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Thunder win opener at MaxPreps Holiday Tournament

Strong second half pushes Rocklin past Bellarmine of Spokane
By: Staff Report
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The Rocklin High School boys basketball team outscored Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma, Washington 41-21 after intermission to win a first-round game 69-52 at the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Tournament at Torrey Pines in San Diego. The Thunder are playing in the highest-ranked National Division at the acclaimed event, alongside some of the most talented high school basketball teams in the nation, including Bay Area powerhouse Newark Memorial and St. Anthony’s from Jersey City, NJ. There are 77 teams in the tourney, broken into five brackets, with the Thunder playing in the top 16-team pool. The Friday evening matchup was the first head-to-head battle between Rocklin center Brendan Lane, who is headed to UCLA, and his future Pac-10 opponent, Washington-bound Abdul Gaddy. While Gaddy, a 6-foot-3 guard, won the individual scoring battle with 24, it was Lane’s team that delivered the win with a dominant second half, after trailing by three points at the break. Lane, the 6-foot-10 center, scored 21 to lead the way for Rocklin, and junior guard Cody Kale added 18 as the Thunder answered Gaddy with an impressive inside-outside attack. The tournament continues on Saturday when Rocklin will face Eisenhower from Rialto, a 73-53 first-round winner over Pasadena Friday. Play takes a break on Sunday, but resumes on Monday before concluding with championship games on Tuesday.