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Turnovers turns tide for Manteca in VOL win
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Lathrop trimmed a 10-point second quarter deficit to three points with 55 seconds left to go in the first half Saturday but three quick Spartans turnovers led to a 12-point halftime lead for host Manteca in a 61-51 Valley Oak League boys basketball win for the Buffaloes at Winter Gymnasium.

 “We did as well as we could against their bigs,” Lathrop coach Nate McGrath said. “We could have stuck our heads in the sand after the first quarter but they battled the rest of the way.”

 Manteca coach Brett Lewis was pleased with his team’s 18-8 lead after the opening quarter.

 “We have been starting games well,” Lewis said. “We are starting fast and setting the tone early.

 “I would like to see us starting the second and third quarters fast as well, but that is better than starting the game flat.

 Marcus Montano led the Buffaloes (6-1 VOL, 14-5 overall) with 16 points. Tydus Verhoeven had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds as did Anand Hundal with 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks. Tyler Graves-Kelso added 11 points and seven rebounds.

 Isaiah Ellis (seven rebounds) of the Spartans (2-5, 3-17) had high-point honors with 17 and teammate Junior Ballard was c1ose behind with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Sierra 58, Oakdale 18

Josh Patton had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves (18-2, 7-0).

 Jakob Gallagher had 13 points behind three 3-pointers, Devin Nunes had eight points with two 3-pointers and Daniel Wyatt had six rebounds and four steals. Sierra had nine 3-pointers and won the battle of the boards 35-18.

 “We had good defense for 32 minutes,” Timberwolves coach Scott Thomason said. “We took care of business tonight and looking forward to next week

Weston Ranch 71,

Central Catholic 65 (OT)

Josh Dilg and Tre Simmons each hit a big 3-pointer for the Cougars in overtime when host Weston Ranch (6-1, 13-6) outscored the Raiders 10-4.

 Central Catholic (3-4, 11-8) finished regulation play on fire, outscoring the Cougars 26-12 in the fourth quarter.

 “They are a good team and they made a run,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan said. “Simmons and Dilg hit two huge 3-pointers in overtime. They were big shots to even take and to make them was even bigger.

.Jaelen Ragsdale led the Cougars with 17 points and four assists. Fred Lavender (three steals) and Jazz Swanson added 16 points, Simmons 12 and Dilg eight.

Kimball 70, East Union 36

 The Lancers trailed 24-8 after the first quarter and managed double digits in only one period.

 “We had a lack of execution on both ends of the floor,” Lancers coach Ryan Tarr said. “We have to find a way to come out prepared and play as a team and play on both ends of the court.”

 Cody Keener led East Union (0-7, 6-14) with eight points. Guise Hulsebosch and Chris Molina added seven points apiece.