Manteca rediscovered its shooting touch Friday in its second showdown with rival East Union in as many nights.
The Buffaloes drained 10 3-pointers in the 71-42 win at Winter Gym. On Thursday, made just 2 of 21 attempts from beyond the arc and struggled to put the Lancers (1-4 Valley Oak League, 2-4 overall) away before holding on for a low-scoring victory. Manteca (4-0, 5-2) had also lost games to Tri-City Athletic League powers St. Mary’s and Lincoln going into the series.
“Basic execution against the 2-3 zone,” Manteca coach Jason Hitt said. “It was an easy way to beat us because we were not patient at all (Thursday) night. We did a great job of that tonight and broke the game wide open, and our defensively play was better, as well.”
The Buffs jumped out to a 14-6 first-quarter lead and stretched it to 33-19 by halftime. They capped off the night with a 20-6 fourth quarter.
Nick Bell anchored Manteca with 17 points. Bobby Martin contributed with 15, Trey Moreland had 14 and Noah Lyons eight. Sophomore Dylan Lee had 23 to pace East Union.
“Our guys overlooked EU and I told them they have to understand how tough the VOL is every single game,” Hitt said. “Every game we have to be ready or it can get close and we can be beaten. Dylan had a great game for them and he’s definitely hard to guard, but I thought overall it was a great effort tonight and we had good energy off the bench.”
Manteca has a tough closing stretch to its abbreviated season starting with reigning VOL champion Central Catholic next Thursday and Friday. A weekend tilt with West of Tracy and Monday matchup against Modesto Christian soon follows, then it’s on to reigning NorCal Division II regional champion Weston Ranch.
Ripon 61, Oakdale 50
The Indians (2-2) recognized their four seniors on Friday and celebrated another win.
They did not begin with their usual starting lineup and quickly fell behind, 12-2. Ripon climbed back into it and eventually took its first lead early in the second quarter. After leading 28-25 at halftime, the Indians surged to a 17-point cushion at one point in the third quarter.
Senior Malik Taylor paced their balanced scoring effort with 13 points. Austin Bonilla chipped in 10, Brayden Haines had nine, Bronson Burrows collected nine points and seven rebounds and Nolan Young added eight points and eight boards. It was also a big night for freshman Landon Gillespie, who recorded his first five points at the varsity level including 3-pointer.
Patterson 77, Lathrop 74
The Spartans (4-2 Western Athletic Conference) started off well and staked an early 19-9 lead, but Patterson to (3-3, 3-4 overall) answered with a 29-point outburst in the third quarter that proved to be the difference.
Daniel Whaley fired four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for Lathrop. Ahmad Jacquet scored 17 points, and Elijah McCollough had 16.
Oakdale 53, Ripon 31
Kiley Holland and Taylor Tobin scored seven points apiece to pace Ripon. Alicia Platt poured in 16 for Oakdale and was supported by Aidyn Hill’s 14 points.
Ripon 8, Escalon 1
San Diego State signee Ariana Scholten netted a hat trick and two assists for Ripon. Sophomore Ariana Daniels backed her with two goals and an assist.
The Indians employed a young lineup consisting of four freshman and three sophomores. Among them were Katie Martin, Kaitlyn Espinoza and Teagan Rosales, who each tallied their first varsity goals.
Ripon dominated the run of play and outshot the host Cougars, 22-5. Goalie Kendra Carlson finished with four saves.
East Union 3, Kimball 2
Hailey Sims, Jenna Campbell and Taylor McMahon struck for one goal each to help the Lancers (3-2 VOL, 4-2 overall) escape Tracy with the win.
Sierra 7, Oakdale 0
Jocelin Roa and Jenna Villanueva both had a hat trick at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium. Alexus Rossi scored the other goal.
Contributing with assists were Payton Abrew (two), Zoe Willson, Preeya Singh and Roa. Annika Beall kept the sheet clean for Sierra (4-0-1 VOL, 6-0-1 overall) with five saves.
Manteca 11, Weston Ranch 0
The Buffaloes improved to 3-0-1 in league and 8-0-1 overall. Undermanned Weston Ranch was highlighted by Jassmine Ruelas’ 11 saves.
“Manteca is a very talented and quick team,” Weston Ranch coach Gabe Padilla said. “We only had 12 available players tonight because of injuries and it didn’t help that our starting keeper got knocked out of the game in the first 10 minutes and playing with 10 players. But the girls kept battling and kept showing their heart tonight. Proud that they never gave up and just kept going at them.”
JV girls soccer
East Union 2, Kimball 2
Chelsea Keathley scored both goals for East Union. She was assisted by Carlee Canady and Stefany Perez.
JV boys hoops
Manteca 53, East Union 38
Elijah Nelson’s 11-point, 12-rebound double-double buoyed the Buffs. He was aided by Ramesh Kabiri’s 12 points and Amari Suggs’ 11.
Frosh boys hoops
Manteca 67, Ripon 44
Manteca rolled to victory behind Antonio Mendieta’s 17 points. Peyton Nieman added 15 points, and Blake Glasgow had eight.