Oak Ridge boys too much for Vista

Trojans roll to 65-29 win
By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Oak Ridge boys’ basketball team continued to start its season on a hot foot by dealing the visiting Eagles of Vista del Lago a 65-29 loss and improving to 4-1 in the early season. After an opening quarter that saw Oak Ridge gain a 20-5 advantage, the Trojans never looked back. Vista began in a zone defense but once Oak Ridge senior guard Bryce Scott hit a pair of three-pointers in the first period, they were quickly forced to switch to a man-to-man defense. The Trojan press gave the Eagles problems early on as they forced numerous turnovers that led to easy buckets. “We’re all about defense. That’s our measuring stick,” said Oak Ridge coach Steve Scott. “It wasn’t just our first group, but our second group came in and did a nice job rotating. We got a lot of touches and a lot of steals. Once that happened, we were able to get out and run a little bit. We’re getting better and better.” Oak Ridge built its largest lead of the first half (23 points) with just under three minutes to go. Scott shot four-of-eight from the field for 12 of his game-high 19 points in the half. The Trojans forced Vista turnovers and limited their own. They did a good job of keeping the Eagles’ scorers from getting many good looks. Vista’s leading scorer from a year ago, Patrick Lowman, had eight points to lead the Eagles. Oak Ridge outshot the Eagles (53 percent to 28 percent) and didn’t allow a Vista bucket in the fourth quarter until the 2:54 mark. “It’s hard to come back from turnovers in the open floor like that. That definitely affected everything else we did,” said Vista coach Matt von Tillow, whose young Eagle squad is still looking for its first win of 2011. “We’ve got some experience. We just have to realize our potential and have a better mental attitude. We could be good but we’re not where we want to be yet.” Vista plays co-host to the Folsom-Vista Invitational from Thursday to Saturday while Oak Ridge welcomes Burbank to the Trojan gym on Thursday night.