Oakmont gives up 37 to Del Campo star Saraba in CVC setback

By: Trevor Horn/Special to Gold Country News Service
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Oakmont High School boys basketball coach Rick Campbell never felt his team was getting blown out, but he also didn’t see his team take the next step, either.

The Vikings lost a Capital Valley Conference home game to Del Campo 66-54 on Wednesday night.

“As a coach, I never felt we were out of it,” Campbell said. “But we never made that one play.”

Despite giving up 37 points to Vasilije Saraba, including 25 in the first half, the Vikings (6-13 overall, 0-4 CVC) held the junior to zero points in the third quarter and no other Del Campo player scored in double figures.

“When you let a kid score 37, it’s rough,” Campbell said. “But in his defense, he can play.”

Trailing 33-22 at halftime, Oakmont made defensive adjustments to keep Saraba in check and senior Dominic Marrero scored seven points in the third quarter.

But for every containment of Saraba, another Cougar was left open, as Del Campo (16-5, 3-1) increased the lead to 47-35 going into the fourth quarter.

The Vikings trailed by 16 in the fourth quarter, but with four reserves on the floor with leading scorer Namani Parker, Oakmont went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 62-54 with 40.3 seconds to play.

Campbell said playing with 10 juniors who are in their first season at the varsity level and just three seniors, games against elite competition are great learning tools.

“In spurts, there are positives,” Campbell said. “I can’t bring them down for this one. We have to get a win and build on getting confidence.”

Junior Justin Holmes scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Oakmont, and Marrero scored nine points. Parker led the Vikings with 18 points and was given heaps of praise from his coach.

“He is such a great kid,” Campbell said. “All he does is play hard. He is not the biggest player, but he is starting to lead us.”