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Manteca wards off Kimball for big win

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POSTED January 31, 2013 12:10 a.m.

For the Manteca Buffaloes, beating a team they weren’t supposed to beat was a test they hadn’t passed in Valley Oak League play. That changed for the Buffaloes Wednesday when they made the trek to Tracy a successful one with a 51-49 victory over the Kimball Jaguars.

Manteca (6-4 VOL, 13-9 overall) got a big fourth quarter from Michael Hatfield, who had eight of his 13 points in the final period. Austin Haro chipped in with 15 points, including sinking three 3-pointers.

“We knew we needed at least three more wins to secure a postseason spot,” Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion said. “And going there to their place was going to be a tough task and it was a huge victory for us.”

Miguel Lopez finished in double-figures with 10.

The Buffaloes took the lead for good when Hatfield made two free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining. The Jaguars got a good look on the final shot, but came up empty.

Manteca will host the Weston Ranch Cougars Friday at 7:30 p.m.


East Union 57, Lathrop 44

In a continuing trend, the Lancers choked the life out of its second consecutive opponent in the first quarter, flexing their defensive muscle on Lathrop with a 22-6 first quarter run on their way to the VOL win.

The Lancers (5-5, 16-6) one-upped their recent 18-3 first quarter showing against Manteca High with a blistering first Wednesday night.

“Just like we jumped out to that quick start against Manteca we got it going quick, got it going early,” East Union head coach Brett Lewis said. “We created easy layups with our defense and we did it again tonight.

“We jumped out with the big first quarter and it set the tone for the night.”

The Lancers had four players in double figures with Jake Danhoff leading the way with 15. Aaron Ramos (12 points), Jordan Kron (11 points) and Justin Nieto (10 points) followed.


Sierra 60, Sonora 31

Guillermo Nunez hit six 3s and led all scorers with 24 points, protecting Sierra’s perfect league mark with a win at Sonora.

The Timberwolves held a 29-15 lead at half and never relinquished.

“It was a great defensive effort,” Sierra head coach Scott Thomason said. “We were able to keep our pressure up at a high level.”

Sierra will look to remain perfect Friday when they host East Union.


Weston Ranch 56, Oakdale 42

The Cougars fought through several stages of adversity, missing the services of post presence Daiveon Leverett due to injury and without leaders Dylan Alexander and Eric Duncan for the first half in a 14-point win over Oakdale.

Both Alexander and Duncan sat for conduct detrimental to the team, but came on in the second half and led Weston Ranch with 12 points apiece. Justin Lassiter also finished in double-figures with 12.

“It was good to see some guys step up,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan said. “Leonard Locket played really well and when Duncan came in the game he played really well. Dylan came in the game and had 12 points in the second half and Lassiter kept us together.

“We’re not going to have Daiveon for a while, so people are going to have to step up.”

The Cougars (9-1, 15-7) will travel to Manteca to take on the Buffaloes Friday.


Trans-Valley League girls

Ripon 60, Hughson 51

The Indians made sure to hold on to the victory, edging out the visiting Huskies by nine Wednesday in Trans Valley League action.

Ripon got 16 points and six rebounds from Tia Sidtikun and Ruth Waters finished with 12 points, five boards, and four assists. She also made off with three steals.

Kelsey Alexander also added a double-double, grabbing 12 boards and 10 points.

The Indians will try and stay headed in the right direction Friday when they play host to the Riverbank Bruins.


Sophomore boys

East Union 56, Lathrop 43

The Lancers (3-7, 9-13) cruised to an easy win, blasting the visiting Spartans by 13 Wednesday.

Cody Kenner and Lucas Garcia both poured in 16 to pace East Union.


Sophomore girls

Ripon 45, Hughson 25

The Indians had little trouble with the visiting Huskies, blasting Hughson by 20 for the Trans Valley League win.

Jourdy Richter led the way for Ripon 15 points.

The Indians will be back on the court Friday against Riverbank.


Freshman boys

Sierra 47, Sonora 36

The Timberwolves used a strong team effort to remain atop the VOL standings, beating Sonora on the road in a 11 point win Wednesday.

Tanner Peterson led all scorers with 15, while Daniel Wyatt chipped in with 15. Brian Terrell also played a part, chipping in nine with all coming in the second half after first half foul trouble.

The Timberwolves (10-0, 19-0) will try an remain perfect when they host East Union Friday.

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