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ROUNDUP: Lyons’ 37 points, 12 rebounds buoy Buffs’ upset of Weston Ranch
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Manteca boys basketball head coach Jason Hitt believed that his team’s previous meeting with Weston Ranch would be beneficial for future clashes with the Cougars in Valley Oak League play.

He was proven right on Saturday when the Buffaloes stunned visiting Weston Ranch 84-77 behind Noah Lyons’ breakout double-double in a make-up at Winter Gym. The two teams had earlier faced off in the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic consolation final, with Weston Ranch prevailing, 62-50.

“Kids played amazing,” Hitt said. “Playing an extra game with them definitely helped us understand that pace. The Ranch does a great job of playing a different style and pace than everyone else, and if you’re not used to that pace at some point a 15-0 run is coming and that’s game.”

In the rematch, it was the Buffaloes (3-1 VOL, 11-8 overall) who jumped out to an early lead and made free throws late to seal it. Lyons helped pave the way for their biggest win of the season, amassing 37 points and 12 rebounds.

Ryan Inderbitzin and Justice Chase contributed 16 points apiece.

“He had a career day that came out of nowhere,” Hitt said of the 5-foot-10 junior guard. “We don’t win that game without him.”

For Weston Ranch (4-1, 12-9), twin brothers Elijah and Elliot Mobley produced 25 and 20 points, respectively. Elijah threatened to break the school record for single-game scoring the night before, pouring in 44 points in a win over Kimball. Khristian Holmes chipped in 16 points against Manteca.

“After dropping a tough one to Central Catholic on Friday, for the kids to turnaround, fight back and have an outstanding game was huge,” Hitt said. “The league is kind of wide open now. Everybody has that one loss lingering.”


JV girls basketball

Lathrop 50, Pacheco 26

The Spartans improved to 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, with Haven Urbina-Thierry and Alaba Olaleye scoring 12 points each while sparking the team defensively.

Navi Kaur contributed with nine points.

JV boys basketball

Manteca 76, Weston Ranch 28

It was all Manteca (4-0, 18-2) in this lopsided VOL tilt. Santiago Sanders netted 14 points, Micah Crawford added 11 and Evani Gaeta had 10.


Frosh boys basketball

Manteca 77, Weston Ranch 29

The Buffaloes (4-0, 17-3) stampeded out the gate to a 22-6 lead and continued to build the lead from there. Ruben Moreno led them with 17 points and four rebounds. Jayden Scarver chipped in 12 points.