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Know your role: Manteca boys basketball runs in a herd

Manteca coach Brett Lewis talks with center Anand Hundal (32) during a game between Manteca and Central Catholic at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif., on Jan. 22, 2016.
Manteca coach Brett Lewis talks with center Anand Hundal (32) during a game between Manteca and Central Catholic at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif., on Jan. 22, 2016. jwestberg@modbee.com

The Manteca boys basketball team will play Bishop O’Dowd for the CIF Northern California Division III championship on Saturday at 8 p.m. at American Canyon High School. Here’s a closer look at the Buffaloes’ roster:

Coaches

Brett Lewis, head coach: The East Union graduate and former coach has moved across town and taken the Buffaloes on a historic ride.

Ryan Bono, assistant: The former Weston Ranch coach brings experience to the staff and a fountain of ideas for Lewis.

Bobby Orr, assistant: Orr is The Numbers Guy. He provides Lewis with a detailed scouting report on the opposition; never far from the stat book, either.

Starters

Tydus Verhoeven, junior guard: Wears many hats for the Buffaloes. The rising recruit is the primary ball-handler, as well as one of team’s best defenders.

Dwight Young, junior guard: The son of a college coach, Young plays with ice water in his veins. Few have been better from the free-throw line.

Angel Perez, senior guard: He’s tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best player. Anything extra is just that.

Kenny Wooten, senior forward: The one athlete for the Buffaloes who plays above the rim. Wooten is headed to Nevada on scholarship.

Anand Hundal, senior forward: Fundamentally sound, Hundal possesses the best offensive skill set of any big man in the Stanislaus District.

Bench

Frankie Lopez, senior guard: A dead-eye shooter, Lopez captains the Buffaloes with his commitment to the program.

Matt Ender, sophomore guard: He was the only sophomore to start the season at the varsity level; his work ethic is second to none.

Gino Campiotti, sophomore guard: A big piece of the future, Campiotti led the junior varsity team to a Valley Oak League championship.

Jorge Cedano, freshman guard: A year ago, Cedano was slinging three-pointers for Sequoia Elementary School.

Justin Kakala, sophomore forward: Kakala was moved up to the varsity when Graves-Kelso suffered season-ending injury.

Tyler Graves-Kelso, senior forward: A consummate team player, Graves-Kelso has been the Buffaloes’ loudest fan even after a torn ACL cost him his senior season.

Inder Randhawa, junior forward: A versatile piece, Randhawa has started a handful of games for the Buffaloes.

Damon Lynch, senior guard: Lynch returned to the basketball program after taking a year off. He plays football in the fall.

Jake Tolbert, junior forward: Another standout football player, Tolbert is responsible for keeping the bench into the game.

James Burns: 209-578-2150, @jburns1980

NorCal Division III Boys Final

Who: No. 2 Manteca (27-6) vs. No. 8 Bishop O’Dowd (17-14)

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: American Canyon High School

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