Indians look part of PVL contender in romp over Falcons
COLFAX– It remains to be seem if Pioneer Valley League newcomer Marysville has enough firepower to challenge for this season’s PVL boys basketball title, but Tuesday night in their league opener against Colfax, the Indians sure looked the part.
Receiving some blistering shooting from the guard combo of Blake Clavelle and Illyaas Rafiq and some crafty inside work from Kameron Klein, the visiting Indians led from start to finish in handing Colfax a 64-44 drubbing.
Marysville, 13-4 overall and expected to challenge with both Foothill and Center has the heavies in the PVL race, connected on seven baskets beyond the arc and caused just enough mischief on defense to force the Falcons into 10 first-half turnovers that helped build a 33-19 cushion by halftime.
“I thought we handled their full-court pressure well but we just didn’t finish the opportunities we had,” said Colfax coach Terry O’Keefe, whose Falcons slipped to 6-9 overall. “Tip your hat to Marysville though, they played well tonight.”
Clavelle finished the game with 21 points while Rafiq followed right behind with 20. The backcourt mates combined for all seven of Marysville’s treys, including three in the first four minutes of the second half that gave them the night’s biggest lead at 47-26.
Colfax, with hustle play from Jake Green and Dakota Campos, tried to make a game of things later in the second half and actually whittled the margin down to 50-37 early in the fourth stanza. But Klein, a 6-foot-3 senior forward, scored six fourth-quarter points to put the Indians in comfortable territory again.
“Marysville has some experienced players and it showed tonight,” said O’Keefe. “I thought we did some good things but just not enough of them.”
Green led Colfax with 16 points along with grabbing eight rebounds. Max Wolff followed with 10 points and 12 boards while Campos netted seven.
Colfax will play at Center Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Foothill 73, Bear River 65
The Bruins made a fourth-quarter run at the host Mustangs but came up short in the PVL opener on the road. Trailing 61-41 at the end of three periods, Bear River used some hot outside shooting from Justin Powell and Brekyn Vasquez to close the gap before running out of gas.
Powell, with six triples, and Vasquez both finished with 18 points. Caleb Lowry added eight points while Brad Smith and Adam Malik scored seven apiece. For Foothill, Elijah Holliday netted 25 points, Traivion Drummer added 21 and William Goebel 13.
Bear River will entertain Marysville Thursday at 7 p.m.
Foresthill 90, Encina Prep 77
In what Foresthill boys basketball coach James Kuykendall described as “a fast-paced game”, the Wildfires maintained a piece of the Central Valley California League lead Tuesday night with a high-scoring 90-77 win over Encina Prep.
Playing at home, the Wildfires’ offense was clicking on all cylinders as Foresthill used some hot shooting to take a 48-28 lead at halftime.
“It was a good game,” said Kuykendall. “Both teams each had their share of runs.”
Skyler Tuttle, rounding back into shape after missing much of December with an injury, peppered the hoop for a game-high 35 points. Tuttle finished the contest with five treys, including a pair of big ones in the fourth quarter when Encina had cut into Foresthill’s lead.
Jaycie Zapata also played a key role in the win with 16 points while Caleb Medrano and Nick Lechner added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Foresthill (9-8, 4-1) will host Futures Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Woodland Christian 64, Forest Lake Christian 55
The Falcons slipped from a tie for the CVCL lead with the tough road loss Tuesday in Woodland. A cold shooting night, where Forest Lake was outscored by the Cardinals 21-1 in the second quarter, doomed the Falcons.
Trailing 30-13 at halftime, Forest Lake cut the Woodland Christian lead to 46-38 at the end of three quarters, but the Falcons couldn’t get any closer. Forest Lake (9-8, 3-2) hosts Encina Prep on Friday.
Oak Ridge 64, Del Oro 61
The Golden Eagles slipped to 0-2 in Sierra Foothill League play with the close home setback to the Trojans. Jack Welty tallied 19 points for Del Oro and was followed by Dante Pericin with 12 and Jared Hill with 11.
In the JV game, despite 19 points from JT Maloney, Del Oro slipped, 65-49. Del Oro’s freshmen took a 56-55 win as Aiden Parry and Collin Fenner both scored 12 points.
Forest Lake Christian 39, Woodland Christian 36
After trailing 22-15 at halftime, Forest Lake’s girls limited the host Cardinals to just 14 second-half points to come from behind for the win.
Lily Sween paced the win with 17 points while Amber Jackson added 14 and Ali McDaniel six. Forest Lake improved to 10-5 overall with the win and 5-0 in CVCL play. The Falcons host Encina Prep on Friday.
Foresthill 72, Encina Prep 26
The Lady Wildfires improved to 2-3 in the CVCL with a 72-26 rout over Encina Prep.
Foresthill was led by three players in double-figures, including Cassie Ralston’s 15, Holly Brooks’ 12 and 11 more from Makayla Lechner, who also had nine rebounds, five assists and six steals.
Foresthill hosts Futures at 6 p.m. Friday night.