Monday, January 31, 2011

Another free basketball skills clinic offered by Jeremy Russotti

1% CLUB Basketball will be running a FREE Basketball Skill Clinic Saturday, February 5 at Jefferson High School in Daly City. This is a free clinic for grades K-8th grade.

 The clinic will be run by skill training specialist Jeremy Russotti and staff.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to train with the most effective program developed for kids.

Times are at:

K-2nd Grade: Noon - 1pm
3rd - 5th: 1pm - 2:30pm
6th - 8th: 2:30 - 4pm
9th-HS: Coming after the season

No need to register but contact person is:

Alfonso Joo

Jefferson High School is located at 6996 Mission Street in Daly City.

Davion Berry en fuego

Sophomore Davion Berry scored a career high 41 points to lead Cal State Monterey Bay past visiting Cal State San Bernardino, 82-80, on Saturday night at the Kelp Bed.
"We had a great team effort tonight," said head coach Rob Bishop. "Berry carried us when we needed baskets but we got a great team effort from the entire team. Our rebounding and defense was much better tonight."

Berry had a team-high seven rebounds along with two assists. The scoring was spread among eight other players with sophomores Derrick Anderson and Brandon Ward contributing 11 and 10 points respectively.

In a game that consisted of 20 lead changes and 15 ties, the Otters held the largest lead of the game at 74-69 with 3:12.

Berry sank a jumper with 21 seconds left to give CSUMB an 80-77 lead, but the Coyotes answered right back when Robbie Robinson connected on his first 3-pointer of the night with 13 seconds left on the clock. Anderson hit the game winning free throws after driving down the key and drawing a foul on the next possession. CSUMB’s strong defense held the Coyotes from scoring in the final six seconds.
Cal State Monterey Bay guard Davion Berry was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) men's basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 24-30, it was announced on Monday.

"I am very proud of Davion for getting CCAA Player of the Week," said head coach #Rob Bishop. "He has been very consistent these past few weeks with not only scoring but rebounding too."

Berry, a sophomore from Oakland, Calif., had a big offensive weekend in helping the Otters gain a home split against Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino. He averaged 36.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and a blocked shot while shooting 44.2 percent (19-of-43) from the field, including 7-of-16 (43.8) from behind the 3-point arc.

In a 74-65 setback to Cal Poly Pomona on Friday, Berry scored a game-high 32 points, collected nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He followed that performance with a career-high 41 points, on 11-of 25 (44.0) shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and had two assists during an 82-80 victory over Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday.

Diablo Valley College 56, Santa Rosa Junior College 50

It was close throughout but Steve Coccimiglio's squad triumphs. Go here for the video and also the print.

A Max Hooper update

Former Valley Christian star shooter Max Hooper receives the royal treatment here, in video and print.

Three prep links for you

Joe Davidson offers up a short video of Sheldon taking down Oak Ridge.


Mitch Stephens serves up his highlights of the week plus what to look for this week. Here is Mitch on the Jabari Bird reinstatement.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

More junior college scores

Yuba topped Merritt by three on the road -- here's the report from the Appeal Democrat. 


In another close one, Chabot College got by Las Positas College -- head here.


Cabrillo College just had way too much firepower for Gailan -- check it out.


From the Monterey Herald:

Hartnell College 107, De Anza College87

Kyle Vasher led five players in double figures with 21 points as the Panthers improved to 4-2 in the Coast Conference. John Fairell added 20 points for Hartnell, hitting 9-of-10 from the field. Daryl Thomas finished with 16, Preston Anderson 12 and Tanner Apeland 11.

MPC 77 West Valley College 63

Mitch Philp led four players in double figures with 23 points Wednesday as the Monterey Peninsula College men's basketball team won its fifth straight game with a 77-63 win over West Valley. After an 0-2 start in the Coast Conference, the Lobos are 5-2 and sit a half-game in front of Hartnell for second place. Julian Demalleville added 15 points and eight assists for MPC, who opens the second half of the season on Friday at San Jose City College. Quinczy Spencer and Alex Brandon each ad 13 points.

