Lincoln boys basketball drop home opener to Rocklin

Zebras’ sights on Wheatland tourney
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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Late in the third quarter, the Fighting Zebras Adam Felt tied the game at 37-37 with two successful free-throw attempts. But the Thunder’s offense, sparked by a 23-point fourth quarter, spoiled Lincoln’s home opener 62-51 Nov. 27.

In the final period, the Zebras struggled to get the ball in the basket. The club opened the quarter 0-for-8 from the floor and finished 2-for-12 to close the game.

Even with their offensive troubles, the Zebras were able to capitalize on trips to the foul line and cut Rocklin’s lead to just five points with a little over two minutes to play.

The deciding play of the game occurred when the Rocklin defense allowed John Reyes to take a 3-point shot that would have brought the Zebras within two points. But the shot missed its mark and Rocklin capitalized with a quick fast break score by Cole Bridge to give Rocklin a seven-point lead. That forced Lincoln to change their strategy from that point on.

The Thunder’s offense came alive with the play of Devin Moss and his perfect second half. After scoring six points in the first half, Moss capped the final two quarters with 19 points and connected on every shot from the floor and foul line.

Lincoln played their best basketball in the first and third quarters, scoring 15 points in each and shooting 10-for-26 from the floor. In comparison, Lincoln shot 5-for-27 in the second and fourth quarters.

Lincoln head coach Robert Ash commented after the game, crediting Rocklin’s deep bench and his own team’s foul trouble as being the deciding factor in the game

“They really didn’t take us out of our game plan,” said Ash about the final period. “We had good shots. We just didn’t make them.”

As far as the team played, the coach applauded his team’s effort on the defensive side and the overall pace for their first game, but believes there are things to improve on.

With one more practice until the Wheatland Invitational Tournament (Nov. 29-Dec. 1), Ash said the team’s emphasis will be on shooting and defensive rotations.

Marcus Salgado, who finished the contest with 11 points and five assists, spoke after the game about the upcoming tournament.

“I think we are going to do really good,” said Salgado. “Just because of the loss, I think it will fire us up to win the whole thing.”

Rocklin 62, Lincoln 51

Thunder         13        13        13        23 – 62

Zebras           15        7          15        14 – 51


Rocklin – Nate Versoza 1-2, 0-0, 2, Cole Bridge 1-3, 0-0, 2 , Taylor Cherry 2-9, 4-6, 8, Hayden Cook 5-7, 1-2, 11, Drew Ardissone 2-3, 0-0, 4, 3pt 0-1, Devin Moss 7-8, 8-8, 25, 3pt 1-3, Jake Faulkner 0-1, 2-2, 2, 3pt 0-2, Spencer Gregg 1-2, 0-0, 2, Vinnie Safin 2-3, 2-2, 6, 3pt 0-1.

Team: 21-37 (57 percent), 17-20 (85 percent), 3pt 1-7 (14 percent)

Lincoln – Alexis Gonzalez 6-13, 2-5, 15, 3pt 1-4, Adam Felt 3-13, 4-4, 12, 3pt 2-4, Marcus Salgado 3-13, 4-4, 11, 3pt 1-6, Logan Staynor 1-1, 3-3, 5, Matt Shirley 1-3, 0-0, 3, 3pt 1-2, Austin Mallory 1-1, 0-1, 3, 3pt 1-1, John Reyes 1-6, 0-0, 2, 3pt 0-2, Jackson Sterling 0-2, 0-0, 0, 3pt 0-1, Daniel Medina 0-1, 0-0, 0.

Team: 16-53 (30 percent), 13-17 (76 percent), 3pt 6-20 (30 percent)


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