In games that ranged from a nail biter OT win to a complete blowout in the final contest, Riverbank High’s freshman boys basketball team came out on top of all three games in this past week’s tournament in Modesto.
The first game, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, was against Downey High. At nearly the last second, guard Robert Cunha sank a two-pointer to tie the score at 60, forcing overtime. With the abbreviated tournament clock only showing three minutes for the extra frame, Riverbank got two more on the board and completely stymied the Downey offense, not allowing a single basket, while sinking one of their own. Final score: 62-60.
In the middle game, on Thursday, the youngest Bruins faced Davis. No score was reported, but RHS won, putting them into the winners bracket game on Friday.
In that one, the Bruins just exploded, beating Enochs 70-35 on the Modesto High court. Teamwork and 3-point shooting carried the day for Riverbank.
One relative of a team member pointed out that this freshman team has been playing together since sixth grade at Cardozo Middle School, helping the squad play their way to the tournament championship.
The JV girls team lost to Calaveras on Friday, Dec. 11, dropping the game by a 59-9 final. The varsity girls lost, also by a lopsided margin, with the final score reported as 54-13.
The varsity Lady Bruins are scheduled travel to the Livingston Tournament Dec. 17-19. At the same time the JV team will be playing three days at the Atwater JV Tournament.
Action for the varsity squad will also see them play in the Mesa Verde Challenge in Citrus Heights Dec. 22 and 23.
All the teams are to host Bret Harte of Angels Camp on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
At the Del Oro Tournament in Loomis this past week, RHS varsity lost to Vanden, 51-48, and to Del Oro, 62-34.
The Varsity and JV Bruins were set to host the Bullfrogs of Bret Harte High School on Tuesday, Dec. 15 after The News went to press, then welcome the Sonora Wildcats on Friday, Dec. 18.
On Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 21 and 22, the varsity boys are set to travel to Citrus Heights to take part in the Mesa Verde Challenge. During that time, the JV Bruins will play in the Future Stars Tournament at Johansen High, all three days.