Oak Ridge gets 24 from Scott, beats Pondo
By Scott Warden
SHINGLE SPRINGS — After Oak Ridge High’s exciting victory earlier in the week over top-ranked Sheldon, the Trojans turned their attention toward Shingle Springs Friday and their matchup with intra-county rival Ponderosa.
With renewed thoughts of chasing first place in the Delta River League standings, Oak Ridge hoped to maintain its momentum against the Bruins to close the first round of league play.
“We’ll need to ready for this game because Ponderosa is a rival,” Trojan Scott Sanchez said. “We know they can shoot three-pointers but we feel confident and will be ready for them.”
The Bruins came in poised and ready to show everyone on their home floor they’re up to the challenge that Oak Ridge presented.
“Our team is improving and has grown since last year. We know Oak Ridge is a tough team but our high-low game of Chris Snyder and Curtis Opsahl gives us a good opportunity to present the Trojans with challenges. Anything can happen and we will see.”
In front of a packed house with fans spilling onto the court as officials attempted to keep order, the atmosphere was one of enthusiasm and excitement as the Trojans and Bruins tipped off. In the opening minutes, the two battled back-and-forth but it wasn’t long before Oak Ridge took control in what turned out to be a 62-40 Trojan win.
Tied at 4-apiece early, Troy closed the first quarter with 10 straight points. Oak Ridge’s Bryce Scott, who led all scorers with 24 points, sank two three-point shots in the run as the Trojans took their 10-point advantage to the second.
The Bruins were challenged to come back and got going behind Curtis Opsahl (eight points, seven rebounds) but the effort wasn’t enough as Oak Ridge controlled the pace throughout.
The Trojans never relinquished their lead and extended in the second quarter behind the scoring of Matt Howard (15 points) and Sanchez (12 points). Any run Ponderosa attempted to make was met by the El Dorado Hills squad which built a 30-16 halftime advantage.
Over the course of the second half, the Bruins battled the Trojans gallantly with Josh Hufford (13 points) finding the range but Ponderosa couldn’t narrow the gap Oak Ridge had created in the opening half. Troy outscored the hosts 32-24 in the third and fourth quarters to secure the win.
Trevor Hammitt scored eight points for the Bruins.
Each team returns to the hardwood Wednesday as Oak Ridge travels to Pleasant Grove and Ponderosa visits Jesuit.