Miguel Sequeira sank two free throws with 19 seconds remaining on Thursday, and the Manteca High boys basketball team hung on for a 58-57 Valley Oak League victory over Kimball.
“League wins are tough to come by in the VOL,” Manteca coach Brett Lewis said. “Kimball is a tough squad. Our guys gutted this one out.”
The Buffaloes (4-1, 15-6 overall) fended off a late rally from Kimball (1-4, 9-11) for their third straight win. They outscored the Jaguars 20-10 in the third quarter to take a 48-40 lead.
Isaiah Victor and Jorge Cedano each had 16 points and six rebounds for Manteca. Domonick Victor contributed 10 points and six rebounds. Sequeira finished with nine points and four assists.
Kai Ballungay and John Harris led Kimball with 11 points apiece.
Weston Ranch 81, Oakdale 46
OAKDALE — Make it 18 straight for the Cougars (5-0 VOL, 19-1 overall), who led 33-29 at halftime before putting it away with a 33-point outburst in the third period.
Donjaé Lindsey fired 23 points, and Titus Haley had 14 to go with four steals. Devin Small chipped in nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan declined comment.
Central Catholic 61, Sierra 49
MODESTO — Central Catholic (5-1 VOL, 14-7 overall) jumped out to a 23-10 lead, and the Timberwolves (3-3, 15-5) struggled to close the gap from there despite a 23-point effort from Kendrick Currey.
Myles Clayton and Dayton Magana fired 15 points each for the Raiders. Justin Traina scored 13, and Charles Hallmon had 11.
Lathrop 61, Ceres 21
LATHROP — The Spartans (8-0, 15-5 overall) picked up where they left off in the first half of Western Athletic Conference play. They bolted to a 14-4 lead and kept Ceres (2-6, 6-13) in single figures in each of the next three quarters.
“The bench played the majority of the game and we saw a lot of improvement from that group,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “The bench played with a lot of confidence.”
The starters made their impact in limited time. Kryshara Gary produced 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Mary Cotton tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks. Khiya Thornton pitched in nine points and three steals, freshman Godwina Ogbeide added eight points and Sanah Singh had six.
Junior varsity boys
Manteca 54, Kimball 33
Jake Wirstlin pumped in 18 of his game-high 21 points in the opening half for Manteca (3-2 VOL).
Nic Bell posted 16 points, and Khalid Robinson scored eight.
Lathrop 42, Ceres 24
LATHROP — Jayna Dizon led the Spartans with 16 points. Lyllianna Avila added 10 points and Luna Gedde seven.