Sophomore guard Tre Simmons made five 3s and led all scorers with 23 points, as playoff-bound Weston Ranch rolled past visiting East Union 70-30 Wednesday.
“It’s good to see Tre playing well, he deserves it,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan said. “We don’t have to worry about him being selfish. He works hard and listens to his coaches.”
Jaelen Ragsdale added 18 points, while Fred Lavender and Jazz Swanson scored nine apiece. The Cougars (9-3 Valley Oak League, 16-9 overall) doubled East Union’s scoring output in each of the first two periods and led comfortably 66-23 at halftime. They then outscored East Union 17-1 in the third.
Cody Keener scored eight points to pace East Union (0-12, 6-19), which was held to just five field goals.
Weston Ranch is looking to gain momentum for the Sac-Joaquin Section after losing three of its previous four contests. This Friday the Cougars host four-time defending VOL champion Sierra before next Tuesday’s regular-season finale at Kimball.
“There are lots of things we have to improve on,” Teevan said. “We’re not playing real well right now, but tonight was a lot better than last week.”
Oakdale 62, Lathrop 55
Nate Van Cleave led all scorers with 19 points as the Mustangs (3-9, 7-16) held on for the victory,
Isaiah Ellis spearheaded the Spartans (3-9, 4-21) with 17 points, Diego Chavez chipped in nine off the bench and Avraj Bal turned in eight.
“They outhustled us tonight and played like they wanted it more than we did,” Lathrop coach Nathan McGrath said.
Lathrop 52, Oakdale 47
The Spartans overcame early foul trouble and a 28-23 halftime deficit to escape Oakdale with a victory.
Michael Mills poured in 24 points for Lathrop. Nick Woody had 12 points for Oakdale.
Lathrop 47, Oakdale 38
Colin Weis collected 16 points, three assists and two steals as Lathrop (6-6, 9-9) shook off a slow start. Jaruis Brito and Martin Valadez scored six points each.