Monday Jan 19 2009
High school boys basketball
Vikings reserves can't catch Colfax
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
With leading scorer Tony Gill spending the game on the bench, and most of the other regulars getting only limited minutes, the Oakmont High School boys basketball team dropped a low-energy game to Colfax Saturday at the Common Good Classic at Del Oro in Loomis. With the Vikings taking advantage of the opportunity to give playing time to the full roster in a non-league game, Colfax responded by playing its starters, who played without much emotion in a 50-41 win over Oakmont. Colfax opened a 12-7 lead in the opening quarter, with Oakmont getting its only significant scoring from junior guard Dylan Baldwin, who scored four points in the opening stanza and seven before the break. Oakmont got a big boost from Clayton Harrigan, one of its usual starting five, who lit it up for 10 quick points in the second quarter as the Vikings closed within four at intermission. Eric Marten scored six in the third, but Oakmont managed just eight total points in the period as Colfax extended its advantage to 43-31 behind the 3-point shooting of Justin Witt and the solid play of point guard Jeff Divine. The Falcons closed it out from there, with Witt scoring a dozen points to lead all scorers, while Divine added 11 points. Baldwin and Harrigan led the Vikings with 10 points each, and Marten scored eight for Oakmont. The Vikings (0-4 in the SFL, 5-12 overall) are back in action Thursday night at Roseville (0-4, 10-9) after a Tuesday night bye.