Tis the season for the dramatic game winner.
On the heels of Bella Vista and Lincoln delivering buzzer-beating dramatics, it was El Camino's turn to deliver a dagger on the high school boys basketball circuit.
On Wednesday in a Capital Athletic League game at rival Rio Americano in a packed gym, the Eagles dribbled and passed the ball around to set up a game winner. After nearly losing possession against a very active Rio Americano defense that seemed to do everything right, guard Sawyer Concklin passed to Olsem. He dribbled right and pulled up for a three-pointer. As the ball was in flight, the final horn sounded. It was good.
El Camino won 56-54, and Olsem's teammates chased him across the court. The video here was provided by El Camino, which improved to 14-5 overall and 2-0 in CAL play.
Olsem scored 18 points. He has the respect of his coaches and teammates as one with a reputation of being the first one in the gym, the last to leave and a "true definition of a team captain."
Rio Americano has seen about enough of these game-winners. The Raiders lost to Lincoln 47-44 on a shot from just beyond half court on Jan. 8 at Lincoln, delivered by Scott Trembinski.
On that same night in Fair Oaks, Josh Caraccio beat Ponderosa 65-63 on a corner three-pointer in a Capital Valley Conference game.