Trojans top Rocklin in Foundation Game nightcap, 42-29By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
It wasn’t the prettiest thing to watch at times, but Oak Ridge varsity boys’ basketball coach Steve Scott liked what he saw Monday night in his team’s first game.
The execution wasn’t there and at times it got sloppy, but Scott liked the hard work and effort, particularly on defense, and feels if that continues his team will be just fine.
Oak Ridge played Rocklin in the annual Foundation Game and came away with a 42-29 win. The offense showed it needs a lot of work, but holding a team to less than 30 points was pleasing to the eye of Scott.
“It was a little rough on the offensive side, shooting 43 percent from the field and 41 percent from the line, but we were very solid on the defensive side,” Scott said. “The execution on offense wasn’t where it needs to be, but that’s to be expected at this stage of the season. The guys played really hard and I’m super happy with their efforts.”
The Trojans didn’t score much, but at least they improved throughout the game, scoring 25 points in the second half after only 17 in the first. Connor Sende led the team with 14 points, while Grant Dean scored nine. Oak Ridge could have done much better had they shot a respectable percentage from the free throw line. The team made only nine-of-22 attempts.
Sende played well all-around, as he added four assists, four steals and eight rebounds. Bryan Bare had six rebounds and four steals.
“Once everyone starts to feel more comfortable with their new roles, the offense will get better, as will the shooting,” Scott said. “For us to be successful, we will need to be a true team; everyone working hard to do their part. I think the guys understand that from what I saw. I’m proud how hard the guys are working. We will get better.”
Oak Ridge plays in the Jack Scott Tournament at Rio Americano starting Thursday where they open up with Monterey Trail at 4 p.m.