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Luu siblings combine for 38 to help Riverbank beat EU

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East Union’s Alyssa Gonigan goes up for a shot in traffic between Riverbank defenders Chloe Arnold (15) and Olivia Luu.


POSTED December 18, 2012 12:46 a.m.

The Luu sisters of Riverbank played every minute, while East Union’s Vezaldenos siblings had trouble staying on the court.

That made a big difference in Monday’s nonleague affair at Dalben Center, where the host Lancers succumbed to the outstanding play of Riverbank’s dynamic duo in a 48-33 loss.

There was sophomore point guard Olivia Luu, who led her team in rebounding with 10 while scoring 11 points, dishing out 11 assists and collecting five steals. Meanwhile, big sis Janelle, a 5-foot-10 forward, hit two 3-pointers and made 11 of 15 free throws, racking up a game-high 27 points to go with eight rebounds.

The other 10 Riverbank points were split between its three other starters. The Bruins improved to 7-3.

“They are great basketball players,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “We were aware of them, we saw them last year. You just have to tip your hat to them. They hit shots and we were chasing them from the beginning of the game to the end.”

When the Vezaldenoses were on the floor, the Lancers (2-3) were competitive. The team’s two leading scorers just weren’t on the floor together often for different reasons.

Victoria Vezaldenos picked up her second foul just 1 minute, 5 seconds into the contest, and she had four 1:09 into the fourth quarter. She ended up with five points and four rebounds.

Freshman Olivia Vezaldenos, EU’s table-setter in both half- and full-court situations, hurt her left shoulder while scrambling for a loose ball near midcourt with about five minutes to go in the third. Her nine points and four assists were team-highs.

“She was ready to go back in, but it wasn’t worth it,” Agostini said of Olivia. “It happens, that’s part of the game. As much as you’d like to have them on the floor, it’s an opportunity for other players to get some quality minutes. We never really got into a rhythm tonight.”

East Union led for all of 17 seconds. Olivia Vezaldenos’ fastbreak bucket assisted by Madison Hoffman put the Lancers ahead 2-0 with 7:23 to go in the first quarter. Toni Adams answered with two free throws to tie it 17 seconds later, and Janelle Luu’s 3 from the top of the arc put Riverbank up for good.

East Union did well to stay within reach despite Victoria Vezaldenos being in foul trouble in the first half, trailing 30-24 at the break. Both teams went cold from the field over the final two periods, but Riverbank’s 7-0 run in the fourth, which made it 46-31 at the halfway point, was enough to bury the Lancers.

“The other team was getting to the ball quicker than we were,” Agostini said. “When we take the floor we hope to be quicker to the ball, to execute the offense and get in transition. It was there at times tonight, but it was inconsistent.”

East Union returns to action tonight against Grace Davis of Modesto back at Dalben Center.


Riverbank 39,East Union 35

Destiny Flores poured in 12 points, but it was not enough for the Lancers who fell to 5-3 on the season.


East Union 24,Riverbank 17

Isabella Cardenas shined in what was otherwise a defensive battle, finishing with 10 points. Kayla Lecce added six.

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