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High school boys basketball

Vikings can't keep up with Thunder

Oakmont gets non-league look at SFL favorite
By: Russ Edmondson, Gold Country News Service
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Oakmont High’s varsity boys basketball team got its first chance to play Rocklin Friday night in the second-round of the Rocklin Holiday Tournament. And it was just what the Vikings had feared. The Thunder, one of the top basketball teams in the area, are a very talented bunch. Rocklin won 87-51. “They are pretty good,” Oakmont coach Rick Campbell said. “You have to pick your poison. You can either help out and not let (UCLA-bound center) Brendan (Lane) dominate but then they can shoot the ball too. They hit so many 3-pointers on us from the end of the first quarter and in the second.” Rocklin jumped ahead early and led 49-24 at the half. Oakmont played Rocklin even after trailing 68-32 late in the third quarter. “If you get behind on them, then you are playing at their pace and that’s not our pace,” Campbell said. “We played better tonight (then they had been playing) and I thought we handled their pressure. But we’re young.” Oakmont’s Tony Gill scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half and Trey Payne scored nine points (all on 3-pointers in the second half). Oakmont point guard Fred Mobley scored seven points. Tony Williams (21 points), Joel Day (12), Lane (12), Cody Kale (11) and Pat Stover (10) led Rocklin’s offense. Oakmont will play Del Oro in the third-place game Saturday while Rocklin will battle Oak Ridge in the championship game at 6 p.m. The Vikings reached the matchup with Rocklin with a 57-49 win over Laguna Creek on Thursday night as Gill scored 26 points, while Mobley added 11 and Matt Bogovich 9 points.