Boys beat Parlier, fall to SJ Memorial

Last week the Lindsay Cardinals boys basketball team played one game that wasn't over until the final second and one that was over before the buzzer sounded at the end of the first quarter.

After beating Parlier 57-54 in the first round of the Division IV playoffs last Tuesday, the Cardinals traveled to No. 1 seed San Joaquin Memorial who dominated the Lindsay 88-19.

Against the top seeded Panthers, the Cardinals mustered just one point in the first quarter to SJ Memorial's 22. By halftime the score was 47-5.

Lindsay finished the game four-of-31 shooting from the field and only one-of-eight from the arc.

"This was not the way we wanted to end a very successful season," Lindsay coach Don Perales said. "They were too big, too strong and too quick."

Pablo Rios and Abel Gamboa led the Cardinals in scoring with four points a piece and Johnny Gonzalez and Anthony Gonzalez each had two points.

"I am very proud of all of our players," Perales said. "We never gave up trying throughout the game."

Earlier in the week the Cardinals almost let a fourth quarter lead slip away against Parlier. Trailing 51-50 with under two minutes remaining in the game, Johnny Gonzalez hit a bank shot while fading from the basket to get the lead back.

With 27 seconds left Pablo Rios was fouled by Parlier's Noe Garza who then received a technical foul for arguing. Pablo missed his two free throws, but Abel Gamboa hit both technical free throws giving Lindsay a three point lead.

With six seconds left, the lead remained just three points when Garza's desperation three-pointer bounced harmlessly off the backboard.

John Gonzalez led the Cardinals with 26 points, six rebounds and three steals. Gamboa had 12 points, six rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Alex Hernandez had 10 rebounds off the bench for the Cardinals.

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