Senior guard Jack Welty had a career night and in the process, helped Del Oro’s boys basketball team to its first Sierra Foothill League win of the season.
With Welty knocking down 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, the Golden Eagles rose up to turn back Granite Bay last Friday night in Bonner Gymnasium, 65-59. The win was the first for Del Oro after four consecutive SFL setbacks.
Del Oro led from start to finish as the Eagles extended a 15-8 lead after a quarter to 30-23 by halftime and 49-38 at the end of three stanzas.
Mason Mancasola added 10 points and Dante Pericin nine to help the Del Oro cause.
The win for the Golden Eagles puts Del Oro back into the race for one of the SFL’s four playoff berths as Oak Ridge, Whitney, Del Oro and Granite Bay begin the second half of league play this week separated by just one game in the standings. Del Oro hosts Whitney at 7 p.m. Friday.
Grizzlies stymie Eagle booters, 3-0
Battling some inclement weather and good competition last week, the Del Oro boys soccer team fell from the unbeaten ranks in Sierra Foothill League play.
Playing what Del Oro coach Matt Scammacca called “our worst game of the year,” the Golden Eagles couldn’t keep up with visiting Granite Bay and succumbed to the Grizzlies, 3-0.
“We didn’t play well, but I’m not making excuses,” said Scammacca. “Granite Bay is a very good team and well-coached. They deserved to win.”
Scammacca had nothing but praise for Granite Bay keeper Cole Phillips, a junior who proved to be a thorn in the side of the Golden Eagles.
“Phillips had just a great game for Granite Bay,” said the Del Oro coach. “He made three critical saves, including two when the match was still close.”
Del Oro, 8-3 overall and 2-1 in SFL matches, tried to regroup this week for a pair of road contests. Del Oro was set to play at Whitney on Wednesday and then will play Friday at Oak Ridge.
The Oak Ridge match, set for 6 p.m. in El Dorado Hills, is scheduled to be streamed online at www.nfhsnetwork.com for a fee of $9.95.
After last week’s action, Folsom’s 3-0-1 mark leads the early SFL race with Oak Ridge and Del Oro right behind at 2-1-0. Granite Bay is next at 2-2-1, followed by Whitney (1-2-1) and Rocklin (0-4-0).
The top five SFL teams will qualify for the playoffs.
Lady Eagles clipped, 67-55
Trailing just 48-44 after three quarters of play, the Del Oro Lady Eagles looked poised to overtake Granite Bay in last Friday’s tense Sierra Foothill League girls basketball battle played in Loomis.
But as the Del Oro girls are finding out in this season’s SFL chase, nothing is coming easy.
Instead of mounting a fourth-quarter rally, Del Oro watched its bid for a victory slip away as Granite Bay out-pointed the hosts 19-11 in the decisive fourth stanza for an eventual 67-55 victory.
For Del Oro, the loss dropped the Lady Eagles’ SFL record to 1-4. Overall, Del Oro is still at an outstanding 18-5 and the Lady Eagles currently hold down the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s No. 3 spot in the most recent Division II rankings.
Del Oro was led in Friday’s game by Madison Parry, who scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jenna Duley checked in with 14 more, Natalie Moulos added nine and Katie Neal six. Del Oro hosts Whitney at 5:30 p.m. Friday.