Oakmont can't keep up with running Del Campo

By: John Parker/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Basketball many times is a sport of runs, and that fickle nature was on display Friday night at Oakmont High School.

The Vikings utilized a furious rally to take control coming out of halftime before falling victim to one themselves, eventually falling to Del Campo 61-45 in a Capital Valley Conference matchup.

“We didn’t execute in spurts,” Oakmont coach Rick Campbell said. “Especially on the defensive end.”

Oakmont (11-10, 2-3 CVC) trailed 25-18 at halftime but came out of the locker room firing in the first four minutes of the third quarter. The Vikings masterfully broke Del Campo’s full-court press and finished with several easy layups. They took a 34-30 lead midway through the quarter but then went cold.

It was all Cougars from there. Oakmont struggled to even get a look at the basket and over a 6:42 stretch committed nine turnovers, which became 18 Del Campo points – part of a 20-0 run.

“They were speeding us up, forcing us into turnovers,” Oakmont guard Dominic Marrero said. “We weren’t getting back on (defense).”

Marrero led the Vikings with 14 points, including nine in the second half. Hunter Ford (12) and Caspian Hamric joined him in double figures for Oakmont. Del Campo’s Davit Saghateylan led all players with 15, often finishing the Cougars’ relentless fast break.

Del Campo (18-4, 4-1) utilized the break to take an 18-8 lead after the first quarter and looked poised to run away. But a 10-minute delay when the scoreboard went out gave everyone a chance to catch their breath.

“We thought we had done a good job wearing them down,” Cougars coach Dave Nobis said. “Then we had to start all over again.”

The Cougars’ shooting evaded them in the second quarter, going 2 for 15 in scoring just seven points and allowing the Vikings to close the gap despite spotty shooting on their own end.

JV -- Del Campo pulled away in the final six minutes of a mostly competitive game, winning 53-48. Namani Parker led Oakmont with 14 points, while Justin Holmes had 11, eight of which came in the first quarter.