EU awaits post­sea­son fate af­ter loss to Jags

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

TRACY — East Union’s post­sea­son fate now hinges on a coin­flip and com­puter rank­ings.

The Lancers girls bas­ket­ball team bat­tled Val­ley Oak League cocham­pion tough for three quar­ters be­fore fall­ing 72-55 o n Tues­day.

They were able to take their fi­nal lead early in the third quar­ter be­fore San Jose State signee Raziya Pot­ter and the Jaguars (13-1 VOL, 22-5 over­all) took over. Pot­ter scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the se­cond half, while fourth-year guard Pearl Bautista fin­ished with 16, pour­ing in 13 in the first two pe­ri­ods.

“We just had a dif­fi­cult time with Bautista and Pot­ter,” East Union coach Jim Agos­tini said. “They are two of the bet­ter play­ers in our league.”

Kayla Mon­toya spear­headed the more balanced Lancers ( 9- 5, 15- 11) with 12 points. Donja Payne and Ju­lia Vezaldenos each had 10, Des­tiny To­rio had nine and Hai­ley Gos­ney eight.

“I was very pleased with how we played of­fen­sively,” Agos­tini said. “De­fen­sively we just had a pretty tough task for us tonight.”

East Union and Man­teca cap reg­u­lar- sea­son play tied for third in the

VOL, and with only three au­to­matic berths to the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion play­offs a coin­flip will de­ter­mine which team gets the No. 3 spot. The loser of the coin­flip can still ad­vance with an at-large bid, which goes to any team that fin­ishes in the top-12 of the SJS Di­vi­sion III rank­ings, ac­cord­ing to MaxPreps.

East Union is cur­rently ranked No. 11, while Man­teca is sev­enth. The sec­tion will re­lease post­sea­son brack­ets Thurs­day at around 4 p.m. with a live on­line se­lec­tion show via the NFHS Net­work.

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