MANTECA Fifth-seeded Manteca High defeated No. 13 Rio Americano (Sacramento) 64-58 on Friday night to move into the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III boys basketball tournament.
The Buffaloes (22-6) will take on Valley Oak League foe Weston Ranch, the ninth-seed which upset No. 1 Christian Brothers 63-52. In the other semifinal, No. 3 Sierra will take on No. 2 Vanden (Fairfield). Sierra slipped past Vallejo 82-78 on Friday, while Vanden crushed Vista del Lago 77-47.
Both semifinal matchups will be played Tuesday at Cosumnes River College in Sacrmaento.
Manteca got a team-high 13 points from Anand Handal, while Rio Americano (16-12) got a game-high 19 from Matt Lyon, who scored 14 in the second half, 12 of those coming from three-point range. Teammate Josh Parkins finished with 17, 13 coming in the first half.
In Division IV action on Friday, Central Catholic saw its season come to and end with a 73-66 loss to Liberty Ranch, while Sonora was thumped 67-39 by top-seeded Capital Christian (Sacramento).
In D-V, Mariposa advanced to Wednesday’s semifinal round at Galt High School with an 85-35 win over Delta Charter. The No. 3 Grizzlies will face No. 2 Brookside Christian.
Hughson 3, El Capitan 2 – The Huskies scored a run in the seventh inning for the victory. Grant Williams went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in two for Hughson.
Ceres 14, Gustine 9 – Brett Conway drove in three runs and Adrian Lujan and Caleb McDade each had two RBIs to lead the Bulldogs past the Redskins. Ceres trailed 6-3 after two innings but scored 11 runs over the next three. Robert Mello had a triple and three RBIs for Gustine.
Escalon 12, Downey 3 – Brandon Grogan went 3-3 and Kash Satnat and Adam Roberson each drove in two runs as the Cougars rolled past the Knights. Brett Neves went 3-4 and scored twice for Downey. The game was tied at 3 after three innings before Escalon scored nine runs over the next three innings.
Sierra 15 Livingston 2 – Zak DeRossett hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to break open the game. He finished with five RBIs and Steven Rios had three hits for Sierra, while DeRossett, Ryan Vasquez and Ryan Bergman had two hits apeice. Blake Jantz doubled for Livingston.