Rocklin boys improve to 4-0 in SFL

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High’s varsity boys basketball team had another fast start Thursday night against visiting Nevada Union, jumping out to a 30-10 lead in just over 11 minutes. The Thunder’s lead grew as high as 31 points and they pulled out the 74-53 victory. Rocklin (17-2 overall) is now 4-0 in the Sierra Foothill League while the Miners are 1-2. Rocklin has dominated the first quarter since league began, including 20-0 against a tough Woodcreek team in the league opener. “We’ve started out really strong so far in league and we just go out and try to pressure as much as we can (in the first quarter),” Rocklin center Brendan Lane said. Lane finished with a game-high 15 points while teammates Tony Williams (11 points), Anthony Romero (10), Jackson Cummings (nine), Cody Kale (eight) and Pat Stover (seven) also chipped in offensively. “It’s hard for teams to simulate our pressure in practice and then we bring in a new five guys,” Rocklin coach Steve Taylor said. “We played 10 guys in the first quarter.” Lane and Taylor both agreed that Rocklin can improve on turnovers. “We want to have a 2-to-1 turnover to assist ratio and it’s been 1-to-1 (lately). We are turning it over too much, “ Taylor said. “And free-throw shooting is another thing we can do better.” Taylor has noticed a huge difference in the play of his team since Cummings, the junior point guard, returned from his groin injury several weeks ago. “When we were without him we were a different team and now it has brought everyone else (up to a higher level),” Taylor said. “It takes pressure off of everybody. Early on we were asking some of the guys to do too much.” The Thunder will play Mission of San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. in Del Oro’s Common Good Classic on Saturday night. Then Rocklin will return to league play against Granite Bay on Tuesday. The Thunder will close the first half of the league schedule against visiting Del Oro on Jan. 28. “We’ve never done it before,” said Taylor about the possibility of finishing the SFL schedule unbeaten. “There are too many good teams and too many good coaches in our league to think it would be easy. We have some difficult games upcoming.”