The Weston Ranch boys basketball team blitzed Sierra on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, to remain in the hunt for the Valley Oak League title.

Heating up: Johnson's muscle, deep shooting spark Weston Ranch's win

James Burns

With momentum in its sails, the Weston Ranch boys basketball team returned to Valley Oak League play on Wednesday with a resounding 78-29 victory over Sierra.

Four players scored in double figures for the run-and-gun Cougars, whose length, athleticism and shooting range gave Sierra fits. Weston Ranch outscored the Timberwolves 25-5 in the second quarter.

Jordahn Johnson, a rim-rocking, 6-foot-6 senior, led the charge with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Johnson asserted himself in the second quarter with the Cougars’ leading scorer, junior Donjae’ Lindsey, on the bench with foul trouble.

Weston Ranch led 43-13 at the half.

Jordahn Johnson, a 6-foot-6 senior, had 19 points and 16 rebounds in a 78-29 victory over Sierra on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

Lindsey, who has averaged nearly 30 points per game since the start of the league play, had 15. He sat the entire fourth quarter.

Mison Coilton finished with 10, including a heat-check 3 from near midcourt in the second half. Weston Ranch, which has struggled to shoot from deep with consistency, was 11 of 25 from beyond the 3-point line, a promising development as the postseason nears.

Sierra had just one 3 and is now 1-3 in league and 10-8 overall. The Timberwolves have lost five of their last seven games. This one wasn’t much of a contest.

Reigning American Chevrolet Front Row Preps Player of the Year Gavin Wilburn had 12 points. He knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers from the same spot on the floor -- in front of the Sierra bench -- to give Weston Ranch an early 8-2 lead.

Weston Ranch (8-10, 3-1) has won four of its last five games, including two straight. On Saturday, the Cougars routed San Leandro, one of the top teams in the North Coast Section, moving quickly past a 62-61 loss at Central Catholic.

The Cougars host Oakdale on Friday before traveling to Saint Mary’s College to play Moreau Catholic at the MLK Showcase.