DO Boys basketball Rally Past Thunder

By: Mike Ray, Loomis News Correspondent
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Records can usually be thrown out the window when athletic teams from Del Oro and Rocklin high schools line-up against each other. Such was the case last Friday night when Del Oro’s Sierra Foothill League leading Golden Eagles ventured to Rocklin to take on the Thunder in the opening game of the SFL’s boys basketball second half of play. Looking unlike the same squad that lost to the Golden Eagles 79-36 last month, the Thunder – despite being mired in the SFL cellar – came out swinging against the Golden Eagles and dominated the opening two quarters before eventually falling, 63-49. “Rocklin had a tremendous amount of energy tonight,” said Del Oro coach Geoff Broyles. They came out and played incredibly hard. I thought they also did a really good job of changing their defenses up.” Rocklin’s good job on defense in the opening two quarters limited Eagles’ scoring leaders Jordan Broyles and Alan Kidwell, who combined for just nine points, as the Thunder went into halftime with a 24-20 lead. “We did a pretty good job of getting some good shots; we just weren’t making any in the first half. The last time we got a lot of easy transition baskets; this time they did a really good job of getting back,” said Geoff Broyles. Jordan Broyles eventually finished with 18 points to lead the Eagles. He tallied 12 in the third quarter when Del Oro used a 22-13 surge to take control of the contest. In the fourth quarter, Del Oro’s Austin Soldano came alive when he scored nine of his 16 points. Taylor Bergthold chipped in with nine more points. Del Oro showed better patience in the second half by allowing just one turnover in the final two quarters and by hitting 12 of 16 charity shots in the final stanza. “I think we just came out with a little more focus than we had in the first half and played with a lot more hustle,” said Kidwell, who added 10 points. “It took a half to really get our heads straight and get back at them.” The win improved Del Oro’s SFL mark to 6-0 going into last night’s game at home versus Woodcreek. Friday night is an away game in Grass Valley against an improving Nevada Union team. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. Next week the Golden Eagles complete their regular schedule with an away game at Roseville on Feb. 15, and a home rematch with Granite Bay on Feb. 17. SFL Boys Basketball W L Del Oro 6 0 G. Bay 4 2 N. Union 3 3 Roseville 3 3 Woodcreek 1 5 Rocklin 1 5 Friday’s Games Del Oro at Nevada Union, 7 p.m. Rocklin at Woodcreek Roseville at Granite Bay