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Sonora overwhelms another league rival
LA HABRA - The coach said the team was impatient offensively. The player disagreed, and had the data to prove his point.
"We scored, like, 80 points?" was Jimmy Golden's retort.
Yes, 80 points. Golden scored 29 of them for Sonora on Wednesday in the Raiders' 80-33 victory over Troy in a Freeway League game at Sonora.
Troy should not feel singled out. Sonora's average margin of victory is 33 points while going 4-0 in Freeway League games.
The Raiders are 18-2 overall. Their two losses were both by one point, to Canyon in the El Modena Kickoff Classic and to Galena of Reno in the Mt. Carmel Holiday Hoops Classic.
Sonora is ranked No. 9 in Orange County and No. 3 in CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA, in which Tustin is No. 1.
Troy (16-5, 3-1), which went into the game tied for first place with Sonora, was missing two starters, point guard Andy Nguyen because of illness and guard Chad Rollins because an ankle injury. The Warriors, ranked No. 7 in Division 1A, might not have been able to keep up with the Raiders even with a fully healthy roster.
Sonora sophomore point guard Josh Rodriguez made three 3-pointers in the first quarter in which Golden scored eight points, and the Raiders led by eight going into the second quarter. Troy scored only three points in the second quarter, in which Sonora scored 21 and the Raiders had a 40-14 lead at halftime.
Golden, a 6-foot-5 senior, is averaging 20 points a game. Sonora coach Mike Murphy said Golden has developed into a versatile scorer.
"Last year, he was just a shooter," Murphy said. "Now he has good hops and gets to the basket really well."
Rodriguez scored 17, one more than his average, and Andrew Talley had 12.
The one Freeway League team Sonora has yet to play is Sunny Hills, last year's champion. The Lancers are 3-1, with the league loss to Troy. Sonora plays at Sunny Hills on Friday.
Since Sonora just beat Troy by 47, and Troy beat Sunny Hills by six, the Raiders have reason to feel good about their chances to improve to 5-0 and perhaps finish 10-0 in league.
Golden is not ready to accept the premise.
"We can't underestimate anyone," Golden said. "We just have to come out like we did tonight in every game."