Del Oro JVs earn share of SFL title

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As far as junior varsity basketball games go, last Friday’s Del Oro-Granite Bay boys basketball contest was being billed as the Sierra Foothill League’s JV Game of the Year. And the two talented JV squads didn’t disappoint the raucous crowd that filled Granite Bay’s gymnasium. With a share or outright piece of the SFL JV title on the line, it was Del Oro that made the big plays down the stretch to extricate a scintillating 64-63 win. For Del Oro, the victory atoned for a earlier loss suffered by the Golden Eagles at the hands of the Grizzlies last month and earned the Loomis squad a piece of the SFL title with Granite Bay. “It was a great, great game,” said Del Oro coach Gregg Pistochini. “Both teams went back and forth at each other. We were able to make some plays there at the end.” In a seesaw battle that had plenty of highs and lows throughout the evening, Del Oro fell behind 9-2 early on before getting on track to rally and lead 17-14 at the end of the first quarter — a margin they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the evening. Getting productive scoring from Trevor Pistochini, Mitch Pingree and Kyle Setterlund, the Golden Eagles went into the halftime break ahead, 30-28, and at the end of three periods held a 47-41 bulge. But the host Grizzlies made sure that Del Oro’s fourth quarter wasn’t going to be easy sailing. With the Grizzlies starting to zero in from beyond the three-point arc, the hosts slowly but surely crept back into the contest and with less than 30 seconds left cut the Del Oro lead to 62-60. The Golden Eagles missed a chance to ice the contest when two free throws misfired but a Granite Bay trey and ensuing put back both failed to find their mark. With 11 seconds to play, Granite Bay fouled Trevor Pistochini and the Golden Eagle guard calmly sank both charity shots for a 64-60 lead that made Granite Bay’s game-ending three-point basket academic as time expired. Trevor Pistochini and Pingree led the offense with 17 points apiece while Setterlund added 11 markers and grabbed eight rebounds. Pistochini also snared nine rebounds for the winners. Rounding out the Del Oro scoring were Danny Becker with seven points, Aaron Freeman with five, Ryan Takayama with three and Josh Krieger, Cody Kenny and Billy Musgrave all with two points each. For Del Oro, the title win capped a fine 24-3 campaign. “It was an amazing season by an amazing group of kids,” said Gregg Pistochini. “It was a real pleasure coaching this group.” ~ Staff report