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Ethan Medeiros launches a shot from the perimeter for Orestimba in a varsity Southern League game against visiting Mariposa last Wednesday. 

Orestimba earned a pair of critical Southern League victories last week to strengthen its hold on second place in the league standings.

The Warriors turned back Mariposa and Le Grand to improve to 7-2 in league play, trailing only unbeaten Denair.

“Both were big wins that get us one step closer to making the playoffs,” said head coach Charlie Kothenbeutel. “Against Mariposa we did a great job applying pressure and forcing turnovers, which helped our transition game. The Le Grand win was big because it was on the road in a tough place to play. We really got a balanced effort from the entire team.

OHS 66, Mariposa 61

The Warriors built a 55-38 lead after three quarters and held off a late Mariposa charge last Wednesday.

Ethan Medeiros and Atzin Marin each put up 14 points to lead the Warriors, and Auston Martens was in double figures with 11. C.J. Kinimaka put up eight points, Xavier Avila and Justin Hong each netted six, Joel Solano scored four, Jose Morales chipped in with two points and Edwin Alvarez added a free throw.

OHS 60, Le Grand 42

Orestimba took control from the start Friday, building a 36-12 halftime lead at Le Grand.

Martens led the West Siders with 17 points, and Kinimaka was in double figures with 10. Marin and Alvarez each scored eight points, Avila netted five, Shawn Pizarro put up four, Solano was in the book with three, Tryston Martens and Christian Pena each had two points on the night and Clarence Johnson added a free throw.

Orestimba faced Waterford Wednesday. The Warriors entertain Gustine Friday evening before wrapping up the regular season at Delhi next Wednesday.