After the second of its final two last-second shot attempts came up empty, the Manteca Buffaloes were left clinging to a 58-56 loss to Tokay High during first round action of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Basketball Tournament Tuesday.
Mikayla Hasal finished with 21 points, including three 3-pointers, while Jasmine Odell chipped in with eight. The Buffaloes held a two-point edge heading into the fourth, but could not sustain the lead.
“They just did not miss shots,” Manteca head coach Andre Hiatt said. “We played a see-saw battle with them all game, but give Tokay credit they finished the game.
“I’m anxious to see how my girls respond to this.”
Manteca (8-1) will try and get back in the win column at 3 p.m. when it takes on the Mills-Modesto first-round game loser.
East Union 53, Foothill 49
The Lancers are getting a glimpse at the depth the team will have this season, surviving through senior leader Shalane Jackson’s foul trouble in a 53-49 win over Foothill Tuesday.
East Union (7-1) squandered a 10-point first-half lead, yet never trailed in the ball game. Tiare Tu’uga led all scorers with 20 points and Jackson added 11 in limited playing time.
“We are getting some girls some valuable experience at the varsity level when that does happen,” East Union head coach Jim Agostini said. “We have some players that are doing well and picking things up defensively.
“We don’t need a whole lot of scoring, we just need the girls to keep the ball in front of them and play good defense.”
Klasey Kachalkin also chipped in seven points in the win.
East Union will be back on the court at 7:30 p.m., taking on co-host West High, which handled Gregori in first round action.
Tracy 40, Lathrop 34
The Spartans fumbled away a comfortable 24-8 halftime lead, falling to tournament co-host Tracy 40-34 in the tournament’s first round.
Everything that could go right for Lathrop (1-7) did in the first half, but the Spartans hit a dismal dry spell over the game’s final two periods. Lathrop’s scoring drought coupled with a 32 point Tracy second-half spelled doom for the Spartans.
“We were converting in the first half and held control of the game pretty much,” Lathrop head coach Ed Fang said. “In the second half we got away from our offense and got caught up in a little too much one-on-one.”
Loreal Taylor finished with a double-double for the Spartans, pouring in 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Jazlyn Simon led Lathrop with 13 points.
Lathrop will be back on the hardwood with Patterson at 4:30 p.m.