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Palma KO's Hollister


12:00 AM, Feb. 15, 2014 EST

The Chieftains' Jack Burlison, center, charges through a Haybalers' defense during Hollister's game Friday night at Palma High School. / Travis Geske - The Salinas Californian

Two schools who regularly tangle in showdown games in just about every high-profile sport collided right on schedule Friday night on the Palma High basketball court.

In a game that was better suited for a ring than a court given the constant banging of the bodies, Palma knocked Hollister out of first place while keeping their own hopes alive with a bruising 55-50 victory.

Hollister, which began the night tied for first with idle Seaside at 8-2, went to 8-3 while Palma joined the crowd near the top and stands at 7-3 with two games to play.

Neither Palma, Hollister or Seaside play each other again this year. Seaside, which has defeated Hollister twice this year, needs only to beat Monte Vista Christian on Wednesday and Christopher at home next Friday to win its first league crown since 2007.

But Palma showed Friday night it won't go quietly.

Both teams contested not only every shot but nearly every dribble and the officials let them go at it.

No blood, no foul seemed to be the theme of the night.

There were nine lead changes and seven ties, and except for the start when Hollister took a 17-10 lead in the first quarter and at the end of the game, no more than four points separated the two teams.

Palma took a 37-34 advantage into the final quarter and held it until sophomore Sharee Harrison, the son of Olympic gold medalist and North Salinas High graduate Alvin Harrison, made a driving layup with 1:50 to go to give the Balers a 48-47 lead.

But Dalton Dovolis, a 6-foot senior guard, came to the rescue for Palma. He pulled off a reverse layup to give the lead back to the Chieftains, and then as the shot clock was winding down, buried a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to stretch the Palma lead to 52-48.

Hollister pulled within 52-50 on a layup by Tony Diaz.

A free throw by Dovolis made it 53-50 Palma with 14 seconds left.

Hollister set up deep in its end of the court following a time out. But the inbound pass was stolen by Peter Lucas. He was fouled with 7.7 seconds remaining and made both game-clinching free throws.

Dovolis led the typical balanced Palma scoring with 13 points -- six coming in the final four minutes.

Six-foot-five sophomore center Wyatt Maker had 10 points and six rebounds for Palma while Jack Burlison and Will Chilton added eight points each.

Hollister had four players in double figures led by Harrison with 13 points.

Palma is home to Monterey on Wednesday before closing the regular season next Friday at Salinas.

Hollister: Collins 2 1-2 6, Diaz 4 0-0 11, Harrison 5 3-4 13, Miskin 4 0-0 10, Skinner 4 2-2 10. Totals 19 6-8 50.

Palma: Burlison 3 1-2 8, Chilton 3 1-2 8, Dovolis 5 1-2 13, P. Lucas 1 3-3 5, Maker 5 0-0 10, Regester 1 5-6 7, Cannon 1 1-2 4. Totals 19 12-17 55.

3-point goals: Hollister (6) Diaz 3, Miskin 2, Collins 1. Palma (5) Burlison 1, Chilton 1, Dovolis 2, Cannon 1.

Alisal 77, North County 42: At Alisal, the Trojans kept their hopes alive of grabbing at least a share of the Pacific Division crown by swatting the Condors to up their league mark to 9-2.

Alisal, 17-6 overall, closes the regular season Wednesday at winless Pajaro Valley.

North County is 11-11, 5-5.

Jessy Salinas led the way for Alisal with 29 points and 18 rebounds. Hugo Huerta had 24 points and Isaiah Bledsoe added 10 points.

Jordan Graves paced the Condors with 19 points. North County is home to Watsonville on Wednesday.

North County: Bueno 0-1 1, Graves 8-0 19, Lopez 1-1 3, Montemayor 0-1 1, Calderon 1-1 3, Valle 1-0 2, Samples 1-2 4, Mora 2-1 5, Padgett 1-0 2, Chavez 1-0 2.

