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POSTED December 6, 2013 12:17 a.m.

MODESTO – Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan went head-to-head against his former high school coach Mike Vander Molen during the second round of the Modesto City Classic Thursday night.

The Cougars’ second-year coach, who graduated from Beyer in 2006 and went on to star at Modesto Junior College, got reacquainted with his old coach, whose Gregori squad pulled away from Weston Ranch 63-50 and advanced to the tournament semifinal.

“This was my first time (coaching) against Teevan, and that makes it a little different,” Vander Molen said. “He was just a special player. He was a point guard, so he was like the coach on the floor – and he was just all heart. I tried not to get distracted by it and tried to have fun with it.

“He’s a competitor, I’m a competitor – and it’s fun to watch your former players coach, too.”

Weston Ranch (1-1) played well early and built itself a five-point cushion late in the first quarter after sophomore Jerico Gonzales (six points) hit back-to-back 3s.

Weston Ranch went up 19-9 after consecutive buckets from Jalen Ragsdale (game-high 24 points). After that, Gregori (2-0) closed the half on a 19-6 run and led by three at the half.

“We’re just learning,” said Teevan, who has only three seniors on the roster. “The collapse was in the first half.”

The Cougars outscored Gregori by three in the third to tie the game at 39. Ragsdale had 11 points in the third alone.

After Weston Ranch took a 41-40 lead on free throws from Jordan Tauga (13 points), Gregori went on its run. The Cougars went scoreless for over four minutes as Gregori scored the next 20 points. Ragsdale scored the Cougars’ last nine in the final 62 seconds.

Manteca 58,
Elliott Chr. 56

Austin Haro finished with a game-high 24 points, including 12 in the fourth as the Buffaloes went on a 22-13 run to close the game.

The Buffaloes took their first lead with under two minutes left in regulation. Tytus Zerhoeven finished with 10 points for Manteca, which will play defending champion Central Catholic in tonight’s semifinal.

East Union 57, Pitman 42

The Lancers (2-0) knocked down clutch free throws down the stretch, going 15 of 19 in the fourth frame.

Jake Danhoff finished with 16 points and Nisar Sazli added 14. EU will face Gregori in tonight’s other semifinal.

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