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Buffs outlast Lathrop in Valley Oak foul fest

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POSTED January 20, 2013 11:41 p.m.

Any win is a good win.

So Manteca High will gladly take the tally mark in the win column for its 46-40 Valley Oak League win over visiting Lathrop High Saturday for the third time.

“It’s tough to beat a team three times,” Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion said. “If they would have made free throws Lathrop wins the game.”

The Spartans went to the line for an amazing 41 attempts, but barely converted on half of the attempts.

Manteca held Lathrop to just one field goal in the first half and protected its early lead to fend off the Spartans. Miguel Lopez played an integral part of the win, collecting 16 points to lead all scorers with Lathrop’s Robert Orantes.

“Miguel sealed the game at the free throw line for us,” Asuncion said. “He’s come up with some big shots for us in key situations.”

Stephan Ruble made his presence felt with 13, while both Michael Hatfield and Austin Haro were held to five apiece.

Lathrop had one other player, Isaiah Ellis, in double-figures with 10.

Manteca (4-3 VOL, 11-8 overall) will be back on the court Wednesday when they make the trip up the hill to take on Sonora.



E. Union 54, Kimball 45


The Lancers were able to shake off a halftime deficit and outscore Kimball over the final two periods for a nine point VOL win Saturday.

“We didn’t play bad, but we didn’t play great either,” East Union head coach Brett Lewis said. “We really exploded in the fourth quarter and I am happy to get the win.”

The Lancers outscored Kimball 16-6 in the deciding quarter, closing out the victory with a solid defensive effort. Aaron Ramos played a huge part in keeping East Union close, scoring 13 points in the first half on his way to 16. Jordan Kron also added 16 and Jake Danhoff finished with a dozen.

The Lancers (3-4, 14-5) trailed late in the final period and pulled ahead for good with an 8-0 run.



Sierra 49, Oakdale 35

Sierra did enough to stay perfect on the VOL season, but the win was hardly the effort head coach Scott Thomason expected.

“It was an ugly game,” Thomason said of the win.

Guillermo Nunez led the way with 18 and Justin Patton chipped in with 13.

Sierra built a semi-comfortable lead by holding Oakdale to two points in the second quarter.

Sierra (7-0, 17-3) will look to remain perfect in league when they host Kimball Wednesday.



Freshman

Manteca 42, Lathrop 29


The Buffaloes were able to use a strong second half to distance themselves from the Spartans, pulling away after an 18-18 halftime tie Saturday.

Frankie Lopez led the Buffaloes with 13 and Tyler Graves finished in double-figures with 10.

Lathrop had two players with seven points in the loss.



Sierra 46, Oakdale 41


Brian Terrell led the way with 16 and the Sierra Timberwolves remained undefeated in league play with a five-point win over Oakdale Saturday.

Daniel Wyatt (11 points) and Tanner Peterson (nine points) assisted Terrell in the scoring department.

Sierra (7-0, 15-0) will be back on the court Wednesday when they host Kimball.



East Union 58, Kimball 51


The Lancers silenced a hot Kimball scoring effort early with strong defense, shutting the Jaguars down to single-digit scoring in the final two periods.

Malik Thomas led all scorers with 28 points.

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