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Del Oro boys complete golden comeback to defeat Del Campo Cougars

Eagles rally from 15-point deficit
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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With eight minutes to go, it appeared as if it was a done deal that the Del Oro boys basketball team was on its way to suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

Instead, the Golden Eagles soared into overtime for the second straight contest.

Keenan Finney scored 19 points, Ryan Takayama drilled a 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds to go to force overtime and Del Oro overcame a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Del Campo 76-70 in overtime Friday night at Bonner Gym.

“I thought we had a chance,” Finney said when asked if he thought his Eagles could get back into the game. “We have a great team and when we pull together we can make great things happen.”

Del Oro (11-5), trailing 55-40 at the end of three quarters, outscored Del Campo (13-4) 23-8 in the fourth in a matchup featuring two top-notch Sacramento-area clubs.

“We had the will to win and we had the desire,” Finney said. “We just played as hard we could.”

Takayama had only six points on the night, both of which came from downtown. His final bucket, though, was the turning point in the ballgame and sent the crowd roaring.

“We designed the play for him,” coach Geoff Broyles said. “He wanted to knock down the shot.”

Both squads had a chance to win after Takayama’s heroic trey, but turned the ball over.

The Eagles carried their momentum into the overtime session, and pulled away as Del Campo was forced to send Del Oro to the foul line several times.

The Eagles finished the night 14 of 17 from the charity line.

Del Campo’s Vasilije Saraba scored a game-high 23 points.

Aaron Freeman (16 points), Danny Becker (15) and Collin Mitchell (12) also put in solid performances for the Eagles, who host their preseason finale Saturday night against Monterey Trail (9-7).

“We have one more preseason game against another tough opponent, but this (win over Del Campo) is a big confidence builder,” Broyles said.
Sierra Foothill League play starts on Jan. 10 when Rocklin comes to Loomis for a 7 p.m. showdown.

Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel