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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 lC SPORTS AND RECRE00_TION INSIDE SECTION C: FEATORING THE ACTION AROUND -:--": ................. ::': PLUMAS COUNTY ...................................................... __-2 : . _ ..... 2___2 .................... Portola edges Quincy by three at tournament Greg Knight Sports Writer The everlasting rivalry between the Portola Tigers and the Quincy Trojans is alive and well -- and it gave birth to a "W" in the win-loss column for the Tigers as they squeaked past Quincy, 65-62, in the headline match of the 2014 Tiger Classic on Saturday night. Both teams came into the game at 2-0, with Quincy defeating Biggs, 71-31, and Modoc, 73-53, while Portola bested the same two teams on 68-37 and 50-36 fmal scores, respectively. From the outset the game was Portola's to lose as it ran up as high as an eight-point lead in the opening eight minutes. Quincy was able to recover just a bit and pulled to within five by the end of the fu'st period. Portola's biggest move toward the win came in the second period as the squad outscored Quincy 28-19 and saw massive three-point shots from Tiger juniors Evan Leal and Chris Avalos. Trailing 43-29 at the half buzzer, Quincy head coach Mike Woodlee took his players into the locker room and told them his thoughts. "What just happened out there is this: They could not have played a better half of basketball and we .could not have played a worse half of basketball, so let's get out there and do this," Woodlee said. After the pep talk the Trojans did show a little more fire -- though it was not enough to stave off the fact that four Tiger players were in double digits with Avalos putting up 19 points, Leal adding 18 of his own and Saul Juarez and Juan Rodriguez each putting 10 on the board. The fourth period was when Quincy had a chance to tie it up or possibly edge out the Tigers, thanks mostly to a clutch three-pointer from Jakob Rick and a pair of treys off the hand of D.J. Davis to start the Trojan rally. Quincy was able to get within one point, but was bested on a three-point deficit after a pair of Brady Rick buckets failed to take and Portola's Avalos made the game-deciding shot with seconds left. Despite the loss, Brady Rick scored an unbelievable 31 points off 13 buckets and five shots from the line. Erik Schwartz was the only other player for the Trojans in doubles with 11 points on three deuces and another five from the charity stripe. After the game, Avalos said he was overjoyed with the win and looking forward to the season. "I'm glad we won this game tonight and looking . forward to learning more as the year goes on," Avalos said. "Beating Quincy tonight is the best feeling ever, though." The win puts Portola at 4-2 on the season. Quincy walked away with a 6-2 overall record. Quincy 79, Chester 71 After falling behind by as many as 11 points in the first quarter against Chester, the Quincy Trojans roared back before the halftime break to beat the Volcanoes on a 79-71 fmal tally last week at home. The Vols were no slouches in the opening minutes of the game as Wyatt Durkin and Tristan James helped bolster their team to a 20-11 lead near the end of the first period. And that is exactly when Quincy retook the reins of the game and avoided an upset at home to its north county rival. After bouncing back to a 20-17 deficit against Chester at the end of the first 15 minutes, the Trojans ran away with a 23-point second period and ended up leading the Vols 40-27 at the halftime buzzer. And then there was Brady Rick. Over the course of the game, Rick managed to score 32 points on six buckets, a trio of three-pointers and an 11-of-14 showing from the charity stripe to lead in almost every offensive statistic -- Rick was bested only in treys by D.J. Davis, who went four of five from beyond the arc. Rick was also dominant under the basket as he reached out for 16 total rebounds, had five assists and took away a pair of steals against the Vols. See Basketball, page 2C Portola's Saul Rodriguez (No. 23) flies high against the Quincy Trojans at the Tiger Classic Tournament last weekend. Photo by Greg Knight FROM THE SPORTS DESK GREG KNIGHT Sports Writer Five against reality Nearly three weeks ago a quintet of St. Louis Rams took the field with their hands raised in a "hands up, don't shoot" gesture. The action was taken by these five players -- Tavon Austin, Stedman Barley, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook and Chris Givens -- before the Rams' 52-0 stomping of the Oakland Raiders. I'm all for people having the freedom of speech to say what they want in this coUntry, but in my humble opinion, this "statement" went too far for a number of reasons. First and foremost, those five players are employees of the Rams organization and have no real right to use their uniforms and entrance to the Edward Jones Dome to make a statement of any kind. I'm fairly certain the five didn't clear their actions with owner Stan Kroenke and, with that in mind, they showed utter disrespect for the man who signs their paychecks. .Maybe if they had used their time at the post-game press conference to shine a light on the perceived ill Michael Brown experienced at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, I would have a ton , more respect for these players. Instead, I don't have an iota of respect for them. Second, and possibly more .......... important, what I believe we have here is a case of people not giving a damn about truth or reality. 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