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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

Sierra Foothill League boys basketball

Del Oro opens strong but not alone
By: Staff Report
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Under new head coach Casey Cutts, the Rocklin boys basketball team is off to a 3-1 start on the new season and captured third at the Folsom-Vista Tournament this past weekend.

The Thunder was 1-3 at this point last year beating only Folsom, the only club to beat them so far this season. Led by senior Devin Moss, the boys in blue have set their sights on the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.

However, Cutts has his club sharing the load with 15 players contributing, including one sophomore, Vinnie Safin.

Del Oro _ Last year’s Sierra Foothill League champions are off to a good start again in the 2012-13 campaign with a 4-1 record after finishing as runners up in their own Del Oro Invitational tournament this past weekend.

Head coach Jeff Broyles club came up on the short end of a 60-49 score against Capital Christian but that’s been the case for everyone who’s gone up against the Cougars so far this season.

However, the Golden Eagles have scored less than 60 points in only one of their victories and that was a 59-43 win over Mira Loma. Junior Jack Huizenga and senior Aaron Freeman have helped fuel the Loomis’ club’s 65-plus points a game and were both named to the invitational all-tournament team.

Roseville _ The Tigers have gone on a four-game tear since losing its opener to Placer 65-57. The orange-and-black swept the Argonaut QBC Tournament earlier in the season and came back to take the Stone Berger Tournament this past weekend. And in spite of averaging more than 73 points a game, the Tigers are winning with defense.

“Points are nice and everything, but our focus right now is just playing defense and playing together on defense,” head coach Greg Granucci said. “There are a few things we’re focusing on and a few things we still need to improve on.”

Woodcreek _ The Timberwolves are hungry after last year’s fifth-place finish in the SFL. They, too, lost to Folsom in the Bulldogs’ tournament championship game – by one point.

The Woodcreek club also carries 15 made up mostly with juniors and seniors but doesn’t have a lot of height. At 6-feet, 3-inches, juniors Jack Barbolino-Mojica and Jeremy Dexter are the tallest players.

Still, the T’wolves are scoring more than 62 points a game but giving up more than 57.

Granite Bay _ Football isn’t yet over for the CIF Northern California Division I Regional playoff champions so basketball is starting a little slower than usual, although 4-3 isn’t bad.

Head coach Jason Sitterud’s Grizzlies are playing better than .500 ball; their wins came against teams with records totaling 7-12. The Big Bears’ losses have been by an average of 18 points.

At this point, it’s not certain how many football players will add to Granite Bay’s roster but they should be ready by the time league starts.

Nevada Union _ The Miners lost their first two games, including one to Folsom; the Bulldogs seem to have the SFL’s number. However, the Grass Valley boys are quite capable of turning things around.

Led by 6-8 junior Lucas Vojack and senior Jason Mickel Nevada Union has gone up against some tough teams. The win-loss record of the teams that have beaten them is 17-7.

Still, the Miners are giving up 63 points a game and scoring less than 57.

_ Staff Report