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Don’t leave early: El Camino High provides latest Sacramento area prep basketball buzzer-beater

Video: El Camino High is latest team to win by buzzer-beater basket

El Camino High School guard Kenneth Olsem hits a three-pointer as the buzzer sounds to defeat Rio Americano 56-54, the latest in last-second heroics for Sacramento area high school basketball teams, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.
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El Camino High School guard Kenneth Olsem hits a three-pointer as the buzzer sounds to defeat Rio Americano 56-54, the latest in last-second heroics for Sacramento area high school basketball teams, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

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.

Scott Trembinski’s two-handed heave from just beyond half court gave Lincoln a 47-44 nonleague victory in boys high school basketball over visiting Rio Americano.

On that same night in Fair Oaks, Josh Caraccio beat Ponderosa 65-63 on a corner three-pointer in a Capital Valley Conference game.

Bella Vista Broncos beat Ponderosa High 65-63 as Eljay Gallegos drives and dishes out to Joshua Caraccio for game-winning basket in a league game on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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