SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys basketball program hosted Sheldon Wednesday night, falling 56-44 in Delta River League action.
The game was Ponderosa’s last regular season home game and before tipoff the program honored Richie Munoz, Marcus Forbes, Shelby Lee, Josh Boiler, Dillon Gugin, Mitch Milicevich and Chris Snyder who received ovations from an appreciative crowd of fellow students, friends and family.
Bruin head coach Troy Selvey saluted the seniors as well, starting five of the seven.
“I just wanted to honor those guys for all the work and effort they’ve given me and my staff as well as their team and the school,” Selvey said. “I hope that it’s something they can look back on and be proud of, being able to say they got to start their last home game as seniors. If I could have, I would have put all seven of them out there to start.”
From the tip, both squads seemed to have trouble getting points on the board. Sheldon found ways to control the slow start and spin it into an advantage, pushing ahead with four, three pointers en route to a 28-14 lead at halftime.
“We really didn’t come out playing the way we need to,” Selvey said. “That’s not to take anything away from Sheldon; they played a great game finding a way to neutralize Chris (Snyder) and being able to score. I think we all felt like this was what we call a ‘no-show’ game for us. We didn’t shoot the way we know we can shoot and we struggled to get to the line.”
With Snyder’s size advantage removed by double teams throughout the night, Ponderosa turned to junior forward Josh Bist who finishing with a team-high 13 points.
Snyder finished with nine points on the night, while Forbes was third-best with seven. Munoz and junior Marty Padilla each contributed five to make up the bulk of Ponderosa’s offensive numbers.
After struggling to climb back into it through the third quarter, the Bruins pulled to within 10 points with just under two minutes to play before Sheldon utilized smart clock management to seal the result.