Del Oro Golden Eagles soar past Nevada Union boys

Collin Mitchell goes off for 11 points in second half
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Collin Mitchell and the Del Oro boys basketball team know that every game down the stretch is going to be significant. 
On Tuesday night at Bonner Gym, the Golden Eagles came out fast and Mitchell closed strong. 
Mitchell scored 13 points, including 11 in the second half, and the Eagles beat visiting Nevada Union 53-43 in a Sierra Foothill League game. 
“It was really important,” Mitchell said of his team’s victory. “It was a must-win for us. We’ve been talking pretty much all of the games from here on out are must-wins. So getting this win just put us back in the hunt for the SFL. We’re really happy.”
Del Oro (14-7, 2-2) used a 17-8 opening period to jump out on the Miners (8-13, 1-3) early.
“That kind of set the tone for the rest of the game,” Mitchell said. “We came out with a chip on our shoulder and kind of pushed them around a little bit and they took a step back.”
The Eagles held a 25-20 lead at the break and trailed for only one possession the entire contest when Nevada Union led 31-30 late in the third quarter.
Mitchell responded with a 3-pointer to put Del Oro up 33-31. After the Miners forced a 33-33 tie, the Eagles ran away with the game in the final minutes, holding Nevada Union to just seven points in the fourth quarter. 
“Defensively, I thought our kids did a really good job of communicating in the fourth quarter,” Eagles coach Geoff Broyles said. 
Jack Huizenga (nine points) and Aaron Freeman (eight) were also productive from the field for Del Oro. Danny Becker, Keenan Finney and Trevor Pistochini all had six points apiece for the Eagles. 
Lucas Vojak scored 15 points and Elliot Fournier added 12 for Nevada Union. 
Del Oro, which has now been victorious in two straight league bouts, visits Woodcreek (10-11, 1-3) Friday for a 7 p.m. SFL tilt. 
And the Eagles, who trail unbeaten Granite Bay in the league standings, are expecting another battle.
“It’s SFL — everybody’s trying to position themselves to get the best seed in the playoffs,” Broyles said. “You’ve got to try and get to the playoffs first. That’s our first goal. … We’ll try to win the SFL if we can.”
Check back later tonight for a video from the game.
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