Oak Ridge freshman remain unbeaten at 6-0

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s freshman boys’ basketball team improved to 6-0 by winning the Folsom-Vista Tournament last weekend.

The team’s sixth win of the season in the championship game against Woodcreek was their toughest game of the season, according to coach Clark Woods.

The Trojans came out flat and trailed at halftime 24-22, struggling to defend the three-point shot as 18 of the Timberwolves points came from beyond the arc. The team stayed flat in the opening portion of the second half as well, as Woodcreek went on an 8-0 run to take a 10-point lead.

Oak Ridge fought back and Tommy Dunnigan’s three-pointer finally gave the Trojans a lead at 42-40 with four minutes remaining in the game. From there Oak Ridge held the Timberwolves to only four points the rest of the game and won 55-44.

Dunnigan, who was the tournament’s most valuable player, led the Trojans with 12 points and three steals, while Keaton Kisilewicz, an all-tournament selection, also scored 12 points. Oak Ridge’s third all-tournament selection, Brendan Galbreath, pulled down nine rebounds in the game.

The Trojans opened the tournament with a 70-50 win over Rocklin. Woods wasn’t especially pleased with the team’s play, saying they could have done better rebounding the ball and rotating in their press, but he’ll take the win. Dunnigan led the team with 13 points, six steals and three rebounds. Austin Frese and Dylan VanderVeer both scored nine points.

Oak Ridge then trounced Vista del Lago, 63-27, Friday. The team forced 24 turnovers, but also rebounded poorly, as Vista totaled 20 offensive rebounds.

Galbreath led the team with 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals, while Dunnigan added 10 points and two steals.