Man­teca clinches play­off berth at Lathrop

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - By VINCE REMBULAT

LATHROP — With the sea­son on the line, Man­teca High stepped it up Wed­nes­day, de­feat­ing host Lathrop 83-61 in the Val­ley Oak League fi­nale.

Gino Cam­pi­otti and Jorge Cedano paced the Buf­faloes (8-6 VOL, 12-15 over­all) with 28 and 27 points, re­spec­tively. Cedano also chipped in with five as­sists.

“We had a lot of guys who stepped it tonight,” said Man­teca coach Brett Lewis, who can now await the post­sea­son.

He was pleased at how his team moved the ball, par­tic­u­larly in the first half when the Buf­faloes bolted out to a 16-5 lead.

The Spar­tans (7-7 VOL, 10-17) had won their past four games to give them­selves a chance at ad­vanc­ing.

“We were play­ing our best basketball go­ing in,” Lathrop coach Craig Ward said af­ter the sea­son-end­ing loss. “We came out slow (against Man­teca).”

Cam­pi­otti ini­ti­ated the of­fense early on, driv­ing to the bas­ket, forc­ing turnovers and feed­ing Cedano for a 3.

The Spar­tans be­hind Daf­ford McKen­zie closed out the open­ing pe­riod with a 7-2 run. McKen­zie got it started with a jump hook and forced a turnover with a block and fin­ish­ing it off on the other end with a layup.

He fin­ished with 15 points, eight boards, seven as­sists,

three steals and a block be­fore foul­ing out late in the game.

Isa­iah Vic­tor and Colin Weis helped pick up the pace for Lathrop, with both hit­ting treys. McKen­zie’s turn­around closed the deficit, 25-22.

But then Kyle Bold­ing, Jor­dan Bur­ci­aga, Matthew En­der and Cedano did their part to give Man­teca a 40-29 lead at the half.

Bold­ing, Bur­ci­aga and Cedano had a pair of buck­ets each while En­der had three of his six as­sists for the game in that run.

“We had 11 as­sists at the half. I told the guys to keep on do­ing what they were do­ing,” Lewis said.

It was the Spar­tans who came out strong. Weis nailed a 3 and scored on a layup off cross-court pass from McKen­zie, who fol­lowed up missed layup with a dunk.

Weis’ trey mid­way through the third tied the game at 43-43.

“I thought we would buckle down from there,” said Ward.

Cedano put Man­teca back on top with a pair of free throws and Derek Range hit a bucket from close range.

Range’s ef­forts didn’t go un­no­ticed.

“He’s our glue guy,” said Lewis. “He’s our de­fen­sive guy. He gets us those big re­bounds.”

Range also had the tall or­der of guard­ing McKen­zie, fin­ish­ing with six points, seven re­bounds and four steals.

Lathrop was outscored 27-14 in the fi­nal pe­riod.

Vic­tor and Weis both fin­ished with 15 points while Gil Castuera scored seven of his 10 points in the fourth.

Fresh­man Man­teca 57, Lathrop 54 Ray­mundo So­lis hit a pair of 3s late in the game to help the Buf­faloes in the nar­row win at Lathrop.

The Spar­tans’ Pai­mon Ah­man led all scor­ers with 18 points.

Michael Ar­riola and Lorenzo Ceja for Man­teca fin­ished with 15 and 14 points repec­tively. Kar­son Con­dit chipped in with six.

Ju­lian Chavez had 12 for Lathrop.


Jorge Cedano (24) uses the screen from Man­teca team­mate Matthew En­der to drib­ble past Lathrop’s Bray­don Rollins.


Lathrop’s Daf­ford McKen­zie takes aim at the hoop for a cir­cus shot over Man­teca de­fender Derek Range.

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