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Manteca routs Atwater boys hoops in final game of Save Mart Classic

ATWATER -- Too fast.

That's how Atwater guard Eriq Belt described Manteca's Kiwi Gardner.

The Manteca point guard put on another show Saturday night in leading his team to an 83-55 win over Atwater in the championship game of the Save Mart Classic at Buhach Colony.

Gardner was a blur out on the court.

The diminutive 5-foot-7 sophomore scored 20 points to lead Manteca's high-octane offensive attack.

"We couldn't stop him," Belt said. "He got past our defense. We couldn't do anything."

Manteca (6-1) came into the finals after scoring 204 points in the first two games of the tournament.

"Some of our guys were complaining of tired legs before the game," said Manteca coach David Asuncion, whose team was playing its fourth game in five nights.

"By game time, they were ready to go."

Gardner scored the first five points of the game to spark a 12-0 run out of the gate for Manteca.

Atwater (5-4) never cut the lead to single digits the rest of the way.

"They came out and punched us in the mouth and we never regrouped," Atwater coach John Kane said.