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Buffs bounce back from poor effort to thump Modesto

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POSTED November 30, 2012 1:08 a.m.

The Manteca Buffaloes were able to remove the foul taste of a poor performance in the Modesto City Classic opener with a strong showing Thursday, beating Modesto High 68-52 in loser’s bracket action.

The Buffaloes were led by Austin Haro’s 20 point effort and got 11 points apiece from Michael Hatfield and Steven Ruble.

Manteca opened with some efficiency, racing out to a 19-10 first quarter lead. A minor defensive lapse in the second quarter allowed the Panthers to keep the deficit at nine, but Manteca would add to the lead in each of the final two quarters.

“I’m real happy with the effort tonight,” Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion said. “We took care of the basketball and kept our turnovers to single digits versus the 30-plus we had last night.

“Hopefully we can build on this performance.”

The Buffaloes will be on the court to continue tournament action today against Pitman.

Turlock 55, Lathrop 35

The Spartans battled in the first half and faltered in the second, in a winners-bracket contest.

“We have got to find a will to win a game,” Lathrop head coach Bill Slikker said.

The Spartans trailed 27-21 at the half, but crumbled down the stretch with only 14 second half points.

Robert Orantes led the Spartans by scoring 21 of the team’s 35 points.

Lathrop will try and get things figured out at 5 p.m. against the Merced Bears.

Sophomore

Manteca 58, Atwater 47

The Buffaloes followed up their tournament opening win over Downey with a 58-47 win over Atwater. Adrian Contreras led the team with 14, while Lechi Nkwocha pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Marcus Montano led Manteca in the tournament opener with 13.

Sophomore girls

Weston Ranch 50, Pitman 23

In the Cougar Invitational, the Cougars were able to bounce back off their season opening loss to post a 27-point victory over Pitman High Thursday. In the opener

Kelli Laughlin led the way for Weston Ranch with 14.

The Cougars will be back on the court at 8 p.m. when they take on Bret Harte High.

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