Walton Whaley came off the bench for Lathrop and buried a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the fourth quarter Monday to force overtime as the Spartans toppled visiting Sonora 89-84 in boys non-league action.
“I love this team,” Lathrop coach Craig Ward said. “We were down by four points in overtime tonight but we just didn’t give up – we never give up.
“We make mistakes but we always play tenacious defense.”
Whaley and Amiel Adams led Lathrop (8-4) with 21 points each, Noah Thiery added 19 points, Eddie Cotton 16 and Kimalan Parillo and C.J. Ward seven apiece.
East Union 68, Downey of Modesto 63
The Lancers (6-6) led 42-21 at halftime but the Knights (7-3) had 21-point third and fourth quarters only for East Union to make free throws down the stretch for the win at Dalben Center.
“We had a good first half, they had a good second half,” Lancers coach James Ward said. “We played them once earlier and they snuck away with a win on us. They are a very talented and much bigger team that we are.
“We outrebounded them in the first quarter when we hit some shots and jumped on them. I knew at halftime they wouldn’t lie down and they came out and threw everything they had at us.”
Christian Cuevas led East Union with 24 points and Parm Khattra hit 20 points behding four 3-pointers.
East Union 67, Sonora 59
SONORA – The Lancers (5-3) came home from Bud Castle Gym with a hard-fought non-league win.
“Anytime you can go up the hill and get a nice solid win that is good, especially early in the year,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “We are just starting to get our legs and get a little bit of an idea of what we have, but we still have a lot of work to do.
“We are moving into the season.”
Donja Payne led the Lancers with 23 points. Ala Tuuaga added 16 points, Lauren Pablo 12 and Ashley Martin seven.
Lodi 61, Manteca 57
LODI – In a makeup game rescheduled from earlier in the season due to smoke, after making three 3-pointers going into the fourth quarter the Flames (6-7) exploded for six 3-pointers in the final period for the come-from-behind win.
“In the fourth quarter the biggest thing that cost us was that we didn’t execute coming out of timeouts,” Buffaloes coach Ryan Bono said. “We had a lot of lapses and we gave up seven offensive rebounds and that came back to bite us.”
Kyaria Jacobs led Manteca (6-5) with 15 points. Paige Peterson added 12 points and Jayda Jackson 10.