The Manteca Buffaloes were able to run their winning streak to two games when the Buffaloes were able to hold off a stubborn Enochs High group in a 64-62 win in the Modesto City Classic finale Saturday.
Manteca (3-2) got is second impressive outing in a row from Taylor Hasal, who followed up a 32 point showing Friday with a 25 point effort against Enochs. Hasal led all scorers and got quality assistance from Ben Odell who added 21.
The Buffaloes had a pseudo-comfortable double-digit lead heading into the final period, only to need a complete team effort to come home with the victory.
“I’m happy to get the win,” Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion said. “We played poor defense and took some bad shots down the stretch, so we’re just happy to sneak out of here with a win.”
East Union 65, Gregori 49
The Lancers were forced into their second matchup in three days with Gregori High, yet it did not phase East Union in a one-sided victory in the Modesto City Classic finale.
Brookside Christian dropped from the tourney, setting up the second contest between the two clubs in the tournament. The Lancers handled Gregori by 26 points in the first meeting.
“It’s always tough when you beat a team by 26 and have to see them again so quickly,” East Union head coach Bret Lewis said. “After our heart breaker last night, it was probably a little easier for them to get up for our second meeting.”
Justin Nieto led the way for the Lancers, turning in a game-high 22 points. Teammate Jake Danhoff (11 points) and Brandon Kline (13 points) also finished in double-figures.
Belle Vista Tournament
Oakmont 65, Lathrop 61
The Spartans did not get the victory to support the teams’ inspired effort, but even in defeat Lathrop was able to make positive strides in a 65-61 loss to Oakmont.
Lathrop (1-3) found themselves within a basket late in the fourth period, but untimely shot selections and poor free throw shooting spelled doom for the Spartans.
“What killed us most was the free throws down the stretch,” Lathrop head coach Bill Slikker said. “Especially in that fourth quarter. We also missed a few easy shots.
“We had every opportunity; we just couldn’t get that defensive stop.”
Joseph Sausau led the Spartans with a 19 point effort, while teammate Robert Orandes made his presence felt with 17.
McClatchy 56, Sierra 53
The Timberwolves opened the final period trailing by a point, but could do nothing to erase that gap in a three-point loss to McClatchy in the Cartwright Classic finale in Elk Grove.
Sierra (1-2) battle valiantly throughout the contest, and found themselves with an opportunity for the victory in the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves got another monster effort from Will Ward, who finished with a team-high 24 points and a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Ripon Christian 59, Oakdale 37
The Ripon Christian Knights had little difficulty bouncing back from a tough loss to tournament host Riverbank, to destroy Oakdale High 59-37 for third-place honors Saturday at Riverbank High.
Danny Vos led a spirited Ripon Christian effort with 22 points, followed by teammates John Vander Molen and Jared Goslinga who both finished with 14.
“Overall I was satisfied,” Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen said. “We were disappointed when we loss to Riverbank, we felt we should have beat them, so other than that I think it’s early in the season and we have to figure out what is going to work best for our team.”