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Buffs punch ticket to tourney championship
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Manteca jumped out to an early lead during the semifinal of the DBMAC/Save Mart Classic against co-host Buhach Colony High Friday evening.

The Buffaloes (5-2) took a commanding 18-5 first-quarter lead and received another solid performance from Austin Haro (18 points). Buddy Reeder chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds.

“Buhach had a rough shooting night,” Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion said. “They kept pressuring us and we actually had a lot of turnovers in the second half…started to make it interesting.”

Miguel Lopez finished with 10 points and four assists and also went 4 of 4 from the free-throw line down the stretch of the fourth quarter.

The Buffaloes will be in the tournament championship today at 3:30 p.m. against Roosevelt of Fresno at Buhach Colony High in Atwater.

Weston Ranch 63, Edison 59

The Cougars (4-4) pulled out a victory at the McDonald’s Classic after Jordan Tauga (17 points) scored on a put back with under 20 seconds left in regulation.

Weston Ranch then made a stop on the defensive end, followed by Jaelen Ragsdale (20 points) knocking down two free throws to seal it. Sophomore Josh Dilg (three points) was solid on the boards and had a great “floor game”, according to head coach Chris Teevan. Weston Ranch finishes the tourney with Bear Creek today at 10 a.m. at Franklin High.

Ripon Christian 68,  Linden 25

The Knights improved to 4-1 after easing past their opponent during the semifinal of the Galt Warrior Classic.

Ripon Christian was led by Sean Broker (18 points) and Austin Alger (17 points). The Knights, who led by 15 at the break and then went on an 18-8 third-quarter run to take a 25-point cushion into the fourth, also received 10 points from Travis Vander Molen.

RC will play for the tournament title today at 2 p.m. at Galt High.

Oakland 62, Sierra 36

The T’Wolves (3-3) didn’t play well in the second half and couldn’t make up an eight-point halftime deficit during the McDonald’s Classic.

Sierra’s sophomore point guard Daniel Wyatt led the team with seven points. Devin Nunez finished with six points, as did Jonnythan Munkholm. Oakland’s Jeremi Hanks and Keith Hunter combined for 32.

Sierra  will bump heads with Tokay today at 1 p.m. at Edison High.

 Inderkum 73, Ripon 35

The Indians (0-4) couldn’t get very much going during the second day of the Del Oro tournament as the Tigers went on a 15-0 run to close the first half.

Inderkum (1-5) knocked down 10 3-pointers and led by 13 at the break. Ripon freshman Cole Stevens netted a team-high 10 points and Chase DePrue finished with seven. Ripon finishes the tournament at 10:30 a.m. against Whitney of Rocklin.

Lathrop 52, Johansen 45

Nicholaus Obazuaye dropped 21 points during the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic for the 4-1 Spartans.

Nilo Yuson finished with 11 points and TJ Conley added 10 for Lathrop, who had a 27-19 lead over the Vikings at the half.  The Spartans led by as many as 16 points and will play against Modesto/Pacheco in the consolation championship today at 4:30 p.m. at Tracy High.


Manteca 52, Mariposa 36

Angel Perez dropped 20 points for Manteca during the semifinals of the DBMAC/Save Mart Classic. The Buffaloes, who also received solid efforts from Kevonte Boone (eight points, 10 rebounds) and Frankie Lopez (eight points), will play for the title today at 12:30 p.m. against Gregori at Buhach Colony High.