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:
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.
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.
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.
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