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Buffaloes open Modesto City tourney with win
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MODESTO – Manteca High opened the Modesto City Tournament on the right track, cruising to a 66-41 victory over the Central Catholic Raiders.

Kiwi Gardner is seemingly picking up where he closed out last season, turning in a game-high 27 points in the win. Manteca jumped to an early 26-19 halftime lead behind a balanced offensive attack and solid defensive play from the post.

“I thought we did a good job defensively handling their (big men),” Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion said. “They have two legit post players and we were able to hold them to 41, which is a good sign for us.

“Offensively, we did some things well and were able to execute when we needed to.”

Gerry Cooper followed Gardner in the scoring column adding 11, while Mitch Hernandez finished with 10.

Manteca will be back on the hardwood tonight when they take on the winner of the first round Ceres-Johansen matchup, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off.

Davis 70, East Union 67
The Lancers trailed by a single point during the halftime intermission, but evened the score 50-50 after three periods of play. That would be as close as East Union would get in a three-point loss to Davis High in the Modesto City Tournament Wednesday.

Jordan Kron held the hot hand for the Lancers, connecting on seven 3-pointers, including four in the first period. Kron led all-scorers with 23 points. TeeJay Gordon finished with 16 and Ricky Inderbitzen added 10 points and seven boards.

“We held our own down the stretch,” East Union head coach Brett Lewis said. “We really played well against a great Davis team. This was really a tough loss, but we have nothing to hang our heads about.”

East Union (0-1) will continue Modesto City Tournament play with a 3:30 p.m. loser’s bracket matchup today.

Enochs 71, Lathrop 32
The Spartans didn’t get the best draw to open the Modesto City Tournament, but the squad competed, doubling their point production over the second half of the one-sided loss.

Aivery Lewis led Lathrop with 10 points, while J.D.Singh (nine points) and Umar Muriset (seven points) rounded out the Spartans’ leading scorers.

Lathrop (0-1) will be back in action today with a 5 p.m. scheduled tip-off.

Ripon 35, Sierra 20
Sierra was unable to keep pace with the visiting Indians, dropping the season-opener 35-20.

Asia Cortez led Sierra’s scoring attack with eight points, while teammates Amani Burks and Valerie Nester chipped in four.

Ripon (1-0) was led by Morgan Ormonde’s eight points.

— Jagada Chambers