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New faces but same goals on the court for Del Oro boys

By: Mike Ray / Gold Country News Service
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Del Oro boys basketball coach Geoff Broyles said farewell last June to a talented group of graduating seniors who in two seasons at the varsity level won 37 games and played a vital role in the Golden Eagles running to the Sierra Foothill League crown last winter.
But while there will be a lot of new faces filling roles for Del Oro’s boys this season, Broyles noted that the goal for his Golden Eagles hasn’t changed.
“Our goal every year is to go out and play hard, improve and be ready to contend in the SFL,” the Del Oro coach said. “We lost a lot of good seniors from a year ago but these guys have come out and are working hard every day.”
Following a 54-49 win over Colfax in its Foundation Game last week, the Golden Eagles opened their official season Wednesday with an impressive, 62-55, win at Laguna Creek.
The Del Oro win may follow a blueprint of what Broyles expects from his squad this season as Kyle Setterlund, a 6-foot, 3-inch junior with a year of varsity play under his belt, tallied 18 points, Keenan Finney, a 6-4 senior added 12 more and senior guard Trevor Pistochini contributed 10.
“I was really pleased with the team defense that we played though,” noted Broyles, who pointed out that the Golden Eagles held 6-8 Malik Pope, one of the top 100 players in the West, according to several recruiting sources, to just nine points.
“We did it mostly by committee,” Broyles said. “I can see us doing a lot of that this season.”
Besides Setterlund, Finney and Pistochini, Broyles also welcomes back  guard Danny Becker, a 6-1 junior who logged varsity minutes as a sophomore, 6-2 senior swing player Aaron Freeman who returns to action after sitting out last season, and senior guards Colin Mitchell and Ryan Takayama.
“We’re looking for a playing rotation right now,” Broyles said. “But a lot of it will have to do with matchups. It could be different every time out.”
Height-wise, Del Oro will be bolstered by a pair of juniors in 6-8 Connor Drake and 6-4 Jack Huizenga.
Michael Moore, a 6-3 junior forward, is also out after the Golden Eagles’ lengthy football season and should provide added depth along with Brandon Lopez, Reagan Hime, Danny Muscarella and Mason Curry.
Broyles is also expecting another tight battle this year for SFL honors.
“Granite Bay is probably the favorite but after that every team looks capable,” the Del Oro coach said. “I think on any given night anyone could knock anyone else off.”