Del Oro fends off Woodcreek

By: Kurt Johnson Gold Country News Service
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Playing with confidence down the stretch, the Del Oro High boys basketball team closed strong to even the score with Woodcreek in a 70-57 win Wednesday night in Loomis. The Golden Eagles, who had lost the season’s first meeting with Woodcreek, trailed by two at the break before following the lead of a pair of outstanding scorers to put this one away late. Spencer Butterfield was aggressive in attacking the center of the Woodcreek defense, despite the presence of a pair of shot-blocking threats, 6-7 forward Jordan Franks and 6-11 center Mike Kurtz. The result of his play was 12 second-half free throw attempts, and the junior guard buried 11 of them. “We did a great job keeping our composure,” Del Oro coach Geoff Broyles said. For the game, Butterfield hit 14-of-16 from the charity stripe as part of a 26-point night. As a team, the Golden Eagles hit 13-of-14 free throws in the final stanza, and when they were not at the stripe, sophomore guard Aaron Hendricks was punishing the Timberwolves in the open court and from beyond the three-point arc. Hendricks scored 15 of his 21 after intermission, and 10 in the fourth quarter. Broyles knows this was just another of a long line of tough games in the Sierra Foothill League for his second-place squad. The Golden Eagles are the No. 1 team in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III power ratings released Monday. Del Oro (5-2 in the SFL, 17-5 overall) is at Oakmont Thursday night for its next big Sierra Foothill League test.