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East Union earns rest after pounding Stagg

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POSTED December 11, 2013 12:18 a.m.

East Union’s first-year boys basketball coach Ryan Tarr will finally get to conduct a practice session tonight after his Lancers were in competition mode in six of the last seven days.

“Finally, a little break,” he said Tuesday after leading his squad to a 59-42 victory at Stagg.

East Union broke even during the brutal week-long stretch, going 3-3. Ripon awaits EU next Tuesday, Dec. 17 for their annual nonleague meeting.

The Lancers outmuscled Stagg’s long and athletic bigs in the post. Third-year center Jacob Danhoff scored at will and in a variety of ways, gashing the Delta Kings (1-4) inside and out and finishing with 28 points.

The 6-foot-6 Danhoff was complemented by 6-4 Clay Cuneo, who tallied 15 points by “mostly mopping up on put-backs.”

“They were pretty effective inside,” Tarr said. “We were really patient on offense and got good shots. It was good to have a night like that, because we had been struggling on offense.”

Tarr was also pleased with the defensive effort that included keeping 6-6 sophomore Kenneth Wooten and 6-5 Jamarea Spivey away from the offensive glass. The tone was set early when EU led 20-7 through one quarter of play. The Lancers then held Stagg to 10 and nine points in the final two quarters.

“They have some size and athleticism, but we just played well on both ends of the floor,” Tarr said.

Bret Harte 49,
Manteca 44

The host Bullfrogs erupted for 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Bennett Paris keyed their come-from-behind charge by scoring nine of his 13 points down the stretch. Paris zeroed in for back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it for Bret Harte (1-1), which took advantage of an off shooting night for Manteca (3-2).

The Buffaloes, coming off a third-place finish in the 16-team Modesto City Classic, made just one of nine 3-point attempts and shot 9-for-19 on free throws. They were ahead 33-27 to start the fourth.

Austin Haro led the team with 16 points. Kent Whittle added 14 for Bret Harte. Manteca next faces Mariposa starting 5 p.m. Thursday in the Atwater Tournament.

Freshman

Manteca 34,
Bret Harte 32

The defensive efforts of Eddie Santos and Ascari Johnson helped the Buffaloes (2-2) pull out a close road win.

Jose Garcia’s eight points paced Manteca. Ryan Brock and Kameron Beamon added six each. Up next is the St. Mary’s Tournament that starts on Dec. 19.

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