Alisal: Ongy 0-2 2, Bledsoe 5-0 10, Huerta 9-2 24, Carillo 1-0 2, Hurtado 2-0 4, Rangel 2-0 6, Salinas 11-4 29.

3-point goals: North County (3) Graves 3. Alisal (9) Huerta 4, Rangel 2, Salinas3.

North Salinas 66, Watsonville 45: At North Salinas, the Vikings made it four wins in their last five games to improve to 9-11 overall, 6-4 in league.

Ray Lopez topped the Vikings with 14 points, Justyn Gutierrez and Brandon Pena added 10 apiece and Randy Ivey had eight points.

North Salinas goes to Gilroy on Wednesday.

Watsonville: Scott 1 2-4 5, Rodriguez 1 0-0 3, Canero 4 0-0 10, Lopez 3 0-0 9, Chavez 1 3-3 5, Gomez 0 4-5 4, Omeda 1 0-2 2, Bajorquez 2 3-4 7.

North Salinas: Lopez 5 0-0 14, Camel 3 0-0 6, Gutierrez 3 2-4 10, Ivey 2 4-5 8, Torres 2-0 4, Casillas 1-0 2, Wells 0 0-2 0, Avina 2 0-0 6, Andalon 0 3-5 3, Rarang 1 0-0 3, Pena 4 2-7 10.

3-point goals: North Salinas (9) Lopez 4, Gutierrez 2, Avina 2, Rarang 1. Watsonville (7) Scott 1, Rodriguez 1, Canero 2, Lopez 3.

Monterey 63, Christopher 54: At Monterey, no dramatics were needed this time by the Toreadores who have played eight Gabilan Division games that were decided in the final seconds of regulation or overtime.

Up 33-24 at the half, Monterey was led by Carter Aldrete with 23 points, David Kim with 21 and Ricky Saldivar with nine.

Chad Hartman scored 17 points for Christopher.

Monterey (14-9, 6-5) on Wednesday travels to Palma.

Monterey: Aldrete 5-11 23, Kim 10-0 21, Armstead 1-0 2, Hall 1-0 2, Webb 2-0 5, Wright 1-0 2, Saldivar 4-1 9.

Christopher: Shapiro 3-5 12, Pacheco 1-0 2, Hartman 6-5 17, Bowers 4-1 9, Suttles 2-0 4, Smith 4-2 10.

3-point goals:Monterey (3) Aldrete 1, Kim 1, Webb 1. Christopher (1) Shapiro 1.A

Alvarez 92, Pajaro Valley 28: At Pajaro Valley, the Eagles clinched no worse than a share of their first basketball title in the 18-year history of the program by beating the Grizzlies, even without some of the regular starters who were held out of the game.

Alvarez is 15-8 overall and 10-1 in the MBL Pacific. It closes the regular season next Friday at home against North Salinas.

Edgar Ferrer led the Eagles with 16 points, Eddie Macias had 14 and Arturo Solano added 10.

Alvarez: Borum 2-0 4, Gonzales 5-0 10, Alvarez 3-1 9, Tiongson 3-0 6, Hocog 2-0 4, Solano 5-0 10, Macias 7-0 14, Hernandez 4-0 9, Brown 3-0 7, Ferrer 7-1 16.

3-point goals: Alvarez (5) Alvarez 2, Hernandez 1, Brown 1, Ferrer 1.

Salinas 71, Monte Vista Christian 37: At Monte Vista Christian, the Cowboys went up big early and rolled to victory against the host Mustangs.

Richard Torres scored 11 points, Willy Gray 10 points and Edd Gutierrez nine points for Salinas.

Baseball

American River 5, Hartnell 1: At Hartnell, American River scored three times in the eighth inning to hand the predominately freshman Panthers their sixth loss in seven games.

Jake Cabral, a sophomore from Hollister, tossed seven innings giving up two runs -- one earned.

Hartnell scored in the fourth when Isaac Ortiz singled, stole second and scored on Bransom Umbarger's two-out single.

The same two teams meet Saturday at noon at Hartnell.

 

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