Oakmont falls to Christian Brothers
Capital Valley Conference play kicked off on Thursday night as the Oakmont Vikings boys basketball team fell to visiting Christian Brothers 51-35.
The loss came two days after the Vikings (1-0 CVC, 4-10) won a surprising upset against Division I powerhouse Granite Bay, but the difference in play in those two days was apparent early. Oakmont scored six points in both of the first two quarters.
“I’m hoping that the Granite Bay game was not the culmination of our season,” said Oakmont coach Rick Campbell.
Players exited the locker room somberly after the loss, but not all 32 minutes were lowlights.
Namani Parker led Vikings’ scorers with 12 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds, seven of which were offensive.
As a team the Vikings struggled to get near the hoop, but even more so to make shots around the hoop. Namani said it was a lack of intensity.
“We didn’t have that intensity today; we just didn’t come out ready to play,” Parker said.
The team’s struggles were evident early. Oakmont shot 0-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Their percentage improved only on two three-pointers from Shayne Baynes in the third quarter as the Vikings went down by more than 20 points. Baynes finished with 10 points. Dominic Marrero scored seven.
Christian Brothers advanced to a 4-2 record against Oakmont in the last three years since the Vikings joined the CVC.
Oakmont’s league schedule won’t make it any easier to even its record. The Vikings travel to the arguably league-favorite Bella Vista (1-0, 13-4) on Tuesday.
Oakmont 64, Christian Bros 54
Jared Flowers scored 18 points. Alex Martin scored 14.
Christian Bros 66, Oakmont 43