LOS BANOS — Lathrop secured its second straight postseason berth on Tuesday with its 63-42 drubbing of Los Banos, which needed to win to have a shot at advancing with an automatic bid.
The Spartans (10-3, 18-7 overall) got untracked in the second quarter of the Western Athletic Conference match-up after trailing 15-13 in the first. They led 30-23 at halftime and broke away from there.
They did it with defense and balanced scoring headed by Daniel Whaley’s 13 points. C.J. Ward and Eddie Cotton pumped in 12 apiece.
Los Banos (7-6, 15-12) was led by Howard Leus’ 13 points.
Lathrop hosts Johansen in its final tune-up for the playoffs on Thursday.