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Trojans play Sheldon tougher, but still fall, 70-56

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge has found that the Delta River League is a whole lot tougher than the Sierra Valley Conference. The Trojans dropped to 3-4 in league play following a 70-56 home loss to Sheldon on Friday. Oak Ridge trailed Sheldon by two, 28-26, with three minutes to play in the first half before the explosive Huskies went on a 10-2 run to finish the half and take a 38-28 lead into the break. Bryce Scott opened the second half with a bucket to cut the lead to eight and that’s as close as the Trojans would get to the lead the rest of the game. The Huskies were just too athletic, too long and too good. Sheldon dominated Oak Ridge at the foul line, making 27-of-33 free throw while Oak Ridge made six out of only nine attempts. Making matters worse, the Trojans’ shooting woes continued, as they made only 36 percent of their shot attempts, while Sheldon converted on 44 percent. “We’re just going through a difficult stretch and the strength of the Delta River League is what’s causing it, “Oak Ridge coach Bob Christensen said. “It’s a tough league and every team needs to go through a stretch like this to be successful in the end. We’ve got good chemistry; we’re tough, but now we’ve got to fight through the adversity. I believe we’re slowing getting through it.” Christensen said the team played well at times, getting back to sharing the ball as they did during their 19-game winning streak, but at other times, the team struggled. Tyler Simms led the Trojans with 12 points, while Bryce Scott finished with 11. DJ Leszczynski scored nine, while Scott Sanchez and Will Findlay both had eight. Dakari Allen scored 21 to lead the Huskies, while Darius Nelson finished with 19. D’erryl Williams had 12 points and Ramon Eaton ended with 11.