Rocklin tips T’Wolves for SFL victory

Thunder hit buzzer-beater
By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
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Rocklin High School’s boys basketball team clinched it’s first Sierra Foothill League win of the season against Woodcreek coming out on top of a 57-54 score, Jan. 19. “It was a nip and tuck game, said Rocklin head coach Mike Lorente. “There were good runs from both teams. It was a matter of who made less mistakes.” Throughout the game, Rocklin was able to limit the Timberwolves to one shot, while concentrating on strong defense and board work. The team’s success was also the result of unselfish play. Drew Ardissone did an outstanding job for the boys in blue, and Steven Valverde stepped up to hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to give the Thunder the win. Both Valverde and Taylor Cherry had solid games on offense. “It gave us a boost and a belief that it is anyone’s league. Roseville beat Granite Bay. We are up for the next challenge,” Lorente said. Beginning with their first league game, the young team is starting to understand what it takes to compete in high school varsity basketball. The players are beginning to realize it means staying focused for a full game rather one quarter or half. A big factor in the win was overcoming intra-team diversity by listening to what the coaches had to say. “It was a tough battle; it was really a testament to the kids,” Lorente said. Rocklin was 1-2 in league with a game at Granite Bay Tuesday, and then on the road for a meeting with Nevada Union tonight.