By Bill Tamburrino
The Bulldog boys basketball team opened Valley League action on the road by beating Mission Hills and losing to Oceanside High School.
The team will remain on the road until next Wednesday when the Dawgs host Orange Glen in the Dawg House.
Coach David Reichner was pleased with the Bulldog offense after the Dawgs beat Mission Vista (5-15) in the Valley League opener, 77-63.
“Can’t ask for a better start offensively, our guys really moved the ball finding the open man. Probably the best ball movement we have seen this year,” he said.
Reichner went on to say, “More assists (17) than turnovers (15) tonight. This is actually a really big deal for RHS hoops, a rarity and a sign of good things to come.”
Three Bulldogs scored in double figures. Scott Stransky led all scorers with 22 points. Stransky dished off eight assists and grabbed six boards. Marco Cobian scored 18 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and six steals on the defensive end of the court.
“Cobian stepped up to hit several consecutive shots in crucial moments,” said Reichner.
Colton Harris scored 18 points and drew praise from Reichner: “I am proud of how Colton Harris is evolving into a major asset for our team. With his big frame, athletic abilities and aggressive approach, his potential is a major factor in league and post season play.”
Blake Seits scored all 9 of his points from beyond the arc. Tanner “T-Bone” Williams and Calvin Harris scored four points apiece, and Riley Hubbard scored 2 points.
The Bulldogs battled Oceanside (7-11) evenly until the fourth quarter and then the Pirates pulled away in the final stanza to beat Ramona 58-41. Stransky recorded a double double in the defeat as he scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Stransky also had two steals on defense. Cobian was the only other Bulldog to score in double figures. Cobian scored 13 points, grabbed six boards and had a team-high three steals.
The Pirate defense took away the 3-point shots that have been good to Ramona. Stransky and Seits each hit one from beyond the arc. Seits ended the game with 5 points. Hubbard played well under the boards as he grabbed six rebounds to go with his 3 points. Williams and Colton Harris scored 2 points apiece.