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Kings for a day

Game goes to WCR; excitement goes to all
By: Jim Linsdau New Messenger Sports Editor
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It was a basketball event few middle schools have ever experienced, but certainly one Twelve Bridges and Wilson C. Riles middle schools will remember for a long time. Thanks to a request by Twelve Bridges parent Alma Godines, the Sacramento Kings organization lent its entire event entourage to the basketball game between the Titans’ and Huskies’ eighth grade teams, last week. The game was won by Wilson C. Riles, but no one in a packed house went away disappointed. The Kings’ cheerleaders tossed T-shirts, mini basketballs, and Bam Bams (inflatable noisemakers) into the crowd to get everyone in a great mood. Slamson, the Kings’ lion mascot, kept the fans entertained, and the club’s announcer enhanced the game with his calls. Twelve Bridges jumped out to an early 12-8 lead behind the shooting of Alex Isola and Scott Trembinski. Isola singed the net with two 3-pointers, and Trembinksi knocked down a two, and was 2-2 from the free-throw line. Tony Roberts added a bucket and pulled down four rebounds. However, in the second period the Huskies gained the upper hand to score 12, and take a 20-15 lead into intermission. “I think it definitely happened a little bit,” Twelve Bridges head coach Dave Baker said after the game as to the team being distracted. “We scored really well in the first quarter, and after that our shooting tailed off.” The Titans again lost ground in the third quarter, but that was after one of the most entertaining halftime performances the school has probably ever had. The Kings’ break dancers amazed the crowd with their skills, and the cheerleaders fired up the fans with their talents. The Kings crew then held a dance contest, and a chance for one fan to win Kings’ tickets by making a shot from mid court. Unfortunately, the shooter didn’t score the tickets, but no one went away empty handed. Roberts got into foul trouble in the third quarter and had to sit out for several minutes. Wilson C. Riles used that to their advantage to take over the boards, and the scoring. Huskies’ point guard Devon Elmore stepped up his shooting, and assists, to help his club pull away. “I think I got a little distracted at first (and) very nervous with what was going on,” said Trembiniski, who is also Twelve Bridges Student Body President. “I think we were more into the event and didn’t really have our heads on tight for the actual game. But I loved it.” As did everyone; including Wilson C. Riles. The club kept its cool throughout and helped give the crowd a good show of basketball, as well. “They’re very poised; great teamwork and team mentality,” said Jordan Baker, the Huskies head coach. “We condition well. We train to rebound and you can wear a team down.” Isola led the Titans with 12 points, Trembinski added 10, and Roberts eight. Roberts also had 12 rebounds in the contest. 7th Grade _ Twelve Bridges’ junior varsity didn’t let the pending show take their minds off the game and won a thriller, 35-34. Erik Mack took charge for the home club to score 19, and pull down 15 boards. “I just want to say thanks to the Kings for sending these guys over,” said Baker, who enjoyed the festivities as much as anyone. “It was a great game; we had a lot of fun. Wilson C. Riles had a good time.” As did everyone; including the cast from the Sacramento Kings.