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Weston Ranch comes up short against top squad

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POSTED January 21, 2013 11:53 p.m.

Weston Ranch’s boys basketball team was neck-and-neck with one of the top teams out of the Central Section but fell short of a big win.

It was still a productive outing for the Cougars, said first-year coach Chris Teevan, whose squad dropped a 71-61 decision to Edison of Fresno in Monday’s MLK Shootout hosted at College of Sequoias in Visalia.

With defending Valley Oak League champion Sierra visiting this Friday, Weston Ranch (13-6) could use another good test to sharpen its game.

“We needed to play an athletic team that can go up and down the court. It was a nice change of pace,” Teevan said. “We just didn’t get to the loose balls, we didn’t box out and we didn’t take care of the things that we could control.”

The Cougars did well to stay in the game throughout with 6-foot-8 Daiveon Leverett slowed by foul trouble. It tied at 48-48 going into the fourth quarter, and they were down six with about minute and a half remaining.

Dylan Alexander had 16 points to lead Weston Ranch. Eric Duncan added 15, Leverett settled for 10 and Justin Lassiter contributed nine.

The Tigers (21-3) had four players in double figures and were topped by 6-7 forward Duke Doulphus’ 14 points.



Trans-Valley League

Ripon 68, Orestimba 28

Last Friday, Ripon (3-2, 7-12) led 19-0 at one point in the first quarter, and 11 of its 12 players ended up scoring in the rout.

Curtis Azevedo led the way with 15 points. Tim Groen and Cole Herrin chipped in 10 apiece. The Indians continue league play tonight at Hilmar.



Nonleague girls

Benicia 54, Manteca 52


The Buffaloes (12-6) dropped a tough one to Benicia (9-6) in the MLK Jr. Jamboree held at Vallejo’s Jesse Bethel High. Additional game information was not available as of press time.

Manteca returns to VOL action tonight at Oakdale.

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