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Golden Eagles set sights on SFL perfection

Prep Boys Basketball
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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LOOMIS — The one game at a time, one day at time mantra is in full effect at Del Oro High. The Golden Eagles boys basketball team is just four games from its first undefeated season in the Sierra Foothill League and after six double-digit wins, staying focused is going to be Del Oro’s best asset down the stretch. “That would be just the greatest feeling,” Del Oro senior guard Jordan Broyles said. “That’s what we’ve all been working for this whole time. All that hard work that we’ve been putting in it’s all going to pay off. I just want that so bad, we all want it. I just won’t be satisfied until we go undefeated in league.” Del Oro has raced out to a 6-0 SFL record after a 10-7 non-conference start. The sudden shift is the result of a couple of factors as the Eagles have regained their health after a bumps-and-bruises filled early season and have found a transition game that has closed out games in the second half. Also, the SFL isn’t quite as strong as it was last season when the Eagles went just 5-5 and were bounced in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. “(The injuries were) a difficult thing I think for a few of the guys initially but once we got everybody back healthy and everybody to do what they were supposed to and get that role back that they feel comfortable in, I think it’s been a little bit better for us offensively,” Del Oro coach Geoff Broyles said. The roles have been a key for the Eagles. No one player has carried the team throughout the season with six players averaging at least 4.8 points per game and only the younger Broyles (10.6 ppg) averaging more than 10 points per game. Broyles along with Austin Soldano have paced the offensive side of the ball during league play with their ability to run the court and play in transition. Broyles has averaged 13.3 points per game during the last six games and Soldano, also a senior guard, has averaged 13 points. “Shots are actually going in for us now,” said the younger Broyles. “Early in the season we were getting good shots, they just weren’t falling. Now, they’re starting to go in and we’re getting better looks now and scoring a lot more.” The additional scoring has definitely helped in the SFL, where the Eagles can wrap up the title as early as 7 p.m. tonight against Woodcreek with some help, but the Eagles can’t do anything about their league strength. Del Oro dropped one spot in the section power rankings to eighth after it debuted at seventh despite winning their only game of the week. All the Eagles can do is stay focused and win their next game. “It’s tough obviously but we’ve just got to keep on track,” Soldano said. “We can’t let this perfect season go now so we’re just really focusing in these past couple of weeks just because we know this is going to be the hardest week.”