East Union put itself in a solid position to steal a Valley Oak League victory on the road against struggling Oakdale Thursday night.
However, the Mustangs’ Austin Archuleta finished with the game-high 19 points and helped propel the Mustangs (1-3 VOL, 2-11 overall) to a 48-44 victory.
The officials whistled East Union (1-3, 8-7) for two technical fouls during the game’s final minute. The Lancers were up 44-43, but weren’t able to knock down their charity shots in the clutch.
“We missed free throws and turned the ball over,” East Union head coach Ryan Tarr said. “We were definitely in a position to win the game, and we just didn’t do it. Pretty disappointed with us defensively tonight.”
East Union, which will play against Weston Ranch Tuesday, received 12 points from three different players (Jake Danhoff, Drew Ruiz and Lucas Garcia).
Archuleta knocked down two key 3-pointers in the third quarter.
“We just lost track of him,” Tarr said. “We played well enough offensively to win the game, we just made poor decisions down the stretch and didn’t execute. Mental errors and lack of discipline lost the game for us.”
Manteca 53, Sonora 51
Mikey Hatfield hit the eventual game-winner with 23 seconds left after grabbing an offensive rebound to help the Buffaloes improve to 3-1 VOL, 11-6 overall. Hatfield finished with 19 points and Miguel Lopez netted 19 with 16 coming in the first half. Austin Haro chipped in 10.
Will Collamer led Sonora (1-3, 7-8) with 23 points and missed the potential game-winning trey at the buzzer. Thomas Nelson added 14 against Manteca, which will bump heads with cross-town rival Sierra Tuesday.
Manteca 57, Sonora 50
Adrian Contreras (16) and Anand Hundal (14) combined for 30 points for the Buffaloes (3-1, 14-3). Frankie Lopez recorded 10 points for Manteca, who trailed by nine at the half before closing the game on a 39-23 run.
East Union 69,
Gyse Hulsebosch netted 27 points for the Lancers (3-1, 10-3), who also received 18 from Austin Miller. Eric Flores finished with 11.
East Union 59,
The Lancers (4-0, 15-0) cruised by the Mustangs behind Scott Morenzone’s 11 points. Cris Molina and Angel Sena finished with nine and Delvon Brandford and DJ Sihota added six.
Manteca 50, Sonora 35
Ryan Brock and Jose Garcia both scored 14 for the Buffaloes (3-1, 6-8), who also received eight points from Kameron Beamon.