The Manteca High boys varsity basketball squad continued to its winning ways on Friday.
The Buffaloes (5-2) made it to today’s championship game of the fifth annual Save Mart Classic, defeating host Atwater, 57-54.
“Taylor Hasal hit four free throws down the stretch and Alex Martinez took a big offensive foul,” said Manteca coach Dave Asuncion.
The Buffaloes trailed by nine points at the halftime but went on a 23-10 run to pull ahead in the third period.
Ben Odell led Manteca with 23 points, while Austin Haro finished with 17.
The Buffaloes will now play the winner of Buhach Colony-Escalon at the 7 p.m. title game in Atwater.
St. Mary’s 59, Ripon Christian 53
The Knights (5-2) will play for third place in the Warrior Classic.
They’ll take on the loser of the Elliott Christian-Casa Robles game at 4:30 p.m. today.
Ripon Christian battled the Rams, claiming a 31-24 halftime lead. Jared Goslinga, the Knights’ 6-foot-5 senior forward, was a tough matchup for St. Mary’s. He finished with 23 points.
Danny Vos added 11 and Josh Van Groningen chipped in with eight.
St. Mary’s came out strong in second half, putting together a 16-4 run.
Palo Alto 61, Ripon 55
The Indians are in the third-place game of the Granada Invitational.
They’ll take on the loser of the Granada-Skyline game at 5:30 p.m. today in Livermore.
Ripon battled Division I school Palo Alto, keeping the game close thanks to a 14-3 run in the third period.
“I was pleased with our effort, especially against a much bigger school,” Indians coach Rod Wright said.
Jake McCreath and Connor Jones led Ripon with 14 points each. Cole Herrin added 13.
Weston Ranch 76, Vallejo 67
The Cougars (2-3) made it to today’s consolation game of the McDonald’s Classic.
They’ll face the winner of the Cordova-Grant game at 4 p.m. at Edison High.
Against Vallejo, Weston Ranch was outscored 20-9 in the second period, prompting coach Ryan Bono to sit down his starters in the game played at Chavez High.
“They weren’t playing hard,” he said. “The guys who came in for them did a great job.”
In second half, the Cougars got their game rolling, playing team basketball, diving for loose balls, and battling the rebound, according to Bono.
Leading the way was Zerrion Payton, who finished with 22 points.
Dylan Alexander had 21, Daiveon Leverett tallied 14 and Andre Beard chipped in with 10 for Weston Ranch.
Sierra 61, Johansen 55
The Timberwolves grinded out a good road win at Johansen on Friday.
They led by as many as 16 points in the first half before the Vikings staged an 8-0 second-period run to close out the half.
Sierra (3-2) was led by Will Ward, who had 18 points. Guillermo Nunez and Joseph Berry had 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Timberwolves coach Scott Thomason also praised the efforts of D’ari Allen.
They’ll travel to Ripon on Wednesday.
Kimball 67, East Union 31
Clay Cuneo netted 12 points in the Lancers’ loss to the Jaguars in the Lathrop tournament.
East Union will play in the third-place game today at 3:30 p.m.