High school articles, notes and scores

Jimmy Durkin reports that Salesian's Jabari Bird is back on the court and a short time after the announcement, the Richmond-based team routed St. Mary's.


Will Olsem (El Camino High) is the centerpiece in this Sonoma Stat basketball feature


Host St. Ignatius just got by Bellarmine -- Ernest Stone provides the details.


Ray Hacke offers the scoop of the Aaron Gordon-powered Archbishop Mitty win over host Serra.


Archbishop Mitty 61, Serra 53

Archbishop Mitty -- Aaron Gordon 8-6-22, Kyle Toth 4-3-13, Neil Vranicar 4-0-11

Serra -- Connor McGrath 5-11-22, Jason Barsocchini 5-1-12


St. Francis 54, Riordan 51

Archbishop Riordan -- Anthony Castillo 4-6-17 (three treys), Aaron Anderson 6-3-15

St. Francis -- Sean Dawkins 6-2-19 (five treys), Ivan Margaretic 3-3-9

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Your Satruday report on last night's games

George Watkins reports on Salinas High triumphing over Palma -- head here.


Way up north, Max Schmidt led Eureka to a win over Fortuna.


Jeremy Balan has the scoop on University's senior backcourt leading the way over Marin Academy. One, Noah Springeater, is headed to Columbia.


Thomas Gase has the details on Vallejo's victory over Hogan.


Terra Linda -- 68

Mike Best 7 5-7 19, Matt Davis 5 3-3 16, Gui Fonseca 4 5-6 13

San Marin -- 47 (no Stuart Wesonga)

Chris Glennon 5 5-7 15, John Seavey 5 1-4 14

A Tyler Johnson dunk

Former St. Francis High star Tyler Johnson, now a freshman at Fresno State, made a spectacular play the other night and paid a heavy price -- head here.

Junior college scores

De Anza College 77, West Valley College 50

DAC -- Drew (Nebraska HS) Thompson 6 0-0 16 (four treys), Josh *Chicago HS) Williams 6 1-3 15, Eric (Cupertino High) Heslin 6 2-4 14

WVC -- Anthony (Chicago HS, SJSU) Dixon 10 2-4 22, Brendon (Palo Alto) Rider 4 0-0 9


San Jose City College 66, Monterey Peninsula College 57

SJCC -- Shaheed (San Leandro High) Young 8-3-6-23 (four treys), Quincy (McClymonds High) Hill 4-3-7-11, Demetroius (San Leandro High) Owens 3-4-6-10

MPC -- Mitch (Australia) Philp 4-1-2-11, Alex (Hayward High) Brandon 3-5-5-11


Cosumnes River College 98, Modesto Junior College 92

MJC -- Jordan (Sonora High) Sergent 49, Billy (North Carolina HS) Young 12, Booker (Downey High) Hinton 12

CRC -- Tony (Oakmont High) Gill 23 (four treys), James (Pioneer High) Tillman 20, Gabriel (Capital Christian High) Strong 18


Delta College topped Sierra College as Mark Godi reports.

Friday, January 28, 2011

CCSF tops in the state

Here are the latest state junior college rankings -- there are 10 northern California squads included. After the record are the accumulated voting points and first place votes totals:

1     San Francisco (N) (21-1) 450 (18)   
2     Irvine Valley (S) (18-4) 379 (10)    
3     Fresno (N) (22-2) 342 (0)    
4     Mt. San Antonio (S) (18-3) 323 (4)    
5     Diablo Valley (N) (17-4) 320    
6     Citrus (S) (18-4) 313 (4)    
7     Saddleback (S) (20-4) 309     
8     Canada (N) (15-3) 299    
9     Cosumnes River (N) (14-8) 273   
10   Santa Rosa (N) (15-6) 254   
11   Southwestern (S) (18-2) 249   
12   Barstow (S) (17-4) 241   
13   Las Positas (N) (14-8) 239    
14   Mt. San Jacinto (S) (15-6) 226
15   Cabrillo (N) (15-6) 221
16   San Bernardino Valley (S) (13-8) 217
17   Ohlone (N) (13-8) 204
18   Sacramento City (N) (12-6) 203
19   Yuba (N) (17-5) 184
20   Antelope Valley (S) (15-6) 172

JC scores and HS links

Both James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson had quite the night Thursday eve in leading UC Santa Barbara to a victory over Cal Poly.


