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Sierra sophomore squad shocks rival Buffaloes

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POSTED January 17, 2009 2:59 a.m.
Edy Guzman drained two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to stretch host Sierra’s lead, and Josh Walters’ deep 3-pointer to tie it from the right wing caromed off the back rim as the Timberwolves held on to stun Manteca 45-42 in sophomore boys basketball action Friday.

Grant Widmer had 10 points to lead Sierra (3-2 Valley Oak League, 6-8 overall), while Eddie Andrade and Guzman turned in six apiece.

“We knew all the talk about these guys, I even coached a lot of them while they were in middle school,” Sierra coach Jay Muschott said. “It came down to us playing as a team for the first time all year tonight.”

Walters finished with 10 points to pace the Buffaloes (3-2, 11-4), who have lost back-to-back contests. Eric Godfrey added nine points, and C.J. Rivas had eight.

The Timberwolves trailed 36-30 early in the fourth but stayed in the game with big defensive stands.

And with just under 30 seconds left, Sierra took the lead when Andrade hit one of two free throws that were awarded by a technical foul called on Manteca coach Jimmy Perez.

“I cost my players the game,” Perez said. “I should have kept my cool, it was my fault. The game should be decided on the court.”

Sophomore
Weston Ranch 48, East Union 44
At Dalben Center, Tau Cavil spearheaded the visiting Cougars (2-2, 7-7) with 19 points, and Lorenzo Simmons added 14. Coach Eddie Menzel lauded the defensive effort put forth by D.J. Miller.

TeeJay Gordon recorded 15 for the Squires. Lawrence Baraan chimed in with 14.

Freshman
East Union 47, Weston Ranch 30
At Dalben Center, Wayne Chung had 13 and Brandon Cline netted 12 as the Pages remained unbeaten in VOL play at 4-0. Alex Del Rio worked the glass from 11 rebounds.

East Union (11-2 overall) travels to Sierra Wednesday.

Manteca 55, Sierra 52
At Sierra, the visiting Buffaloes (4-1, 11-5) were led by Tim Baker’s 13 points and Stanley Walker’s 12.

Tim Thornton led Sierra (1-4, 4-10) with 16 points, and Aneal Sahota nailed four 3-pointers for his 12.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Sophomore
Lathrop 46, Weston Ranch 35
At Weston Ranch, Jasmine Elder had 18 points to lead Lathrop (5-2, 9-8), which stretched its winning streak to five.

Cheyenne Celada chipped in nine points.

“It was a very physical game, and it came down to the last four minutes,” Lathrop coach Ed Fang said. “Our girls were able to fight through and finish the game.”

— Jonamar Jacinto
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