Local Digest: Season ends for Riverbank boys in NorCals

Bee Sports StaffMarch 15, 2014 

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— Riverbank High season came to an end Saturday night with a 64-51 loss to St. Patrick/St. Vincent in the quarterfinals of the Northern California boys basketball regional tournament.

The No. 12 Bruins were within seven entering the fourth quarter, but St. Vincent/St. Patrick switched to a box-and-one defense on leading scorer Rolaun Dunham, putting pressure on Riverbank’s other players to pick up the scoring slack.

“We had a little trouble scoring the ball tonight,” said Bruins coach Jeff Jennings, whose team finishes the season 24-5 after making its third straight trip to the regional. “Usually, we’re a great shooting team, but we just a little trouble tonight, and that caused problems against their zone and their length.”

Dunham finished his career with 19 points, and a four-year varsity record of 88-23 with four trips to the postseason. Curtis Porter III, also playing his last game in a Riverbank uniform, totaled 14. They were the lone Bruins players to score in double figures.

“I thought we played a great game defensively and did a good job of rebounding the ball against a bigger team,” said Jennings. “But we just had trouble shooting, and that’s what happens when you’re on the road.”

Enterprise 59, Patterson 44 at Redding — The No. 8 Tigers saw their season come to an end in the CIF Northern California Division 3 girls basketball region with a loss to the top-seeded Hornets, who will advance to take on No. 4 Florin (Sacramento) on Tuesday. Modesto Christian defeated Florin 39-37 in last week’s Sac-Joaquin Section D3 final at Sleep Train Arena.

Track & field

Close second – Cal State Stanislaus senior Courtney Anderson placed a close second in the 3,000 meters Saturday at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Anderson took the lead on the bell lap and held on until the final step when Adam State’s Alicia Nelson overtook her for the win. The Warrior was timed in 9:41.20.

Anderson also was part of the distance medley relay – along with Marina Vorderbruegge, Chavariana Ryan and Aman Hundal – that finished second on Friday (11:40.51). Stanislaus, 12th in team standings, comes home with six All-American trophies.

Softball

Warriors drop pair – Cierrah Mullins’ three-run homer in the nightcap provided most of the offensive power for Stanislaus as the Warriors dropped a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader to Cal State Monterey 5-1 and 9-5 on the Warriors’ diamond.

Stanislaus (10-17, 6-12) ended a 10-game winning streak by Monterey Bay (20-5, 12-4) on Friday. The Warriors allowed six unearned runs during the second game.

MJC splits – Modesto Junior College rallied for runs in the seventh and in the ninth to pull out a 2-1 win over Cosumnes River in the second game of a Big 8 Conference doubleheader in Sacramento. The Pirates (3-2, 12-7) fell in the opener 2-0 on a no-hitter by Amanda Horbasch.

Boxing

Modesto boxer fights to draw – Modesto’s Rodney Hernandez, who fights out of Tony Avila’s Bad to the Bonz boxing gym, fought to a 38-38 draw against Javier Torres on Friday night. Hernandez cut Torres in the second and worked the body with his left hook and right jab during the match at the Marconi Automotive Museum Fight Night 16 in Tustin. Hernandez is 5-1-1 and Torres, of Tustin, is 6-0-1.

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