NEWMAN — Orestimba High didn't appear intimidated at all by the prospect of facing The Bee's No. 2-ranked small school, and the Warriors pushed Livingston to the limit before falling, 62-53.
In the end, Gurpreet Sangha (22 points) and Chris Modi (15) made sure Livingston (11-2, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) held its lofty ranking. Orestimba played the Wolves toe-to-toe through three quarters, with Edward King (17 points) and Ravonne Pious (10) keeping the Warriors within 48-42.
WESTON RANCH 65, MANTECA 54, at Stockton — The Buffaloes couldn't overcome Kiwi Gardner's absence, falling behind early to their rivals. The Cougars used a 27-10 second quarter to take command. Ernie Pimentel kept firing away to try and keep Manteca close, finishing with 24 points. Gerry Cooper and E.J. Godfrey added nine each for the Buffs.
SONORA 47, CERES 36, at Sonora — It was a different sort of game, but the same successful result for the host Wildcats (8-6, 2-1 VOL), as they turned to defense to top the Bulldogs (7-7, 1-2). Earlier in the week, Sonora had scored 81 to beat East Union.
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Alex Kiriluk (17 points), Zach Gorgas (nine) and sophomore Mark Relie (seven) allowed the Wildcats to control the middle.
HILMAR 81, GUSTINE 42, at Hilmar — The Yellowjackets (9-4, 1-1) must have received a rousing halftime talk, because they came out firing in the second half on their way to a WAC win over the Redskins. Quentin McCown scored 35 points, to go with his 15 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the 'Jackets scored 52 second-half points.
DELHI 43, DENAIR 36, at Delhi — Oscar Borg scored 16 points to lead the Hawks past the Coyotes in the Southern League.
RIPON 52, SUMMERVILLE 45 at Tuolumne City — Matt Ratto (19 points) made sure the Indians (7-8) didn't have to take trip back home as losers, as he led them on a 14-7 run in the fourth quarter to top the Bears (5-8).
RIPON CHR. 68, BRET HARTE 48, at Angels Camp — With center Tyler Goslinga (27 points) dominating the paint on both ends, the Knights jumped to a 38-20 halftime lead on their way past the Bullfrogs. Anthony Ballard scored 17 for Bret Harte.
DOWNEY 59, GOLDEN VALLEY 52, at Merced — Randiaron Estrada and Tim Richard scored 15 points apiece as the Knights went on the road to surprise the Cougars. Devonta Jackson (13 points) and Rob Martinez (10) kept GV close through three quarters.
EAST UNION 51, SIERRA 44, at EU — The No. 3-ranked large-school Lancers capped an impressive opening week in the Valley Oak League, as Shalone Jackson scored 20 points and EU allowed just 17 first-half points. The Lancers beat Sonora the previous night.
OAKDALE 53, LATHROP 45, at Oakdale — Cassandra Clark scored a season-high 28 points, hitting four treys, as the Mustangs pulled away in the fourth quarter. Jazlyn Smith (15 points) helped keep Lathrop close through three quarters
RIPON 40, SUMMERVILLE 16, at Ripon — There's good defense, and there's the performance that the Indians threw at the Bears. Ripon surrendered just two points in the first and third quarters, and Kendra Contente nearly matched the Bears' total production by scoring 15 points.
BRET HARTE 47, RIPON CHR. 38, at Ripon — The Bullfrogs (2-8) jumped to an early lead and never looked back against the Knights. RC trailed 26-7 at halftime, after being shut out in the first quarter, before mounting a second-half challenge. Kelsey Tillema led all scorers with 15.
ARGONAUT 58, ESCALON 21, at Escalon — The Cougars ran into a buzzsaw in The Bee's No. 2-ranked small-school team.