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George Komure School sweeps middle school hoops titles
Jillien Requim of George Komure School finishes a fastbreak opportunity with a layup attempt during the Manteca Unified Student Trust girls basketball championship game Friday. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL
Despite a relatively close halftime score, Weston Ranch-based George Komure School went to work in the second half of the Manteca Unified Student Trust championship boys championship basketball game, rolling to a 43-31 victory over Shasta School Friday at Sierra High.

The Coyotes’ win completed an all-Komure sweep of the title round, as their girls team, seeded fifth in the North Division bracket, upended Joseph Widmer of Lathrop 23-13.

While the championship would have been enough for most teams, it was something that the Komure boys had been working on all season – culminating their goal Friday night as they hoisted the victory trophy.

“That was something that we worked on and when we got the opportunity we were able to capitalize on it,” said Komure head coach Adrian Mellion. “Being that we’re a new school and we’re able to win the Manteca Unified Student Trust title means a lot not only to the kids on the team, but the school as a whole.

“We definitely have a lot to be proud of.”

The Komure Coyotes held only a 19-17 victory at halftime but relied heavily on their defensive stance in the second half get the upper hand.

Rawon Alexander made the most of the grab and go with his 21 offensive points, while Tyras Rather rounded out the leading scorers for Komure with 11 points.

Bill Sharming led  Shasta in scoring with 10 points.

Komure’s girls were led by Leticia Infante’s 15 points.

Komure jumped out to an early lead, and the eight points added by Jillian Sequin put the game out of Widmer’s reach and the trophy in the hands of the Coyotes.

“We’ve got two girls that really know how to get into the scoring rhythm, and that’s really what set the tempo of the game,” head coach Kent Mack said. “That’s really what set the tempo of the game and accounted for all of our points.