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POSTED February 21, 2009 5:22 a.m.
After starting the season 2-2, the East Union freshman boys basketball team rolled off 21 straight wins, including all 16 Valley Oak League contests, to claim the VOL crown.

The culmination of the Page’s perfection came Friday night at home where EU knocked off Manteca, 47-38.

Brandon Cline led the way with 13 points, and Zac Carrillo had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Alex Del Rio provided nine rebounds, and T.J. Williams had nine points.

“It was great to have a group of kids like that in my first year of coaching,” EU head coach Brett Lewis said. “If I told them to run through a wall they’d do it. As a coach, all you want is for the kids to play hard, and they did that.”

Ruben Stewart paced Manteca with 13.

Sierra 38, Weston Ranch 36
Will Cavil’s game-tying jumper at the buzzer was ruled too late and Sierra (8-8 VOL, 11-14) claimed its seventh victory in its last nine outings.

Jojo Berry led the way with 13, and Tim Thornton had seven.

“Another good win,” Sierra head coach Mahlon Lott said. “The kids have shown they can compete with anyone.”

Marlon Aumentado and Dan Nelson both had eight for the Cougars (8-8 VOL, 11-11), and Cavil added six.

Sophomore
Weston Ranch 59, Sierra 58
The Cougars were due.
After a season of painful, last-second losses, the Weston Ranch sophomore boys basketball team finally got a little magic to fall its way Friday night at Sierra High as the Cougars raced back from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit and claimed the win on Joseph Renaud’s buzzer-beating jumper.

“We lost maybe 10 buzzer-beaters (this season),” Cougars head coach Eddie Menzel said. “To finally be able to get one like that feels great. It’s good for the kids. They worked so hard all year. I’m proud of them for not just giving up and rolling over.”

Lorenzo Simmons finished with 24 points, Tau Cavil had eight, and Jesus Fuentes, who was credited for his tireless work ethic in the post by Menzel, turned in nine.

Edy Guzman led the way for Sierra with 20, but the T’Wolves shot just 15 of 35 from the charity stripe.

“If we hit a decent percentage like we normally do, we win in regulation,” Sierra head coach Justin Muschott said.

Grant Widmer had 10 for Sierra (7-9 VOL, 10-15 overall).

“We did a lot of good things these last few games,” Muschott said. “It’s nice to see the progression and improvement from the start of the season. These young men have worked hard to be better ball players, and I’m very proud of every one of them.”

Manteca 51, East Union 39
Rigo Gutierrez scored 10 of his 13 in the fourth as the Buffaloes (12-4 VOL, 19-6) pulled away down the stretch.

Eric Godfrey had 16, and Matt Burrows dropped 13.

East Union (6-10 VOL, 11-14) was led by TeeJay Gordon’s 22.

Lawrence Baraan added eight.

— Brandon Petersen
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