By Tyler Schmidt
Mother Lode News correspondent
Coming off a win in the Trojan Toss Up Tournament, the Oak Ridge boys basketball team was 14-0 and brimming with confidence for Thursday’s game with 5-9 Yuba City.
The Trojans fell behind early, but feeding off the high energy at home with a loud crowd in attendance, they rallied late to seal a 75-66 win against the Honkers behind Bryce Scott’s 32-point night.
Oak Ridge got off to a slow start and Yuba City struck quickly, using a barrage of three pointers to take the lead. At halftime, the Honkers had built a 41-36 lead.
The Trojans came out in the second half in need of a comeback and with a 10-point rally led by constant offensive pressure from Scott, the Trojans ended the third quarter in a dead tie at 60.
Oak Ridge turned up the defensive heat and pulled away in the fourth to wrap up the victory.
After giving up 60 points in three quarters of play, the Trojan defense stood tall when it needed to most in the fourth quarter, holding the Honkers to a mere six points.
“One of our key focuses going into the second half was our defense, and we really stepped up our team defense in the second half. That was definitely a big key for us in our win,” Trojan DJ Leszczynski said.
Defense was the difference; Will Findlay pulled down nine rebounds and racked up four blocks as well. Findlay also added 11 points and Tyler Simms scored eight.
But Scott’s performance was key as the junior constantly drove to the hole and racked up points with lay-ups and free throws.
The win wraps up an unblemished preseason record of 15-0.
Wednesday the Trojans play their first Delta River League game at home against Jesuit.