Del Oro dominates

Golden Eagles run away with first Kendall championship since 1986
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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There was no such thing as garbage time at Earl Crabbe Gym for Del Oro High senior Chris Ross Wednesday night. The Golden Eagles romped past Bear River 71-38 to win their first Kendall Arnett Tournament title since 1986. And some of the loudest cheers of the night came for Ross, when he drilled a pair of 3-pointers in the second half of the blowout. After transferring from Bear River to Del Oro after last season, Ross was excited to face his former teammates. “We were definitely hungry to win this,” Ross said. “Our team’s like a family and as a brother, they wanted me to get this win because it meant a lot. It was very tough (to transfer) before my senior year because (Del Oro) didn’t know me, what kind of role I could play. I got a chance tonight to get in there and hit some shots.” Del Oro’s starting unit made sure the reserves got plenty of time to bask in the championship spotlight. Spencer Butterfield’s putback midway through the first quarter put the Golden Eagles up 12-2. Two minutes later it was 19-4 and by halftime, Del Oro had a commanding 35-14 advantage. Butterfield finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists on his way to earning the tournament’s Most Valuable Player plaque. Junior Aaron Hendricks finished with 16 points. It was the most lopsided championship game of the tournament since 1952, when Nevada Union beat Mira Loma 77-35. “We wanted to get up on them early and cut their throats,” Hendricks said. “It’s a good feeling to finally come back and win it. We’ve had some tough luck here the last couple years, so we wanted to make sure we won it this year.” One night after its wild 70-68 win over Placer, Bear River could not muster the same energy against Del Oro’s stifling defense. Senior Tommy Goodman scored seven points to lead the Bruins. Senior Jordan Beskeen grabbed 10 rebounds and was an all-tournament selection along with senior Johnny Jewett. Senior Nick Lewis scored eight points for the Eagles and Ross finished with six on a pair of treys.