On Jan. 30, despite a late surge by Sierra College, the Mustangs (14-7, 4-4 Big 8) held onto a 66-63 victory to silence a rowdy Sierra crowd.
The Mustangs led 53-47 with 8:40 left to play, but Sierra (12-10, 5-3) fought back thanks to two big three- pointers by Anthony Williams.
Delta’s Troy Anderson, who scored 27 points, excited the fans later in the game by receiving a pass from team- mate Xavier Francois and slamming it home.
“It was not a designed play, said Anderson, everyone just executed by passing the ball around, I got opened and used the best of my ability to complete the play,” he said.
Late in the game, Francois stepped up and drove the offense by finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Down 65-63 with five seconds left in an exciting game, Wolverines’ Cole Preston drove to the hoop and scored what appeared to be the game-tying basket.
As fans for Sierra erupted into cheers, they suddenly found themselves booing as Preston was called for an offensive foul for charging with 2.7 seconds left.
When asked what he thought of Sierra’s crowd, Ressa’s
reply was easy.
“I did not notice, I hoped they paid the entrance fee though,” he said.
“We lost to them earlier this season, so this was a revenge game for us,” said Anderson.
In the second game of the night, the Lady Mustangs used a 12-0 run in the first half to steamroll Sierras women’s team 81-58.
Priscilla Mora scored a game high 19 points, 15 in the second half.
Mora, who is second in the state averaging 6.5 offen- sive rebounds a game, contributed with 13 rebounds, with nine being on the offensive side.
The defending Big 8 champions (18-5, 7-1 Big 8) are ranked No. 12 in the state rankings and No. 5 in the Nor Cal rankings, but have a big test coming up as the team will be taking on Big 8 leader Diablo Valley College (17- 4, 8-0).
The ladies game will be on Feb.10 at Joe Blanchard Gym with tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
The men will take the floor the same night at 7:30 p.m.