STOCKTON – Chris Teevan took a lap around the track and paced all over the Weston Ranch campus while awaiting the final results of the Lathrop-Sierra game Tuesday night.
The Cougars’ second-year head coach’s squad handled business with a come-from-behind 60-57 Valley Oak League victory over visiting Kimball, but whether or not Weston Ranch’s season would extend depended on Sierra beating Lathrop.
The playoff-bound Spartans edged out the VOL champions 66-62 in overtime.
The victory meant the Spartans took third in the final league standings; only the top three advance to the postseason.
“All (VOL) teams (were) pretty much equal in my opinion,” Teevan said. “Lathrop has earned where they’re at, and to me you are what your record is. If we finish in fourth, we’re a fourth-place team.
“Whether we made playoffs or not, we’re 8-6 in league. And as young as we are, I don’t think a lot of people expected that.”
Weston Ranch sophomore Josh Dilg scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Dilg was responsible for all of the scoring during an 8-2 run that put the Cougars up 58-57 after trailing by five with 2:22 left in regulation.
Despite Weston Ranch (8-6 VOL, 13-14 overall) facing a deficit after every quarter, the Cougars didn’t crumble with their season on the line.
Junior Jazz Swanson (18 points) hit his last of six 3-pointers – on an assist by Dilg – with 3:38 left to give Weston Ranch a 50-49 lead. It was the Cougars’ fourth lead of the second half and their first of the final frame.
It was also short-lived.
Kimball (6-8, 16-11) senior Bryer Peet (14 points) then nailed back-to-back treys to make it 55-50.
“They hit a couple of dagger shots,” Teevan said. “(Peet) hit a couple of big ones.”
Dilg made it a three-point game with a bucket off an offensive put back. He then tied the game with 1:30 remaining after fellow sophomore guard Jaelen Ragsdale (five points, seven assists) found him for a triple to knot it at 55 apiece.
Kimball’s Jonah Laguana made it 57-55, but Dilg scored the go-ahead bucket with an old-fashioned 3-point play. Weston Ranch’s defense got one more stop before sophomore Erron Duncan (seven points) made up the game’s final score after converting a drive to the right block.
Weston Ranch junior Jordan Tauga finished with eight points and scored two in every quarter. Tauga scored a bucket with 4:00 left in the third quarter that made it 38-37 before Kimball closed on a 9-5 run to take a 46-43 lead into the fourth.
Manteca 65, Oakdale 45
Austin Haro made senior night that more special as he dropped 27 against the visiting Mustangs (4-10, 7-18). Senior teammate Mikey Hatfield added eight points for the Buffaloes (10-4, 19-8), who had 12 players crack the scoring column. Manteca finished second in the VOL behind champion Sierra.
Sonora 50, East Union 45
The Lancers (1-13, 9-16) couldn’t quite close the gap against the Wildcats (6-8, 12-13), who were led by Will Collamer’s game-high 22. East Union senior Jake Danhoff led East Union with 12 points, while Clay Cuneo and Andrew Ruiz each netted nine.
Manteca 59, Oakdale 37
The Buffaloes (10-4, 21-6) were led by Mitch Balmut’s 10 points, followed by Frankie Lopez with eight and Anand Hundal with seven.
Oakdale 62, Manteca 57
The visiting Mustangs were able to pull away in the end. Ryan Brock led Manteca (8-6, 11-13) with 17 points and Oswaldo Garcia finished with nine.