Gustine High played host to the 77th annual Gustine Rotary Tournament over the weekend.
The host Reds picked up a first-round victory before dropping tough decisions to Livingston and Los Banos.
Gustine head coach Kingsley Borba said the tournament produced three exciting days of basketball, capped by Hilmar’s win over TVL rival Livingston in the title game Saturday.
The Reds showed their defensive mettle against Livingston and Los Banos, he noted, and turned in an aggressive offensive performance in their first-round win over Vanguard Academy.
“This team still has a lot to learn but they are always working to get better each day,” he commented. “I am excited to see our progress as the season continues.”
Devin Bettencourt was presented the Cesar Gomez Memorial Award as Gustine’s outstanding player in the tournament. Nathan Nunes was an all-tournament selection for the Reds.
GHS 66, Vanguard Academy 49
The Reds built a 41-22 halftime lead and went on to win their tournament opener handily.
Bettencourt put on a scoring show, lighting up the board to the tune of 31 points. Nunes chipped in 13 points, and Giovanni Quezada was in double figures with 10. Steve Guijosa put up five points, Noel Perez scored four and Thomas Gomes contributed with three points.
Livingston 62, GHS 38
The Reds were unable to keep pace with the Wolves in second-round play Friday. Livingston built a 35-22 halftime lead en route to the victory.
Nunes put up a dozen points to lead Gustine, and Bettencourt was in double figures with 10. Guijosa scored four points, Jonathan Martin accounted for three, Perez, Gannon Silva, Gabriel Silveira and Quezada scored two points each and Alejandro Ortiz added a free throw.
Los Banos 62, GHS 43
The Reds had the better of the play after intermission, but were unable to overcome a 33-10 halftime deficit Saturday against the Tigers.
Nunes put up 14 points to lead the host team. Bettencourt and Silva each were in the book with eight points, Quezada and Ortiz scored five points each and Martin picked up two points.