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Early energy lifts Lancers in rivalry rout

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Early energy lifts Lancers in rivalry rout

Jordan Kron goes up for two of his 14 points over Manteca’s Miguel Lopez Friday in VOL action.

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POSTED January 26, 2013 2:33 a.m.

Gift wrapping Oakdale its first Valley Oak League win was probably the best thing that could have happened to the East Union Lancers. East Union came off the loss with the intensity of a championship game, sapping Manteca’s spirit in the first eight minutes of its 55-37 win Friday.

The Lancers scored nine of the game’s first 10 points and closed out the first quarter with an 18-3 lead. EU (4-5 VOL, 15-6 overall) made points inside at will, getting post-presence Jake Danhoff in stride early. He had 10 points in the first half and never really slowed down. Danhoff’s success in the paint was the icing on the cake to the Lancers’ stifling defensive effort.

As sure as the Lancers earned the win in the first half, they did it on the defensive end.

“I really don’t know,” Manteca  head coach Dave Asuncion said. “The three-point first quarter was a totally different team than I’ve seen all year. Credit East Union for putting the pressure on us and causing us to do things we don’t do, but we have to be better and more poised and take care of the basketball and execute things that we are trying to do.”

Manteca (5-4, 12-9) lacked intensity and supplying an amplified East Union team with assistance that it wouldn’t need. Five different players scored in the first quarter, the Lancers caused eight first quarter turnovers and only missed three free throws out of 15 attempts. Everything East Union didn’t do to close out the loss in Oakdale, the Lancers were able to perform against Manteca.

“The one big part for us is Justin (Nieto) is pretty much back to normal,” East Union head coach  Brett Lewis said. “He’s one of the best defenders around and it’s huge to have him back healthy. We wanted to set the tone, we’ve lost a couple close games and we didn’t want it to happen here.

“We wanted to start off strong and finish strong.”

Danhoff’s game-high 17 points was the key to separate the two clubs. All the looks he established early definitely proved beneficial with the perimeter game, as Jordan Kron (14 points), Nieto and Louie Cruz all hit perimeter jumpers on kick-outs from Danhoff.

With the tenacity on the defensive end handcuffing Manteca’s offensive exploits, East Union had the recipe for success through Danhoff’s hands.

“Our number one game plan is to try and get me going early and often,” Danhoff said after the win. “When we get that going it opens things up inside to out.

“Our mindset coming into most games is to get it inside to open up the outside.”

Freshman

Manteca 42, East Union 34

The Buffaloes edged out the visiting East Union Lancers Friday in VOL play.

Tyler Graves led Manteca (4-4, 10-8) with 12 points, while teammate Frankie Lopez chipped in with 10.

Angel Perez also added eight and Javaun helped the Buffaloes with six.

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