It was not their best performance.
After putting itself in the best possible position to win their first-ever Valley Oak League game, Lathrop forfeited its 10-point lead and needed to fend off a stubborn East Union club in a 42-40 win Tuesday at Dalben Center.
George Contente figured his Ripon High's girls basketball team was going to have its hands full when it hosted Hilmar for a Trans-Valley League opener Tuesday.
The most challenging part to the Southern League opener for Ripon Christian was likely making the long trek to Mariposa. Once the Knights showed up it was all business, cruising to an easy 55-33 win in both teams' league openers.
Sierra's boys basketball squad made its fourth trip to Sonora in seven days Tuesday, and the Timberwolves returned home with their 10th straight victory.
When the Valley Oak League boys basketball season gets underway tonight, the league will break down into two groups. In one group six teams, East Union, Manteca, Lathrop, Kimball and Oakdale will vie to separate themselves from one another. And in the other group will be Sierra and Weston Ranch.
One victory separated three teams in the final Valley Oak League girls basketball standings a season ago. And if defending league champions Manteca High, Weston Ranch and East Union are linked together like sausage again in 2012, it will not be a surprise.
It was a year of "first time evers" and "first time in a long times" in Manteca area sports.
The Sierra High boys basketball squad captured the Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic crown Friday at Columbia College.
Throughout the West Coast Jamboree the Weston Ranch girls basketball team was able to put up quality showings against each tournament opponent, but that was not the case in the Cougars' 61-39 loss to Monte Vista in the championship round of the Tanzanite Division.
Jim Agostini wanted to see how his East Union girls basketball team's conditioning and depth would hold up on the fourth and final day of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament Friday at Tracy High.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team finished with a more-than-respectable third-place effort in the Modesto Christian Holiday Classic Friday, defeating the tournament host in overtime, 79-77. It was the second time in as many years that the Cougars defeated Modesto Christian in overtime.
Manteca High's freshman boys basketball team mounted a 17-6 run in the third quarter en route to beating rival Sierra 48-38 and claiming the Block M Tournament championship Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian was eager to defend its home court in its own tournament.
Sierra has done some of its best work against top teams so far, and Thursday was no different.
RIPON - Ripon missed two free throws, a put-back and an open 3-pointer on the final possession of its nonleague tilt with East Union on Wednesday.
LATHROP - Lathrop ended a two-game slide Wednesday and didn't need sophomore Junior Ballard to score more than 30 points to do so.
RIPON - For the second time this season, Ripon Christian High fell to Calaveras.
While St. Mary's gives up size against most teams, Manteca - with three starters at 6-foot-8 or taller - could struggle against the quicker ones.
TRACY - East Union's Olivia Vezaldenos flirted with a triple-double Tuesday, and the Lancers outscored host Tracy 20-4 before running away with a 56-34 non-league ...
LATHROP - Lathrop High played with a certain tenacity against visiting Pitman on Tuesday.
TURLOCK - Jess Spivey once again provided much of the offense for Sierra, but it was defense that helped the Timberwolves conquer Turlock 45-28 in a ...
GALT - With Lathrop trailing by 16 at halftime to undefeated Liberty Ranch, coach Nathan McGrath asked his sophomore to carry the load offensively over the ...
MODESTO - It took a quarter for East Union to shake off the cobwebs for Monday's nonleague tilt at Downey.
East Union finished second Saturday at the Bear Creek Invitational in Stockton and for the second year in a row the Lancers' Jaysen Reindel was ...
The Sierra girls salvaged a win Saturday in the Trojan Clash at Lincoln-Stockton with a 53-33 victory over Mt. Pleasant-San Jose.
Finally, Sierra came out on the right side of a close one.
STOCKTON - It was déjà vu all over again for the Sierra boys basketball team Friday, and not in a good way.
STOCKTON - It was a tough go Friday for Sierra High against Beyer in a consultation bracket game of the Trojans Clash Girls hoop tournament.
Cal-Hi Sports playfully calls it the "We Got Beat by Ripon Bowl."