It was Foul Fest Friday at Manteca High’s Winter Gymnasium.
The host Buffaloes and visiting Lathrop evenly split 56 fouls and combined for three technicals in the Valley Oak League contest. On the scoreboard, Manteca prevailed 84-76 for its third straight win.
“It was a very interesting game,” Manteca coach Brett Lewis said. “Lathrop wants to play fast and it’s hard not to play fast with them because we’re kind of built that way too, we’re just not as fast as them. It was high scoring but there wasn’t a good flow because both teams got into foul trouble.”
Manteca (4-2, 8-11 overall) was able pull away and hold its lead for the entire second half after the Spartans (2-4, 5-13) ended the second period on a 10-0 run.
Jorge Cedano led five Buffaloes in double figures with 18 points before fouling out with 3 minutes remaining. Kyle Bolding (15 points), Gino Campiotti (17 points) and Matthew Ender (10 points) all finished with four fouls. Bolding buried three key three-pointers to help Manteca build its early lead. Sophomore Jordan Burciaga pitched in 10 points.
Lathrop guard Isaiah Victor finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Amiel Adams added 17 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Dan Ballesteros contributed 15 points. The Spartans had two players foul out, including high-flying wing Dafford McKenzie (nine rebounds, three blocks).
Sierra 45, Oakdale 44
OAKDALE — Sophomore Kendrick Currey hit a big 3-pointer with about 40 seconds left to tie it at 44-44, and Eduardo Jasso secured the win by making the second of two free throws with 0.4 remaining.
Jasso drew a foul in the final second as he went for an offensive rebound off Jaime Ochoa’s fadeaway attempt from the corner. Ochoa paced Sierra (4-2, 9-10) with 12 points, while Ryan Borgeson and Jasso each had eight.
Drew Legan amassed 29 points for Oakdale (1-6, 7-12).
“We didn’t play very good all night, we just made some plays at the end and kind of grinded it out,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said.
Kimball 75, East Union 55
TRACY — Kimball (2-4, 9-10) started hot with a 24-point first quarter and didn’t cool off much from there as it coasted to victory.
Drew Reddick and Matthew Oli fired 23 and 20 points for the Jaguars, respectively. Blake Greenlee posted 22 points to lead East Union (0-6, 4-15), and Christian Cuevas added 12.
Lathrop 32, Manteca 30
Darren Harrell and Jaevan Butler pumped in eight points each as Lathrop held on for the win.
Michael Arriola scored 10 points for Manteca, and Krys Charles had eight.