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Cline leads East Unions balanced attack
East Union guard Robert Vaughn splits the defense of Lathrop’s Shamit Kishore, left, and Eric Davis during a Valley Oak League game at Dalben Center Wednesday. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
The East Union High boys varsity basketball squad went back to employing a deeper rotation Wednesday against Lathrop High.

 The change was noticeable to Lancers coach Brett Lewis.

“We looked refreshed tonight,” he said following his team’s 80-47 Valley Oak League win at the Dalben Center.

The Lancers’ rotation consisted of 11 players. The results of that was a balanced attack led by Brandon Cline, who enjoyed a game-high 14 points including a trio of 3-pointers.

As a team, East Union (5-4, 11-9) knocked down 10 3s. Jordan Kron connected on three treys, with Teejay Gordon, Wayne Cheung, Chris Scogna and Evan Lewis also finding the range.

Gordon tallied 12 while Cheung and Kron both hit for 11.

“East Union came ready to play,” said Spartans coach J.J. Ramirez. “We came out flat and dug ourselves in a hole.”

Lathrop (1-8, 2-18) committed four early turnovers and a couple of shooting fouls to fall behind, 12-0.

Kron opened the game by hitting a trey, Brock Swift scored on a putback basket, and Gordon and Cheung both drove past the Spartan defense.

Robert Orantes, Lathrop’s sophomore point guard, kept his team in the game early on by setting up his teammates with his interior passing.

He had six assists to go with his 11 points.

Andrew Kovanis led the Spartans with 13 points and seven rebounds. Shamit Kishore added nine.

East Union led 19-7 after the opening quarter, building up a 14-point cushion at the half thanks to Robert Vaughn’s three-point play, Kline’s 3, and Jo Jo Daigle’s putback shot at the buzzer.

Lathrop staged a modest 7-2 run midway through the third quarter. But the Lancers answered back on identical plays by Gordon finding Kline for a pair of spot-up treys. Cheung also knocked down a 3 in the 13-0 run.

“Our lack of experience showed,” Ramirez said. “We looked lost on defense.”

The Lancers were coming off a heart-breaking overtime loss to Sierra.

Lewis, who went with the short bench, indicated that his starters may have been a bit fatigue after logging in plenty of minutes in recent games.

He went back to relying on the depth of his bench.

“Our bench came in and played hard,” Lewis said.