PREP BASKETBALL: Forest Lake Christian crushes Lutheran in 1st round of playoffs |

PREP BASKETBALL: Forest Lake Christian crushes Lutheran in 1st round of playoffs

With superb passing, balanced scoring and a high-energy defense the Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team cruised past the Lutheran Panthers, 86-55, in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs Friday.

Playing on their home court, the No. 7 seed Falcons raced out to a 29-8 first quarter lead and took a 56-25 edge into halftime before coasting to victory over the No. 10 seeded Panthers

“We moved the ball really well and got a lot of open looks down low,” said FLC senior Alex Schneider, who scored a team-high 19 points to go with five assists and five rebounds. “All around everyone put in a good effort.”

Forest Lake Christian had 10 players score in the game, dished out 23 assists as a team, turned the ball over only eight times and on defense had 11 steals.

Leading the defense was Schneider and fellow senior Brett Soria, who finished with 17 points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals.

“I don’t think there’s a better combination out there on defense than (Soria and Schneider),” said FLC head coach Brian Metz. “I really don’t.”

FLC’s Andrew Barrozo dominated in the paint early on, scoring all 10 of his points in the first half and grabbing seven rebounds. Josh McDonald was also solid down low, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds.

Other Falcons to chip in on the 86-point night were Luke Gilliland (17 points), Nick Dethlefs (6), Austin Metz (3), Josh McClain (2), Gavin Hollmer (2) and Jeffrey Sardella (2), who scored his first two points of the season in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. Sardella’s bucket sent the home crowd into a frenzy and kicked off a chant of “Jeffrey, Jeffrey.”

For Lutheran (Elk Grove), the lone bright spot was Josh Singh, who scored 44 points and sank nine 3-pointers. The rest of the Panthers combined for 11 points.

The Falcons (12-12) will now hit the road to face No. 2 seed Sacramento Adventist in the second round Wednesday.

“We got to stay focused, lock down on defense and keep the ball movement up and we’ll be good to go,” said Schneider.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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