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Linfield Wins Caged Classic.
Linfield Wins Caged Classic.

Lions Win 2013 Caged Classic Tournament

Linfield Beat Yucca Valley 67-58 in Rematch

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Issue 01, Volume 17.
Paul Bandong
Staff Writer

The Linfield Christian Lions avenged a second-round pool play loss (59-66) by beating the Tournamentís only unbeaten team Yucca Valley Trojans (3-0) 67-58 in the Championship game of the Linfield Caged Classic Basketball Tournament on Monday, December 30, 2013.

The Lions were led by seniors Jack Dickson (11 points, 5 rebounds, four assists, three steals, two charges taken); Dallas House (16 points, 11 rebounds); DJ Matos (13 points, 8 rebounds); and Daniel Morris (13 points, 10 rebounds). "Our seniors stepped up and led us tonight," said first-year Head Coach Brian Wethers.

Leading 21-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Lions were able to score only seven points against the aggressive Trojan defense while late threeís by Willy Parquette and Patrick Ferragut gave the Trojans a 12-7 advantage in the second quarter. Linfield led 28-14 with three minutes left in the half, but went into the locker room up by only four, 28-24.

It was a hard-fought third quarter with each team answering the otherís scoring; Yucca Valley scored 20 to Linfieldís 18, to end the third within two, 46-44. Trenton Pecaro led Trojan scoring with eight in the quarter; Dickson had seven for the Lions.

With 3:37 left in the final period, the score was 51-50 Linfield. Matos hit a three at the top of the arc for the Lions; six seconds later, Parquette answered from the corner. Morris then slashed in for a lay-up, House banked in a put-back, point guard Joey Prudencio penetrated for a lay-up, and followed that with a penetration dish-off to House for a 61-55 lead with under a minute to go. Dickson took his second charge on a Jashawn White drive, negating the bucket and giving the Lions possession. Pecaro – who had been averaging 22 pts per game -- fouled out and the Lions ended up with a 67-58 victory and the tourney championship.

Morris and Dickson were both named to the All-Tourney team. Morris ended up with 68 points, including a 29-pt effort against Rubidoux, and 37 rebounds overall. He had three double-doubles in the tournament. Dickson had 59 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists and nine steals.

On opening day (Dec 26), Linfield defeated California Military Institute (CMI) 87-37. Dickson scored 23. Heritage lost to Yucca Valley 67-59. Woodcrest Christian beat Rubidoux 56-54.

On the second day of pool play, CMI beat Rubidoux 64-60; Linfield lost to Yucca Valley 66-59; Woodcrest Christian edged Heritage, 47-44.

In Saturdayís final pool play, Yucca Valley beat Woodcrest Christian 61-58; Linfield dispatched Rubidoux 59-37; CMI lost to Heritage 70-49.

In the consolation games, Heritage beat Rubidoux 56-47 for fifth place and Woodcrest Christian beat CMI 51-38 for third place.

"This tournament was great preparation for us as we enter league play," said Wethers. Linfield opens the New Year at Loma Linda Academy on January 7th; the Roadrunners were ranked #8 in SS Division 5AA last year and were second in the Ambassador League.

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Photo: Paul Bandong

IMG_9972.jpg: The Linfield Lions won the Linfield Caged Classic by defeating Yucca Valley, 67-58. (L to R) Lorenzo Burns, DJ Matos, Joey Prudencio, Coach Brian Wethers, Greg Holt, Assistant Coach Cojuan Richardson, Eduardo Sanchez-Diaz, Daniel Morris, Dallas House, Jack Dickson.



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