LATHROP — Dylan Gross scored 11 of his game-high 13 points in the second half to lead the Woodward Mustangs to a 43-36 win over the Mossdale Jaguars on Tuesday in the Manteca Unified Student Trust Large School Boys Basketball Championship at Mossdale School.
Earlier Tuesday, the Mossdale girls team topped in-city rival Widmer, 29-20.
The Mustangs led the entire game and built their lead to 29-17 in the second half before the Jaguars started to chip their way back to within 38-32 behind the sharp shooting of Isaiah Alonso who had six straight points in a 9-2 Mossdale run. Alonso had all of his 12 points in the second half and Jaguars teammate Ronnie Sengphrachanh shared high-point honors with Gross at 13.
Noah Urbina Thierry (eight points) hit one of his second-half 3-pointers with 15 seconds remaining in the game to make the score 41-36, but Gross powered back in an offensive rebound for the game’s last points.
Cameron Ceja had eight points for Woodward and Tarjnoy Singh added six.
Mossdale 29, Widmer 20
The Mossdale Jaguars trailed just once Tuesday in a 29-20 win over the Widmer Wildcats for the MUST Large Schools Girls Basketball Championship at Mossdale School.
Following two ties and a lead change, the Jaguars took the lead for good 10-9 late in the second quarter. Mossdale used the fast break to start the second half on a 9-4 run to extend their lead 23-13. A field goal by Mary Cotton and four points by Kryshara Gary brought the Wildcats within 25-19, but Widmer could manage just one point the rest of the way.
The Jaguars’ Khiya Thornton earned high-point honors with 10 points followed by Kayla Fermil with seven. Cotton and Gary each scored eight points for Widmer. Nearly half of the points scored in this game came from the free-throw line with Mossdale shooting a sizzling 9 of 12 from the line and the Wildcats a respectable 10 of 16.