Rocklin knocks off Del Oro to start SFL campaign
LOOMIS _ Last year’s defending Sierra Foothill League champion Del Oro Golden Eagles got a rude introduction to this year’s campaign losing 68-59 to the visiting Rocklin boys basketball team last week.
Although the Thunder jumped out to an early lead, the boys from Loomis rallied and entered the fourth quarter up by six. However, a furious Rocklin charge quickly put an end to Del Oro’s hopes of victory.
“Our toughness was key to the win,” said Thunder head coach Casey Cutts. “Being down for the majority of the game after a fast start is not something easy to come back from, especially on the road.”
Thunder senior Devin Moss served notice his club did not intend to finish last in league this season by scoring 30 points to lead the boys in blue. The 13-5 Rocklin squad broke out of sluggish effort to go on a 23-9 run in the final period and pull away for the victory.
The Eagles held Moss to just two points after the first quarter but period four was another story. Cutts made an offensive adjustments and Moss did the rest.
“We ran a couple of sets to get him going to the basket and he finished well at the rim,” said Cutts. “Then down the stretch he made his free throws to seal the game for us, which was huge.”
Del Oro seniors Trebor Pistochini (15), Aaron Freeman (14) and Collin Mitchell (11) combined for 40 of the Eagles’ points but simply couldn’t overcome Rocklin’s surge in the final stanza. The Thunder shut down Eagles’ center Keenan Finney, who had been averaging 12-points a game.
“Keenan is a great player and has been very effective around the rim this season,” Cutt’s said. “Our post players did a great job of defending him and limiting his touches around the basket.”
It was reported Rocklin defeated Nevada Union 58-50 in Grass Valley Tuesday. They host Woodcreek (9-9) Thursday. The Miners defeated the Timberwolves 75-68 last week.
ROCKLIN 68, DEL ORO 59
Thunder 20 10 15 23 – 68
Eagles 18 16 16 9 – 59
Rocklin – Devin Moss 30, Hayden Cook 10, Drew Ardissone 8, Spencer Gregg 8, Jake Faulkner 7.
Jan. 17 – Woodcreek, F 4 pm/V 7 pm
Jan. 22 – Roseville, F 4pm/V 7 pm