TRACY — A close one throughout, Manteca needed a 21-point burst in the fourth quarter and a triple double from highly-recruited Tydus Verhoeven to pull away from Kimball 62-45 on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-7 Verhoeven amassed 19 points, 18 rebounds, 10 blocks and four assists for the Buffaloes (3-0 Valley Oak League, 10-5 overall), who led 41-35 after three quarters.
Dwight Young contributed with 15 points, Gino Campiotti had 10 and Matthew Ender came down with eight rebounds to go with his five points. Justin Kakala and Derek Range provided a spark off the bench, as each finished with five rebounds.
Only four players scored for Kimball (1-2, 5-11). Matthew Oli led the charge with 20 points, while Drew Reddick added 10.
The win sets up a first-place showdown at Central Catholic (3-0, 12-2) in Modesto.
Weston Ranch 45,
STOCKTON — After dropping its first two games in league, the Ranch (1-2, 8-7) notched one for the win column after surging past Oakdale (0-3, 3-12) in the second half. The Mustangs took a 20-17 lead into halftime while the Cougars were 0 for 13 on 3-pointers.
Miloni Massey paced Weston Ranch with 16 points, and Raul Melgarejo turned in 15 points and 12 rebounds.
“Raul had a real good second half and hit the offensive glass well, but we have to shoot the ball better going forward,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan said. “We can’t be that bad from the field against Lathrop (on Thursday). Oakdale played tough, though. They’ve had three close games in league they could have won. It was not just our mistakes, they had a lot to do with it.”
Central Catholic 61, Sierra 34
MODESTO — Victor Elijah led the Timberwolves (1-2 VOL, 10-5) with nine points.
“We got outplayed in every aspect of the game,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said.
Kimball 70, Manteca 48
TRACY — After trailing 21-19, Kimball erupted for 31 points in the second quarter and never looked back.
Dylan Gross anchored Manteca with 18 points.
Manteca 61, Kimball 44
TRACY — Spencer Briscoe buried four 3s and finished with 21 points for the Buffaloes (3-0, 10-3), who stretched their winning streak to 10.
Jordan Burciaga contributed with 13 points, and Leo Bonilla had nine.