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LBHC: Blazers, Falcons open with wins

Marysville falls to Rio Linda

A balanced scoring attack proved to be more than enough for the Lindhurst High boys basketball team to earn a blowout victory on Thursday night.

Junior sharpshooter Alex Yang dropped in a team-high 19 points and three of his teammates reached double-digits as the host Blazers opened the ninth annual Lindhurst Blazer Holiday Classic with a 66-48 win over Highlands in Olivehurst.

Shooting guard Devin Ward added 18 points, point guard Cedrick Thomas scored 17 and junior Angel Sanchez finished with 10 points for the Blazers, who improved to 8-6 on the year in the victory.

The Blazers continue tournament play at 6:30 p.m. today against Fortuna (9-3), which beat West Campus 59-45 in another first-round matchup.

River Valley 69, Mira Loma 46

The Falcons continued their winning ways with an easy victory over Mira Loma in their tournament opener.

Deepak Leal, who was the MVP of last week's Mel Good Holiday Classic in Yuba City, drained five 3-pointers in the first half on his way to a game-high 20 points.

Jordan Noall added 12 points and Stuart Bradley chipped in with 10 for RV, which has won four straight games to improve to 7-7 on the year.

Cris Lamas had eight points and eight rebounds in the win as well.

The Falcons continue tournament action with a winner's bracket game against Rio Linda (5-4) tonight at 8.

Rio Linda 56, Marysville 51

Jordan Cabrito scored a team-high 12 points, but the Indians came up short in a loss to the Knights in their opening-round game.

Despite the setback, however, Marysville coach Stan Easter was pleased with his team's effort.

"It was a tight game throughout. Nobody led by more than six the whole game, they just made their free throws at the end," Easter said. "It was the best game we played all year — and that includes our wins. We competed with a talented team."

Chu Lor added 11 points for the Indians (4-9), who will play Mira Loma in the consolation round today at 3:30 p.m.

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