Broncos trip up Eagles in DO tourney finals

By: Staff report
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A fourth-quarter surge by the Del Oro boys basketball team wasn’t enough last Saturday night to overhaul Bella Vista in the championship game of the Eagles’ Invitational tournament. In a game match-up of a pair of pre-season Sacramento area top-twenty teams, Bella Vista built a 12-point halftime cushion and then staved off a second-half Del Oro comeback to post a 69-63 win and take home the first place trophy. Using some hot shooting over the first two quarters, Bella Vista behind K. J. Logue and Cristian Salhani, raced out to a 35-23 lead by halftime over the Eagles. Del Oro then made things interesting in the second half. Picking up some third-quarter offensive steam from Alan Kidwell, the hosts cut into the Broncos lead and, with four minutes left in the game, trailed by just three points. With big hoops from Logue, who finished with 26 points, and Silhani, who added 15, the Broncos were able to maintain their lead. Kidwell had a big game for Del Oro as he poured in a season-high 25 points. Taylor Broyles followed with 10 points, while sophomore Kyle Setterlund added seven, and Danny Becker followed with six. In Saturday’s other action, Whitney took home third place by defeating Oakmont, 54-38. Del Oro, now 4-1 on the young season, opened the tournament on Thursday with a 73-32 thumping of Paradise. The Golden Eagles weren’t seriously pressed in the win as they built a commanding 36-14 lead by halftime. Broyles connected for 15 points to lead the winners. He was followed by Kidwell’s 14 points and Trevor Pistochini with 11. In other first round night results, Bella Vista topped Lincoln, 69-32, Oakmont clipped Mira Loma, 66-36, and Whitney raced past Capital Christian, 72-57. Friday’s semi-final round action saw Del Oro hook up with former Sierra Foothill League rival Oakmont and, thanks to a superb second half defensive effort, Del Oro was able to tack up a 78-41 victory. Leading 46-26 by halftime, the Golden Eagles put the hammer down on the Vikings in the second half by allowing the Roseville school to score just 15 points over the last two quarters. Ten different Del Oro players found the scoring column led by Broyles with 14, Kidwell with 12, Setterlund with 11 and Pistochini with eight. Bella Vista tripped Whitney, 41-40, in the other winner’s bracket semi-final game. In consolation play on Friday, Mira Loma defeated Paradise, 61-48, and Capital Christian downed Lincoln, 77-59. Del Oro will play at Whitney on Friday night. JV game time is set for 6 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 7:30 p.m.