 86-77 in the semifinals and will play in the championship game at 4 p.m. today against San Francisco, which beat Butte 101-90.
Cuesta plays Butte in the third-place game at 2 p.m.
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