Thursday, February 26, 2015

Opening at DeAnza

John Murphy tweeted: "De Anza College is seeking a men's basketball coach."

Nick Grieves

Juan Reyes writes about NIck (San Jose State University/Aptos High) Grieves and his senior season at Cal State East Bay.

High School Roundup

Below are scores and more from various Wednesday matchups involving northern California prep teams:

* Thomas Lawrence game reports the Manteca High 51-48 win over Lincoln. James Burns does likewise.

* Kevin Niendorf game reports the St. Mary's success against Rodriguez High.

* Scott Niendorf game reports the Sierra High 61-49 victory against Fairfield High. Dave Campbell does the same.

* The Modesto Bee reports on Modesto Christian's 78-65 takedown of Ponderosa High as well as a number of other matchups.

* Jonamar Jacinto game reports Weston Ranch's 65-53 defeat of Central Valley High.

* Matt O'Donnell game reports the Vallejo High besting of Florin High 81-79.

* Thomas Gase game reports the Tavian Henderson-powered St. Patrick St. Vincent thumping of Gateway 86-62.

* Ian Ross game reports Kyle Roach's 53 points carrying Marin Academy over Clear Lake High.

* Dante Geoffrey game reports Arcata High's getting by John F. Kennedy 74-62.

* Andy Arrenquin game reports the Marysville High 69-51 bopping of Ripon High.

* Joe Davidson game reports the Kennedy High 65-58 topping of Monterey Trail.

Nor Cal JC scores from Wednesday

Below are the Wednesday night scores from the two games involving Nor Cal JC teams:

* College of the Sequoias 76 - Las Positas College 67

The score was tied at 55 with 6:45 remaining.

From COS Athletics: "...Derek Check and Chris Smith paced the Giants with 15 points each. Brantley Bynum had 14."

From LPC Men's Basketball

"he Hawks battled giants Wednesday night, and the result was a first-round exit from the Northern California Regional playoffs.

Bigger and stronger inside, the College of the Sequoias Giants dominated the interior in the second half and pulled away with a 76-67 victory over the Hawks in Livermore.

Sequoias (17-12), the regional's #18 seed, advanced to Saturday's second round against #2 San Jose City College. LPC, meanwhile, which entered as the #15 seed, ends a successful season with a 16-13 record.

For a half, at least, it appeared that it might be the Hawks who would be advancing. Drilling shots from all over the court, LPC led by as many as 14 points in the first half. A late Sequoias run cut the Hawks' lead to 40-30 at halftime.

The teams traded two baskets each to begin the second half before LPC went ice cold. Sequoias then exploited its advantage inside at both ends of the court to the tune of a 17-0 run, giving the Giants a 51-44 lead.

A jumper by Rashad Brackeen finally stopped the bleeding with 11:20 remaining. Trailing 55-47 four minutes later, the Hawks rallied to score 7 consecutive points, on a three by Brackeen and layups by Cameron Moses and Marti Fonolla, to pull even at 55-55 at the 6:46 mark.

Despite an excited crowd exhorting on LPC, Sequoias proceeded to effectively put the game away by scoring 13 of the game's next 15 points, going up 68-57 with 2:05 left. The Hawks never got closer than six points the rest of the game.

Moses led LPC with 16 points, while Brackeen and Fonolla added 14 points each."


* Foothill College 78 - American River College 67

The WCAL 2014-15 honorees

Here are the West Catholic Athletic League basketball honorees:


Ben Kone, Archbishop Mitty – Junior

First Team

Eddie Stansberry, Archbishop Riordan, Junior
Jimmy Wohrer, Junipero Serra, Senior
Trevor Brown, Junipero Serra, Senior
Curtis Witt, Saint Francis, Junior
Noah Stapes, Saint Francis, Junior
David Parsons, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Senior
Angelo Athens, Bellarmine, Sophomore

Second Team

Alfred Hollins, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sophomore
Kyle Owens, Bellarmine, Senior
Giuseppe Benedetti, Saint Francis, Junior
Peter Hewitt, Saint Francis, Junior
Dakari Monroe, Archbishop Mitty, Senior
Will Emery, Saint Ignatius, Junior
Jake Killingsworth, Junipero Serra, Junior

