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JV hoops impressive

Thomas scores 20 points against East Nicolaus

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Kyle Thomas scored 20 points, Greg Creamer and Anthony Carrion each had 12, Sam Gonzales scored 9 and Thomas Kakutani had 5 to help lead the Winters High School JV boys basketball team to a 58-49 victory over East Nicolaus.
On Tuesday, Jan. 6, the Warriors faced the Spartans in a non-league game and out scored them 22-9 in the fourth period to pull off the win.
“Our defense came alive in the fourth quarter,” said coach Jon Davis. “That quarter has been a microcosm for our success. Our defense is our best offense. We turn steals into points as good as anybody.”
Winters faced Woodland Christian on Thursday, Jan. 8, and pulled off another victory. The Warriors beat the Cardinals 61-39 with Gonzales leading the way with 14 points. Creamer scored 13 points, Thomas scored 10, Kakutani and Tyler Barry each had 6 points, Logan Ray and Jack Mariani each scored 4 and Ehsan Fazel scored 3 points.
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Winters lost to Gridley High School 56-28. Thomas led the team with 13 points, Creamer scored 6 points, Gonzales had 5 points, Fazel scored 2 and Mariani had 1 point for the Warriors.
Winters beat Wheatland 50-27 on Thursday, Jan. 16, in another non-league contest.
“Again, our defense was the key,” Davis said. “I was really proud of everybody that game. I could tell just how hard everyone was working. When we play like that it doesn’t matter to me if we win or lose.
“Sam Gonzales and Anthony Carrion were flying all over the place on defense. Thomas Kakutani and Jack Mariani both had a huge impact on the game orchestrating the mid-game adjustments we made on offense. Kyle Thomas dominated the low block and knocked down free throws.”
The future looks bright for the Warriors according to Davis.
“Lots of players have impressed me so far this season,” Davis stated. “Logan Ray has been an unsung hero all year. He has played every position at some point. Whenever I need a rebound or a physical presence on the court, I can always count on him.
“Likewise, Ehsan Fazel has played many positions and has been a huge part of our success, going from one defensive assignment to another and knocking down timely threes when we need them.
“Alec Matheson has really impressed me with his rebounding, Greg Creamer with his raw athleticism and Adrian Nieto with
his ankle breaking crossover and willingness to play any position. This is a really exceptional group of young men. It’s going to be a lot of fun to coach and watch them over the next 3 to 4 years.”