SACRAMENTO -- Too tall to pass over. Too fast at the start. Too clutch in the end.
On Wednesday night, in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, No. 12 Livingston ran into a team that was simply too much to handle.
Rio Americano opened the game on a 20-9 tear and never looked back in a 80-52 victory.
"They jumped on us early and we didn't gain our composure back til halftime," Livingston coach Angelo Naldi said. "It's hard to make adjustments in the first and second quarters, but we tried with timeouts."
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Livingston cut the deficit to 15 in the third quarter with a small run, but Rio Americano pulled away with a 29-point fourth quarter.
With its size advantage on the perimeter, Rio Americano trapped Livingston's guards, forcing them into ill-advised passes over the top.
The passes often ended in steals, helping Rio Americano build an early cushion.
Brian Alvarez led Livingston with 17 points. Gurpreet Sangha had 15.
At Rio Americano
Livingston 9 9 16 18 -- 52
Rio Americano 20 21 10 29 -- 80
LIVINGSTON -- Brian Alvarez 17; Chris Modi 9; Edgar Perez 2; Randy Randeepatwal 1; Gupreet Sangha 15; Charles Brown 8. Totals: 20 8-17 52
RIO AMERICANO -- Katl 6; Barlow 3; Nathanson 21; Levowitz 15; Strowse 4; Moore 2; Okoroike 2; Alajou 2; Maloney 2; Haugen 15; Adams 8. Totals: 45 26-36 80
3-pointers : Livingston 4 (Alvarez 2, Sangha 2) Rio Americano 4 (Nathanson 2, Levowitz 2) ; Total Fouls : Livingston 25; Rio Americano 16 ; Fouled Out : Sangha; Adams.
Records: Livingston 20-6, Rio American 21-7.