Rocklin earns home game with decisive victory over Laguna Creek
Laguna Creek brought what they apparently thought was a physical style of play into the Thunderdome Wednesday. But Rocklin’s boys basketball team schooled the Cardinals on what physicality was all about in round one of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Playoffs.
Applying steady pressure on defense and waiting until their shots began to fall, the No. 7 seed Thunder steadily pulled away from the 10th seeded visitors. With a 14-point lead at the end of three periods, Rocklin went on a 15-9 run to seal the game 62-42.
In somewhat of a shocker, No. 18 seed El Camino upset No. 2 St. Mary’s to set the stage for a Thunder vs. Eagles game at Rocklin Friday, 7 p.m.
The boys in blue drained 19-of-20 free-throw tosses giving up one miss in the final minute of play. Devin Moss was 12-12 from the charity stripe to finish the night with 18 points. Hayden Cook and Max O’Rourke each scored seven.
In contrast, the Cardinals were 10-18 from the foul line and relied heavily on 3-point shooting to try and stay in the game. Malik Pope, Laguna Creek’s second-leading scorer during the season, was unable to play due to an injury.
Laguna Creek stayed with Rocklin on the boards through the first half, but seemed to tire after that. The Thunder took down 18 rebounds in the second half to the Cards’ seven.
ROCKLIN 62, LAGUNA CREEK 42
Cardinals 10 13 10 9 – 42
Thunder 13 14 10 15 – 62