Joe Davidson offers a nice writeup on the Monterey Trail team.


Salinas High is enjoying a strong season as John Devine reports.


Los Medanos 61, Contra Costa 54

Los Medanos -- Bennie Johnson 7 4-7 22 (including four treys), Dominigue (Georgia JC) Grant 5 2-2 13, Corey (Castlemont High) Douglas 6 0-0 12

Contra Costa -- Bobby (Inderkum High) Ward 6 3-4 17, Jeremy (DeAnza High) Bardwell 7 2-2 16


Merritt 68, Napa 60

Merritt -- Saajid (Grant High) Polite 5 6-10 17, Will Tolefree 7 1-2 16, Roman (Rodriguez High) Robinson 5 3-4 14   *** Merritt basketball can be followed here

Napa -- Brandon (Vallejo High) Cole 5 3-4 16, Jordan (Hogan High) Greenwell 6 2-4 14

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday's HS & JC roundup

Tony Gonsalez has the game report on JFK topping Newark Memorial.


Donta Hill was there as Sacred Heart took down Riordan.


Archbishop Mitty 81, St. Francis 67

Archbishop Mitty -- Aaron Gordon 12-5-29, Colin Wan 5-5-17

St. Francis -- Kenneth Harris 5-10-22,  KhalidJohnson 4-3-12


San Jose City College 79, Gavilan 41

SJCC -- Quincy (McClymonds High) Hill 4 6-7 14, Shaheed (San Leandro High) Young 6 0-0 13
Gavilan -- James Henrard 4 0-0 10


Chabot 77, Cañada 61

Chabot -- Joshua De La Torre 5 2-2 15, Jordan (Castro Valley High) DeMuynck 4 4-8 13
Cañada -- Peter (Burlingame High) Pappageorge 5 2-2 15, Ibrahim (Tennyson High) Ali 4 3-4 12


Here's the link to the Las Positas win over Skyline.

Castro Valley 51-45 over Bishop O'Dowd

Here are Mitch Stephens and Jimmy Durkin in print. Plus, here is Chuck Fisher at the GetSportsFocus site with narrated video highlights.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mostly HS links but also a Diablo Valley College score

Michael Coit writes about Montgomery High and Cardinal Newman High being the teams to be in the Santa Rosa area.


Richard Estrada has an article up on the makeup of this season's Modesto Christian squad and also lists a fab five of MC alums.


Ron Agostini covers the Modesto Junior College loss to delta College.


It's BOD v CV tonight and Carl Steward is all over the matchup.The game, at Chabot College, is sold out.


Diablo Valley 54, American River 45

Diablo Valley -- Jordan (De La Salle High) Estrada 7 0-0 20 (including six treys), Brian (Mt. Daiblo High) Goins 3 6-6 14

American River -- Antione (Mesa Verde High) Newson 6 1-2 17 (including four treys), Ross (Tennessee HS) Albright 4 0-0 10, Demetrius (Hogan High) Sneed 5 1-2 11


Chris Nguon covers the BSAL and Jordan Conn does the same with the ACCAL.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

News, notes and scores from the HS & JC ranks

The Sac Bee's Bill Paterson offers on the latest NorCalPrep's team rankings involving Sacto area squads.


Mitch Stephens reports, as expected, the Jabari Bird ineligibility ruling will be appealed. Mitch also provides a more personal take on the matter.


From Matt Schwab's latest in the Contra Costa Times:
Diablo Valley College's men's basketball team (16-4, 5-1 Big 8 Conference) vaulted eight spots to No. 5 in the JC Scores state rankings this week after the Vikings' 66-55 win over visiting Sacramento City on Friday. Freshman guard Brian Goins (Mt. Diablo) led the Vikings with 25 points as they moved into sole possession of first place in the Big 8 Conference.

Las Positas' men's team (13-8) improved from unranked to 13th in the state rankings, while Ohlone (12-8) dropped from seventh to 17th.

 Rodney Cook's 28 led Bethel over Logan as Jose San Mateo writes in the Vallejo Times-Herlad..


