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Mustang Shows No Fear

Guard Picks up Team With 13 points, Winning Basket


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Delta's Troy Anderson fights for a rebound with Diablo Valley's Kunle Fashola during the first half of Wednesday's game at Joe Blanchard Gymnasium.Clifford Oto/The Record


By Bob Highfill

February 27, 2014

Record Sports Editor


STOCKTON - Elijah Lewis picked a good time to play the best game of his career.

Delta men's basketball coach Rich Ressa said so, and his sophomore guard from Kennesaw, Ga., agreed after making the winning basket with 3.8 seconds left in the Mustangs' 62-58 win over Diablo Valley College in a play-in game of the California Community College Athletic Association Northern California Championship on Wednesday night at Joe Blanchard Gymnasium.

Delta (15-12), the No. 16 seed, will play at No. 1 City College of San Francisco (27-1), the defending state champs, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

"As a sophomore, this was my last (home) game and (Ressa) was just telling me to leave everything out on the floor," Lewis said.

The Mustangs were effective off dribble-penetration in building a 33-19 lead that slowly evaporated after the No. 17 Vikings (20-9) adjusted defensively and made tough shots from the perimeter. Diablo Valley led 55-51 with 3:52 left in the game, when Delta regrouped and scored the deciding basket, appropriately on a dribble-drive by Lewis, who took a pass from Alex Simmons in the corner, drove along the baseline and scored in traffic to put his team ahead 60-58.

"He was fearless," Ressa said. "I believe it was the best game of his career. He's a fearless competitor that's not afraid to take big shots."

In a game where Simmons and Nicolus Guzman, the Mustangs' leading scorers, tallied six points combined, Dwayne Lee (18 points) and Lewis (13) helped pick up the load. Simmons and Guzman still contributed. Simmons assisted Lewis on the winning shot and grabbed a couple rebounds, and Guzman sank both ends of a 1-and-1 with 3.2 seconds left to close the scoring.

Jermaine Edmonds had 18 points and Joe McNiff scored 12 for the Vikings.









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