Eagles looking for more victories

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With the second half of Sierra Foothill League play tipping off this week, the mission is simple for the Del Oro High boys basketball team over its next five games: get wins. The Golden Eagles, who fell to 2-3 in SFL play and 15-7 overall after dropping a 68-52 decision to hot shooting Granite Bay Jan. 27, will try to get back on the victory trail Friday evening in the Bonner Gym when they host Rocklin starting at 7 p.m. League wins over the next two-and-a- half weeks will be much needed for the Golden Eagles who sit in the No. 14 position in Div. II in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s first set of power ratings that were released on Monday. Because league wins carry much of the weight of a team’s final power ratings, the Golden Eagles will most likely have to turn the tables on some SFL foes the second go-around to move up in the ratings which ultimately determine final playoff seedings. In last Thursday’s game, the Grizzlies sizzled in the shooting department as the visitors jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead, stretched it to 19-10 at the end of a quarter and extended it to 39-25 by halftime before holding off a late Del Oro charge. “The kids stayed the moment,” Grizzlies coach Jason Sitterud said. “Our concern was looking ahead to next week. The start was key.” Granite Bay (19-3, 4-1 SFL) shot 28 for 54 from the field — 52 percent. That included 9 for 18 from three-point range. “We’ll take that,” Sitterud said. Jonathan Davis scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half, eight in the first quarter, including a steal of an inbounds pass and reverse layup. Davis was 9 for 16 from the field. Meanwhile, Robert Duncan hit back-to-back three-pointers near Del Oro’s screaming student section in the second quarter, when he scored eight of his 15 points. Del Oro was led by Alan Kidwell’s 18 points, eight by Luke Cochran and six each by Taylor Bergthold and Cameron Soldano. In the JV game, Granite Bay won a meeting between two SFL undefeated squads by taking a 60-56 win. ~ Staff report