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Granite Bay rolls past Del Oro boys 70-42

Sophomore Jackson paces Grizzlies with 23 points
By: By Trevor Horn/Special to Gold Country News Service
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GRANITE BAY — The stage was set for a classic Sierra Foothill League battle between Granite Bay and Del Oro on Tuesday night.

The student sections were loud and energetic. Local celebrities in Granite Bay football coach Ernie Cooper and Sacramento Kings assistant coach Bobby Jackson were in attendance.

And for the first 16 minutes of play, both teams were battling like this game was for all the marbles.

Thanks in large part to a 25-4 outburst in the third quarter, host Granite Bay (13-6 overall, 2-0 SFL) beat Del Oro 70-42.

Sophomore Kendrick Jackson and seniors Scott Romuk and Daniel Romero combined for 21 points in the third quarter for the Grizzlies. Del Oro (12-7, 0-2 SFL) led 28-27 at halftime.

Grizzlies coach Jason Sitterud said Romuk’s intensity in the third quarter fueled the rout in the second half after the Golden Eagles kept Granite Bay in check in the first half.

“Scott just said enough is enough and took over,” Sitterud said of Romuk, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. “He is a senior and understood the importance of his leadership.”

Jackson, who scored a game-high 23 points, said having his famous father in the crowd helped motivate him.

“It makes me feel happy that when he has the time he makes it out here,” Jackson said.

Danny Becker and Conner Drake combined for 18 points in the first half for Del Oro but managed just three points in the second half.

Golden Eagles coach Geoff Broyles credited the Grizzlies for adding “pressure a little bit defensively,” which forced Del Oro to play out of its system and turn over the ball and force shots.

“They knocked down a few threes, and you could see their confidence lift up and that gave them an extra step,” Broyles said. “We started speeding up and playing a little faster than we wanted to, and it just led to a huge quarter for them.”

Becker and Drake led Del Oro with 10 points each.

Granite Bay heads to Nevada Union on Thursday night, and Del Oro travels to Roseville.