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Hoover boys basketball team back after crash

The Hoover High boys basketball team is scheduled to return to the court Thursday -- seven days after five players and an assistant coach were involved in an automobile accident on Highway 152 east of Los Banos while en route to a tournament.

One player, senior Ben Ross, remains hospitalized at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, but all the others have returned to school and are reported to be doing fairly well, Fresno Unified School District spokeswoman Susan Bedi said Monday.

Bedi added that Ross, who was treated for broken bones and other injuries, is expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days, and that junior Davante McPeters was released from Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno on Sunday. The other two players were treated and released the day of the accident.

The crash was reported at 10:27 a.m. near Carlucci Road. A rented Dodge Caravan, driven by assistant coach Michael McDonald, drifted to the right side of the road, hit a power pole, overturned and hit a guard rail, California Highway Patrol officer Jesse Lopez said.

The team was on its way to a tournament in Aptos but withdrew from the event following the accident.

Hoover is slated to play McFarland at the Coast Union/Paso Robles Tournament in Cambria in its first action since the crash.

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