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Del Oro boys rock Rocklin, 72-41

Boys Basketball
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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LOOMIS — After losing three of four games in Sierra Foothill League play, the Del Oro High boys basketball team found the perfect elixir for its woes Friday night in its home gym. The Golden Eagles blasted rival Rocklin 72-41. Wins of any sort are gold for Del Oro, which improved to 3-3 in the SFL. At No. 14 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II power ratings, the Eagles are fighting for their postseason lives. They showed it Friday with a dominant display against the Thunder (2-4 SFL). Junior Alan Kidwell worked inside for 14 points while Jordan Broyles scored 13 and Austin Soldano added 12. Junior Rex Hime set up the big men nicely with seven assists. “We played a complete 32-minute game,” Del Oro coach Geoff Broyles said. “In the second half we held them to 13 points and that’s hard to do in a high school game. They’re a good offensive team too. We did a really good job communicating on defense. The SFL title is virtually out of reach for Del Oro. The focus has turned to gearing up for the postseason, where the Eagles have done damage in recent seasons. “The first half of league was tough,” Hime said. “We needed that to get ready for the second half and playoffs. We feel like we can be as good as the best teams in the league. We just have to come out and play like we did tonight.” Rocklin stayed close in the first quarter, but Kidwell scored six straight points early in the second quarter as Del Oro opened up a double-digit advantage. Rocklin fought back with help from a six-point possession (a foul, technical foul and a two-point field goal) to pull within five late in the half. But the Eagles responded by pushing the lead back to 10 by halftime. A 20-9 advantage in the third quarter all but iced the win. “In the second quarter when they made their run I thought we did a good job of keeping our composure,” Broyles said. “We were able to open the lead back up before halftime and the whole game we played with a lot of confidence and trust in each other.” Del Oro’s big men kept Rocklin from doing much of anything in the paint. Senior Kyle Russell had a couple of highlight-reel blocks in the first half and finished with four in the game. Luke Cochran added three along with seven rebounds. Taylor Bergthold had three steals for the Eagles. Del Oro will take on league-leading Woodcreek on Wednesday in Roseville.