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Manteca sinks eight 3s, Sonora

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Manteca sinks eight 3s, Sonora

East Union center Jake Danhoff quickly puts up a shot as Oakdale defender Spencer Thomas gets knocked off balanced.


POSTED January 24, 2013 1:11 a.m.

SONORA – Getting out of Sonora with a victory in Valley Oak League play is a challenge in any sport, so Manteca High’s 63-51 boys basketball win Wednesday was more than pleasing for the Buffaloes.

Manteca built an 11-point halftime lead behind a solid effort defensively in the second period. The Buffaloes (5-3 VOL, 12-8 overall) held Sonora to just nine points in the second and then followed up the and again in the third.

“I thought defensively in the second and third quarter we did a great job communicating and rotating,” Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion said. “They missed some shots obviously, but we were there contesting shots and we were able to shoot the ball well.”

The Buffaloes were able to drain eight 3-pointers in the win, getting three apiece from Austin Haro and Miguel Lopez. Lopez led all scorers with 17, while Haro finished with 15. Teammate Stephen Ruble also finished in double figures with 11.

Weston Ranch 65, Lathrop 38

The Cougars turned a decent contest into a rout when Weston Ranch closed out the first half on a 28-5 run and the rest was history.

“We just have to get mentally stronger,” Lathrop head coach Bill Slikker said. “When we are faced with adversity we have to learn to battle through it.”

Weston Ranch (8-0, 14-6) got a game-high 17 points from Daiveon Leverett and nine points apiece from Felix Buenrostro, Justin Lassiter and Eric Duncan.

Lathrop had two players in double figures, with TJ Conley and Isaiah Ellis both finishing with 10.

The Spartans (2-6, 6-13) will be on the court Friday against Kimball in Tracy, while the Cougars will be meeting up with the Sierra Timberwolves.

Oakdale 50, East Union 48

In an unthinkable manner, East Union squandered a nine-point fourth quarter lead and could only watch as the visiting Mustangs converted a break-away layup in the game’s final moment for the two-point win.

Oakdale’s Spencer Thomas drained a 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining, and East Union attempted to convert the final opportunity and failed miserably, handing Oakdale its first league win of the season.

“We’re thinking anything going to the rim we’re going to at least get fouled and they had six fouls,” East Union head coach Brett Lewis said. “The last thing that’s in your head is getting a turnover and giving up a layup, but you have to know the situation better.

“We have to be better than that; we have to get the job done.”

Robbie Gleockler led the Lancers (3-5, 14-6) with 22 points, while teammate Jake Danhoff was the only other Lancer in double figures with 12.

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