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Young Oakmont battles Casa Roble, falls short

By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Scroll down the Oakmont High School boys basketball roster, and you’ll see enough 11s to get you dizzy, give you white-line fever. Or maybe in this case it’s white-11 fever.

In other words, the Vikings have mostly juniors, so it’s a learning experience every time they hit the court, and that includes games against unforgiving teams with players standing 6 foot 10 and 6-9.

Oakmont is a work in progress for coach Rick Campbell, just like Thursday night’s 62-53 Capital Valley Conference loss to visiting Casa Roble.

The Vikings (6-12 overall, 0-3 CVC) played about as good a first quarter as a high school team can play: 50-percent shooting from the floor, 4 for 7 from three-point range, no turnovers to five for the Rams (16-4, 3-0), no fouls, a rebounding push, extra passing without putting the ball on the floor, kicking the ball outside for open three-pointers and dumping it back in, and a 21-15 lead.

Then again, they’re young. The same quintet shot 3 for 18 in the fourth period and let a 49-49 tie turn into a 57-49 deficit, and into desperation mode the Vikings went.

“In the second half, we stopped moving the ball,” Campbell said. “We kind of stood around and didn’t go into attack mode. We weren’t looking to attack.”

The Vikings still have their moments, and plenty of them. Senior Kyle Yomogida made five three-pointers and led Oakmont with 16 points.

Other than that, it was the junior circuit for the Vikings. Gutsy 6-3 Namani Parker scored 14 points inside against Casa brothers Eric and Mason Stuteville, who combined are nearly 14 feet tall. Parker’s outing included a three-point play that pulled Oakmont to 43-42 late in the third period.

Shayne Baynes scored 11 points, and high-flying 6-3 Justin Holmes grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and had four assists. It was Holmes, remember, who flew into rebound mode and caught Taylor Laird’s over-the-shoulder trick pass for a two-point conversion that beat Lincoln 44-43 during football season.

You had to have seen it. Everyone else did. The video went viral.

“Justin Holmes busted his butt,” Campbell said. “I told him in (the locker room), when you defend and rebound like that, you make us better.”

Casa Roble finally grabbed control of the game behind 6-10 senior Eric Stuteville, who scored 13 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter. He also had nine rebounds and five blocked shots. Mason Stuteville, his 6-9 junior brother, had 16 points and seven rebounds.

 

CASA ROBLE 62, OAKMONT 53

 

CASA ROBLE (62)

Romine 1-2 2-4 4, M. Stuteville 7-13 1-2 16, E. Stuteville 8-15 10-11 26, Mims 2-5 0-0 5, Baucum 4-10 1-3 11, Larsh 0-2 0-0 0, Amos 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 14-20 62.

OAKMONT (53)

Baynes 4-13 0-0 11, Holmes 1-6 0-0 2, Parker 5-13 4-5 14, Yomogida 5-10 1-2 16, Marrero 3-12 0-0 7, Broadbent 0-1 0-0 0, Campbell 1-3 0-0 3, Price 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-58 5-7 53.

 

Casa Roble   15   14   15   18 — 62

Oakmont       21   12   11    9 — 53

 

Three-point goals — Casa Roble 4-8 (Baucum 2-2, M. Stuteville 1-2, Mims 1-2, Larsh 0-2), Oakmont 10-29 (Yomogida 5-10, Baynes 3-10, Marrero 1-6, Campbell 1-3). Total fouls — Casa Roble 13, Oakmont 19. Fouled out — Mims, Marrero. Rebounds — Casa Roble 32 (E. Stuteville 9), Oakmont 24 (Holmes 12). Assists — Casa Roble 14 (Romine 6), Oakmont 15 (Marrero 6). Turnovers — Casa Roble 15, Oakmont 14.