Lincoln boys improve to 2-1 with win over Paradise

Zebras excel in classroom too
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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WHEATLAND _ The Lincoln High boys basketball team exploded for 41 points in the first half, and went on to bury the Paradise Bobcats, 62-27, in Wheatland’s tournament held last weekend. Two underclassmen, Marcus Salgado (junior), and Alexis Gonzales (sophomore) rattled the rim for 14 points apiece to lead the Fighting Zebras to their second victory of the preseason. Lincoln improved to 2-1; Paradise fell to 1-2. Kyle Lowe tallied eight points for the blue-and-gold, while juniors Steven Venturino and Michael Corter each added six points to the winning score. Daniel Medina garnered five rebounds as the Zebras matched the Bobcats with 18 boards each. However, Paradise turned over the ball 27 times to Lincoln’s seven. The Zebras also pulled off 11 steals, with Travis Miskell getting three. Salgado had two assists in the contest. Lindhurst _ The Blazers were able to hold Lincoln at bay in the semifinal game and earn a trip to the championship with a 62-50 win over the Fighting Zebras. Lindhurst built a 33-26 lead at halftime, and the boys in blue were unable cut into that lead in the final two stanzas. Lindhurst is a really good team,” said Lincoln boys basketball assistant coach Robert Ash. “We had opportunities, we just didn’t knock down the big shots. We executed, we played hard, it was just one of those things when you play a really good team you’ve got to knock down those big shots.” Lowe led the club with 10 points, but was the only player to reach double digits with only eight of Lincoln’s 14-player roster suiting up. Salgado and Miskell each added nine points to the mix, while Ethan Everett scored eight. The Zebras went hard to the boards pulling down 43 rebounds. Lowe had eight, Everett and Venturino seven apiece, and Miskell added six. Although Lincoln had 10 thefts, the team turned over the ball 24 times. Marysville _ The home boys opened the Wheatland Tournament by roughing up the Indians, 59-23. The Zebras used a balanced attack with Salgado, Venturino, and Gonzales totaling 27 points scoring nine each. Lowe led the club with 11, and Everett tossed in eight. James Pallas stepped up with six rebounds to add the most to Lincoln’s 27 total. Salgado contributed four. Marysville held its own on the boards, but coughed up the nugget 38 times. Waiting eagerly were Salgado and Everett, who both had three steals. “We have really smart players,” Ash said as to how quickly the Zebras learn on the floor – as well as the classroom. “Our team’s GPA is through the roof. These kids are student athletes. They are all on top of their schoolwork” The Zebras were to travel to Hamilton City for a game Tuesday, then spend the weekend in Loomis for the Del Oro Invitational Tournament. They were scheduled to meet Bella Vista, 5 p.m. in their opener. Lincoln High boys basketball 2011-2012 Roster 10 Trenton Keeler G Sr 11 Kyle Kramer F Sr 12 Travis Miskell G Sr 15 Marcus Salgado G So 20 Daniel Medina G Jr 21 Steven Venturino G Jr 22 Michael Corter G Jr 23 Alexis Gonzales F Jr 24 Josh Warner F Sr 25 Eric Corter G Sr 30 Ethan Everett C So 31 Kyle Lowe G Sr 33 James Pallas F Jr 41 Konnor Valgardson F Jr