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Lancers get quality win at Riverbank behind Danhoff’s 25

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POSTED December 5, 2012 12:43 a.m.

East Union’s boys basketball team picked up a quality win in Riverbank Tuesday, leading the previously-undefeated Bruins by 22 at one point of a 60-47 victory.

“We knew Riverbank was one of the better teams around, and their record (23-5) from last year proves that. They return pretty much their whole team,” EU coach Brett Lewis said. “It was a good test for us early in the year. The guys rose to the occasion.”

Two juniors stepped up offensively for the Lancers (2-0). Jake Danhoff took advantage of his height to score 25 points, while 6-foot-2 wing Robbie Gloeckler poured in 16 including nine in the fourth quarter.

Riverbank (3-1) has no one taller than 6-3 but is coming off a year in which it reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals along with a berth to the CIF State Regional Championships.

“Their guard pressure is just as good as having a post defense, because they make it hard for you to get it to your big men,” Lewis said. “But the guys followed the game plan and kept feeding (Danhoff). The game plan worked out. A 13-point win over a quality team is huge for their confidence.”

East Union’s starting senior triumvirate of Jordan Kron, Justin Nieto and Aaron Ramos struggled offensively but found other ways to contribute. Kron and Nieto shared a tough assignment in guarding third-year junior standout Rolaun Dunham, who was held to 11 points. Kenny Veliz led Riverbank with 20 points, registering 12 from the foul line.

East Union takes its early momentum to the 20th Annual Gene Honk Williams Memorial Tournament Thursday at Vacaville High. The Lancers open with Dixon at 5.

Lathrop 57, Linden 42

After playing six games in six days last week, Lathrop (2-4) showed good energy on the defensive end in its home opener.

Nine of 12 Spartans scored and were led by Robert Orantes’ 16 points. KV Bal and T.J. Conley contributed nine points each. Conley, coming off knee surgery and a minor ankle sprain, also had six rebounds.

“Having T.J. back was a nice addition,” Lathrop coach Bill Slikker said. “It was to get a win after a long week, but there are still a few things we need to get better at.”

Like free-throw shooting, as the Spartans made just five of 21 from the line.

They will next head to Ripon on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Freshman

East Union 60, Riverbank 30

The Pages, who were short a few starters, were ahead 23-17 at halftime before blowing it open in the second half.

Austin Miller led three EU players in double figures with 17 points. Marcus Panelo and Malik Thomas added 12 and 10, respectively.

East Union tips off the 3rd Annual Lathrop Tournament this Thursday against Kimball starting at 3:30.

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