Manteca’s boys basketball team completed a season sweep of reigning Valley Oak League champion Central Catholic on Friday, ramping up its defense for a 51-42 win at Winter Gym.
“That’s a hard thing to do,” Buffaloes coach Jason Hitt said of beating CC for a second straight night. “The defense was stellar tonight.”
Tied at 32-32 after the third quarter, Manteca (6-0 VOL, 7-2 overall) was able to create separation by hitting 9 of 11 free throws in crunch time.
Nick Bell led the Buffs again, finishing with 19 points and eight rebounds. Guards Trey Moreland and Bobby Martin contributed nine and seven points, respectively. Center Taj Mehrok also had seven. Arvind Sandhu netted 18 points for the Raiders (7-3, 11-3). Freshman Wesley Payne scored 11.
“I was very happy with our man-to-man, halfcourt defense,” Hitt said. “We had a bad shooting night from downtown, but when you can make free throws down the stretch and play defense you can be successful, and the guys are buying in. It’s very hard to beat Central twice in a row.”
Manteca’s brutal closing stretch continues tonight when it host West for a non-league contest. The Buffaloes will hold senior night. Next Monday, they’ll head to Modesto Christian before ending the season with a two-game series against NorCal Division II champion Weston Ranch.
Weston Ranch 101, Sierra 41
The Cougars (2-0 VOL, 2-1 overall) were well ahead 50-18 by halftime.
Donjaé Lindsey remained hot one night after pouring in 45 points, finishing with 25 on Friday. C.J. Ward fired 21 points, Mi’Son Coilton tallied 17 and Elijah Mobley contributed 15.
Beyer 72, Lathrop 67
On Thursday, the visiting Patriots (5-2 Western Athletic Conference, 5-3 overall) busted out to a 23-12 lead and was able to hold on for the win.
Eddie Cotton nearly had a triple-double for Lathrop (4-3), collecting 15 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Samuel Stewart and Daniel Whaley fired 17 points apiece, and Ahmad Jacquet ended with 10.
East Union 55, Kimball 53
The Lancers (5-1) gutted out another hard-fought win over Kimball (4-2), this time doing so with only six players in Tracy. Starter Lauren Pablo attended her sister’s college graduation, and a junior varsity player was called up to serve as the lone reserve.
Kimball sprinted out the gate with a 10-run but was outscored 36-25 in the middle two quarters.
Taylor Snaer led East Union with 20 points for a second straight night. On Thursday, she hit a buzzer-beating 3 to send the game into overtime. Kyshanti King registered 15 points, and Danielle James scored 12 while guarding 6-foot center Arianna Rodriguez (12 points). Marianthe Tsirelas paced Kimball with 23 points, making six 3s in the process.
Ripon 36, Ripon Christian 28
Kaylee Hutchinson helped the Indians (2-6 VOL) race away with another win over their rival, going coast-to-coast for a layup after a steal. Kylie Holland then buried four straight free throws to ice it.
Both players finished with 11 points. Hutchinson scored 10 of hers in the second half. Molly Burton pulled down eight rebounds to go with five points.
Maddie Yonker scored 10 points for host Ripon Christian (1-7), and Lydia Bakker added nine.
East Union 9, Central Catholic 2
Senior midfielder Taylor McMahon scored three goals and an assist to help the Lancers (6-2 VOL, 7-2 overall) not a sixth straight victory.
Chloe Silva dished out three assists to go with one goal. Fellow freshman Tallon Cervantez added two goals and an assist. Jenna Campbell, Thania Valencia and Selena Medeiros each had one goal.
Sierra 4, Kimball 0
The Timberwolves (6-0-2 VOL, 8-0-2 overall) rallied for three goals in the second half for the comfortable win.
Jocelin Roa finished with one goal and two assists. Tiana Cello, Annika Rose and Jenna Villanueva scored one apiece. Annika Beall had three saves.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Sierra 14, Weston Ranch 3
Marisa Rush buried three goals to lead host Sierra in the first-ever water polo contest between the two Manteca Unified schools.
The Timberwolves had many scoring contributors, including Taylor Miske, Rebeccah Thomason, Stephanie Perez and Lauren Ellis with two apiece. Payton Perez, Emilie Holmes and Molly Fadeff chipped in one each.
Saralee Monroy accounted for all three Weston Ranch goals.
BOYS WATER POLO
Sierra 15, Weston Ranch 6
Mitchell Van Zwaluwenburg spearheaded Sierra’s balanced scoring with three goals. Zach Van Zwaluwenburg, Jason Machado, Quentin Banks and Gabe Monasterio each scored a pair. Joseph Rugamon, Aaron Cockrell, Jacob Hargus and Alex Gatty added one apiece.
Jon Ordner fired four goals for the visiting Cougars.
JV boys hoops
Lathrop 55, Beyer 44
The Spartans blew open a 33-12 halftime lead and cruised from there in their win Thursday night.
Kamron Jones erupted for 27 points, while Jeremiah Rowan hit three 3s in the third quarter for the bulk of his 14 points.
Manteca 46, Central Catholic 40
Elijah Nelson pumped in 14 points to help the Buffs (4-2, 7-2) exact revenge from Thursday’s defeat at CC.
Ramesh Kabiri added 11 points, and Braden Nussbaumer had eight.
Frosh boys hoops
Manteca 62, Central Catholic 41
Joseph Menor and Antonio led the way with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Manteca remains undefeated in league at 4-0 and is 9-1 overall.