Del Oro boys pick up two big wins, host Rocklin ThursdayBy: Staff Report
This Week’s Del Oro Sports Slate
Thursday, Jan. 10
• Boys Basketball vs. Rocklin 4, 5:30, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11
• Girls Basketball vs. Rocklin 4, 5:30,7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12
• Girls Basketball vs. Oak Ridge 2, 3:30, 5 p.m.
• Wrestling at Fuller Invitational, Lincoln
• Wrestling at Five Counties Championship, Fountain
• Girls Wrestling at Napa
Valley Classic, Vintage
Tuesday, Jan. 15
• Boys Basketball at Granite Bay 4, 5:30, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
• Wrestling vs. Roseville 6 p.m.
In their last week of non-league action before the start of Sierra Foothill League play tonight, the basketball gods both took and gave to the Del Oro Golden Eagles’ boys team.
In an up and down week, the Golden Eagles capped off their pre-season with a mark of 12-5 after going 2-1 against good competition.
The week started off on a down note for the Golden Eagles when they were knocked off by Lincoln, 74-69, on Wednesday in double overtime. The Zebras, with a strong season start of their own at 12-4, went tooth and nail with the Golden Eagles the entire way.
The two teams were tied 14-14 after a quarter before Lincoln grabbed a 29-25 halftime lead. Del Oro then led 43-40 at the end of three before the score was knotted at 51-all at the end of regulation.
But the Zebras hit some key late hoops to force a second overtime and ended up getting the win. For Del Oro, its offense was led by Keenan Finney’s 18 points, 16 from Danny Becker and 15 by Connor Drake.
If the loss to Lincoln was disappointing for the Golden Eagles, Friday’s 76-70 overtime win over Del Campo was just as satisfying. Playing one of the hottest teams in the Sacramento area, the Golden Eagles seemed in trouble when they fell behind by 15 points, 55-40, at the end of three quarters.
But a furious fourth quarter rally was capped by Ryan Takayama’s game-tying three with eight seconds to play that forced overtime. In the extra session, Del Oro made the Cougars pay at the foul stripe as their uncanny charity shooting provided the difference in the game.
Del Oro, which nailed 14 of 17 free throws in the win, was sparked by Finney’s 19 markers, 16 from Aaron Freeman, 15 by Becker and 12 by Collin Mitchell.
Still high from their win over Del Campo, the Golden Eagles had enough left in the tank on Saturday to trim a good Monterey Trail squad, 68-56. Del Oro trailed 34-32 at halftime, but jumped back out on top 50-47 after three quarters.
The Golden Eagles then turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter as they allowed the Elk Grove school just nine points in the final eight minutes.
Freeman’s 16 points sparked a balanced Del Oro offense that also saw Trevor Pistochini tally 13, Finney 12, Takayama nine and Michael Moore with five.
Del Oro opens Sierra Foothill League action today at 7 p.m when they host Rocklin. Next Tuesday the Del Oro boys play at Granite Bay, also at 7 p.m.