Ben Freeland's 22 points led Montgomery over Rancho Cotate but there is a larger story that Phil Barber tells.


College of Marin notched its first victory of the season over Alameda.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mitch Stephens' weekly report

Here are the top prep players of the past week and upcoming games to watch per Mitch Stephens.

The action on but mostly off the court

Sure, there was plenty of activity on the court throughout the MLK Classic this past Monday at the Haas Pavilion. But to the keen eye, as much if not more enterprise took place away from the bouncing basketball.

It was a veritable swap meet of yarns spun and tales told (some of those containing elements of truth), hand-over-heart solemnly sweared declarations, arms-wide welcomes and turn-your-back snubs, player movement hinted with wink-of-the-eye responses -- all code of the coaching set and the talent suppliers.

That's because Berkeley was ground zero Monday for college head coaches and assistants. Plus, those who aspire to such positions, club team coaches and other basketball-connected individuals. In fact, a special section was set aside for these powers that be to self congregate.

Among the college affiliated present were USF's Rex Walters, Santa Clara's Kerry Keating, Gary Stewart of UC Davis, Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt, representatives from San Jose State University, Nevada, Washington, Portland, UC Santa Barbara plus a number of others.

Now if for some reason Homeland Security had installed listening devices and video cameras in this and certainly other areas of the building, just imagine the conversations and the visuals.

* try talk loaded with such deserving labels as blatant, coy, bombastic and fey.

* purposeful and innocent mouthings chock full of names of fellow coaches as well as possible/probable recruits and transfers

* verbal jabs, plenty of feints and dance moves both well-practiced and amateurish

* the entire encyclopedia of body language as demonstrated by a rotation of imaginary and authentic friends, perceived and real foes

* A who sat next to who and who didn't or wouldn't sit next to who worthy of debate and discussion

*  A bevy of "call  mes" and "I'll get back to yous" banking on reps established or continuing or even faltering

*  The glaring division between supplicants and throne-sitters, unapparent to those who see themselves as one while actually being the other

Wouldn't it be great to know which adults switched or solidified their positions as a result of conversations on Monday? The same goes for players presently in whatever level of school who will be moving in this direction or that because of these interactions.

Remember, there is always the story behind the story and it's usually the one that is never told but sometimes hinted at.

Brian Barbour is en fuego

Thanks to a tip (we're not sure if the person wishes to be identified or not), we are able to note that Brian Barbour, the ex-Monte Vista High star backcourter now at Columbia in New York City, is torching the twine of late.

Here's a feature on Brian and a couple of other Lions who are now being coached by former St. Mary's Associate Head Coach Kyle Smith. The article offers a great photo of #10 taking it to the hoop.

Here are Brian's current numbers.

What's that line? "If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere..."

Greg Allen to be a Trojan

He has long wanted this, worked hard for it and now it's going to happen. Former Eureka High guard Greg Allen, now at Howard College in Texas, has committed to USC.
Trojans' new horse: Former Logger Allen appears poised to take talents to USC
Ray Aspuria
The Times-Standard

Greg Allen's future ambition was crystal clear a month ago.

”Hopefully, I'll be playing D-I ball and getting a lot of playing time,” the former Eureka Logger told me while he was in Humboldt County on winter break. “I have two years left and I want to be on a successful team and go to the NCAA Tournament.”

On Thursday, the current Navarro College (Texas) Runnin' Bulldog, took a step towards entering the Division-I basketball foray as he verbally committed to USC...
Go here for the remainder.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jared Cunningham rightly receives some press

Oregon State's Jared (San Leandro High) Cunningham is radio interviewed here. Jared has started all 18 games, is the leading scorer for the Beavers at 14.3 points per game while shooting 44% on treys and is tops in the PAC-10 with steals at 56.

A few items found on Sunday

Max to the max again. Analy High's Max Fuji gets some major love (and deservedly so) from Howard Senzell.


Bill Paterson provides some feedback from some local coaches on Josiah Turner's move out of Sacramento.


Coach Doug Cornelius and his Yuiba College squad keeps on rolling -- this time topping Napa.


