Rocklin rebounds to win third game of MaxPreps tourney

By: Staff Report
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After a Saturday loss dropped the Rocklin boys basketball team out of the championship bracket at the MaxPreps Holiday Tournament at Torrey Pines, the Thunder responded with a vengeance, dominating West Valley of Hemet at both ends of the court Monday. Rocklin led by 28 at halftime and extended the advantage to 39 by the end of the third period before clearing the bench and coasting home to a 77-57 win at the tourney in San Diego. Rocklin held a 21-7 lead at the end of the first period and then scored 28 points in the second stanza in opening the 49-21 intermission margin. The Thunder held West Valley to just eight points in the third as they put the game on ice. Brendan Lane, the 6-foot-10 Rocklin center, dropped seven-of-seven free throws on his way to a 29-point game to lead his team to the win. Tony Williams was the only other Rocklin player in double figures, with 10 points, as Steve Taylor cleared his bench and spread the playing time, and the scoring load, around liberally. The win came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Eisenhower of Rialto in the quarterfinals of the 16-team elite National bracket at the prestigious MaxPreps event. The Thunder (10-2) are playing alongside some of the most talented high school basketball teams in the nation in the tourney, and will close out the four-game run in San Diego playing in the National Division fifth-place game Tuesday at 12:20 p.m. Rocklin faces Windward of Los Angeles in that game, looking to finish 3-1 in the holiday classic and claim fifth position in the 16-team pool. Windward toppled Bay Area power, Newark Memorial, at two-time winner over highly-touted Sacramento High School already this season, 58-39 in their Tuesday contest. The Thunder return home after the tournament and will open the Sierra Foothill League season at home against a strong Woodcreek team next Tuesday.