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Weston Ranchs boys make biggest jump in power ratings
SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION Basketball playoff power ratings - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin
So how is Manteca rewarded for winning both of its games last week, one of which was a 73-69 overtime barnburner over Sierra in what could decide the Valley Oak League championship?
A one-spot drop-off in the second Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff power ratings, of course.
The Buffaloes (20-3) fell to 11th in what is arguably the toughest and deepest field in the section regardless of division, boys or girls. The section’s power ratings, released online ( Monday, include games through Feb. 7.
Since Manteca’s enrollment exceeded the 1,701 mark last year, the Buffaloes must compete in the Division II playoffs after completing the regular season against Division III opponents in the VOL.
Manteca’s current rating of 5.292 would be good for No. 2 in Division III.  Should Manteca win out during the final two weeks of VOL play, or at the very least claim a piece of the conference championship, the section reserves the right to bump the Buffaloes up a few spots to assure they host their first-round postseason contest.
In Division III, Sierra (16-6) dropped three spots to sixth because of the loss to Manteca. Manteca Unified rival Weston Ranch (13-9) made the largest jump among area teams, moving up from 12 to eight.  Sonora (14-7), which looks to avenge an earlier loss to Weston Ranch Wednesday, is seventh.
Ripon (13-10) improved to 13th in Division IV, while Ripon Christian (12-10) remains at No. 8.
East Union (21-2) is still the highest rated and highest seeded girls team in the area despite dropping three spots to seventh in Division III after suffering an upset defeat to No. 14 Ceres last week.
Weston Ranch (15-8) remains in good standing at 11th, and Sierra didn’t move up or down from its No. 22 seed after splitting its two contests last week.
Manteca (10-13) kept itself in the hunt to qualify for the Division II playoffs with two wins last week, improving to No. 18. The top 16 in each division advances. The Buffaloes, though, round out the season with the VOL’s top four girls teams starting with Ceres at home tonight.
The local Trans Valley League schools were knocked down from its previous ranking, as Ripon fell to 19th in Division IV, and Ripon Christian to 12th in Division V.