Huizenga's dunk helps Golden Eagles reach Del Oro Invitational championship gameBy: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
Del Oro came out a little flat, falling down 8-3 out of the gate.
But after an inspiration play, the Golden Eagles soared the rest of the night — and into the championship game of the Del Oro Invitational.
Jack Huizenga scored a game-high 17 points, including two dunks, one of which was the catalyst of a 15-5 first-quarter run for the Eagles in a 70-51 victory over River City Friday at Bonner Gym.
“A dunk fires up the crowd,” Del Oro coach Geoff Broyles said. “They don’t always happen in high school.”
Huizenga’s slam, which wound up being a three-point play as he sunk an ensuing foul shot, sure fired up his teammates.
“You get a good play and it just gets the adrenaline going and pumps up the whole team,” Huizenga said.
Del Oro (4-0) didn’t relinquish the lead after going up 10-8 and was up 38-25 at halftime. By the time Huizenga threw down his second dunk, the tournament’s hosts held a 50-28 advantage.
Connor Drake had 11 points and Aaron Freeman added 10 for the Golden Eagles, who play Capital Christian in the tournament championship game Saturday at 6 p.m.
Ironically, Huizenga attended Capital Christian as an eighth- and ninth-grader.
“They’re good,” he said. “… I know how they play.”
Said Broyles: “They’re probably one of the top five teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section. It’s going to be a real big test for us.”
Capital Christian 63, Bella Vista 47 — D.J. Wilson scored 21 points Friday for Capital Christian, which advanced to the championship game against Del Oro. Tyler Berkness had a team-high 16 points for Bella Vista, which plays River City Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the third-place game.
Whitney 67, Lincoln 65 — Nolan Eger made two foul shots with 7.1 seconds to go, leading Whitney to a come-from-behind victory Friday. Eger had a game-high 22 points for Whitney, which trailed 51-41 with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter. John Reyes and Adam Felt both led Lincoln with 18 points apiece. Whitney will play Oakmont Saturday at 3 p.m. for fifth place. Lincoln will take on Paradise at 10:30 a.m. for seventh place.
The result of the Paradise-Oakmont game wasn’t available, but multiple sources said Oakmont won by way more than double digits.
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