Dwight Young came in with the hot hand against Turlock on Tuesday.
The Manteca High senior guard had the outside shooting touch going in last week’s Consumnes Oak Tournament. In the 75-44 non-league win over the Bulldogs, Young was 7 of 10 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half at Winters Gym, finishing with 25 points.
“I’d like to thank my teammates,” he said. “They came in here looking for me (to take the shots).”
Overall, the Buffaloes (4-3) put together a well-rounded team effort, according to coach Brett Lewis.
“This was a huge team effort,” he said. “We knew it would be that way – we really wanted to get everyone in and see a lot of different combinations.”
Turlock 2-5) appeared overwhelmed with Manteca’s overall depth.
No surprise that Young got the offense rolling, connecting on a corner 3 and following that up with a couple of more rainbows from the perimeter. In the first quarter, he was 5 of 7 on 3s.
But it was on the defensive end where Manteca shined, with Tydus Verhoeven getting three blocks, Kyle Bolding and Matt Ender helping out from the weak side, and Gino Campiotti, Derek Range and Jorge Cedano, to name a few, making the Bulldogs work for every basket.
The Buffaloes jumped out to a 9-0 lead and finished the quarter with a 16-4 run.
Ender completed a crosscourt pass to Campiotti for a fast-break layup in the second quarter. Ascari Johnson followed that up moments later by hitting a cutting Antwann Taylor for a quick two.
Manteca went into the break with a 45-15 advantage.
The Buffaloes didn’t let up in the second half. They maintained that large edge, rotating 13 players while using various combinations.
Johnson finished with nine, Campiotti and Cedano both kicked in with eight, and Verhoeven had six.
Everett Johnson, Turlock’s 6-foot-7 freshman center, had 10. Alden Norquist and Cameron Sherwood chipped in with eight points each.
Manteca will host Beyer on Friday before taking part in next week’s Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.
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