Saturday Dec 27 2008
Third quarter costs Thunder in second MaxPreps tourney game
By: Staff Report
Rocklin drops to 1-1 at MaxPreps Holiday Tournament
Unable to overcome a rough third quarter at the offensive end, the Rocklin boys basketball team lost its second-round game Saturday at the MaxPreps Holiday Tournament at Torrey Pines in San Diego. The Thunder were outscored 29-10 in the fateful third after trailing by a single point at intermission, rendering their 26-point final stanza insufficient to overtake Eisenhower of Rialto in a 77-66 loss. Senior center Brendan Lane led the Rocklin attack with 22 points, while senior forward Pat Stover added 13 and junior guard Cody Kale 12, but it was not enough to overcome a pair of Eagles who carried the Eisenhower scoring burden. Some good news on the night for the Thunder was the performance of point guard Jackson Cummings, who has missed most of the preseason recovering from a nagging injury. The junior hit a pair of 3-pointers on Saturday and scored eight points for Rocklin. Andrew Bock scored 25 and Nicholas Carter dropped in 22 points to put the burden of the Eisenhower (10-1) scoring load on their backs. That same duo had scored 23 and 18 in the Eagles first-round win over Pasadena Thursday. The two teams are playing alongside some of the most talented high school basketball teams in the nation in the highest 16-team bracket, the National Division, at the acclaimed event. Lane, the 6-foot-10 post player, scored 21 to lead Rocklin to a first-round win over Bellarmine of Tacoma, WA on Thursday, and Kale added 18 in that contest. After taking Sunday off, the tournament continues on Monday when Rocklin (9-2) drops to the consolation bracket to face West Valley of Hemet (6-3), a 73-59 loser to San Diego Saturday night. The Monday game tips at 2:15 p.m. The event concludes with championship games on Tuesday.