Moss leads Thunder past Lincoln in season opener

Senior scores 25
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Rocklin High senior Devin Moss got the hot hand in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s opening boys basketball game at Lincoln and led the boys in blue to a 62-51 victory Tuesday.

Hot was a bit of an understatement as Moss shot 100-percent from both the floor and free-throw line in the second half, including a 3-pointer. The Fighting Zebras simply couldn’t answer as Moss scored 15 in the fourth period and was high point totaling 25.

“Definitely, when you’re on the road and in the fourth quarter, it’s close, that’s the time as the road team you’ve got to step up and you’ve got to make plays and I really tried to do that,” Moss said after the game. “I think my role on this team is to lead and to score and so I tried to do that.”

Kobe Bryant couldn’t have done it better.

The two clubs sparred in the first two periods, both using stingy defenses. Lincoln held a two-point lead after the first quarter and Rocklin fought back to hold a 26-22 bulge at halftime.

Little changed in the third stanza as Lincoln closed the gap to two. Moss was beginning to warm up going 2-2 as did Drew Ardissone, but in quarter four, the sounds coming from the Lincoln gym were all Thunder.

“I liked our ability to just keep on grinding. Every time something got thrown at us, we just found a way to keep pushing through and keep fighting,” said Rocklin head coach Casey Cutts. “I felt like we just outlasted them. They’re a good team, they’re well coached, they play hard and we just found a way to continue to scrap and claw and fight to reverse it and I was very proud of that.”

Although Moss’s performance was brilliant, it didn’t come without solid help from his teammates. Center Hayden Cook went hard to the boards to pull down nine rebounds and tally 11 points. He, too, shot well from the floor hitting on five of seven shots.

Senior Taylor Cherry added eight points and four boards. Vinnie Safin put up six points and also took four caroms off the glass.

“I’m very proud of our guys,” Cutts said. “They came out and showed a lot of heart and a lot of competitiveness and a lot of drive to keep pushing through and finish this one. It’s a very good team we played.”

Next on tap for Rocklin is Del Campo Saturday. They host American next Thursday and are scheduled to compete in the Folsom High School Tournament Dec. 7-8.

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)



Del Oro (2-0) 62-55 winner over Laguna Creek

Woodcreek (2-0) 70-35 winner over Las Plumas

Roseville (0-1) 65-57 loss to Placer

Granite Bay (0-1) 88-64 loss to Sheldon