Basketball can be a game of boundless swings, especially during a three-day weekend tournament.
Case in point: Del Oro girls basketball team during the Lady Eagle Invitational.
In the opening round game, Del Oro (8-3) beat Casa Roble by 69 points. Then on Friday, Del Oro defeated perennial section power El Camino to advance to the title game Saturday.
But in the championship game, the Golden Eagles experienced the highest of highs with Mia Maglinte nailing a buzzer-beater at the end of the first half. And the lowest of lows by letting a nine-point lead late in the third quarter turn into a 70-62 loss to Bishop Manogue of Reno, Nev.
And despite the loss on their home court, head coach Mike Takayama still was pleased with an overall weekend performance by his young squad that has just five seniors.
“We played a really good game,” Takayama said. “We just had spurts where our turnovers led to some easy baskets. Our defense actually played really well.”
The spurts began early and often for both teams Saturday.
After Bishop Manogue got out to a 29-18 lead with 3 minutes, 20 seconds left in the first half with a traditional three-point play by tournament MVP Gabbi Concepcion, the Golden Eagles scored 12 consecutive points to go into halftime with a 30-29 lead on a buzzer-beating three from Maglinte.
“Mia knocks down that three and we are going wild and going crazy,” Takayama said.
Said Maglinte of the shot: “It gave us a lot of confidence going into the locker room.”
Then with both teams battling back and forth in the third quarter, senior Stephanie Geyer scored the last five points of the quarter for Del Oro to take a 51-44 lead into the final frame.
But then Bishop Manogue used an impressive full- court pressure defense and quality three-point shooting to reel off a 26-11 run in the fourth quarter to take home the championship.
Concepcion scored 14 of her tournament-high 32 points in the fourth quarter.
Maglinte and Geyer were named to the all-tournament team. Geyer finished with a team-high 17 points and 14 rebounds, marking her second consecutive double-double.
Cami Brening led the Golden Eagles with 12 assists Saturday as the team scored 193 points overall in the three games.
“It was so fun. I am so happy for the seniors, they did great,” Maglinte said. “It was just a fun tournament.”