MODESTO — Central Catholic staved off Weston Ranch 62-61 in a battle between the Valley Oak League’s top two boys basketball teams Friday at Mark Gallo Health and Fitness Center.
The Raiders (4-0, 12-6 overall) also avenged their loss in last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III final that was dominated by the Cougars, who went on to compete in the state’s CIF Open Division tournament.
Weston Ranch (2-1, 6-10) has had an up-and-down season so far, mostly due to its challenging schedule, and its struggles continued on Friday. The Cougars made just three of 20 3-point attempts.
“We just can’t make shots right now,” Ranch coach Chris Teevan said. “That just levels the playing field.”
Foul trouble didn’t help. Junior guard Donjaé Lindsey was limited by foul trouble and finished with 15 points. Jordahn Johnson (nine points, eight rebounds), Mi’son Coilton (six points, eight rebounds, five assists) and Keyon Forbes (six points, four rebounds) all fouled out.
Gavin Wilburn tried to pick up the slack with his 25 points. Dayton Magana and Nic Sani tallied 20 and 17 points, respectively, for Central Catholic.
“When you take a player averaging 29 points in league off the floor it’s a big trick-down effect,” Teevan said of Lindsey. “When we’re not making shots we can’t stay mentally engaged enough defensively. I have no problem with the kids’ effort — we were down 60-55 with 2 minutes to go and could have easily lost by 12.
“We’ll just keep grinding. We still have all of our goals in front of us.”
Weston Ranch has another tough one today with a non-league tilt against Bay Area power San Leandro.
East Union 67, Kimball 55
Trailing 32-22 at halftime, Parmbir Khattra and the host Lancers (2-2 VOL, 11-9 overall) came alive in the third quarter.
Khattra drained scored 12 of his team’s 26 points in the third quarter, helping East Union carry a 48-46 lead into the fourth. Khattra continued his hot streak, hitting the last two of his five total 3-pointers in the final period while finishing with a game-high 25 points.
Lydell King contributed 17 points, Dylan Lee had 12 and Christian Cuevas pumped in 11. Tyree Richardson led Kimball (1-3, 9-11) with 13.
Lathrop 84, Grace Davis 46
MODESTO — Lathrop (3-0 Western Athletic Conference, 11-5 overall) had trouble getting shots to drop in the opening quarter but lifted off from there.
After leading 29-15 at halftime, the visiting Spartans broke it open with a 41-point barrage in the third. By the end of the game, all 12 of Lathrop’s players scored with Walton Whaley’s 19 points leading the way. Taurus Kohn (16 points), Daniel Whaley (11) Ibuku Ludanni (10) also finished in double figures.
Jamar Barnes-Williams and Ivan Romero-Martinez each had 11 to lead Grace Davis (0-4, 5-13).
Sierra 2, Oakdale 0
Jocelin Roa’s goal inside the final 10 minutes put the win away for the first-place Timberwolves (3-0 VOL, 13-1 overall).
Tiana Cello scored the first one midway through the first half, but Sierra otherwise struggled to find the net with its other 22 shots attempts. Keeper Michaela Bitle preserved the shutout with four saves.
Manteca 1, Kimball 1
TRACY — The Buffaloes (2-1-1 VOL, 11-1-3 overall) were able to salvage the tie in the closing minutes thanks to Isabella Avila’s goal set up by a cross from Cameron Silva.
Fayth Hinojosa struck early for Kimball (2-1-1, 8-6-1).
Tim Brown Memorial
SACRAMENTO – East Union’s Joe Luna and Tyler Diaz survived the brutal first day of the prestigious tournament.
Luna (145 pounds) was undefeated at 3-0 and Diaz (138) is in the consolation bracket, going 4-1.
JV girls soccer
Sierra 5, Oakdale 1
Lela Schuler produced a hat trick for the Timberwolves. Sisters Nathalya and Nayleen Yamamoto each scored one. Presley Perez and Michelle Borbosa each had an assist, while Jenni Nassagan dished out two. Keeper Annika Beall turned in seven saves.