Cardinals struggle in Immanuel Tourn.

The Cardinals went 2-2 over the weekend to take seventh place at Immanuel's 16-team tournament.

The Cardinals faced two hard losses including one to league rivals Orosi. But Lindsay managed to end the tournament on a successful note taking a 66-64 win over Kerman to close the tournament.

Lindsay defeated Chowchilla 65-38 for its first victory in the tournament in Reedley.

&#8220Our defense was excellent again and their big men couldn't handle the quickness of Abel Gamboa,” Lindsay coach Don Perales said.

Lindsay worked out an early 9-0 run then closed out the first quarter forcing eight turnovers to lead against the Redskins16-9. Lindsay was forced to play without starter Jordan Lara who was ill. In the second quarter, Lindsay got off quickly with a 9-3 run and led 29-17 with 2:21 remaining. Chowchilla came back with some three-pointers to cut the lead to 36-25 at the half.

The third quarter was back and forth until Lindsay ran off 9 unanswered points to lead 46-32 with 1:38 remaining. Lindsay led 50-34 after three quarters. The fourth quarter, we continued to build our lead with 8 more straight points. At 3:31, Lindsay led 60-36 and emptied the bench.

The two teams shot evenly from 2-point range with Lindsay hitting 23 out of 49 for 47% and Chowchilla making 12 of 26 shots for 46%.

The Redskins outshot the Cardinals from behind the arc though, making three of six baskets for 50% three-point shooting while Lindsay only managed a single 3-pointer on seven attempts.

Lindsay stayed nearly foul-free allowing the Redskins to make just five of seven shots from the free throw line. The Cardinals managed to make 16 of 29 free throw attempts for a decent 55% shooting. Lindsay forced Chowchilla into 35 turnovers and gave up 13 themselves. But Chowchilla dominated the boards winning 30 rebounds to Lindsay's 24.

Abel Gamboa scored 24 points and earned two steals and three blocks. David Ross had 7 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks for the night. Lindsay's Anthony Gonzalez had 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and eight steals.

JR Lopez had 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Hector Gomez had 4 points, six rebounds, seven steals and three assists. Eddie Jara scored four points with two rebounds.

Lindsay went on to fall to Orosi in another Cardinal faceoff on the second day of the Immanuel Tournament.

&#8220Our defense was excellent again,” Perales said. &#8220However, our offense failed to score in the second half effectively.”

Lindsay started off the game with a 13-2 run. Orosi closed out the first quarter with 7 unanswered points. The Lindsay Cardinals led 13-9 and started the second quarter quickly with an 8-2 run. But Orosi came back with a 7-2 run cutting Lindsay's lead to 23-18 at the half.

The third quarter was Orosi's. They took the lead with a 12-3 spurt. Lindsay trailed 28-30 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter Lindsay's shooting stayed cold and Orosi made two big 3-pointers to outscore Lindsay 8-10.

From 2-point range, Lindsay hit 13 of 37 shots for 35% while Orosi hit 11 of 21 shots to earn 52% shooting. From behind the arc, Lindsay made 2 of 8 shots while Orosi sank six of their 15 three-point attempts for a 40% shooting rate.

Abel Gamboa scored 10 points and picked up three rebounds. David Ross collected 8 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks against the Cardinals. Anthony Gonzalez had 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. JR Lopez earned 2 points and four rebounds for the night. Hector Gomez had 2 points, two rebounds, three steals and three assists. Eddie Jara scored 2 points with two rebounds. Jordan Lara returned to the lineup with 2 points, two rebounds and two steals.

The Cardinals lost their losing touch in the next day of the tournament when they were plagued by fouls that eventually gave the game to Kings Christian with a tight score of 62-65.

“It's a rare game when officials affect the outcome of a game,” Perales said. “Twenty-six points were attributed to bad calls or no calls. However we still had the opportunity to win this game.”

The Cardinals seemed to control the tempo of the game and executed their half-court offense for good shots. As a result, Lindsay had one its best shooting games of the season. Lindsay landed five of 16 three-pointers against Kings for 31% shooting behind the arc. Lindsay also made an impressive 21 of 42 shots from 2-point range for 48% shooting inside the arc. At the line, the Cardinals went 5 for eight shots for 63% free throw shooting.

Lindsay started with a 10-4 run in the first quarter. The teams seesawed and the Cardinals inched ahead to lead 22 -16 after the first quarter. Abel Gamboa had 12 points in the quarter.

In the second quarter, Lindsay increased its lead behind Anthony Gonzalez who scored 8 points. Lindsay led 40-30 at the half. Gonzalez was unstoppable in the first half scoring 14 points.

In the third quarter, Lindsay delivered more of the same intensity. But this time, both teams were executing without making turnovers. Kings Christian outscored the Cardinals 11-16 but still trailed 51-46.

In the final quarter, Lindsay maintained their lead 62-58 with 2:56 remaining. But the Cardinals suffered a turnover. Kings Christian got a put back rebound from a missed free throw and trailed by 2. They converted another free throw and trailed by 1 at 1:31. With 25 seconds on the clock, Kings Christian hit a big 3-pointer to take the lead 62-64. Gonzalez missed a lay-up for the Cardinals and Gamboa bounced it off the rim at the buzzer. The Cardinals failed to score in the last three minutes.

“It was a very disappointing loss,” Perales said.

Gamboa scored a career high 28 points with 5 3-pointers, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Gonzalez had 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. David Ross had a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. JR Lopez scored two points, a career-high nine assists and five rebounds. Jordan Lara had 4 points, three rebounds and two assists. Hector Gomez had two steals and three rebounds.

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