SFL BOYS BASKETBALL
(as of Mon. Feb. 11)
Granite Bay 7 2
Rocklin 6 3
Del Oro 5 4
Roseville 5 4
Woodcreek 3 6
Nevada Union 1 8
Their shot at a repeat Sierra Foothill League championship just a memory, the Del Oro High boys basketball team went into Tuesday night’s regular season closer at home versus Woodcreek with a couple of extra incentives on its mind.
Del Oro, 17-9 overall and 5-4 in SFL action after splitting its two games last week, was looking to extract a bit of revenge on the Timberwolves, who knocked off the Golden Eagles 54-53 back on Jan. 25.
Secondly, with a win on Tuesday and with a little outside help, coach Geoff Broyles’ squad perhaps could muscle its way back into the top eight of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II Power Ratings.
In that case, Del Oro would open the CIF playoffs next Wednesday, Feb. 20 with a 7 p.m. home game. In last week’s CIF release of the Power Ratings, Del Oro sat in the No. 11 position with the top 16 guaranteed playoff berths. If the Golden Eagles finish below the number eight spot, they would have a road game on Feb. 20.
Del Oro had a good shot at reaching the top eight, but that took a hit last Wednesday when Roseville caught the Golden Eagles napping and posted a 59-56 win, despite 20 points from Trevor Pistochini and 15 more by junior Conner Drake.
The Golden Eagles then hit the road last Friday and rebounded with a 66-52 win in Grass Valley against Nevada Union. Led by a career high 22-point scoring effort by Collin Mitchell, Del Oro led from start to finish in the contest.
Backing up Mitchell’s big scoring night were Ryan Takayama with 15, Pistochini with 11, Keenan Finney with seven, Drake and Aaron Freeman with four points each and Jack Huizenga with three.
The boys Div. II playoffs begin this Friday with “out-bracket” games if needed. The first round of home site games for Div. II teams will start next Wednesday with survivors moving to the second round on Friday, Feb. 22.
The semi-finals for Div. II boys are then slated for Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Feb. 27 with the Div. II championship contest scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at Sleep Train.