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Warriors rout B-K
Mae Hensley Jr. High School's eighth-grade boys basketball team upped its record to 5-1 with a 47-27 pasting of crosstown rival and visiting Blaker-Kinser on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

"The last time we played Blaker, they beat us (in 2006-07)," Warriors standout forward-guard Bryson Waring said. "We really wanted to get them back this time. We were focused. Our defense was good right off the bat."

Binder Atwal led Mae Hensley with eight points. Waring, Lucas Tevaseu and Keaton Machado tallied six points apiece. Michael Vasquez scored five points. Nick Welsh and A.J. Fontana contributed four points each. Junior Moniz and Bobby Haworth both had three points. Onkaar Pattar added two points.

The 2-4 Sharks were led by Andrew Betschart. The 6-foot-2-inch, 230-center totaled a game-high 14 points. John Ramos and Jonathan Martinez had five and four points, respectively. Jaun Padilla and Cameron Thornton contributed two points each.

Mae Hensley took first at its home tournament the previous week. The Warriors avenged their lone loss against Turlock in the finals.

Blaker-Kinser was hoping for an upset against heavily-favored Mae Hensley.

"I really tried to make sure they didn't take it (today's game) for granted," Warriors coach Richard Ybarra said.

Powered by its pressure defense and uptempo offense, Mae Hensley dominated.

The Warriors led 29-11 at intermission.

Mae Hensley outscored Blaker-Kinser 15-7 in the first quarter. Moniz banked in a halfcourt shot at the buzzer.

With the game out of reach, Mae Hensley's starters (Waring, Welsh, Atwal, Machado and Tevaseu) rooted from the bench.

"It was fun to watch the kids that don't get to play as much," said Waring, whose team maintained a comfortable 42-17 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Asked how a win over Blaker-Kinser compared to a victory against any other opponent, Waring said: "It's more special because they're our rivals."