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ROUNDUP: Manteca boys, EU girls roll to basketball tourney championship games
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Manteca’s boys basketball team will play in its tournament championship today after downing Bear Creek 50-35 on Friday.

The Booster Tournament final starts at 3:30. The Buffaloes, now 4-0, will take on defending champion Atwater (3-1).

In the semifinals, they used a 13-4 run in the third quarter to create separation against Bear Creek (1-2).

Peyton Nieman poured in 16 points to lead the way. Evani Gaeta contributed 13 points and five steals. Santiago Sanders added 10 points, and Elijah Nelson tallied six points and nine rebounds.


Atwater 51, Ripon 34

The Indians (5-1) dropped the Manteca Booster Tournament semifinal for its first loss of the season. They held Atwater to just two points in the opening quarter but could not keep up from there.

Landon Gillespie led all scorers with 17 points, knocking down two 3s and five of six free throws. The rest of the Indians could not get untracked, however. Dawson Downs and Ty Herrin pulled down nine and eight rebounds, respectively, and they each scored five points.

Khoi Nguyen and Sylas Austin netted 16 and 13 points for Atwater, respectively.


Ripon Christian 63, Beyer 53

In Riverbank’s Ron Peterson Tip Off Classic, the Knights (1-1) bounced back from their disappointing season-opening defeat. They held off Beyer’s late comeback bid after leading 39-17 halfway through the third quarter. Ripon Christian closed the game on a 9-0 run.

Sophomore Jake Vander Veen amassed 25 points and six assists, and 6-foot-8 center Jace Beidleman had 15 points and eight rebounds.



East Union 59, Gregori 52

The Lancers (3-1) had their inside-out game attack rolling in the Los Banos Tournament semifinal, getting 24 points from sophomore guard Nylah Dyson.

The post trio of Alessandra Montes (12 points), Donnese Payne (eight) and Mariela Navarro (seven) combined for 27 points. East Union also shot 14 of 20 from the free-throw line.

Alanah Lopez paced Gregori with 21 points.

EU takes on Roosevelt (4-4) of Fresno in the championship game starting at 2:30 today.


Merced 45, Ripon 19

Ripon (2-2) could only muster a point in the first quarter, and offensive struggles continued in the Los Banos Tournament consolation semifinal.

Kaylee Lehmkuhl had six points and two steals to pace Ripon. Merced’s Averie Steverson had a game-high 14 points, scoring 10 of them in the second half. Amiya Brown added 11 points for the Bears (4-1), pouring in nine of the, in the second quarter.



Weston Ranch Cougar Cup

Sierra (3-1) played three games on Friday and won them all, dispatching Ben Holt Academy 6-3, tourney host Weston Ranch 5-0 and Tokay, 4-1.

Hailey Cruz scored a hat trick against Ben Holt and added four more in the Weston Ranch game. She finished with seven goals and one assist on the day.

Lindsey Rose added three goals and two assists. Leslie Reyes netted one goal and four assists. Alani Mullenix (two goals), Maitland Kohoutek (goal), Haley Gama (assist) and Weizemin Khan (assist) also contributed to the attack.

Goalie Zoe Sandoval totaled 10 saves.

The Timberwolves play McNair today at 11:20 a.m.



Lathrop 44, Venture Academy 30

On Wednesday, Jose Rodriguez, Christian Erazo, Adrian Howad, Isaac Portal and Damian Ceja-Ramirez scored wins by fall to key the win for the Spartans.

Nate Martinez ground out an overtime win, and Andrew Chunn won by technical fall.

Lathrop lost the JV match, 24-21.



Lathrop 12, Venture Academy 0

Timothea Maycon and Simerpreet Gill locked down the only points of the match with pinfall victories.


JV girls basketball

Ripon 51, Chavez 18

Anandjap Dhami fired 18 poins, and Scarlett Ponce pitched in with 14 in the Lathrop Tournament blowout.


Frosh boys basketball

Lathrop 47, Manteca 33

The Spartans won the St. Mary’s Tournament consolation semifinal behind Bryan Gamboa’s 17 points. They were ahead by four midway through the fourth period before pulling away.

Shahab Safi scored 14 points for Manteca, and Madden Melendez had nine.