By Andrea Camarena

Lindsay basketball seniors John Gonzalez, Alec Blue, Alex Hernandez, John Machuca, Armando Solis and Miguel Palafox closed their high school careers on Friday with a quarterfinal loss to league foes Orosi.

It wasn't an easy blow to take.

Tears fell to the court as Orosi took the final lead 50-42 after a back and forth battle that could have easily gone the other way.

The game came down to the final four minutes with Orosi ahead by eight points, a lead that Lindsay has overcome in the past.

"Perales said we needed two points every minute," said Alec Blue of the last four minutes. "Stuff would fall for us and stuff would fall for them. It was frustrating. They answered every time."

It was a back and forth battle to the end and the game closed with field goal from Orosi.

The two Cardinal teams went into the game with a 1-1 record against the other for the season. The rivalry was made obvious by the crowd in Orosi's gym. The cheering, chanting, screaming and heckling from both sides of the court went nonstop through time outs, half time and the final seconds of the game when the winner had already been decided.

Lindsay nudged ahead with a one point lead at the end of the first quarter after their 7-2 run was matched by a Orosi's 8-0 run. But Lindsay never let Orosi pull ahead with more than two points as they took a 21-19 lead in the second quarter. With 3:28 in the quarter, Lindsay lost their 19-16 lead.

Orosi's big man Tony Hernandez picked up his third foul and had to sit with two minutes remaining in the half.

"We squandered our opportunity by turning the ball over four straight possessions," Lindsay coach Don Perales said.

Before Orosi inched ahead, John Gonzalez reaffirmed his status as an outside shooter sinking two unanswered treys in a row.

The third quarter saw the rise of Hernandez as he kept the Cardinals moving quickly towards the hoop. Lindsay's defense was hot in the third, but Orosi's offense was hotter and they ended the third quarter with a 36-28 lead riding on a three point shot at the buzzer. The trey was Orosi's exclamation point to an unanswered seven point run to end the quarter.

Lindsay answered right back with John Gonzalez hitting another three-pointer to post the first point of the fourth quarter.

"At least we went out by a good team," Gonzalez said. "I have no regrets. I played the best game that I've played all year."

As the game winded down, both teams heated up and everyone on Lindsay's roster from Alec Blue to Anthony Gonzalez to Hernandez took the ball to the basket to inch closer to Orosi.

David Ross came through with a strong defensive effort in the final quarter blocking big Orosi shots and rebounding over Orosi's big men.

"It was a tough loss," Blue said. "But it wasn't bad because we lost. It was a sad moment because it was our last game. We grew up playing together and it was real emotional for us."

The statistical differences that made the game were field goal shooting and rebounding. Lindsay made 13 of 34 field goal attempts for 38% while Orosi made 17 of 41 for 41%. Orosi out rebounded Lindsay 37-42.

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