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Buffaloes deny Oakdale first VOL win

Miguel Lopez takes a jump shot from the corner in Manteca High’s Valley Oak League battle with visiting Oakdale on Thursday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED January 18, 2013 12:09 a.m.

Oakdale’s boys basketball team was 8 minutes away from securing its first Valley Oak League win of the season at Manteca High Thursday, but the Mustangs were held to a single point for the final 7:59.

Manteca used a 17-3 closing kick to run away with victorious, 41-34.

Oakdale fell to 0-6 in league, 6-12 overall.

“Oakdale has players just like we have players — everybody in the league has players,” Manteca coach Dave Asuncion said. “You have to come ready to play every game. There are maybe a couple of teams that can take days off, and we’re not one of them.”

DeWayne Finney accounted for Oakdale’s lone field goal in the fourth quarter with a breakaway layup at the buzzer. He led all scorers with 17 points, but it was the Buffaloes’ defense that was the difference in crunch time.

“We challenged ourselves defensively,” said Asuncion, whose squad improved to 3-3 and 10-8. “Instead of gambling and giving up easy buckets we wanted to keep them in front of us, pressure them and make them shoot over us.”

Miguel Lopez paced Manteca with 14 points, firing nine in the fourth. Austin Haro added eight points, and Michael Hatfield had seven points and nine rebounds.

The Buffaloes struggled to hit from the outside over Oakdale’s zone defense in the opening half but managed to lead 16-15 at halftime. But the Mustangs had all the momentum at the end of the third, when Austin Archuleta drained 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to give them a 31-24 cushion.

Manteca’s shooting drought continued into the fourth, but Oakdale — struggling with turnovers — couldn’t connect either. Lopez broke the ice with a layup at the 5:23 mark, and his wing jumper 40 seconds later got Manteca rolling. Brandon Dabney picked up a key steal that resulted in an uncontested lay-in, as the Buffaloes took the lead for good at 32-31 with 2:22 remaining. They scored 11 unanswered points before Gerardo Esparza sank the first of two free throws with 47.2 seconds left.

Manteca sealed it with six straight free throws while Oakdale’s woes continued. Finney had a chance to make it a 3-point game with 18 seconds to go but the ball rimmed out on his point-blank layup. A five-second infraction and lane violation on a Manteca free throw only made matters worse for the Mustangs in the final minute.

Weston Ranch 67, Kimball 66

Daiveon Leverett buried a free throw with nine 10ths of a second left to keep host Weston Ranch (6-0, 12-5) in the VOL.

“(Kimball) played really good,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan said. “Any time you take a team’s best shot and you win that’s not bad.”

Eric Duncan and Dylan Alexander pumped in 20 points each for the Cougars, while Leverett added 15.

“We called a play for Daiveon in the end and he came up big for us,” Teevan said. “He’s come a long way.”

Trans Valley League

Modesto Christian 85, Ripon 47

Modesto Christian transfer Tim Groen scored all 12 of his points in his return to the Salida campus, but the Crusaders (4-0, 14-2) were just too big, too fast and too good.

Raymond Bowles paced MC, with sank 11 3s, with 20 points. Ripon (2-2, 6-12) looks to bounce back at home against Orestimba tonight.

Southern League girls

Ripon Christian 54, Gustine 13

In Ripon, the Knights (5-1, 11-6) rolled to a 12-1 lead and never looked back.

Teagan Manus accumulated 17 points, and Jenny Wickham finished with 13.

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