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Thunder score 61 first-half points in rout of Vikings

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High’s varsity boys basketball team led Oakmont 61-13 at halftime in Wednesday night’s 83-35 victory in Rocklin. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and each team scored seven points because of it. Rocklin (21-2 overall) is now 8-0 in the Sierra Foothill League while the Vikings (6-16) are 1-7. The teams had already met twice this season, once in a tournament, and the games were more competitive. Rocklin won 87-51 in December and 68-49 in January’s league game at Oakmont. “This week we are really focusing on improving and doing what we do well and not being lackadaisical,” said Rocklin coach Steve Taylor, realizing that Friday’s opponent, Roseville, is winless in the SFL. “We had two really good days of practice and we’re focused on getting better and not necessarily who we play. We’re playing really well and it’s easy to get content with success but our focus is always on getting better.” Oakmont coach Rick Campbell was frustrated, watching his team get outscored 23-4 in the first quarter and 38-9 in the second. “That’s what we talked about at the half,” Campbell said. “They put their shoes on and shorts on one at a time just like you (he told his players). And you play for pride and represent your school and play to the best of your ability. “They got a lot of easy, run-out baskets and for us we took a lot of jump shots and we can’t live and die by the 3-pointer.” Oakmont will get a chance to rebound when it hosts Del Oro at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. “Oakmont is a better team then they played tonight,” Taylor said. Rocklin junior guard Cody Kale said he had never been a part of a first half like Wednesday nights. “Not even close,” said Kale, who scored 13 points. “The first two or three minutes we started off a little slow but our defense set it off. It’s lots of fun right now and Friday is senior night and then three more league games. We haven’t really mentioned (the playoffs) much – just going one game at a time in league and not overlook anybody.” Rocklin led just 6-3 with more than half of the first quarter gone but the Thunder outscored the Vikings 55-10 over the final 11:46 of the half. Rocklin had runs of 11, 12 and 19 points in the first half. Anthony Romero led Rocklin with 15 points while Brendan Lane joined Kale with 13 points and Tony Williams had 10. Jackson Cummings and Zach Moss scored seven points each for the Thunder. Tony Gill led Oakmont with 12 points while Alex Ford scored eight. All of Ford’s points came in the third quarter.