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Delta Men's Holiday Tournament
By Dave Campbell
December 23, 2013
STOCKTON - Delta picked the wrong time to go cold.
The tournament host Mustangs were scoreless for six of the game's final 10 minutes Sunday while Reedley went on a 10-0 run to lead for the first time since 2-0 and did not relinquish that lead on the way to a 63-58 win in the consolation final of the Delta Holiday Men's Basketball Tournament at Blanchard Gymnasium.
"No. 14 (Andre Frazier) and 00 (Eddie Ramirez) really made the plays when they needed to," Delta coach Rich Ressa said of Reedley. "And we could not handle the on-ball pressure of 20 (Walter Orr). He was very, very good."
Orr had six points during that run for the Tigers (5-6) and Ramirez the other four. Frazier was the leading scorer with 20 points. Orr scored 18 points and Ramirez 14 points along with nine rebounds.
Reedley kept Delta (5-6) from second-chance opportunities when it counted, getting nine rebounds to four for the Mustangs in the final 10 minutes, and only one of those four for Delta was an offensive rebound. The Mustangs won the overall battle of the boards 33-29.
"Sometimes rebounding comes down to who competes the most," Ressa said. "And Reedley really competed."
Kyle Smith had six of those nine pivotal rebounds for the Tigers down the stretch.
"That was one of Smith's better games," Reedley coach Brian Fonseca said. "I don't know if it is because he likes this floor or not, but he was really getting up there. It seemed like every time we needed a big rebound Kyle came down with it."
Things were different in the first half. The Tigers got the first bucket of the game but then Delta took over. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Dwayne Lee helped ignite a 15-2 Mustangs run and Lee's pair were two of four Delta 3-pointers on the way to a 21-13 lead midway through the first half.
Alex Simmons led the Mustangs with 15 points followed by Nicolus Guzman with 14. Simmons had seven rebounds and a steal, Guzman four rebounds, four steals and a block, Jordan Belasco six rebounds, two assists and two steals and Jerrel Green five rebounds and three blocks.
San Francisco defeated Sierra 107-79 in the championship game. Cuesta defeated Butte 79-72 in overtime for third place.
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