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Buffs clobber Kimball after 1st-quarter shutout
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Manteca didn’t need a triple-double from Tydus Verhoeven in its second meeting with Kimball.

Three guards handled much of the scoring load, and the Buffaloes shut out the visiting Jaguars in the first period en route to a 66-20 drubbing at Winter Gym.

The Valley Oak League’s top team rolled to leads of 20-0 and 47-9 after the first two periods. Dwight Young led all scorers with 18 points, sophomore Jorge Cedano fired 17 and Gino Campiotti finished with 16 to go with nine rebounds. The highly-touted Verhoeven ended up with just four points after amassing 19 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks in Manteca’s 61-45 win at Kimball.

Derek Range contributed 10 rebounds off the bench for the Buffaloes (1-0, 18-5 overall), Kyle Bolding scored seven points and point guard Matt Ender turned in four points, eight boards and five assists. William Pojim paced Kimball (1-9, 5-18) with six points.


Central Catholic 62,

Sierra 49

Bikram Thiara fired 18 points and made all 12 of his free throws, while Jamille Grady canned fours for the bulk of his 15 points.

The Timberwolves (4-6, 13-9) trailed 25-16 at halftime and cut it to 1, 44-43, after Jamie Ochoa hit a 3-pointer, but visiting Central Catholic (7-3, 16-7) took over from there. Jared Rice led four Raiders (7-3, 16-7) in double figures with 20 points.

“It was a defensive battle in the first half and we came out really good in the third quarter,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said. “We just couldn’t sustain it.”

Weston Ranch 46,

Oakdale 32

OAKDALE — Sophomore Raul Melgarejo continued his strong play of late, anchoring the improved Cougars (6-4, 14-9) with 20 points and 14 rebounds. They led 20-13 at halftime and pulled away with a 10-3 third quarter.

“We’ve won six of our past seven games, and in the one loss he didn’t play,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan said of Melgarejo. “We didn’t use him right early in the season. He has a good perimeter game so he’s starting to play more inside and out. He brings a good level of toughness for us.”