BASKETBALL: Men Succeed against rivals
one of El Camino’s players.
The Raiders won 58-55.
“It was a lot of fun,” junior Peter Margaris said. “We knocked El Camino out of playoffs by winning.”
Margaris often received chants of “MVP” during the game.
“Everything seemed to be going their way. Shots, rebounds and foul calls. but in the last two minutes we came through and won. Thanks to a couple huge plays. Coming into our last league game we knew we had to win to make playoffs,” Ashen said.
Rio then went on to face Bella Vista in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Boys Basketball playoffs. However, the Raiders lost to the Broncos 71-50.
Bella Vista advanced to the next playoff game. However, the Raiders were happy with their record, with nearly as many wins as losses.
The season was over for the men’s varsity basketball team. The record was 12-15 with a 7-3 record in league games. It was a respectable record, especially their winning record in league play.
“My last game was tough,” Ashen said. “It was a really emotional game for me.”
Next year, they hope to preform even better with some key seniors departing and new juniors joining.
“We were a really young team, with only a few players with varsity experience,” Ashen said. “We began the year making a lot of mistakes, but as the year went on we really cleaned up our play and learned to play bigger and faster teams thanks to our tough pre-season schedule.”
The team had a busy season this year.
Following the loss to El Camino, Rio faced Mira Loma at home. Mira Loma had been hoping to defeat Rio after Rio had defeated the Matadors during the teams’ first encounter.
However, the Raiders were able to dominate over the Matadors, scoring more than twice as much as Mira Loma, ending the night 74-31.
The team’s record was 11-13. Two games remained, enough to tie up the win-loss record. Morale was higher after beating one of the most difficult teams in the league, Whitney High School, who went home with a 64-59 loss.
Rio then went into their game against Antelope with confidence, but fell short of victory.
They suffered a loss of 72-53. This loss made their record 11-14, with El Camino as their last shot at a win.
In their preseason and season, Rio played teams such as River Valley High School, Kennedy High School, McClatchy High School, Rocklin High School, Jesuit High School, Oak Ridge High School, Bella Vista High School, and Del Campo High School.