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Bruin Varsity Boy Hoopsters Gain Momentum
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Riverbank boys defeated Hughson, 73-57, and beat Livingston, 68-60, but lost a third varsity basketball game at 52-50 to Patterson to bring their record to 11-8 overall and 3-3 in league.

In Tuesday's home game against Hughson, the Bruins were on the short end of the stick at 10-8 for the first quarter, but gathered steam and won the next three periods 19-13, 20-17 and 24-16.

Andrew Villalobos led the scoring with 17 points. Kevin Cole had 15 points; Eric Rodriguez, 14; and Jon Blount, 11. Riverbank shot eight 3-pointers, of which Blount and Cole hit three each. At the foul line, the Bruins sank 16 out of 25 attempts.

"It was a concerted effort," said Riverbank coach Jeff Jennings. "We had four guys in double figures. Any time you can do that, it's good. We took control in offense."

The Bruins also took charge in Friday's away game against Livingston. They won every quarter except the last, leading 15-8, 22-20 and 17-16 before yielding the last quarter at 16-14.

Rodriguez hit record 30 points, followed by Cole, with 14, and Blount, with 11. In 3-pointers, Blount and Cole each sank two buckets and Ray Baca, the other one. Riverbank didn't look so good at the free throw line, sinking only nine out of 16 tries.

"Livingston play at a frenetic pace. They put on a full press and try and make you throw the ball away," said Jennings. "But we were able to make some good decisions.

Rodriguez also pulled down 10 rebounds in an outstanding game, he noted. Blount also played very well at the point guard position, where it fell to him to make decisions on offense.

The loss to Patterson in a game at home on Saturday came as a disappointment, said Jennings.

We came out really flat with no emotion. It might have been a carryover from having played the night before. Patterson played very well. But we had no intensity."

Cole was the high scorer in this game, putting 19 points on the board. Cole also hit six out of Riverbank's nine 3-pointers.

"We have three guys who are averaging double figures in every game,' said Jennings. "Cole is our best shooter."

Kyle Mitchell contributed eight points to the Bruins score; Giovanni Nabors, six; Nate Gonzales, four; and Rodriguez, also four.

The Bruins scored on seven out of 15 throws at the foul line.

Now 3-3 in league, they were scheduled to play Ripon on Jan. 25. They will go against Patterson again in an away game Friday and stay on the road to face Ripon Christian next Tuesday.