Weston Ranch is 5-0 with first-year senior Derek Gordon on the team, and he had a direct impact on the result of Thursday night’s wild 54-53 overtime win at Kimball.
“What Derek does well is what we were missing,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan said.
With the Cougars down by a point, sophomore guard Jaelen Ragsdale missed his attempt to go ahead in the closing seconds. Gordon came down with the offensive rebound but missed the put-back. He didn’t miss a second time after grabbing another board, and he was fouled to boot.
Gordon intentionally missed the and-one free throw with 2 seconds remaining. Kimball’s Bryer Peet chucked up a 30-footer that hit the back rim and missed. It was Peet who sent the game into an extra period to begin with, as he drilled a step-back trey at the buzzer.
Weston Ranch (5-2 Valley Oak League, 9-10 overall) missed 3 of 4 free throws and an open layup down the stretch in regulation, but Teevan was impressed with how his team was able to bounce back. The Cougars have won three games by a point during its five-game streak.
“We went down by three in overtime, and for a young and inexperienced team to overcome that it has to be mentally tough,” he said. “This is another big confidence boost going into next week.”
Ragsdale finished with 15 points to top all scorers. Jerico Gonzales added 10, and Erron Duncan had nine. J.D. Schmidt scored 14 points for Kimball (3-3, 13-6).
Weston Ranch has a tough two-game stretch that includes rivals Lathrop and Sierra coming up.
Oakdale 49, Manteca 48
Shane Baxter delivered the game-winning bucket with five seconds remaining for the host Mustangs (2-4, 3-12), who were down 11 at halftime.
Oakdale outscored the Buffaloes 14-4 in the third, and Manteca went 2 of 8 from the free-throw line and only converted one field goal in that stanza.
Manteca (3-3, 11-8) was led by Miguel Lopez’s game-high 21 points, and Mikey Hatfield tallied 13.
Sonora 55, East Union 43
Sonora (2-5, 8-10) overcame Jake Danhoff’s 18 points to pick up its second league victory. Kahale Warring paced the Wildcats with 21 points.
Cody Keener added 10 for the visiting Lancers (1-5, 8-9).
East Union 58, Sonora 30
The Pages improved to 17-0 behind Scott Morenzone’s 16 points and Delvon Bradford’s 15. Jordan Barajas and D.J. Sinota contributed eight apiece.
Manteca 55, Oakdale 47
Ryan Brock led the Buffaloes (4-2, 7-12) with 28 points and Kameron Beamon added eight.