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Viking win over GB sets up big Rocklin matchup

Oakmont boys sweep season series from Grizzlies
By: Galen Kusic, Press Tribune Correspondent
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The Oakmont Vikings improved to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in Sierra Foothill league play with a convincing 65-54 victory over the Granite Bay Grizzlies Friday night. It was close throughout the contest, but when senior J.T. Adenrele threw down on two Grizzly defenders for the Vikings first field goal of the game, it set the tone for the evening. "I think it gave us an energy boost," Adenrele said. "It excited the crowd, the players got into it, everyone got into it." Oakmont worked down low consistently all night- but senior point guard Fred Mobley really paved the way to victory with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists. "We knew we had some power bigs - our plan was to get them the ball and let them go to work," Mobley said. And go to work they did. Tony Gill, back from missing a game earlier in the week due to sickness, contributed strongly with 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Adenrele, after picking up two quick fouls in the first half, came back in with Granite Bay leading in the third quarter and made a great assist to Gill, followed by a bucket of his own to regain Oakmont the lead for good. Adenrele finished with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks. "I think how we closed out the third quarter really gave us the momentum, and that carried over to the fourth quarter," said Mobley. While Oakmont came away with the victory, there were some bright spots for Granite Bay. Joe Eyen came out on fire in the first half, hitting 4-of-4 from well beyond the arc to keep Granite Bay in the game, down just 28-26 at the half. "I'm kind of just waiting for my turn," Eyen said. "I've been working hard all season. I really felt good tonight." In the third quarter, Robert Duncan came out playing with a vengeance all over the court for the Grizzlies- scoring 11 of his 14 total points in the second half to go along with six rebounds and four steals. Jon Davis also contributed, scoring nine points and pulling down four rebounds. Granite Bay took the lead early in the third quarter, but then went on a scoreless draught for the remainder of the period. Thanks to solid foul shooting from Mobley, Alex Ford and Matt Daly- the Grizzlies could never fully get back in the game. "Down low was bad for us, and we didn't get back in transition," Duncan said. "After Joe (Eyen) came out stroking, hitting everything in the first half- we were kind of flat after that." "I think we're gelling," Adenrele said. "I think we're one unit now. It's just a matter of working together as a team." Oakmont coach Rick Campbell agreed. "Our goal is to always share the ball, luckily we've got some big guys that are unselfish, so it's inside out." Oakmont will take its 5-2 league record against Rocklin (5-2) next and Del Oro (3-3) following that. "It doesn't get any easier from here," Campbell said. "We just get ready for the next war. Granite Bay played their butts off, very physical- especially in the first half, hats off to them. We just try to survive. We were down some guys, but now we know we can plug some guys in here and there and be okay." With the loss, Granite Bay falls to 14-8, and 2-5 in league play. The Grizzlies host Roseville (0-7) Wednesday night.