Boys basketball roundup: Oakdale pulls off Valley Oak League upset of Manteca

OAKDALE — Oakdale High was winless in league play heading into Wednesday's Valley Oak League game, and with third-place Manteca visiting, an upset seemed unlikely.

No one told Bryce Gerhardt and Garrett Porter, however, as they hooked up on a game-winning basket with 8 seconds left in overtime for a 68-67 upset.

Manteca's Matt Gomez tied it at 58 at the end of regulation, hitting three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. With Manteca (11-13, 7-4) up 67-66 and the clock running out in overtime, Gerhardt (25 points) found Porter in the key for a basket and the win.

"We told our kids in the locker room, 'We're giant killers,' " Oakdale coach Jeremy Fields said. "When you go this long without a win it's easy to put your head down. It's a testament to the hard work."

Rodney Pereira had all 14 of his points in the second half, as Oakdale (6-18, 1-10) rallied from a 26-21 halftime deficit.

SIERRA 56, CERES 37, at Manteca — Christian Williams scored 26 points and the Timberwolves (19-4, 9-2) — No. 5 in The Bee's Stanislaus District rankings — held the Bulldogs (12-12, 5-6) to 14 points in the second half. Ceres' 6-foot-6-inch forward Brett Sayad, whose 22-point average is No. 3 in the district, scored 18.

"(Williams) scored inside, he scored outside, he just took over the game," Sierra coach Scot Thomason said. "It was a duel between him and Sayad."

SONORA 61, EAST UNION 53, at Sonora — The Wildcats (12-12, 5-6) made 10 of 11 free-throw shots in the last 3 minutes to hold off the Lancers (8-16, 3-8). Point guard Kolt Canaday was 6 for 6 from the line, all in the fourth quarter, though Sonora was just 4 for 10 from the line before its game-winning run.

Sonora spread the scoring, with junior Brenden Evans (14 points) muscling inside and guards Canaday and Matt Relei (13 points each) on the perimeter.

WESTON RANCH 76, CENTRAL VALLEY 68, at Ceres — James Nunnally scored 26 but the Cougars (19-5, 11-0) struggled before finally putting away the Hawks (8-16, 3-8) in the final minutes. Trevor Mew (17 points) hit five of the Hawks' nine 3s, pulling his team within 54-52 after three quarters.

Central California Conference

GOLDEN VALLEY 35, TURLOCK 32, at Turlock — The Cougars (11-14, 4-6) discarded their shoot-first, ask-questions-later offense for a slower pace, and the change produced an upset of the No. 3 large-school Bulldogs (17-7, 6-3).

Golden Valley worked the shot clock down to 3 seconds on many of its possessions, helping hold Turlock to a combined nine points over the second and third quarters. The Cougars hit seven of 10 free throws in the final period, but had to survive a last-second 3-point shot by Turlock before they could celebrate.

MERCED 68, LOS BANOS 46, at Merced — The backcourt of Allen Huddleston (23 points) and Jarrett Sparks (12 points) combined for 35 points as the top-ranked Bears (17-7, 9-0) beat the Tigers (16-9, 6-4) and clinched at least a share of the conference championship.

PITMAN 75, BUHACH COLONY 45, at Buhach Colony — Austin Keaton and Juan Flores each scored 15 points as the Pride (16-7, 7-3) beat the Thunder (7-17, 1-8).

Modesto Metro Conference

JOHANSEN 59, ENOCHS 51, at Johansen — Jesse Singer had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Vikings (10-13, 6-6) rallied from an early deficit to beat the Eagles (0-12, 0-24). Enochs jumped to a 15-10 lead after a quarter, with Keith Young (16 points) and Demetrius Prunty (11 points) leading the attack.

MODESTO 67, BEYER 54, at Modesto — Nate Jackson's 23 points helped the No. 4 Panthers (14-8, 10-2) beat the Patriots (9-16, 3-9) and move into a share of first place with Downey. Bryan Garbez led Beyer with 22 points.