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Oakmont zones out in loss to Casa Roble

Vikings are held to one point in third quarter
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Oakmont High School boys basketball coach Rick Campbell took a moment to consider the scoreboard following the Vikings' 44-29 Capital Valley Conference loss at Casa Roble on Wednesday night, and all he could say was, “You know, if you told me that Casa was only going to score 44 points and we were going to lose, I would have never believed you.”

Points were more scarce than food and water during a desert drought. Neither team had a great game offensively, but in the end, the Rams took advantage of their opportunities far more often than the Vikings.

“We didn’t shoot it well,” Campbell said. “Mitchell (Padilla) didn’t shoot it well, Hunter (Ford) didn’t shoot it well. We don’t see a lot of zone.”

Casa ran an aggressive zone defense that focused on trapping Oakmont in the corners. With the paint clogged with defenders, the Vikings were forced to rely on their outside shooting and couldn't come up with big shots.

“When you don’t get catches in the paint and you allow the zone to extend and you put it on your perimeter shooters, it’s pretty easy to stop,” Campbell said. “You’ve got to hand it to them; they’ve got some size and they rebounded well.”

The Rams forced 15 steals and held Oakmont to one point in the third quarter. Six-foot-eight center Eric Stutteville posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

No Oakmont player scored in double figures. Dominic Marrero led with eight points. Three-point shooting machine Ford, usually the offensive leader, scored six points on two threes.

The Vikings will have to regroup offensively before taking on Del Campo on Friday. The Cougars are known for their aggressive full-court press and are coming off two league games in which they scored more than 70 points.

JV game

Oakmont 54, Casa Roble 31 – The Rams ran a sloppy offense in the final quarter, giving Oakmont plenty of opportunities to build a big lead and seal their second consecutive victory.

CASA ROBLE 44, OAKMONT 29

Oakmont (29)
Ford 2 0-0 6, Padilla 2 2-2 6, Marrero 3 1-2 8, Hamric 1 0-0 2, Alsey 1 2-2 4, Yomogida 1 0-0 3, Black 0 0-0 0, Hyde 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 5-6 29.

Casa Roble (44)
Romine 3 0-0 6, Kelly 0 0-0 0, Stapleton 5 0-0 11, Bruce 3 1-2 8, E. Stutteville 4 2-5 10, Drake 2 0-0 4, M. Stutteville 1 0-0 3, Shaw 0 1-2 1, Young 0 1-2 1, Whedon 0 0-2 0, Mims 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 5-11 44.

Oakmont      8     7   1   13 – 29
Casa Roble   6   11   9   18 – 44


Three-point field goals – Oakmont 4 (Ford 2, Marrero, Yomogida), Casa Roble 3 (Bruce, Stapleton, M. Stutteville). Rebounds – Oakmont 22 (Alsey 9, Ford 7, Padilla 3, Black 2, Marrero), Casa Roble 29 (E. Stutteville 11, Romine 7, Stapleton 3, Shaw 3, Kelly 3, Whedon, Bruce). Assists – Oakmont 6 (Hamric 2, Padilla, Alsey, Marrero, Hyde), Casa Roble 11 (Romine 3, Drake 2, E. Stutteville 2, Bruce 2, Young, Mims). Steals – Oakmont 11 (Ford 4, Hamric 3, Padilla, Marrero, Yomogida, Hyde), Casa Roble 15 (Romine 4, Bruce 3, Whedon 2, Drake 2, Mims 2, E. Stutteville, Stapleton).