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Oakmont is built Ford tough in Rocklin tourney

Vikings top Woodcreek in rematch of 2010 Rocklin final
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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The 2011 Rocklin Holiday Tournament championship game was a rematch of last season’s final. Only this time, the result was different.

Woodcreek High School went in as the defending champion, led last season by the stellar performance of senior tournament MVP Devin Murphy.

But on Saturday night, it was Oakmont that came out on top 70-62, led by its senior tournament MVP, Hunter Ford.

Ford made four three-pointers, scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Mitchell Padilla, who scored 14 points.

Coach Rick Campbell said Oakmont is anything but a two-man show.

“The key for Hunter and Mitchell was everybody around them,” Campbell said. “They were strong with the ball. It’s early in the season so kids are still accepting their roles. They’re probably option number one and two.”

Oakmont (6-6) led by two at halftime and broke away in the second half. Dominic Marrero scored eight of his 18 points in the third quarter, and the Vikings sank 9 of 15 free throws to ice the game despite a chasing Woodcreek (5-8).

“Their offensive patience wore us down a little bit,” Woodcreek coach Paul Hayes said. “They stayed patient with the ball, and they just shoot the ball so well. They’ve got three or four that do it, not just Hunter.”

Woodcreek junior Tyler Milani and freshman Noah Blackwell were named to the all-tournament team, but the Vikings kept both in check. Blackwell got into early foul trouble and didn’t score until the fourth quarter. Milani, who started as a sophomore on last season’s NorCal Regional Division II runner-up team, was covered by Ford the majority of the game and mustered only two baskets.
Senior Michael Mathews led the Timberwolves with 18 points.

“We need to improve on our level of intensity, all the time,” Hayes said. “We also need to work on patience. We’re young so we get impatient at times.”

Campbell felt the championship was big for the Vikings and hoped they could carry the momentum into Capital Valley Conference play.

“We started out with a pretty rough schedule, a lot of good teams,” Campbell said. “When you can string a few together, it really helps the boys’ confidence and it gives them the belief that they can win.”

Oakmont 70, Woodcreek 62

Woodcreek (62)
Mathews 6 7-8 18, Milani 2 2-2 8, Blackwell 3 4-4 11, Howe 3 1-2 7, Summers 2 0-0 4, Bishop 3 2-4 8, Bass 1 0-1 3, Suetos 1 0-0 3, Lara 0 0-0 0, Bender 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 16-21 62.

Oakmont (70)
Ford 8 4-4 24, Marrero 6 3-4 18, Padilla 5 3-4 14, Hamric 2 2-4 6, Alsey 1 3-6 5, Courtryer 1 1-2 3, Hyde 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 16-24 70.

Woodcreek   9   20   12   21 — 62
Oakmont      9   22   19   20 — 70


Three-point goals — Oakmont 8 (Ford 4, Marrero 3, Padilla), Woodcreek 4 (Milani 2, Bass, Blackwell). Rebounds — Oakmont 23 (Ford 12, Padilla 3, Hamric 3, Courtryer 3, Alsey, Hyde), Woodcreek 31 (Bishop 9, Bass 6, Mathews 4, Blackwell 4, Milani 3, Howe 3, Summers 2). Assists — Oakmont 13 (Hamric 5, Ford 3, Marrero 2, Padilla 2, Courtryer), Woodcreek (Blackwell 4, Milani 2, Howe 2, Bass 2, Lara 2, Bender). Steals — Oakmont 7 (Ford 3, Marrero 2, Padilla, Courtryer), Woodcreek 6 (Blackwell 3, Summers 2, Howe).