Oakmont pummeled by Bella Vista in CVC basketball rematch

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Minutes into the first quarter, it was clear the No. 4-ranked Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Bella Vista Broncos wouldn’t be losing a second Capital Valley Conference game to Oakmont.

The Vikings (13-11 overall, 4-4 CVC) handed Bella Vista (21-4, 7-1) its only CVC loss three weeks ago. A rematch Thursday night in Fair Oaks was all Bella Vista 73-37.

There was considerable Roseville basketball history present in the Bella Vista gym.
David Gonzalez, Bella Vista head coach and the 1985 Sierra Foothill League MVP at Roseville High, and father Paul Gonzalez, a Bella Vista assistant coach and legendary Roseville and Oakmont head coach, were on the upside of a lopsided game.

Oakmont head coach Rick Campbell was on the other end this time.

“It’s always good to play at home,” Campbell joked. “I told the boys to be ready, because we’ve been Bella Vista’s only blemish in league and I think (Thursday night) we ran into a buzz saw. They pressured us and sped us up early, and that gap just widened.”

Bella Vista didn’t miss a shot through more than 10 minutes of the second and third quarters, but the damage was done after just one.

Hunter Ford, who scored 13 points, had the only Oakmont points in the first quarter on free throws. It took Oakmont 10 minutes to make its first shot. The Vikings trailed 34-12 at halftime.

“I’ve known Rick a long time, but since (the Oakmont loss) we’ve played our best,” David Gonzalez said. “Last time, we didn’t have the intensity or focus, but (Thursday night) we did. That’s just the way it goes.”

Oakmont 60, Bella Vista 59
— There was one Oakmont hero on the night: Namani Parker. His offensive rebound and put-back at the buzzer gave the Vikings a victory. Parker led all scorers with 21 points. Shane Baynes scored 11 points.