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Cougars knock off sharp-shooting Hawks in overtime

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POSTED January 10, 2009 12:25 a.m.
CERES — Central Valley hit 11 second-half 3-pointers and stormed back from a 41-22 halftime deficit to force overtime, but Weston Ranch got it done in the extra frame behind three clutch Charray Poole free throws to claim a thrilling 76-73 win.
Poole finished with 16 points, Nate Moises had 22 and nine rebounds, and Derrick Sykes added 16 of his own, six rebounds, six steals and five assists.
“It was their home opener and they came out fired up. We had to weather their storm,” Cougars head coach Ryan Bono said. “We took a deep breath and did that. We turned it up defensively and started rebounding.”
Trevor Mew hit seven 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 23 points.
Keymonte Wooten had 23 more on five 3-pointers.
“We always have tough, physical games with Central Valley,” Bono said. “I can’t remember the last time we went to Central Valley and had an easy game. It’s a hard place to play.”
Weston Ranch (2-0 Valley Oak League, 7-7 overall) hosts Sonora Wednesday.
Manteca 64, Oakdale 30
The Buffaloes picked up their second straight win to start the VOL season by firing out to a 24-7 first-quarter lead.
Kiwi Gardner had 19 first-half points and hit four 3-pointers in the first.
Manteca led 38-13 at the break.
Both Nick Scheible and Dominique Barnes finished with 10.
“We’re really happy with the start,” Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion said. “We got looks and they went in today.”
Manteca (2-0 VOL, 13-2 overall) hosts Ceres Wednesday.
Sierra 62, Ceres 46
Sierra picked up its 10th straight win Friday night behind 37 points from Christian Williams.
Tyler Willis chipped in 13.
The T’Wolves (2-0 VOL, 10-3 overall) haven’t lost in over a month.
Sierra travels to Oakdale Wednesday before hosting Manteca Friday in a matchup that could hold VOL title implications.

— Brandon Petersen

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