Ryan Shippley knows how to get a team moving.
The Manteca senior scored all 13 of his team-high points in the first quarter to help the Buffaloes to a 14-point first-period lead on the way to a 61-35 Valley Oak League boys basketball victory over host East Union at Dalben Center.
“The momentum the crowd got going and my teammates passing me the ball really helped,” Shippley said. “And my shot was just falling.”
The Buffaloes (11-2 VOL, 19-6) took a 16-point lead to start the second period, but behind the outside shooting of Gyse Hulsebosch and Arvind Singh the Lancers (0-13, 6-20) battled back and trailed 30-24 late in the first half. However, East Union would only get a 3-pointer from Hulsebosh (14 points) in the third period.
“We challenged our guys at halftime,” Manteca coach Brett Lewis said. “We felt like Gyse (Hulsebosch) had too many open shots. We all know he can shoot the ball – everyone in the gym knows he can shoot the ball – and there was no reason for him to get the open looks he did.”
The Lancers were within 90 seconds of being held to a scoreless third quarter. After a respectable first half, East Union managed just 11 second-half points.
“Our guys stepped up,” Lewis said. “That is the kind of basketball we should have been playing the whole game.”
Anand Hundal dominated underneath for the Buffaloes, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds along with making four blocks.
“That is my job – to protect the paint,” Hundal said. “I just do what my team needs on the defensive end.”
Manteca collected 41 rebounds and eight blocks to just 16 rebounds for East Union.
“Their size gave us problems because we couldn’t get anything going to the basket,” East Union coach Ryan Tarr said. “Our size has been a weakness all year.”
East Union 45,
Angel Sena scored 10 points with teammates James Harper and Daljit Sihota chipping in eight points apiece to help the Lancers eke out the win.
Justin Kakala had 11 points and Jose Garcia 10 for the Buffaloes.