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Del Oro soars over Granite Bay from opening tip

Golden Eagles lead SFL by two games as first half ends
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Del Oro High School scored the first eight points in its Sierra Foothill League matchup at Granite Bay on Thursday night, and the Golden Eagles didn’t stop until the final buzzer — literally.

Senior Taylor Butterfield played just a few minutes, but he put the exclamation point on Del Oro’s 61-38 romp when he caught an inbounds lob pass and beat the buzzer with a midair catch and layup.

Combined with Roseville’s surprise loss at Woodcreek, Del Oro (15-7 overall, 5-0 SFL) takes a two-game lead into a short break before the second half starts Friday, Feb. 3.

“D.O. played very well,” Granite Bay coach Jason Sitterud said. “I said from day one that’s the best team.”

While the Golden Eagles scraped and scratched to beat Roseville 64-53 on Tuesday, they were crisp, clean and dominant against the Grizzlies (11-11, 3-2).
Del Oro shot 48 percent from the field (22 for 46), outrebounded Granite Bay 31-24, had 15 assists to the Grizzlies’ two, committed just four turnovers in the first half and, most of all, allowed the Grizzlies absolutely nothing.

Granite Bay shot 20 percent from the field and was held to nine baskets, including two by Koki Arai in the final minute. The Golden Eagles were aggressive around the three-point line and ganged up on Granite Bay inside.

Jerry Hansen led the Grizzlies with 13 points, eight of which came from the free throw line. Granite Bay scored 18 points from the line.

“It didn’t matter what we did,” Sitterud said. “They’re long, and they contest shots.”

Coach Geoff Broyles said it was Del Oro’s best rebounding game this season. The Golden Eagles’ offensive performance was impressive, too.

“Our focus was great coming in,” he said. “The kids were locked in on each possession. Granite Bay is a great team. Defensively, they can rattle you. They rotate well. They get in passing lanes. They can make you rush.”

But Del Oro rushed nothing. The Golden Eagles worked for open shots and got them. Austin Soldano scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists. Jordan Broyles had 15 points and six rebounds, and point guard Rex Hime had six assists. Center Alan Kidwell scored all eight of his points in the second half and totaled seven rebounds.

JV game

Granite Bay 52, Del Oro 44 — Tony Ellison scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies handed the Golden Eagles (19-3, 3-2) their second loss this week. Kendrick Jackson scored eight of his 14 points in the first quarter, and Aiden Naughton scored 10 points for Granite Bay.

Keenen Finney led Del Oro with 15 points, and Conner Drake made three three-pointers and scored 14 points.

DEL ORO 61, GRANITE BAY 38

Del Oro (61)
Covey 2 2-2 6, Soldano 8 1-2 18, Kidwell 2 4-7 8, Hime 0 0-0 0, Broyles 5 4-6 15, Bergthold 2 2-2 8, Becker 0 0-0 0, Setterlund 2 0-0 4, Lewis 0 0-0 0, Butterfield 1 0-0 2, Pontillo 0 0-0 0, Pistochini 0 0-0 0, Takayama 0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 13-19 61.

Granite Bay (38)
Ciraulo 0 1-3 1, Hansen 2 8-8 13, Romuk 2 2-4 6, Bradford 0 2-4 2, Brillington 0 1-2 1, King 2 4-8 8, Bertolino 1 0-0 3, Arai 2 0-0 4, Pedersen 0 0-0 0, McPhaul 0 0-0 0, Osterstock 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 18-29 38.

Del Oro        14   13   16   18 — 61
Granite Bay    6   12     7   13 — 38

Three-point goals — Del Oro 4-15 (Bergthold 2-3, Broyles 1-4, Soldano 1-3, Becker 0-2, Covey 0-1, Hime 0-1, Pontillo 0-1), Granite Bay 2-14 (Hansen 1-8, Bertolino 1-1, Brillington 0-3, King 0-1, Pedersen 0-1). Total fouls — Del Oro 19, Granite Bay 17. Fouled out — Hime. Rebounds — Del Oro 31 (Soldano, Kidwell 7), Granite Bay 24 (Hansen, Brillington 6). Assists — Del Oro 15 (Hime 6), Granite Bay 2 (Romuk, Brillington). Turnovers — Del Oro 16, Granite Bay 15.