JV Trojans win eight of first 10 games

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity boys’ basketball team won the consolation bracket at Cordova on Saturday with a 52-29 win over Sutter. The win improved Oak Ridge’s record to 8-2 on the season with both losses coming by one point. The squad started the season by winning the John Karsten Tournament, defeating Foothill in the title game, 60-54. Scott Sanchez, since called up to the varsity team, won the Most Valuable Player award while Sean O’Donnell and Matt Howard were all-tournament selections. Oak Ridge then took third in the Jesuit Tournament with a 70-68 overtime win over Franklin. For the second straight week, Howard was an all-tournament selection. Before being pulled up to the varsity, Sanchez was one of the team’s leaders, averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game. Coach Larry Leszczynski said that Jake Rosada, Kees Vanderwyk and Roman Andrus would have to step up, assuming Sanchez stays on the varsity squad. Leszczynski said the three play hard and are solid players. Another big man, freshman Sergio Quilici, is still getting used to the junior varsity level and Leszczynski said by the end of the season Quilici should be a force. Another team leader for the Trojans is Howard, who’s averaging 14 points, four steals and three assists per game. In the backcourt, guards Steven Hoffman, Josh Simms, Connor Jamerson and O’Donnell are the top-four guards in the rotation and are interchangeable. Dylan Collie and Lucas Lascano round out the backcourt. “I have been very happy with our effort so far,” Leszczynski said. “Last year’s freshman team shot a lot of three’s and I’m trying to change that mentality to have an inside-out game. We have good big men and I want the ball to come inside first, then if it’s kicked out, I’m happy to take the three. “The team has been doing a good job of running our transition offense and our offensive sets. When we are patient offensively, we tend to wear teams down and end up with some easy baskets. Defensively, our rotations and rebounding have been good. We need improvement on offensive rebounding and to cut down on the turnovers. If we can do that, we should have a good year.” The Trojans face Yuba City on Wednesday before the Trojan Toss-Up on Dec. 28 where they open with Rio Americano.