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BOYS HOOPS ROUNDUP: East Union routs Kimball in VOL opener

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BOYS HOOPS ROUNDUP: East Union routs Kimball in VOL opener

Kimball’s Chandler Alves tries to change the shot of East Union’s Jordan Kron.

Photo by SEAN KAHLER/


POSTED January 3, 2013 12:45 a.m.

East Union put together an impressive start to its Valley Oak League season Wednesday at Dalben Center, doing so without its top all-around player.

The Lancers mounted an 18-5 third-quarter run and drubbed dangerous Kimball, 62-42. Even with 6-foot-2 guard Justin Nieto out with an ankle injury, East Union (1-0, 12-1 overall) was able to dominate in all phases of the game.

Jacob Danhoff compiled 25 points to lead the way, and Jordan Kron sank four 3-pointers to make up most of his 18 points.

Head coach Brett Lewis was more impressed with his team’s work on the defensive end. The Lancers were able to limit Kimball’s top three-scorers to single digits. Alex Toledo, who came in averaging 16 points, was held to three, Davante Baisa had six and post Evan Owens scored two. The Jaguars fell to 8-6.

“Without Justin I was a little bit worried because he gives us defense, rebounding and 12 points per game,” Lewis said. “A couple of guys stepped up, and we locked down the guys we needed to and rebounded great. We beat a very good team and didn’t have our general on the floor. It was a huge victory for us.”

Lewis singled out Aaron Ramos, Chad Hoffdahl (who started in place of Nieto) and Evan Lewis for their efforts.

East Union will challenge defending champ and crosstown rival Sierra back at home Friday.



Manteca 56, Lathrop 46


At Lathrop, a 17-6 second-quarter spurt made all the difference for Manteca (1-0, 8-5), which had already beaten the Spartans (0-1, 4-9) 58-41 in the Tracy/West Holiday Hoops Classic two weeks ago.

“We had some breakdowns and they made a couple of really tough shots, but other than that we played well for three quarters,” Lathrop coach Bill Slikker said. “We outscored them by one not counting that second quarter.

Austin Haro poured in nine of his 17 points in the second period. Miguel Lopez added 13 points, and Michael Hatfield had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Robert Orantes led Lathrop with 14 points. Eric Spencer chipped in 10 points and seven boards.



Sierra 62, Oakdale 41

At Sierra, the Timberwolves (1-0, 11-3) cruised to their fifth straight win and eighth in nine games.

Eric Melgar had the hot hand, bombing five 3-pointers and ending up with 19 points overall. Guillermo Nunez contributed 12 points.



Nonleague

Ripon 62, Downey 61

In Modesto, Ripon (4-9) edged out the Knights in its final tune-up for the Trans-Valley League season, which begins Friday at Escalon.

Cole Herrin accumulated 26 points for the Indians, while Kyle Wengel pumped in 16.

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