Skins smother Lions to open MLL

The Union Democrat Sports Department /

The Calaveras Redskins boys' basketball team tipped off the new year in style.

Calaveras opened Mother Lode League play with a convincing 65-29 rout of Lindenon Fridayin San Andreas.

"I was really pleased with the way we played," said Redskins head coach Kraig Clifton. "We were the stronger team, but we also executed the game plan really well."

For the third time this season, Calaveras held the opposing team to single-digit scoring for all four quarters.

And against Linden, it was no different. The Redskins allowed Linden to score just eight, six, six and nine points through four periods of play.

"We just felt we had a good game plan," Clifton said. "We took away their strengths for the most part. Really, it wasn't much more to it than that. They got frustrated pretty quick."

With Calaveras shutting down Linden's offense, senior center Kyle Gouveia and the Redskins went to work.

Calaveras led 32-12 by halftime, and from there, the rout was on.

The Redskins netted 25 points in the third quarter and nursed a 57-20 advantage into the final period.

Gouveia, a matchup nightmare for Linden, scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to finish with a double-double. The 6-foot-7-inch Redskin also blocked four shots in just two-and-a-half quarters of play.

"He was outstanding," Clifton said. "We did a good job of getting the ball into him. Real big advantage inside."

With such a big lead, Clifton inserted most of his backups in the second half. In all, Calaveras had a total of 10 players convert a basket.

Senior guard Mike Seawell was the only other Redskin in double figures with 11 points. Dane Ehlers finished with six and Dalton Fletcher, Nick Elliot, Jayson Verona all netted five. T.J. Crenshaw added four. Taylor Manning, Tone Arvizu and Terelle Williams all tallied two.

"We have a deep bench," Clifton said. "Our scoring doesn't necessarily drop off."

Up next for Calaveras (7-4, 1-0 MLL) is an away game versus Amador at7:30 p.m. on Tuesdayin Sutter Creek.

"It's a good way to start," Clifton said. "We know it's going to get harder from here. We know we need to keep working, but it's always exciting to get the first one."

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