Warriors edge out Rams

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Ruben Valencia (Number 34) drives baseline around a St. Helena defender during the Winters Warriors varsity boys basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 16. (Photo by Ken Stewart)

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In game two of the week for the Winters High School varsity boys basketball team, the Warriors beat the Rio Vista Rams by a point holding on to a 37-36 non-league road victory on Friday, Dec. 15.

Winters dominated the first half, outscoring the Rams 19-8, but the second half was a different story. The Rams outscored Winters 16-4 in the third taking a one point lead going into the fourth but the Warriors rebounded and played a solid fourth period for the win.

Alec Matheson had a big night for the Warriors, posting a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and had six blocks on the night to lead the Warriors. Tyler Barry scored 8 points. Kyle Thomas scored 5 points and had five rebounds. Sammy Gonzales scored 3 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists.

Ehsan Fazel scored 2 points and had two rebounds. Jordan Colbach scored 2 points and had three rebounds. Ruben Valencia scored 1 point, had two rebounds and two assists, while Thomas Kakutani had three rebounds and Jaime Garcia had one rebound and one assist.

Winters started the week on Wednesday, Dec. 13, with a tough road loss to Vacaville Christian. Once again, the Warriors started out strong, taking a 36-27 halftime lead but were outscored 37-22 in the second half for a 64-58 loss.

Offensively, the Warriors spread the ball around well with several players putting points on the board, but Winters was out-rebounded 34-26.

Barry led the Warriors in scoring with 15 points with a rebound and one assist. Matheson scored 11 points, had five rebounds, with three blocks, a steal and one assist. Valencia scored 11 points and had four assists and three steals. Thomas scored 9 points and had five rebounds, four steals and one assist.

Gonzales scored 4 points, had seven rebounds, four steals and four assists. Kakutani scored 3 points, had a steal and one assist. Colbach scored 3 points, had five rebounds and three assists, while Fazel scored 2 points, had one rebound and one assist.

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