REDDING — In its penultimate game of the season, the Red Bluff boys basketball team lost 52-36 Tuesday night to Enterprise, despite jumping out to an early lead.
Cam Ruiz was the hot shooter in the first period, hitting 3 three-pointers for the Spartans, and Red Bluff went into the second period with a 14-8 lead.
But the Hornets shut down Red Bluff in the second, scoring 16 unanswered to take a 24-14 lead with just more than 2 minutes to go until the half. DeMarreya Lewis-Cooper had 7, Brennan Ramirez had 5 and Anthony Sanchez had 4.
Ruiz broke the drought for the Spartans with a three-pointer and Caiden Wehbey added a foul shot, but at the half the Hornets were up 26-18.
Enterprise extended its lead in the third, with Ramirez hitting a pair of threes, and the fourth, Jahari Johnson scoring 6 and Caden Bond and Sanchez each scoring 4.
Shane Barrow had 4 in the third for the Spartans and Jayden Curl combined for 7 in the second half, but it wouldn’t be enough.
Ruiz was the top scorer for the Spartans with 16, followed by Curl with 9 and Barrow and Clyde Shaver with 4 each.
Ramirez had 17 for the Hornets, Lewis-Cooper had 11 and Sanchez had 10.
The Spartans (3-2) head to Chico Thursday to take on Pleasant Valley (8-1) to finish the season.
Due to multiple cancellations as a result of COVID-19, the Spartans had just a single home game this season, a 68-41 win over Shasta Friday night.