Here is a must-read human interest story on Chico High's Sterling Smith. Led by Smith, Chico High nabbed another win Friday night.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday's links and scores

Here's the Jose San Mateo/Vallejo Times article that apparently spurred the whole Jabari Bird situation.


Sierra College 81, Modesto Junior College 71

Sierra -- Makrus (Brookside Christian) Moore 30, Casey (Del Oro) Arent 13, Darell (Burbank) Gordon 11

Modesto -- Brian Cooksey 12, Julian Green 10, Kory Johnson 10


We didn't know this: there's a film detailing the Kevin Laue story. Here's the Wikipedia entry on Kevin.


Former Richmond High star Wendell McKines is tweetin' away about Logan, Utah as his New Mexico State team faces Utah State. It doesn't appear he is searching for a summer home in Logan nor awaiting being awarded a key to the city by the mayor. Wendell is constitutionally incapable of ever being milquetoast and thankfully so.


Here's a good read on Santa Cruz High backcourter Zen Maki.

Harbor High's Colin Grumer scored 42 points in a win over Aptos High. Grumer is headed to Northern Arizona next season.

Also in Santa Cruz County, Cabrillo College ripped West Valley 84-38.


St. Mary's upends St. Patrick-St. Vincent -- go here.


Archbishop Mitty 63, Archbishop Riordan 23

Archbishop Mitty -- Kyle Toth 6-0-17 (five treys), Aaron Gordon 4-4-12, Brent Younger 5-0-10

Archbishop Riordan -- Aaron Anderson 1-4-7, Brandon Edison 2-0-6,


Serra 50, St. Francis 45

Serra -- Connor McGrath 5-7-18, Henry Caruso 3-4-10

St. Francis -- Khalid Johnson 4-0-12 (four treys), Sean Dawkins 4-1-11, Drew Dickey 3-3-9


Sacramento 78, Kennedy 66

Sacramento -– Robert Garrett 27, Erik Kenny 16, Darius Graham 12, Aaron Cameron 10

Kennedy -– Derrick West 23


San Marin 53 (Stuart Wesonga 20 points/24 boards), Branson 45


Redwood 55 (Michael best 20 points), Terra Linda 50


Cardinal Newman won convincingly over Maria Carrillo as Howard Senzell reports.

Jabari Bird ineligible

Here is Mitch Stephens and here is Phil Jensen on Jabari Bird's ineligibility ruling. Salesian now has to forfeit a bunch of games.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

High school and junior college scores and reports from games last night

Here's Jimmy Durkin on St. Joseph Notre Dame upsetting Salesian.


Here's Jeremy Balan on the win by St. Ignatius over Riordan.


Yuba 91, Alameda 76


Julian (Franklin High) Welch 7 7-7 22, Anto (Australia) Olah 8 3-4 19, Spencer (Del Oro High) Butterfield 4 4-4 12, Julian (Inderkum High) Scott 6 1-5 13


Perry 9 5-5 23, Baird 7 1-2 19


Cabrillo 71, De Anza 58

Cabrillo -- Marcus (Utah HS) Duran 4 6-6 18, Aaron (Reno HS) Short 6 2-4 17, Bert (Tehachapi High) Hall 5 2-3 12

De Anza -- Eric (Cupertino High) Heslin 6 3-9 15, Greg (Santa Teresa High) Valenzuela 5 1-3 12


Hartnell 84, San Jose City 80

San Jose City -- Rodney (Perris High) Black 7 0-0 19 (including five treys), Demetrius (San Leandro High) Owens 7 3-4 17, Keith (Hayward High) Martin 5 4-4 14   

Hartnell -- Kyle (Salinas High) Vasher 8 4-4 25 (including five treys), Preston Anderson 5 6-11 19, Daryl Thomas 6 0-0 16 (including four treys)


Cañada 58, Ohlone 54

Ohlone -- Travis (North Carolina HS) Deshazior 6 2-3 16, Scott (Australia) Kenny 4 3-3 13

Cañada -- Josh (Mountain Creek HS) Tueta 5 2-2 12, Steve (Lynbrook High) Sanders 3 4-6 10, Peter (Burlingame High) Pappageorge 2 3-4 8


Archbishop Mitty 67, Valley Christian 35

Archbishop Mitty -- Gordon 16-1-33, Wan 2-1-5, J. White 1-4-6, B. White 2-0-5, J.

