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Thunder absorb third loss or preseason

Early leads too much to overcome
By: Staff Report
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Foothill High School jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first quarter of play to put the Rocklin High boys basketball on the ropes, Tuesday, and the Thunder simply couldn’t recover as the Mustangs rolled to a 67-48 victory, Tuesday. Foothill had four players scoring in double figures to keep the Rocklin defense busy. Anthony Williams scored 15 for the Mustangs to lead the scoring. The Thunder managed to close the gap somewhat in the second period, but Foothill put the game out of reach in the third quarter. The Mustangs had 22 points to Rocklin’s eight in period three, and the silver-and blue was unable to gain any ground in the final eight minutes. The Thunder fell to 0-3 on the preseason. “We’ll definitely compete,” said Rocklin head coach Mike Lorente. “We’ll mold and make our team in preseason. We have a world of potential. We’ll surprise some teams.” Before taking on cross-town rival Whitney, Rocklin opened its preseason hosting Oak Ridge, Nov. 28. The Thunder got off to a slow start against the Trojans and couldn’t make up the deficit in spite of a fourth-quarter rally. The boys of Troy came away with a 79-67 victory. Oak Ridge jumped out to a 21-8 lead in the first quarter, and then matched the local five in stanza two to hold a 40-25 lead at intermission. Trailing by 19 going into the final period, Rocklin rallied to outscore Oak Ridge, 29-21, but it was not enough to pick up their first win of the young season. “A lot of (our) kids got a dose of reality when it comes to a real varsity game,” said Lorente as to the youth of his team. The Thunder has 10 juniors and two sophomores on the squad. “We’re a second-half team. We have to get better in the first half.” Drew Ardissone led the Thunder with 13 points; Devin Moss added another 12 for the only two players to reach double figures. The club left 13 points on the table at the free-throw line shooting 22-35. The Trojans’ Bryce Scott proved to be more than Rocklin could handle scoring 33 on the night. The 6-foot, 2-inch senior was 10-11 from the line, hit one 3-pointer, and had five assists. Oak Ridge also had a hot hand as a team shooting over 50 percent from the floor. Rocklin was scheduled to compete in the Folsom-Vista Classic tournament beginning Thursday. The Thunder was slated to face the home team with a tipoff at 7 p.m. E-mail Placer Herald Sports at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com Rocklin High boys basketball 2011-2012 Roster 1 Nate Versoza G So 3 Rocky Kailany G Sr 5 Matt Garrison C Sr 10 Anthony Vandre F Jr 11 Taylor Cherry G Jr 12 Hayden Cook F Jr 15 David Cannon F Jr 20 Drew Ardissone F Jr 21 Jesse Smith C Sr 23 Daniel Kniffin F Jr 24 Devin Moss G Jr 25 Spencer Gregg C Jr 30 Steven Valverde F Sr 33 Mahmoud Eid F Jr 42 Danny Walker F Jr 55 Trent Peterson C So