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Cougars top Manteca for VOL win
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After the first meeting for the two clubs in Valley Oak League action, Weston Ranch knew exactly what the Weston Ranch Cougars were capable of. That alone was enough to keep the Cougars focused, overcoming a halftime deficit on their way to a 66-52 win Friday.

Davieon Leverett led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Andre Beard poured in 14. Point guard Will Cavil also finished in double figures with 14.

The Buffaloes were able to stick to the game plan and grind out a 26-25 halftime lead, but the Buffaloes ran into a different Weston Ranch (6-2, 14-6) club in the second half.

“The second half they turned up the press and got us playing a little quicker than we wanted to play,” Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion said. “We started taking some quick shots and they were able to get out and make some easy buckets.”

Manteca (2-6, 9-12) was led by Ben Odell’s 19 points, followed by starting guard Taylor Hasal’s 12.

Sonora 55, Lathrop 42

Lathrop made the trip to Sonora, but things did not work out for the Spartans in a VOL loss to Sonora Friday.

The Spartans got a huge effort from point guard Robert Orantes who led all scorers with 20 points, but Lathrop’s supporting cast could not keep pace with the host Wildcats’.

“It is what it is, they are a tough matchup for us,” Lathrop head coach Bill Slikker said. “We came out of the last two games shooting the ball well, but we definitely did not shoot the ball well at all.

“Playing in Sonora in that dark gym, we just didn’t shoot the ball well.”

The Spartans (4-4, 11-9) will try and get back on the right track with two home games next week in VOL play.

Trans Valley League

Ripon 60, Hilmar 31

The Indians got everybody on the roster in the game and nearly the entire squad in the scoring book during a lopsided victory over the Yellowjackets Friday.

Cole Herren led the way for Ripon with 17, and Jake McCreath chipped in with 11.

The Indians also got an inspired effort from Collin Baker, who came off the bench to sink a 3-pointer. Baker finished with five points, helping Ripon outscore Hilmar 16-3 in the final quarter.

The Indians will be back on the court at 7 p.m. when they meet up with Ripon Christian at home.

Freshman

Manteca 45, Weston Ranch 39

Marcus Montonyo led the way for the Buffaloes with 14 in their six-point VOL win over Weston Ranch Friday.