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Modesto Christian upsets No. 1 seed in Division IV boys championship

By Scott Levin
Sports Informant Contributing Writer

Modesto Christian has been led by Anthony Pratt and Isaiah Burse all season. On Saturday, the pair brought their team to the Division IV section championship.

Pratt was ineffective for three quarters. Luckily for the Crusaders, his running mate more than made up the slack.

Burse scored a season-high 29 points as No. 3 Modesto Christian defeated No. 1 Colfax, 88-80. The senior guard hit 10-for-16 shots, including 4-for-8 from downtown, and also chipped in five steals, four assists and four rebounds.

Burse was more than happy to carry the load for Modesto Christian.

“They needed me, and I wasn’t going to let them down,” he said. “It means more this year than it did last year.”

The coach Gary Porter-led Crusaders have now won 44 straight playoff games and 11 straight section titles. Porter said the beauty of the team is the depth, and he spoke highly of Burse’s breakout performance.

“His leadership tonight was very prevalent,” Porter said. “He led the football team to a 15-0 championship. He’s a competitor. He doesn’t want to lose.”

Pratt, meanwhile, stepped up in crunch time, scoring nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-4-inch inside presence also led the team with seven rebounds.

Colfax was led by guard Chase Mosier, who posted 21 points as the team’s steadiest hand. The Falcons were plagued by foul trouble as two starters fouled out late in the game.

The matchup was even for much of the game. Modesto Christian held on to a one-point lead heading into the final quarter. That’s when Pratt went to work.

The forward scored the Crusaders’ first five points of the quarter, as the team shot out to a 10-point lead with 3:07 to play. The lead swelled to 11 as Burse finished a three-point play with 2:12 to go.

Colfax refused to go down quietly. An 8-0 run by the Falcons, capped off by a Mosier three-pointer, made the score 81-78 with one minute left. But Modesto Christian was able to ice the game from the line.

The win was nothing new for Cooper. The Crusaders’ head man captured his 13th section championship with the team. But Cooper cherished the win as much as any other during his tenure.

“Winning number 11 is just as important as winning number one,” he said. “It’s a great feeling. It doesn’t get old. When it gets old, I want to quit.”


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