Wednesday Feb 20 2013
Del Oro boys one and done
By: By Robbie Enos / Special to the Journal
Eagles defeated by Del Campo
With its slow pace, sturdy defensive play, and few turnovers, the game was an old-school coach’s dream. But the dream was short-lived for the Del Oro Golden Eagles, who lost their opening round playoff game Wednesday night to Del Campo 58-51.
The score was 25-21 at the half before the Cougars outscored Del Oro by nine points in the third quarter to increase their lead. The Eagles then spread their wings on defense and moved to a full-court press in the final period.
Del Oro had seven steals in the fourth quarter, led by four from point guard Danny Becker. Aaron Freeman found Michael Moore underneath for a lay-up with 1:33 remaining to cut the deficit to five.
Vasilije Saraba, who led the Cougars with seven points in the final quarter, hit two clutch free throws with 1:11 remaining. Del Oro’s Ryan Takayama hit a three-pointer with 17.1 seconds left to pull within four, but that would be the last bucket for the Eagles.
“Our kids played really hard,” Del Oro head coach Geoff Broyles said. “They battled and we got ourselves into a position where we were there if we could make one or two plays. I’m proud of our kids’ effort and the way they battled.”
Del Campo’s leading scorer was Modesta Britten, who posted 18 points off of pick-and-rolls and post moves. Saraba had fifteen points including two 3-pointers in the third quarter. Saraba also had five assists, all of which were to Britten for lay-ups.
“They shot it real well,” Broyles said of Del Campo. “They went to the offensive glass real well. Defensively, they did a pretty good job on us. I thought we had some good looks, but the ball didn’t go down a few times for us. They’re a good team.”
Del Oro’s attack was defined by their depth, as nine different players scored for the Eagles. Keenan Finney had a solid game in the post, scoring a team-high 12 points. Finney is a junior, one of eleven on the team. Another junior is the starting center, 6-foot-8 Connor Drake, who had five rebounds in the game.
“The kids are great kids,” Broyles said. “There just great human beings and they’re fun to be around. They get along so well. They’ve been great to coach, super-coachable kids. Just a great group of guys.”