Valley Christian -- Zayn 5-1-12, Parker 5-0-12


St. Francis 55, Bellarmine 53

St. Francis -- Drew Dickey 6-2-14, Ivan Margaretic 5-0-11, Abu Tratter 5-0-11

Bellarmine College Prep -- Kristoffer Olugbode 6-2-14, Grant Vermeer 4-2-13, Alex Chapman 4-0-10

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Following Las Positas College, Sierra College and Chlone College basketball

At the Las Positas basketball site, at the Sierra College basketball site and also at the Ohlone one, up-to-date albeit brief game recaps are provided, so hit those links or bookmark them in order to follow those three teams and some of the locals who populate the rosters.

Kudos also to the Las Positas folks for also providing player statistics, in-conference and non-conference.

Bill Paterson on Sacramento area basketball this past week

Here's Bill Paterson with his always solid weekly look at Sacramento area hoops.

Marcos Breton on Sac High hoops

The Sac Bee's Marcos Breton offers a good feature on the Josiah Turner situation, incorporating the broader perspective and providing plenty of quotes from Coach Derek Swafford.

HS & JC scores, news and notes

Saw this posted at the Rivals basketball recruiting message board: "Josiah Turner is leaving Sac High and taking his talents to Quality Education Academy in North Carolina"


Santa Rosa 67, Delta 62

Derek Wofford scored 11 points, but visiting Delta fell to Santa Rosa JC. SR's Lorenzo McCloud led all scorers with 30 points and five 3-pointers.


Santa Teresa 59, Leland 56

Santa Teresa -- Spencer Koopmans 6-2-19, Trevor Priest 6-0-13, Denzel Copeland 4-2-11

Leland -- Justin Dueck 6-2-14, Dylan Bell 5-0-12


Oakland over Deer Valley, Berkeley over Oakland Tech in the Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have A Dream Classic" at Laney College. Go here.  


San Marin won over Novato behind 20+ points and 20+ rebounds from Stuart Wesonga -- go here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Here's Joe Fuca with his periodic update on Lakeshow players

Joe Fuca heads the Lakeshow club team basketball program and he periodically sends out a report on how his players are doing:
"Happy New Year everyone,

Our boys below are performing at a very high level -- amazing team leadership and great team results. If I missed anyone, please understand that MaxPreps does not cover stats for everyone. Please shoot me a note if your team or your son is doing great at the Varsity level.

The very popular Torey Pines tourney featured Bishop O’Dowd getting to the Championship of the highest levels against Long Beach Poly. Congrats to Kendall Jackson (2012), Brendan Royal (2012), and TJ Daniel (2012) on helping their team get there. Special sound out to Anders Haas (2011) who was named all tourney.

Congrats to Jason Webster (2013) Class on making MVP of his game at the ESPN RISE Holiday classic tourney in LA. He has St Patrick-St Vincent playing good basketball right now at 8-3 and ranked second in DIV. He averaged 15 points and 5 assists for that tourney.

Congrats to Jordan Guisti (2011), TJ Garrett (2011) and Mark Tollefsen (2011) for leading their San Ramon Valley team to the championship of the St Francis tourney with wins over Deer Valley, San Leandro and St Francis. Special sound out to Jordan Guisti for winning MVP of the tourney and Mark Tollefsen for getting all tourney. SRV is 12-0 out of the door and ranked fifth in Div I.

Olajuwon Garner (2012) – Deer Valley – has been steaming it up lately. He scored 41 points against Palo Alto, and 19 points against SRV. Big O also made all tourney of the St. Francis tourney. He has Deer Valley at 10 wins already, with three losses to really good teams.

Congrats to Tyler Fidelbus (2012), Kevin Stafford (2011) and Trevean Duffy (2011) for leading their team to the Tim Cole Championship over Antioch. Special sound out to Trevean Duffy for winning the MVP and Kevin Stafford for making all tourney. Also, Tyler Fidelbus for averaging over 12 rebounds per game in that tourney and getting it done on the glass. Las Lomas is off to a good start at 12-1. There are some nice highlights on the Lakeshow Facebook site of their game vs Northgate. Las Lomas currently ranked seventh in DII will most likely move up this week.

