Flames slay Dragons, advance to semifinals
Anthony Gonsalves of the Lodi Flames launches and scores on a three point shot against a Sacramento Dragons defender at Sacramento High School on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. The Flames beat the Dragons 90-81 to earn a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinals on Wednesday.
- Matchup at a glance
Who: No. 7 Lodi vs. No. 3 McNair
When: Today, 9 p.m.
Where: Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento
Admission: Students $8; adults $17
Lodi 22-6 (has won three straight); McNair 23-4 (has won seven straight)
Lodi: Dave Nutting is in his eighth season
McNair: Matthew Morelli is in his third season
Road to semis
McNair defeated Johansen 62-37; Lodi defeated Del Oro 77-71, OT
McNair defeated Yuba City 72-63; Lodi defeated Sacramento 90-81
The winner advances to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game, which will be held Saturday back at Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion at 4:30 p.m. Bella Vista is playing Antelope in the other semifinal.
McNair defeated Tokay 60-46 and 62-41; Lodi lost to Tokay 53-51
McNair defeated Edison 82-61 and 69-56; Lodi defeated Edison 76-61 and 91-75
McNair defeated Lincoln 72-47 and 58-46; Lodi lost to Lincoln 60-56 and defeated Lincoln 69-56
McNair defeated Chavez 66-60; Lodi defeated Chavez 82-52 and lost to Chavez 68-60
McNair defeated Bear Creek 60-42; Lodi defeated Bear Creek 74-54 and 71-58
McNair defeated Franklin 84-63; Lodi defeated Franklin 103-60 and 97-51
This is McNair’s first trip to the section semifinals; This is Lodi’s first trip to the section semifinals since 2002. Lodi has never been to the section final.
Parking at the game
$12 for autos and $30 for RVs and buses
Follow on Twitter
News-Sentinel reporter Ed Yevelev will be tweeting throughout the game at @lodinews.
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 11:46 am, Wed Feb 29, 2012.
Lodi Flames varsity boys basketball coach Dave Nutting did his best to simplify tonight’s Division II semifinal:
“It’s just a game. That’s in the playoffs. Against a really good team. And we have to play really well.”
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 11:46 am.