YUBA: Stall­worth leaves game with leg in­jury

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He was at ease while get­ting the nod as the start­ing point guard, and turned in a near flaw­less game while mak­ing all but one of his shots from the field.

“I just want to give ev­ery­one con­fi­dence. Coach keeps on say­ing ‘Next man up’ and I’m just try­ing to do my role and help us win for the most part. I just try to fa­cil­i­tate the of­fense, and when I get an open shot, make it,” Ruaro said with a laugh. “I’ve al­ways had to prove some­thing and have al­ways played with a chip on my shoul­der. I like to prove ev­ery­one wrong.”

Af­ter play­ing sti­fling ball on the de­fen­sive end, the 49ers show­cased pre­ci­sion pass­ing, deadly out­side shoot­ing and sheer brute force in­side to turn the game into a rout just min­utes af­ter tipoff and built the lead to as many as 48 points in the sec­ond half.

For­mer Marysville High stand­out Erik Scheive fin­ished with 12 points and 11 re­bounds, and fel­low post Ji­had Woods added 11 points, 11 re­bounds, three blocks, three as­sists and two steals for a dou­ble-dou­ble of his own.

River Val­ley High grad Josh Dhatt started the game and hit three 3-point- ers while fin­ish­ing with nine points, six as­sists and two steals, Xavier Fran­cois recorded eight points and five re­bounds, and Thomas Auste­fjord dished out five as­sists.

The only neg­a­tive for the 49ers came mid­way through the first half, and it could have reper­cus­sions down the road.

Stall­worth, who av­er­aged a team-high 16.3 points per game be­fore frac­tur­ing his left foot in the con­fer­ence opener on Dec. 22, was in­jured again and left the gym in crutches in what he be­lieved to be a bro­ken right leg.

A trans­fer from the Air Force Academy, Cor­nelius said Stall­worth was the best point guard in the state en­ter­ing the sea­son and he just re­turned from his in­jury last week, when he scored nine points off the bench in a 63-43 win at Con­tra Costa.

Wed­nes­day night was his first home game for Yuba.

“It’s dev­as­tat­ing. For about 10 min­utes there I was fight­ing back tears be­cause of what he’s gone through over those 44 days and how hard he worked to get back here,” Cor­nelius said. “He looked so good, too. He was quick, his jump­ing abil­ity was phe­nom­e­nal and he was shoot­ing the ball well. I lit­er­ally had a sub at the ta­ble to take him out and then that hap­pened. That just made it 10 times worse.”

It was later re­ported Stall­worth frac­tured his fibula and will miss 3-4 months.

The good news is Yuba was 12-0 in his ab­sence and will get John­son and Jack­son back next week in enough time for Cor­nelius to mesh things to­gether head­ing into the play­offs.

The 49ers will take their state-best 13-game win­ning streak to Napa on Fri­day night be­fore clos­ing out the reg­u­lar sea­son with two games next week, at home against Mer­ritt on Feb. 15 and at Men­do­cino on Feb. 17.

One more win will clinch the BVC ti­tle out­right, but Cor­nelius, along with his play­ers, have big­ger things in mind.

“We have a cou­ple more games to take care of busi­ness and we can’t just be sat­is­fied with win­ning a con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship,” Cor­nelius said. “We’re play­ing for a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed to get two home play­off games to get the fi­nal eight. That’s what our goals are.”

Yuba Col­lege guard Jaaron Stall­worth is helped off the court af­ter in­jur­ing his leg dur­ing the first half of Wed­nes­day night’s Bay Val­ley Con­fer­ence game against the Col­lege of Marin in Linda.

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