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Lathrops JV wrestlers edge EU via tiebreaker
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After each match had been decided the match remained undecided but things would work out in the Lathrop High junior varsity wrestling team’s favor, as the deciding criteria for a match that remained tied after seven separate ruling decisions rested up Lathrop’s edge in first points scored in each match.

Lathrop held a comfortable 7-3 advantage in that department, securing the win in the Valley Oak League matchup. Several different criteria saw the two teams deadlocked in every form, including wins, pins, forfeits, major falls, technical falls and unsportsmanlike penalties, which were not enforced.

East Union earned its shot at the match when 119-pound Stefanie Collins posted a pin to link the two teams at 42-42.

Sophomore boys basketball

Sierra 57, Lathrop 41

The Timberwolves kept their perfect streak in VOL play intact, improving to 5-0 and 13-1 overall.

Justin Patton led all scorers with 20 points, while teammate Eric Melgar finished in double-figures with 18.

“We came out flat in the first half and made too many mistakes and turnovers,” Sierra head coach Justin Muschott said. “It was the worst half of basketball we have played, execution wise, in a while.

“Yet, we were able to go into halftime up 26-21.”

Sierra will try and stay on the right path as they travel to Weston Ranch to take on the Cougars Friday.

Lathrop was led by Darrius Hill’s 15 points, followed by Nilo Yuson’s 13.

East Union 65, Sonora 43

The Lancers (4-1, 13-3) got 27 points from Justin Nieto and 17 from Tyrus Rattler, but coach Jeff Lund was more impressed with their defense.

“Defense was the key to the win,” he said.

East Union jumped out to 23-12 first-period advantage led by Rattler, who had 12 points in the stanza.

The Lancers continued to build on their advantage, taking a 40-21 lead into the intermission.

Nieto took his hot-shooting from the second period into the second half. In all, he connected on four 3s.

Manteca 54, Sonora 43

The Buffaloes got quality production from Austin Haro and Miguel Lopez to push past the visiting Oakdale Mustangs by 11 Wednesday.

Haro led all scorers with 17, while teammate Lopez finished in double-figures with 10. Manteca (4-1, 8-5) never trailed throughout the contest.

Weston Ranch 54, Kimball 53

Felix Buenrostro hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Cougars (4-1) and finished with 17 points.

Jamari Priest led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Lucky Tango posted eight points.

Freshman boys basketball

East Union 56, Sonora 52

The Lancers got a solid effort from Robbie Gleocker, who poured in 12 of his game-high 20 points in the second half of the Lancers’ VOL win over Sonora Wednesday.

The game was tied 36-36 at the half, and Gleocker’s big production led to the Lancers; outscoring Sonora down the stretch. East Union (4-1, 10-3) will be back on the court Friday when they host the Manteca Buffaloes.

Manteca 44, Oakdale 23

The Buffaloes cruised to a relatively easy win over the visiting Mustangs, stopping Oakdale 44-23 in the VOL win.

Valenti Saavedra led all scorers with 14, and Steven Rubel added six in the victory.

Manteca (4-1, 7-5) will try and continue its winning ways when it travels to East Union to take on the Lancers.