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Cougars ride momentum from big win in stomping Lathrop
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STOCKTON — The Weston Ranch Cougars maintained their momentum from the previous game.

On Tuesday, they used that energy to roll past visiting Lathrop, 76-50.

“We were really motivated,” said coach Chris Teevan, whose team was still abuzz from the thrilling win over Manteca.

Weston Ranch (5-0 Valley Oak League, 14-4 overall) moved the ball consistently on offense, finding the open man.

Most of the Cougars were in the scoring column, including four in double digits — Jaelen Ragsdale (17), D’Angelo Finley (11), Fred Lavender (10) and Jordan Strane (10). Anthony Booker, Weston Ranch’s 6-foot-10 center, controlled the boards, grabbing 10 rebounds to go with his five points.

Lathrop (2-3 VOL, 9-9) put together a good effort early on.

“We played our best during the first six minutes of the game,” Spartans coach Nathan McGrath said.

Adonis Payton, Junior Ballard and DeShawn Kelley had baskets during that stretch, giving Lathrop its only lead at the 4:04 mark of the first quarter, 7-6.

A Ragsdale coast-to-coast drive to the hoop was followed by a Lavender dunk. A Booker pass to Finley quickly made it 13-7, Weston Ranch.

“We stopped playing Lathrop High basketball (of attacking the basket) and settled for jump shots,” said McGrath, who noticed that his team went to the foul line just six times during the game.

The Cougars opened the second quarter scoring 17 unanswered points. In that run, Darren Igarta nailed a pair of 3s and Ragsdale also chipping in a trey.

Lathrop finally scored at the 3:15 mark on Ballard’s trey.

Down 41-18 at the break, the Spartans made a nice run to kickoff the third.

Buckets by Kelley, Payton and Michael Mills helped spearhead the 11-4 run.

The Cougars answered back with a 14-3 rally led by Strane, who scored six in that stretch.

Ballard had 15 points to lead Lathrop, while Michael Mills added 13.

Weston Ranch had the game well in hand in fourth. Elijah Harper displayed his hops with three fast-break dunks. Daniel Elendu canned a 3 and Charles Udeze converted an inside pass from Josh Dilg for a hoop.

“It was great to see guys who really don’t play much having a chance to contribute,” Teevan said.


Manteca 62, Oakdale 32

At Winter Gym, the Buffaloes (4-1, 15-3) opened up an 18-4 lead in the first quarter and cruised from there.

Anand Hundal and Kenny Wooten picked up where they left off from Monday’s wild double-overtime win over Berkeley in the MaxPreps Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. 

Hundal torched the Mustangs (0-5, 1-17) for 16 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, while Wooten finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. 

Dwight Young contributed 11 points, and Tydus Verhoeven dished out seven assists to go with six points.

Manteca coach Brett Lewis lauded the efforts of reserve forwards Inder Randhawa (six rebounds) and Jacob Tolbert, who filled in for Tyler Graves-Kelso (knee).


Central Catholic 77,

East Union 60

MODESTO — East Union (1-4, 8-8) was a half away from producing its second straight upset victory, but Central Catholic (4-1, 15-2) used a 48-point outburst in the final two quarters to come away unscathed.

With East Union leading for much of the first half, the Raiders began their push in the final minutes of the second period, going on a 9-0 run to close in 35-29 by halftime. Jarred Rice and Josh Hamilton paced Central With 20 and 19 points, respectively. Austin Miller drained seven 3-pointers for his Lancer-leading 21 points, while Gyse Hulsebosch pitched in with 10 points.

“We stopped hustling and they outplayed us in the second half,” East Union coach Ryan Tarr said. “We didn’t get it done on the defensive end. It’s frustrating because we were playing well in the first half, but we have to play 32 minutes.”



Manteca 58, Oakdale 39

The Buffaloes (4-1, 11-6) remain in the race for first place after blowing out visiting Oakdale.

Gino Campiotti turned in a team-high 11 points, Kyle Bolding added 10 and Zach Chamberlain had nine.



East Union 45,

Central Catholic 40

MODESTO — Daniel Ruiz poured in 15 points, and Taelan Gaines finished with 10 as the Lancers held on for the win.


Manteca 49, Oakdale 24

Manteca (2-3, 7-11) dominated with defense, as Saleem Safi was its line single-digit scorer with 10 points. Kyle Lynch and Tarnjot Singh added nine apiece. Riley Blue scored six points but also had seven rebounds and four assists.



Lathrop’s Karissa Kammen finished third Saturday at 152 pounds in The Amazon wrestling tournament at San Rafael High School.

 Kammen went 3-1 with a bye and two pins, pinning Jasey Cleavland of Terra Linda in the consolation finals.

 Kimberly Vega (113) finished fourth, winning her first two matches before dropping the next two.