Michael Crawley – Antioch – 2011 – made all tourney in all three tourneys that Antioch has played in this year. The latest was at the Tim Cole tourney where he led his team in battle in a one point loss to Las Lomas.

James Davis – Arroyo High School - 2011 – Northern Colorado bound - put up 46 points in a win over Thurgood Marshall.

Chris Read – Castro Valley – 2011 – is averaging 13.5 pts per game for CV and he has them at 9-1 out of the gates. Look for CV to continue to be highly ranked (number two in Div I right now) as they knocked off Oakland High and Chris had a thunderous dunk in that game. Chris was all tourney in the Washington tourney.

Ryan Hyrn – Cal High – 2012 – was voted all tourney in the Dublin tourney where he averaged 15 points per game. Cal lost in the finals against Heritage.

BJ Smith - Rodriguez - 2011 - averaging 11 pts per game and 12 rebounds. Rodriguez is struggling but they will find their way for league play when it counts.

Ben Freeland – Montgomery High School – 2011 - lost to El Cerrito in the Torrey Pines tourney after posting a nice opening win. Montgomery is ranked fifth in DII and they are off to a 8-1 start. Ben had 18 pts and 15 rebounds in the opening round of the TP tourney.

Michael and John Daily – College Park – 2012 - were named all tourney in the Hogan tournament. Mike is averaging 13 points and John 7 points per game and CP is off to a 7-4 start.

Raymond Bowles – Modesto Christian - 2013 – Ranked fourth in DIV. Modesto finally lost a few games in their hosted tourney last weekend when they fell to two tough teams from AL. Ray scored 26 points against Morningside High from LA. Modesto is now 8-2.

Jalani Hardaway – Freedom High – 2012 – made some awesome moves and scored 15 pts against Monte Vista High in the Dougherty Valley shootout. It was good to see Jalani back and playing hard.

Mike Harris – 2011- Monte Vista -- is averaging a double double (no surprise) for his team as they learning to play with a new starting lineup around Mike. Mike has been all tourney in the two tournaments that MV has played in. Mike had a big double double against Palo Alto last week.

Spencer Hollie and Jamir Andrews -2013 - Dublin High - the pair have Dublin off and running to a 8-5 start. Very talented young team. Jamir is scoring in the high teens each game now and Spencer is fighting for every rebound. Both of them were all tourney in the Tim Cole Tourney last week.

Tyler Charrette – Berean Christian – 2012 - Tyler put up 16 points on the night I went to see him beat Albany High by 5 points. Tyler had some sweet passes too.

Matt Butler – 2011 – Northgate – averaging a double double every time I look up. He made all tourney again last week for Northgate. Look for NG to make some noise this year in their league.

Ross Anderson – 2012 – Miramonte High – starting to get his basketball legs going after an amazing football season at QB. Ross is scoring around 10 points per game for Miramonte.

Nico Zamora – 2013 – Monte Vista High – Nico is shaking off the football legs as well and really starting to show his abilities as a point gurard scoring 10 points per game in the last 7 games and dishing out 5 assists.

I am sure many more of the Lakeshow players will make the next Bulletin as we approach the League season. Good luck.

Coach Fuca - Lakeshow
* Cool article on Las Lomas beating Nortgate

* Nice article on JP Webster making MVP

* Nice article on Bishop O’Dowd"

A load of scores, game reports and more from yesterday's games

Jabari Bird receives some major love from Mitch Stepens, who also reports on the game outcomes of the MLK Classic.


Here is Jimmy Durkin on Salesian over Castro Valley.


Here is a good Inside Bay Area combo report on Sacramento defeating BOD, plus other game reports.


Check out yesterday's East Bay Prep Corner Live Blog of the MLK Classic.


Here is Bill Paterson on Sac High's win over Bishop O'Dowd.


Here is a three and a half minute video of Sheldon High battling Sac High last weekend.


