Final SFL games key for boys

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No one has to tell Del Oro boys basketball coach Geoff Broyles that its the time of the hoops season when playoff seeding can hinge with practically every loose ball, rebound or double bonus free throw situation. And with a week left in the regular season, Broyles is hoping that his Golden Eagles can muster enough punch down the stretch to enhance Del Oro’s positioning in the upcoming CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II playoffs that will begin next Wednesday at home sites. On Feb. 11 playing in their own Bonner Gym, the Golden Eagles took a step in the right direction by pounding out a 63-57 win over a stubborn Nevada Union squad. The win squared Del Oro’s Sierra Foothill League mark at 4-4 and upped the Golden Eagles season slate to 17-8. In addition, Del Oro slipped from 10th to 12th in the latest CIF power ratings, which were released on Monday. The Golden Eagles, who hosted Roseville last night and travel to Granite Bay Friday, will face two more important games that will decide their post season fate. Turning the tables on the Miners who had defeated Del Oro, 65-62, in Grass Valley last month, Del Oro followed a big 22-point scoring spree by Taylor Bergthold and 18 more from Austin Soldano to wilt the visitors. The win gave Del Oro the season series at 2-1 with the Miners as the Black and Gold also downed NU, 71-65, in December at the Kendall Arnett Tournament. Del Oro led from start to finish in Friday’s game as the Golden Eagles limited the Miners to just six first quarter points on their way to grabbing a slim 23-21 lead at intermission. The two teams then played on even terms in the third quarter as both squads came up with 17 points each but in the fourth quarter, with Bergthold and Soldano leading the way, the hosts were able to hit their shots in the late going for the six-point verdict. Also having a hand in the win for Del Oro were Jordan Broyles with eight points, Luis Parache with three, Quincy Shelby, Kyle Russell and Derek Ainsworth, all with two points each, and Rex Hime and Alan Kidwell with one apiece. On Feb. 9, Del Oro tried its luck on the road against co-SFL leading Woodcreek and the Golden Eagles, for the most part, did everything their game plan called for except have more points in the scoring column. Led by Kidwell, Broyles and Soldano, Del Oro led 35-25 at halftime and 45-39 at the end of three stanzas before Woodcreek’s pressure defense helped the host Timberwolves put up a 25-point fourth quarter in an eventual, 64-54 win. Kidwell netted 14 points for Del Oro while Broyles added 13 and Soldano and Kyle Rusell finished with eight points each. Del Oro will complete its SFL season on Friday at Granite Bay. Game times are 4 p.m. for the Frosh, 5:30 for the JVs and 7 p.m. for the varsity. ~ Staff report