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Trojan boys' win another close game against Granite Bay

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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When Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ basketball team plays Granite Bay, they know it’s going to be a battle.

Friday’s 58-55 win over the Grizzlies was the fourth straight game between the teams that was decided by three points or less. Going back further, it was the sixth of the last eight games against Granite Bay decided by one possession.

“This was huge for us,” Oak Ridge coach Rich Sondhi said. “When you win a game in the SFL on the road you feel like you stole one. We’ve been talking about winning this game for three days. Coming here, we knew it would come down to the last minute. Whoever makes the key plays down the stretch was going to win.”

With the game tied at 50, Oak Ridge’s 6-8 center Cade Hoppe stepped out and knocked down a three pointer to put his team in front for good. Koelbe DiMauro followed with a short jumper in the paint to put the Trojans up by five and hit three free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

“Cade hit that big three,” Sondhi said. “He’s a senior and he knows this it, and he’s been taking it upon himself to make the big play down the stretch. We’ve got other seniors with that same mentality.”

Hoppe and DiMauro, both seniors, led the Trojans down the stretch and throughout the game. Hoppe scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, while DiMauro scored five of his game-high 19 points in the final eight minutes of the game. Junior Drake Middleton also added 10 points for the Trojans.