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April 27, 2010 > Tri-City Sonics take second in Lodi

Tri-City Sonics take second in Lodi

Submitted By Anthony Lynch

In local AAU basketball action, the U-10 Tri-City Sonics traveled to Lodi over the weekend of Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, to compete in the Sixth Annual "Air It Out" Super Challenge at the Lodi Grape Pavilion.

In the opening game of the tournament, the Sonics took on the Modesto Slam N Jam and emerged with a 42-28 victory. Tyler Lynch led a balanced scoring attack with nine points, while Dylan Callan and Jordan Aquana added six points each. The team used a smothering press to take control early with an opening 17-2 run, and never relinquished control throughout the contest.

In the second game of the tournament, the Sonics battled the mighty Tracy Hurricanes. The action started fast and furious and after one quarter, the Hurricanes had opened an 18-14 advantage. The breaking point for the Sonics came in the second period, when the team was outscored by a 13-0 margin and sank to a 31-14 halftime deficit.

While many teams would have called it a day, the Sonics displayed excellent resiliency and battled back to win the third period by an 18-11 margin, which cut the lead to 10 points. In the fourth quarter, the Sonics continued to play with urgency and narrowed the gap to four points with three minutes left, but were not able to finish the comeback and ultimately fell by a score of 58-46.

The loss was the first the Sonics have endured in their initial AAU season. Callan would lead all Sonic players with a game-high14 points, while Hekili Jordan added 12. Tyler Lynch and Wayne Russell also chipped in five points each.

In the tournament finale, the Sonics met the tournament host, Lodi Flying Tigers, with second place still up for grabs.

After a slow start that saw each team struggle to develop an offensive rhythm, the Sonics started to find success inside by pounding the ball inside to Richard Pabalate, who scored all of his eight points in the opening period and helped the team take an 11-4 lead. Jordan, who would lead all Sonics on the day with 10 points, continued the interior assault in the second period as he poured in six points and extended the halftime lead to a 22-8 margin.

The Flying Tigers would not go quietly, roaring back to cut the deficit to a mere five points. However, the Sonics held on and prevailed, 37-29. Fanai Powe added six points, while Callan, who was plagued by foul trouble, finished with four points.

The Sonics concluded the tournament with a 2-1 mark to collect second place and improve to 5-1 on the young 2010 AAU basketball season.

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