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TWolves sink Buffaloes hopes at the free throw line
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Sierra High School’s sophomore basketball team improved to 6-1 in the Valley Oak League with a 58-47 win against visiting Manteca on Wednesday.

Emmanuel Elijah led the way, scoring a game-high 20 points, including eight in the second quarter.

That’s when the Timberwolves surged ahead after a sluggish opening period, claiming a 25-22 advantage at halftime.

Sierra (14-2) extended its lead in the third quarter, outscoring Manteca, 18-12.

Ahead 43-34 at the start of the fourth, the Timberwolves secured the win by converting nine of 15 free throws down the stretch.

Manteca’s leading scorer was Nick Obazunya, who finished with 17.

In addition, Miguel Lopez and Austin Haro added nine and seven, respectively, for the Buffaloes.

Marc Wilson added nine points for Sierra.

East Union 59, Weston Ranch 57

The Lancers watched as Lucky Tango’s 3-point shot at the buzzer fell short, handing East Union a two-point VOL win at the Dalben Center.

East Union (6-1, 15-3) used a 38-22 halftime lead to take down the Cougars, holding off a resilient rally  from Weston Ranch (5-2) to preserve the victory.

Justin Nieto led the Lancers with 22 points, 19 coming in the second half, while teammate Tyras Rattler followed suite with 21.

Felix Buenrostro led Weston Ranch with 17, Tango added 16 and Jamaree Priest finished with a dozen.

Oakdale 42, Lathrop 37

Nilo Yuson led Lathrop with 13 points.


Lathrop 32, Oakdale 30

The Spartans were able to notch their first VOL win of the season, knocking off the Mustangs by a basket Wednesday.

Gerald Ray sank a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining to put Lathrop ahead for good.

TJ Conley led the club with 13 points.

East Union 50, Weston Ranch 34

The Lancers had little difficulty stopping the visiting Cougars, getting a huge effort from Jordan Perry on their way to the win.

Perry led all scorers with 24 points, and teammate Jake Danhoff chipped in with nine.

East Union (5-2, 11-4) set the tone for the game by jumping out to a 23-9 halftime lead.


Weston Ranch 60, Sierra 14

Weston Ranch 58, Lathrop 21

The Cougars (7-0) were able to put the finishing touches on their fourth straight VOL title, closing the season undefeated after a pair of wins Wednesday in the VOL finale.

E. Union 42, Manteca 15

Kimball 39, E. Union 27

The Lancers racked up points in forfeits to push past the Manteca Buffaloes with ease, but could not come away with a victory against Kimball, falling to the Jaguars 39-27.

Myles Villareal notched a second round pin and Nick Herrera added a minor decision win.

Brannan Friggle got the Lancers only pin against the Buffaloes, stopping his opponent in the first round.