SHINGLE SPRINGS — With a timely steal at mid-court, Ponderosa’s Ryan Miles, who finished a strong night on the hardwood with eight points, raced the length of the court and softly put in a shot off the glass to give the host Bruins an early lead in their Delta River League encounter with Sheldon Wednesday night.
Ponderosa had a solid start and a good finish when Griffin Fontana, who scored 14 points on the night, dribbled past a defender for a pull-up 10-foot jumper at the final buzzer but the Bruins were no match in between. The Huskies used speed, size and quickness to subdue Ponderosa 94-49.
For a brief moment it appeared the Bruins would contend with Sheldon and give the Huskies a tough game. Early on, Travis Fisher, Miles, Taylor Bybee, Zacc Williams and Chris Brown stifled the Sheldon attack and took a 7-6 lead in the first quarter.
“We know Sheldon is one of the top teams around and we have worked on some things in practice that we hope to have success with tonight,” Ponderosa coach Andy Beal said before the game.
“This is also a great opportunity for our team to see where we’re at and overall I just want us to compete and play hard.”
Everything the Bruins tried did stop Sheldon in the beginning stages but the optimism was short-lived as the Huskies began hitting three-pointers and drive inside to seize control. The result was a 19-4 run by Sheldon to close the first quarter for a 25-11 advantage.
Over the next two quarters of play the visitors went on big scoring runs to extend the lead and by the end of the third quarter the Huskies almost doubled Ponderosa’s point total with the Bruins trailing 72-38.
Ponderosa continued to play hard over the final eight minutes but Sheldon had no problem pinning the Bruins with their first league loss.
Ponderosa returns to action Friday against Jesuit.