Honorable Mention

Dom Burke, Saint Ignatius, Senior
Cameron Korb, Archbishop Mitty, Senior
Masa Swain, Bellarmine, Senior
Paul Smoot, Junipero Serra, Senior
Jeremiah Testa, Junipero Serra, Junior
Frank Lemos, Junipero Serra, Senior
Joseph Mihanovic, Saint Francis, Senior
Elias Haile, Valley Christian, Senior
Max Randall, Archbishop Riordan, Senior

The CVC goes all out with honorees

The Central Valley Conference doesn't just offer a selection of First Team All League honorees and a few runners-up:

MVP: James O'Neal, Fresno City

All Conference

• Brantley Bynum, COS
• Dejon Burdeaux, Fresno City
• Tyrone Hall, Porterville
• Marquell Hubbard, Columbia
• Walter Orr, Reedley
• Chris Ross, COS
• Justin Senou, West Hills
• Chris Smith, COS
• Ryan Swain, Fresno City
• Deonta Woodard, Merced

Honorable Mention

• Darren Buckles, West Hills
• Jermaine Crowder, Merced
• Kyle Ingram, Fresno City
• Micheal Meserole, Columbia
• Allston Moore, Reedley
• Tony Williams, Columbia

All Freshmen Team

• MVP: Marquell Hubbard, Columbia
• Anthony Ballestero, Fresno City
• Davy Baltus, Porterville
• Steven Coulanges, West Hills
• Nick Hilton, Fresno City
• Robert Martinez, Merced
• Micheal Meserole, Columbia
• Shakor Major, Reedley
• BJ Shelton, Fresno City
• Khayri Washington, West Hills
• Deonte Woodard, Merced

All Defensive Team

• Co-MVPs: Dejon Burdeaux, Fresno/Chad Clark, COS
• Rosendo Amayawood, Columbia
• Adam Armstead, Porterville
• Marvin Cyrus, Porterville
• Nick Hilton, Fresno City
• Kyle Ingram, Fresno City
• Ian Merzwinski, Columbia
• Walter Orr, Reedley
• Deonte Woodard, Merced

Oregon 80, Cal 69

Oregon is on a bit of a roll now and took down California, in Berkeley, 80-69 on Wednesday. Jabari Bird posted a 22 point, six rebound line for the Bears.

UCLA 88, Washington 66

A 46-25 first half at Pauley Pavilion propelled UCLA to an 88-66 victory over Washington on Wednesday. Darin Johnson played 25 minutes for the Huskies and scored 11 points.

Colgate 95, Lafayette 83

Colgate got by Lafayette 95-83 last night with a couple of northern California talents in action. In 11 minutes for the victors, sophomore frontcourter John Fenton supplied five points and three rebounds in a reserve role while senior Lafayette guard Bryce Scott played 38 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He shot 5-8 overall, 3-5 from long distance.

Contra Costa College's Tajai Johnson honored

G Tajai Johnson was named 1st team All Bay Valley Conference for his standout season. The aggressive southpaw finished 5th in the Bay Valley Conference in scoring at 16.7 points per game shooting an efficient 47% for the season, and despite being a guard still grabbed 5.0 rebounds a game. Tajai also proved to be explosive throughout the season cracking the 20 point barrier 7 times this year.

Contra Costa College's Justin Johnson honored

Sophomore F Justin Johnson was selected all Bay-Valley Conference honorable mention after a solid season. A slashing forward, Johnson was the teams third leading scorer at 11.3 points per game, and the teams 2nd leading rebounder, grabbing 5.0 boards per game.

Contra Costa College's Dawson Johnson honored

Sophomore G Dawson Johnson was selected all Bay-Valley Conference honorable mention after a solid 2014-2015 season. The sharpshooting combo guard averaged 14 points per game to go along with a team leading 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals (2nd in the Bay Valley Conference).

Awolowo now a senior star

Darren Sabedra writes about a Gunderson High player, David Awolowo, who chose to remain a member of the team as a freshman and where the young man stands today.

Eugene Crockett and Mark Giorgi: a match made in .....

Matthew Peirson profiles ARC's 'grandfather' Eugene Crockett and his relationship with Coach Mark Giorgi.

Rico Nuno honored

Diablo Valley College Men's Basketball: "Congrats to Rico Nuno, freshman from Half Moon Bay, for being named First Team All-Big 8 Conference."