TRACY — The much-anticipated Valley Oak League showdown between Manteca and Weston Ranch is all set for Friday after both teams blew out their opponents Tuesday night.
Manteca did its part by handling Kimball, 67-39.
Buffaloes coach Brett Lewis said it wasn’t always pretty. Manteca (3-0 VOL, 13-2 overall) nursed a 16-14 lead going into the second quarter before extending it to 36-25 by halftime. The second half was completely dominated by the Buffs, who outscored Kimball (2-1, 8-9) 31-14 and while holding the Jaguars to single digits in each of the final two periods.
“We started out the game playing very sloppy, we were careless with the ball,” Lewis said. “In the second quarter we stepped up and played our style of basketball. In the second half our guys really fired on all cylinders. Our tempo on offense was great and the defense stepped up big. It was a solid team win for us.”
Manteca was able to shut down Kimball’s top scorer, Rubin Mann, who was held scoreless after scoring the first basket of the game. V.J. Obiajulu led the Jaguars with 10 points.
Dwight Young spearheaded Manteca’s balanced scoring with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. The Buffaloes’ 6-foot-9 tandem of Anand Hundal (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Kenny Wooten (14 points, 11 rebounds) had their way in the post, while 6-8 guard-forward Tydus Verhoeven pitched in seven points and five assists.
“They didn’t have an answer for us inside,” Lewis said. “Anand and Kenny were pretty dominant. It was a solid game all-around going into Friday. We have two days to prepare and it should be a good one.”
Manteca heads to Weston Ranch in Friday’s first-place battle. The Buffaloes are ranked ninth by NorCalPreps, while the Cougars are 14th.
Weston Ranch 60,
STOCKTON — The Cougars (3-0, 12-4) made quick work of Oakdale (0-3, 1-13).
Jaelen Ragsdale matched the Mustangs’ team total of 21 points, while D’Angelo Finley contributed 16. Coming off Monday’s 77-70 nonleague loss at Clovis North, Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan wanted to see his team play with urgency.
“More energy, more effort and more communication,” Teevan said. “Whether we won the game or not, we needed to get back to playing the way we play best. Oakdale played a zone and we were able to really work on our zone offense and we needed that.”
Central Catholic 79,
MODESTO — It was an uphill struggle for Sierra (1-2, 10-5) after it trailed 20-12 in the first quarter, but the Timberwolves were able to make a game of it with a wild fourth-quarter rally in which they outscored Central Catholic, 35-26.
Sierra’s Jess Spivey fired 34 points to lead all scorers. Cooper Wilson was one of four Raiders (2-1, 13-2) in double figures with 17 points
Kimball 59, Manteca 58
Jorge Cedano’s 3-pointer at the buzzer made it a one-point ball game, but the Buffaloes’ earlier struggles from the field hurt them in the end.
Manteca (2-1, 9-6) made just four of 19 3-point-attempts and was 8 of 15 on free throws. Cedano drilled three of those treys and finished with 16 points. Gino Campiotti added 14 points, and Antwann Taylor had 10.