Eagles draw tough first-round foe in Del Campo

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The Del Oro Golden Eagles boys basketball team took a No. 11 seed with them into the start of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II playoffs, which opened at home sites last night. Del Oro, which went 1-1 last week in a win at home on Senior Night versus Roseville and then in a tough loss on the road at Granite Bay, opened the playoffs against a familiar foe. Last night’s first round pairing for the Golden Eagles had the Loomis hoop men traveling to No. 6 seeded Del Campo. The two squads should know each other fairly well as Del Campo squeezed past the Golden Eagles, 64-52, in the first round of the Kendall Arnett tournament at Placer back in December. With a win last night, Del Oro, 18-9 overall, would be matched in Friday’s second round against the winner of Wednesday’s Cordova-Buhach Colony game. The Lancers from Cordova were the No. 3 seeded team and owners of a 20-6 mark. Also teams with higher seeds in the lower half of the bracket with Del Oro were No. 2 seed Fairfield, 20-6, and No. 7 seeded St. Mary’s of Stockton, 17-10. If Del Oro can get a hot hand, the Golden Eagles are setting their sites on reaching the Div. II semi-final round set for Power Balance Arena (formerly Arco) on Tuesday, March 1. The Div. II section finals are then set for Power Balance at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. In last Friday’s 62-55 loss at Granite Bay, the Golden Eagles made the Sierra Foothill League co-champs work all the way to the end as it took a second half rally by the hosts to finally cement the victory. Jordan Broyles, a junior forward, keyed Del Oro’s valiant upset bid as he scored 16 points for the Golden Eagles who finished at 5-5 in SFL action. Kyle Russell added 11 more for the Eagles. Del Oro led by two points at halftime, but scored just seven points in the third quarter as Granite Bay took control. Earlier in the week, Del Oro rolled past Roseville, 70-45, as Broyles tossed in 20 points and added eight assists. Taylor Bergthold, meanwhile, had 11 points and nine rebounds while Austin Soldano scored eight and Quincy Shelby dished out six assists for the Eagles. ~ Staff report