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Del Oro boys basketball rides perfect storm

By: Mike Ray, Loomis News Correspondent
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If there’s been an unwritten mantra that best describes the overall athletic competition in the Sierra Footill League it would probably be this: “Nothing ever comes easy in the SFL.” Just ask Del Oro basketball coach Geoff Broyles. For Broyles’ boys, a week ago the Golden Eagles rode what would turn into a perfect storm of a week where the Black and Gold absorbed their first league loss — and then two days later recovered with perhaps their biggest win of the year that cinched at least a tie for the SFL title. Last week’s 61-46 loss to Woodcreek — in the Bonner Gym nonetheless — didn’t exactly come out of left field. The Timberwolves, hit hard by graduation after reaching the Nor Cal Regionals a year ago, are a young and improving squad that is sitting at .500 in the SFL race. In last Wednesday’s game, Woodcreek came in to Loomis, grabbed a seven point lead after a quarter and expanded it the rest of the game, putting the first blemish on the Golden Eagles’ loss side of the ledger. “I don’t think it was a trap game,” Broyles said. “I think it was a game where they played really well and we struggled tonight. It was one of those nights where we didn’t shoot the ball very well so we’ve just got to come back and play a little better on Friday (at Nevada Union).” But going to Grass Valley and beating Nevada Union wasn’t going to be easy. The Miners were riding a 4-game SFL win streak and coming off an upset win Wednesday at Granite Bay. To compound matters even more for the Black and Gold, NU was celebrating its winter homecoming and a full house in the Miners’ Ali Gym was certainly going to make a hostile environment for the Golden Eagles. But the Del Oro’s boys were up to the task. Surviving the long trip to Grass Valley, plus a racous crowd and a 15-minute delay in the second half for a scoreboard malfunction, the Golden Eagles responded with a matter of fact, 46-32, win. Del Oro started the third quarter on a 12-2 run to bust the game wide open and in the process, cinched at least a share of the league title in the process. “The defense really set the tone for us,” said Broyles. “The power outage kind of got us out of synch but the kids handled it well and kept on playing.” Jordan Broyles sparked Del Oro’s big third-quarter surge with a pair of 3-pointers and a steal and ensuing hoop by Austin Soldano and Alan Kidwell each added key points. Another trey, this time by Taylor Bergthold, gave Del Oro its biggest lead of the night at 44-21 midway through the fourth quarter. Soldano’s 15 points and 13 from Broyles topped Del Oro’s offense. Kidwell added six; while Bergthold and Nick Lewis each added five points. Blake Covey rounded out the scoring with a pair. ~ Staff report SFL Boys Basketball W L Del Oro 7 1 G. Bay 5 3 N. Union 4 4 Roseville 4 4 Woodcreek 3 5 Rocklin 1 7