Call it a statement win by the Manteca High Buffaloes.
They systematically took apart No. 6 seeded Lincoln in Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinal game at Winters Gymnasium, 68-38.
“This was a great team win for us,” said Brett Lewis of his No. 3 Buffaloes, who will face No. 7 Vista del Largo, an upset winner over No. 2 Capital Christian 64-62, in Galt on Wednesday.
The Manteca coach was quick to single out Angel Perez for delivering on both sides of the ball. “He came up big in our two playoff wins,” Lewis said.
The senior guard finished with a game-high 17 points while keeping the Fighting Zebras’ Zack Detillion, who was coming off a 34-point effort against Christian Brothers, in check.
“I took what they gave me,” said Perez, crediting his “bigs” — 6-foot-9 Anand Hundal, 6-9 Kenny Wooten, and 6-8 Tydus Verhoeven — for creating the open spaces for his midrange jumpers.
Perez provided the offensive boost when Wooten was forced to sit out due to early foul trouble in the first half.
Dwight Young also had some open looks, burying three 3s while chipping in with 13 points. He led the charge in the second quarter with his slithering drives to the hoop, scoring 10 during that 22-8 run.
Manteca (24-5) was at its best with Hundal, Wooten and Verhoeven in the game, limiting Lincoln (24-5) to just four points early in the third quarter.
“Defensively, we’re tough on teams, especially with our seven-foot wing spans, when all three of us are on the same page,” said Hundal, who had four blocks to go with his 12 points and six rebounds.
By then, the Buffaloes had built a 47-21 lead. They held a 35-17 halftime advantage, opening the second half with Young nailing a trey, Wooten throwing down a one-handed jam, and Hundal scoring inside off a pass from Perez.
Lincoln’s only points during that stretch came from the foul line, with Scott Trembinski converting on his free throws.
Verhoeven closed out the period by sinking a bank shot, in turn, providing Manteca with an insurmountable 50-26 lead to start the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Justin Kakala came off the bench to further boost the Buffaloes’ inside game. The 6-3 forward dropped in nine points, including two off second-chance baskets, collecting six rebounds with four of those on the offensive glass.
Detillion led Lincoln with 14 points.
“He hit a couple of 3s but only after Angel was out of the game,” Lewis said.
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