Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bloomfield brings poise under pressure for DHS boys

From page B1 | January 12, 2014 |


DHS guard Brett Bloomfield (20) — shown here soaring to the hoop in a home game last month — has been consistent and clutch this season, leading the Blue Devils to a 10-5 nonconference record. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise file photo


That’s one word to describe Davis High senior point guard Brett Bloomfield.

Back on Dec. 6, Bloomfield hit a half-court buzzer-beater to send the Blue Devils to the championship game of the Bronco Roundup boys basketball tournament.

A week later, at the Bulldog tourney in Vacaville, Bloomfield hit a game-tying three in the closing moments of regulation to force overtime in a semifinal game against Vanden. DHS went on to win that contest and capture the tournament title.

Bloomfield’s scoring — often in key late-game situations — and his ability to set up open teammates have been big in the Devils’ 10-5 season thus far.

“He wants that challenge,” Davis head coach Dan Gonzalez said about his point guard’s clutch shooting. “He loves challenges. He doesn’t seemed to be fazed by the moment, or the pressure of a situation. He steps up to it in practice; he just invites it.”

In fact, Bloomfield had been working on his clutch shooting since he was young.

“My dad is a coach, so growing up I would always be told, ‘You want to be in that position,’ ” Bloomfield said. “I’m always the guy that will ask for the ball at the end of the game.

“When coach (Gonzalez) told me at the end of that game when I hit the half-court shot, ‘We’re giving it to Brett,’ I was like, ‘Yes, finally, I get a chance,’ ” Bloomfield added. “You have to want it, you want the ball. It’s just a passion to win the game, not just to get more points.”

And Bloomfield’s dad certainly knows a thing or two about pressure situations. Tony Bloomfield is the longtime baseball coach at Cosumnes River College, where he led the Hawks to a 2012 California community college championship. That same year, the elder Bloomfield was named national junior college coach of the year.

Before the 2013-14 DHS basketball season, the younger Bloomfield was tasked with replacing Hayden Russell, last year’s top scorer and team leader, from the point guard position. Russell graduated in 2013.

“I don’t think Brett tries to compare himself to Hayden, and I try not to do that either,” Gonzalez said. “Brett is his own guy; he does things a little different because he’s got different abilities.

“He now knows that he is a leader for this team. He’s one of the guys that our younger guys look up to. In practice, he’s always the guy with the most energy, when we make little teams in practice, his team always seems to be very competitive. He brings out the best in his teammates.”

Not surprisingly, Bloomfield is also a stellar player for the DHS baseball team, and likely will head to the University of Kansas next year to play that sport. Bloomfield wants to get his master’s degree and follow in his dad’s footsteps as a coach or go into another profession that has to do with sports.

But before that, Bloomfield will look to lead the Blue Devil basketball team into its challenging Delta Valley Conference schedule. The Devils will see Sacramento area powerhouses like Franklin and Grant in league play, which begins Friday (7 p.m.) at Elk Grove.

Last year, Davis finished in a tie for third in the DVC and made the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs with some help from the section’s power ratings system. For this season, the SJS board members voted to eliminate the previous system and the Devils will need to finish in the top three of their league in order to qualify for the section tournament.

It’s a task Bloomfield knows will be a difficult.

“We have to come into league in our best shape, so that we can give each other the best chance to win,” Bloomfield explained. “We have to come as if we know we’re going to win the game because we’re going to see Grant and Franklin, who are both ranked in California. We have to focus on the little games, not just the big games.”

Gonzalez knows that the leadership of Bloomfield and his senior classmates will go a long way toward determining DHS’ fate.

“All (our) seniors have to be leaders,” Gonzalez said. “Teams usually go as seniors go, so Brett, along with Brandon (Strong) and Matt (Michael), they’ve been our captains, they’re the ones that are taking this thing under their wings.

“It’s a leadership role that has to be there in practice, in games and in the locker room.”

— Reach Thomas Oide at Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterThomas



Thomas Oide

Thomas Oide is a senior at Davis High School, the editor-in-chief of the DHS student-run newspaper, The HUB, and a staff writer at
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