Play­off berth in doubt for T’wolves

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - Bul­letin staff re­ports

Sierra is likely on the out­side look­ing in when it comes to the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion play­offs.

The Tim­ber­wolves will find out for cer­tain to­day when the brack­ets are re­leased.

Need­ing a win to have a chance, they did their part Wed­nes­day by knock­ing off vis­it­ing Oak­dale 62-51. Locked in a three-way tie for third place and the fi­nal au­to­matic berth com­ing into the Val­ley Oak League fi­nale, the Tim­ber­wolves (8-6 VOL, 13-14 over­all) also needed Lathrop to beat Man­teca to guar­an­tee a spot. Man­teca in­stead com­pleted a sea­son sweep of the Spar­tans, who split with Sierra, with an 83-61 rout.

MaxPreps com­puter rank­ings give the T’wolves a glim­mer of hope for an at-large berth, but that would re­quire a top-12 fin­ish in SJS Di­vi­sion III. They en­tered Wed­nes­day’s con­test at the No. 17 spot.

“I’m proud of the way the guys fin­ished the year, but ob­vi­ously it was not good enough,” Sierra coach Scott Thoma­son said. “Ul­ti­mately, we got what we de­serve. When you lose five home games in league we have no one to blame but our­selves.”

Oak­dale (3-11, 10-18) up­set Man­teca last week and shot out to a 12-9 firstquar­ter lead Wed­nes­day. Sierra pulled ahead 22-21 by half­time and needed a big lift from fresh­man for­ward Ryan Borge­son to garner con­trol. He hit three 3s in each of the sec­ond and third quar­ters to fin­ish with 18 points. Jaime Ochoa hit 11 of 12 free throws in the fourth and to­taled 17 points. John Eli­jah con­trib­uted 12 points.

“I thought were a lit­tle too flat in the first half and I was dis­ap­pointed in how we played,” Thoma­son said. “We lacked a com­pet­i­tive spirit and pas­sion when we needed to come out with a com­pet­i­tive edge. In the sec­ond half we were much bet­ter. Ryan Borge­son hit­ting some big

3s kind of sep­a­rated us with Jaime con­trol­ling the tempo and mak­ing good passes. We also played very good de­fense in the sec­ond half.”

Drew Le­gan paced Oak­dale with 18 points. Cen­tral Catholic 73,

We­ston Ranch 46 MODESTO — Cen­tral Catholic (14-0, 25-2) com­pleted a per­fect run through the VOL with an em­phatic win against the league’s run­ner-up.

Quin­ton Booker, re­cently called up from the sopho­more squad, made four 3s and led We­ston Ranch (104, 18-9) with 12 points. It was a close game for most of the first half with the Cougars ahead 22-20 at one point, but the Raiders closed with an 11-0 run.

“We’re not get­ting a lot of con­sis­tency out of some of our top guys,” We­ston Ranch coach Chris Tee­van said. “They’re prov­ing they can do it in games, we just have to string them to­gether to where con­fi­dence is build­ing. Any­time you shoot like we did tonight against a team like that that’s what the score is go­ing to look like.” Kim­ball 69, East Union 43

The Lancers (0-14, 4-23) were un­able to sus­tain a hot­shoot­ing start af­ter build­ing a 17-15 lead.

They were held to 11 points in each of the next two quar­ters and just four in the fourth.

“We were at­tack­ing in the first quar­ter,” East Union coach Ryan Tarr. “Drew (Sena) was get­ting to the bas­ket and set­ting up other guys for open 3s. We just started set­tling for jump shots that were not fall­ing, and we missed a lot of easy buck­ets.”

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