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BASKETBALL: Central Catholic outlasts Manteca
Weston Ranch’s Elijah Mobley torches Kimball for 44 points
Central Catholic-Manteca boys basketball
Ryan Inderbitzin of Manteca drives to the paint in front of Central Catholic’s Tyler Wentworth. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

Hampered by foul trouble, Manteca’s boys basketball team could only muster four points in the third quarter and lost to visiting Central Catholic 54-46 in a Valley Oak League contest Friday at Winter Gym.

The outcome has vaulted Weston Ranch, a 97-73 victor over Kimball, into sole possession of the top spot in the VOL. Manteca (2-1 VOL, 10-8 overall) hosts Weston Ranch today for a make-up game. Tip-off for the varsity tilt is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Against Central Catholic (3-1, 11-6), the Buffaloes had no answer for the sophomore post tandem of Tyler Wentworth and Wesley Payne, who scored 17 and 10 points, respectively.

Manteca led 28-26 at halftime, but the game shifted in the third quarter.

“We had some foul trouble and were missing kids to COVID, but it is what it is,” Manteca coach Jason Hitt said. “Central Catholic played very well and we let their two best players do their thing. Our defense wasn’t there tonight.”

Justice Chase and Noah Lyons paced Manteca with 14 and 10 points but were slowed by foul trouble. Taj Mehrok added eight points.


Weston Ranch 90, Kimball 73

The VOL-leading Cougars (4-0, 12-8) overcame a slow start behind a 44-pound outburst from junior guard Elijah Mobley, who came up three points shy of tying the single-game program record set by Donjae Lindsey last spring.

Mobley made just one 3-pointer and went 9-for-12 from the free-throw line.

“He did a good job of getting out into space and scoring in transition,” Weston Ranch coach Nicholas Podesta said. “Kimball’s halfcourt defense is good, but he’s so slippery and crafty.”

Elliot Mobley contributed 19 points, and Khristian Holmes finished with 16. Benito Ruiz pumped in 20 points for Kimball (2-2, 13-6), which led 25-12 after the first quarter. The Cougars chipped away at the deficit and blew past the Jaguars with a 33-12 blow in the fourth.


East Union 60, Oakdale 49

The Lancers (3-1, 15-4) kept pace with the rest of the VOL contenders with their road win, using an 18-6 second-quarter burst to gain separation.

Dylan Lee led the way with 20 points, Alex Cuevas chipped in 16 and Anthony Sy had 10. East Union has another big road game Friday at Central Catholic.


Ripon Christian 61, Hughson 44

Griffin de Abreu amassed 20 points and 15 rebounds, helping the Knights (5-0 Trans-Valley League, 13-6 overall) break it open after a slow start for the team.

Eli Terpsma contributed 15 points, and Thys Van Der Hoek had 10. Visiting Hughson was led by Dyson House’s 14 points.


Ripon 50, Livingston 46

With a key starter sitting for disciplinary reasons, the host Indians (5-1 TVL, 9-12 overall) held on for the win after building a 30-19 halftime lead.

Nolan Young made a tip-in layup with about 30 seconds left, and Ty Herrin iced it with a free throw. Young ended up with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bronson Burrow added 11 points and seven boards.



Livingston 46, Ripon 43

Izabella Zazueta drilled five 3s and scored 19 points, helping Livingston (3-3 TVL, 7-10 overall) come back from a 34-27 deficit.

A poor shooting night ultimately doomed the visiting Indians (3-3, 12-8), who made just 19 of 58 field goals and 7 of 25 free throws. Makenzie Loechler anchored Ripon with 16 points and seven rebounds. Kaylee Hutchinson racked up nine rebounds and six assists to go with four points.


Junior varsity boys

Manteca 58, Central Catholic 44

The Buffaloes (3-0 VOL, 17-2 overall) rolled behind 14 points from Garrison Reis and 13 apiece from Antonio Madieta and Micah Crawford.