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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

Thunder frustrate Nevada Union with solid 80-61 victory

Rocklin slams door in fourth
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Nevada Union’s struggles in the Sierra Foothill League continued while the Rocklin boys basketball team kept its title hopes alive with a convincing 80-61 triumph Friday night.

The home boys shot 53-percent from the floor in the final period and 6-6 from the free-throw line to erase any hope the Miners (1-6) might have had of a comeback.

This time it wasn’t all Devin Moss in that final stanza as Vinnie Safin scored six, Drew Ardissone six, Hayden Cook four and Seth Bradley four to pull away from NU. Moss did hit two free throws in the quarter.

“We had guys step up tonight and play very, very well,” said Rocklin head coach Casey Cutts. “I’m happy to see that,”

Frustration did show on the part of the Miners as they were hit with two technical fouls in the contest. Unofficially, the visitors had 15 turnovers in the game to the Thunder’s eight.

Nevada Union managed to close the gap to 58-50 with almost six minutes remaining in the game but that just fired up Rocklin’s offense. Ardissone added back-to-back treys as part of a Thunder rally that didn’t end until 24 points later.

The Thunder goes on the road next week to Woodcreek Wednesday and Roseville Friday. They return home to close out the regular season against Granite Bay Feb. 12 for Senior Night.

Read more on this game and others in the Feb. 7 edition of the Placer Herald.

ROCKLIN 80, NEVADA UNION 61

Miners                        11        14        17        19 – 61

Thunder                     17        20        19        24 – 80