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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

Rocklin gets methodical 73-62 win over Yuba City

League play begins at Del Oro
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Although the Rocklin High boys basketball team appeared to play below their usual pace, the Thunder had little trouble dispatching the (7-7) Honkers from Yuba City 73-62 Jan. 2.

It looked as if the two clubs were evenly matched as the first quarter ended 18-17 in Rocklin’s favor. However, in quarter two the Thunder went on a 21-7 run and essentially put away the game.

Cole Bridge came off the bench to rain in two treys and a duce for which Yuba City had no answer. Rocklin shot 10-15 in the period, the Honkers 3-8.

“We didn’t play bad from the start, we just didn’t have that pep in our step,” said Rocklin head coach Casey Cutts. “Once we got into the second quarter we really started to play better.”

Although Taylor Cherry fouled out, Cutts was able to keep key players out of foul trouble with liberal substitutions.

Cherry said Rocklin’s ragged play is usually due to the level of competition.

“We tend to play better against better teams,” Cherry said. “We’re trying to work through that.”

Reminded they would open Sierra Foothill League play Thursday against Del Oro, the senior said “That’ll be good; that’ll be fun.”

Cutts acknowledged Del Oro would be a real test. Having coached at Del Oro, Cutts knows well what his club will be up against.

“It’s going to be a tough test, so we’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game if we want to compete," Cutts said. “We’re not quite where we want to be but I think in a week’s time we should be well prepared.”

Bridge finished the game with 13 points shooting 5-6 from the floor, including three 3-pointers. Senior Devin Moss led the club with 20 points; Cherry added nine.

Rocklin defeated Bear Creek of Stockton 68-53 Jan. 4 to close out the Thunder preseason with 12 wins against five losses. Rocklin will open Sierra Foothill League action in Loomis against Del Oro (12-5). Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.