Oakmont charges back, beats Granite Bay in OT
In a final tune-up before league play, Oakmont High School’s boys basketball team was slightly more tuned than Granite Bay on Tuesday night.
The Vikings took down the visiting Grizzlies 74-69 in overtime, led by 28 points, five rebounds and three assists from Dominic Marrero.
Granite Bay (11-6) led by four with 1:50 left in the fourth period, but Isaac Thornton found Namani Parker with a slick bounce pass for an open layup. After a steal by Shayne Baynes, Marrero attacked the basket with a strong drive for a layup to tie the score at 60.
The Vikings (4-9) then went 8 for 11 from the free-throw line in overtime to ice the victory. Oakmont’s zone defense held the Grizzlies to eight points in the fourth quarter and two field goals in overtime.
“Our Achilles’ heel has been rebounding and communicating defensively,” Oakmont coach Rick Campbell said. “So we’ve been working hard in practice the past few days to make sure we know where everyone is, locating shooters and not leaving guys uncontested. We made it difficult for them to get shots.”
Granite Bay took an early 10-2 lead and led by seven at halftime. The Grizzlies’ small lineup relied heavily on the three-point shot, knocking down 10 in the game. Their aggressive trapping defense forced 12 steals in the first half, but they had none in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Asked what the team needs to improve on heading into Thursday night’s Sierra Foothill League opener at home against Roseville, Granite Bay coach Jason Sitterud said, “Everything. We just have to work on a few things defensively, passing the ball and getting guys shots in the right places.”
Oakmont plays host to Christian Brothers on Thursday.
“That effort, that intensity and that communication,” Campbell said, addressing his team’s needs for the Capital Valley Conference opener. “If we do that, we’ll be OK.”
Said Marrero, “I’d say we have to keep teams below 50 points. On offense, we just need to communicate and talk. We need to play as a team. That’s how we’re going to win games.”