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Wooten, Buffaloes dominate at NorCal Classic
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NEWARK — Manteca closed out the first quarter on an 11-4 run Saturday and put up a 24-point second period on the way to a 73-45 win over St. Mary’s of Albany in the NorCal Tipoff Classic at Newark Memorial High School. 

According to, the Panthers (0-1) are No. 16 in Northern California and the Buffaloes (1-0) are No. 13.

“We had some spots throughout the game where it looked like it was our first game,” Manteca coach Brett Lewis said. “We weren’t executing like we should and we weren’t valuing the basketball like we should have.

“But our guys battled and anytime you can get a win over a team that is ranked in Norcal we will take it.” 

After sitting out his junior year due to CIF transfer requirements, Kenny Wooten flirted with a triple double in his first game as a Buffalo, scoring 26 points while bringing down 12 rebounds and making seven blocks.  Anand Hundal added 16 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks and Tydus Verhoeven made 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five blocks.  

Nobody from St. Mary’s scored in double figures.

“Holding their stud Kevin Warren to only nine points and their really good point guard to Kyree Brown to just six was a huge team effort,” Lewis said.  


Weston Ranch 82,

Immanuel-Reedley 77

NEWARK — It took overtime, but the Cougars knocked off the 22nd-ranked team in the state at the NorCal Tipoff Classic.

Jaelen Ragsdale was the Most Valuable Player with 38 points. Fred Lavender added 22 points and D’Angelo Finley had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.



Ripon 66, Downey 60

RIPON — Cole Stevens led four Indians in double figures with 20 points in the season-opening win on Friday. Ripon outlasted the visiting Knights despite shooting 11 for 27 from the free-throw line. A 17-7 first-quarter burst was the difference for Ripon.

Cody Haines added 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Indians. Aaron Paschini contributed 12 points and three steals, and Andrew Wood chipped in with 11 points.