Nor Cal Tip-Off tournament moves into day two

Whitney advance; Rocklin falls
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Boys Basketball, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2

At Rocklin and Whitney High Schools


AT ROCKLIN – Wednesday’s Results

Oakmont 61, Galt 36

Franklin 63, Chico 53

Davis 81, Rocklin 69

Clovis West 69, Spanish Springs 68


Thursday’s Games

Game 5, 3:30 p.m. – Galt vs. Rocklin

Game 6, 5 p.m. – Spanish Springs vs. Chico

Game 7, 6:30 p.m. – Oakmont vs. Davis

Game 8, 8 p.m. - Clovis West vs. Franklin


AT WHITNEY – Wednesday’s Results

Kennedy  71, Edison 41

Grant 68, Beyer 60

Whitney 82, East Union 64

St. Francis 83, Yuba City 63


Thursday’s Games

Game 5, 3:30 p.m. – Edison vs. East Union

Game 6, 5 p.m. – Yuba City vs. Beyer

Game 7, 6:30 p.m. – Kennedy vs. Whitney

Game 8, 8 p.m. – St. Francis vs. Grant



The Rocklin High boys basketball team matched Davis in every category except putting the ball in the basket and fell to the Blue Devils 81-69 Wednesday in the Nor Cal Tip-Off tournament at Rocklin High.

The Thunder is scheduled to play Galt at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The Warriors were beaten by Oakmont 61-36.

Rocklin simply could not find the basket, even at the free-throw line. The Storm made just 12 of 31 charity tosses. Davis was 7-of-13 for free throws and drained a dozen 3-point shots to the Thunder’s five.

In an preview interview, Rocklin head coach Steve Taylor said his club would not be strong shooting from the perimeter, but would hopefully make up for it by scoring better on the inside than they did last year.

The Thunder did get a number of good shots in the paint, but had trouble making those as well.

Evan Taylor led Rocklin with 14 points and Carson Sparks added 12. Davis was led by Kai Taylor’s 23 points; the senior had four 3-point goals to his credit.

Whitney 82, East Union 64

The defending CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champions had little trouble getting past the Lancers in their opening game of the Wildcats’ half of the Nor Cal Tip-Off tournament.

Whitney hit six 3-point shots to take a 25-10 lead in the first quarter.
Although the Manteca club rallied a bit in the second frame, the Wildcats still held a nine point lead at the half. Whitney outscored East Union 43-34 in the final 16 minutes to advance to the winner’s side of the bracket.

The ‘Cats will take on Kennedy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Cougars defeated Edison 71-41 in Whitney’s Game 1.

Clovis West 69, Spanish Springs 68

In perhaps the best game of the tournament so far, The Golden Eagles held off a late rally by the Cougars of Nevada at Rocklin High to advance into the winner’s bracket.

Clovis West led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter. Spanish Springs began forcing Eagles’ turnovers and stepped up on the boards to close the game to two points with less than a minute remaining in the contest.

The Cougars’ Mason Whittaker went hard to the basket following a Clovis West turnover to tie the score 67-67. He was also fouled on the play and put his club up 68-67 with the following free throw.

With 15 seconds remaining, the Eagles’ Brandon Recek sliced past the Spanish Springs defense to make the winning basket. The Cougars had six seconds left and got off a shot, but it bounced off the left side of the iron.

Recek had 31 points in the game to lead all scorers; teammate Fernando Guardado had four 3-pointers in the contest, three in the third quarter.

The Nevada club’s Jalen Townsell had 18 points to lead the Cougars.

Clovis West will play Franklin, winners over Chico, at 8 p.m. at Rocklin.