February 3, 2012
Boys Top 20: Thomas' buzzer-beating tip-in lifts No. 1 Sheldon over No. 2 Jesuit 71-70, breaking Delta River League deadlock

Kyi Thomas' tip-in at the buzzer lifted No. 1 Sheldon past visiting and No. 2 Jesuit 71-70 tonight in a boys basketball battle between Delta River League front-runners.

Bryce Pressley hit a three-pointer from the corner with 10 seconds to play to give Jesuit a 70-69 lead.

With no time outs, Sheldon scampered up court and Armani Hampton put up a running shot that didn't fall but the 6-foot-4 Thomas - he of the amazing 44-inch vertical leap and with a football scholarship to Sacramento State - got to the ball and tipped it in.

Thomas led Sheldon with 17 points and six rebounds. D'Erryl Williams added 13 points and Ryan Manning 12 points and seven rebounds.

Pressley finished with a game-high 22 points. Akachi Okugo added 17 and Parker Uu 14 for Jesuit.

Sheldon, which plays host to nationally ranked Salesian of Richmond 7 p.m. Saturday, now is 6-1 in league, 18-4 overall. Jesuit is 5-2 and 19-5 overall.

In other games involving Bee Top 20 boys teams:

• Gabe Bealer had 18 points and Rashard Thornhill 14 in No. 4 Antelope's 64-43 Capital Athletic League win over No. 20 El Camino.

• Trailing by a point entering the fourth quarter, No. 5 Pleasant Grove rallied to defeat Ponderosa 67-60 in a DRL game. Cody Demps led Pleasant Grove with 26 points. Malik Thames added 15, Colfax Nordquist 13 and Matt Hayes 11 for the Eagles. Chris Snyder had 18 and Curtis Opsahl 17 for Ponderosa.

• Theo Johnson and Kelton Newman each had 19 points in No. 8 Franklin's 64-58 Delta Valley Conference win over Grant.

• Bryce Scott and Scott Sanchez each had 18 points in No. 11 Oak Ridge's 55-43 DRL win over No. 15 Folsom.

• Jordan Broyles had 18 points and Austin Soldano 16 as No. 13 Del Oro defeated Rocklin 63-49 in a Sierra Foothill League game.

• Matt Donlan had 23 points, Trey Belton 14 and D.J. Wilson 13 in No. 16 Capital Christian's 77-46 Golden Empire League win over Marysville.

• Nate Brillington had 21 points to lead No. 19 Granite Bay to a 47-43 SFL win over Woodcreek.

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