JV Pintos pocket big win against Falcons, end season 16-0

From left, Pinto Head Basketball Coach Blair Scanlon, Freshman Coach Dustin Jeffries and JV Coach Lance Conner, as well as Pinto fans behind them, were on their feet the last three minutes of California's JV game against Blair Oaks Feb. 21 where, after trailing the entire game, the JV Pintos turned up the heat in those final minutes to defeat the Falcons 46-41 and end the season undefeated, 16-0.

From left, Pinto Head Basketball Coach Blair Scanlon, Freshman Coach Dustin Jeffries and JV Coach Lance Conner, as well as Pinto fans behind them, were on their feet the last three minutes of California's JV game against Blair Oaks Feb. 21 where, after trailing the entire game, the JV Pintos turned up the heat in those final minutes to defeat the Falcons 46-41 and end the season undefeated, 16-0. Photo by April Arnett.

California's JV boys wrapped up the 2012 basketball season with a big win at home Feb. 21, as they defeated Blair Oaks 46-41 with a fourth-quarter comeback after trailing the Falcons until three minutes remaining in the game. With the win, the JV Pintos end the season undefeated, 16-0.

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The California High School Cheerleaders perform for Pinto basketball fans during the varsity game against Blair Oaks Feb. 21 at CHS.

California's Austin Gump sparked the Pintos with 3:31 left to play as he sank a 3-pointer that put California within one point of the Falcons, 36-35. Dylan Albertson then hit two free throws to give the Pintos a 37-36 lead. With 1:37 remaining, Jerry Lutz grabbed the ball past midcourt and sprinted down to score a layup and improve the Pintos' lead to 39-36. Curtis Lehman added a layup and Albertson hit two more free throws to give California a 43-36 security blanket with 1:01 remaining, enough of a lead to hold on, add a few more points and take the win.

For more of this story check out the Feb. 29 issue of the California Democrat.

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