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Del Oro boys roll, beat Rocklin

By: By Joshua Gutierrez / Special to the Journal
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With a 68-61 road win over Rocklin, the Del Oro varsity boys basketball team has increased its chances of catching Granite Bay in the Sierra Foothill League standings.
Danny Becker ended any notion of a Rocklin rally, scoring 11 points in the final period, including a 5 of 7 performance at the foul line.
The junior guard led the Golden Eagles with 25 points, scoring in every period.
Rocklin assumed a 14-8 advantage by the end of the first period, as Del Oro went 0 of 7 beyond the arc.
“Guys were just a little amped up,” said Del Oro head coach Geoff Broyles.
“It was just a matter of continuing to shoot the basketball … if there is a shot they felt comfortable taking, we want them to take it.”
Trevor Pistochini did just that, nailing a pair of 3-pointers as the Golden Eagles went on a 19-7 run in the second period.
In the last minute of the half, Rocklin bounced back with a 7-0 run to cut Del Oro’s lead to one point, heading into the locker room.
Calming an early surge by the Thunder, Del Oro regained the lead when Pistochini converted on a 3-point play.
A 4 of 4 performance from the floor capped Del Oro’s third period.
Connor Drake contributed with a handful of rebounds and shot 3 of 4, including a 3-pointer, after not attempting a shot in the first half.
The Thunder cut Del Oro’s lead to as low as seven in the waning minutes, but the Golden Eagles maintained their lead and captured the win.
The Golden Eagles split their season series with Rocklin, avenging a 68-59 loss at home to the Thunder at the start of the SFL schedule.
Key to Wednesday’s victory, was the containment of Rocklin’s Devin Moss, who scored 30 points in the first meeting.
The coaching staff contested Moss all night, putting constant pressure on the scorer, including double teams when he gained control of the ball.
The strategy worked, as Moss was limited to seven points on seven shot attempts.
With SFL standings leader Granite Bay coming into town on Friday (Feb. 1), the Golden Eagles will have their shot to cut into the Grizzlies’ lead. Granite Bay was handed its first league loss Wednesday by Roseville in overtime, 99-91.
“The first thing we need to do, is have a good practice tomorrow and try to get them on Friday,” Broyles said. “Hopefully we can inch closer on Friday, but we just need to focus on getting better each day and be the best team we can be.”