The Salesian High players out of Vallejo are featured in this Jose San Mateo article in the Vallejo Times.


Stuart (San Marin High) Wesonga and Michael (Terra Linda High) Best are both averaging a double-double in Marin County play so far this season. Check out the numbers here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Monday compilation of links

Here are Mitch Stephens' Best of The Week player performances.


The folks at Inside Bay Area prep sports will be live-blogging the MLK Classic beginning today at 3:30.


Courtesy of the Sacramento Bee, here are a bevy of stats from players in the Sacramento area.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sheldon over Sac High

Bill Paterson of the Sacramento Bee has the scoop about Sheldon High's romp over Josiah Turner-less Sacramento High.

Michael Best does his best

Michael Best put up 15 points, nine boards and blocked five shots but Marin Catholic still bested Terra Linda. John Dugan of the Marin Independent-Journal has the game report.

St. Patrick - St. Vincent wins again

The Vallejo area is often not thought of or excluded in the boys basketball realm but St. Patrick - St. Vincent, led this year by Robbie Herndon, is enjoying a solid season so far. Here's the latest -- last night's game -- from the Vallejo Times.

An Oliver McNally update

Former Branson star Oliver McNally, now a junior at Harvard, is averaging 10.5 points and 3.7 rebounds a game, shooting 52% overall, 48% from long distance and 94% from the foul line. He has posted a 51/20 assist-to-turnover ration along with a team-leading 19 steals.

WCAL and Marin County basketball scores

Mitch Stephens has mini-writeups on a number of the games listed below -- go here and scroll down.


Serra 45, Bellarmine College Prep 44

Serra -- Connor McGrath 5-3-15

Bellarmine College Prep -- Geudreau 3-4-11, Alex Chapman 3-0-9, Kristoffer Olugbode 4-1-9,


Archbishop Mitty 66, Sacred Heart Cathedral 49

Archbishop Mitty -- Aaron Gordon 5-2-13, Neil Vranicar 5-0-12, Colin Wan 2-4-9, Kyle Toth 4-0-10

Sacred Heart Cathedral -- Joshua Fox 5-2-12, Herman Pratt 2-3-8


St. Francis 69, St. Ignatius 53

St. Ignatius -- Johnny Mrlik 5-16-27, Stephen Domingo 3-2-8,

St. Francis -- Sean Dawkins 6-6-20, Ivan Margaretic 3-2-9, Drew Dickey 2-5-9


Archbishop Riordan 54, Valley Christian 35

Archbishop Riordan -- Aaron Anderson 5-2-12, Brandon Edison 5-0-11

Valley Christian -- Brandon Hecke 4-2-10, Jonny Parker 3-1-8


Burlingame 60, Acalenes 51

Burlingame -- Rodrigo Puliceno 8-7-23

Acalanes -- Michael Jackson Jr. 6-0-15, Stephens Collins 6-1-15


Here's scores and writeups on Marin County hoops.

Damian Lillard out for the season

We missed this earlier on Damian Lillard:
"The 2009-10 Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player suffered a “Jones Fracture” on his right foot 5th metatarsal in WSU’s 81-79 overtime loss at the University of Tulsa on December 16. Lillard will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season. 

He had successful surgery on December 28th in Ogden.  

A “Jones Fracture” usually requires 10-12 weeks of healing to make sure the bone is solid."     

Drew Gordon so far this season

New Mexico's Drew Gordon is averaging 11.4 points and 8.8 rebounds a game since his return from redshirting in December. In nine games (two starts) and 25 minutes a contest, he's shooting 49% from the floor 66% at the foul line. He has blocked 12 shots. His assist-to-turnover ratio is 3/17.

New show on Bravo -- "Sac High Basketball"

Actually, our headline is too harsh because it unfairly implicates so many involved with Dragon hoops who have nothing to do with the Josiah Turner mess. We salute Coach Derek Swafford for ending the drama on his terms, meaning the integrity of the school and the basketball program.

Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee reports on the latest and hopefully the last.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Recent high school and junior college scores

Here's Mitch Stephens with game reports on Deer Valley versus Antioch, Salesian over Rodriguez, Castro Valley and Hayward


Jimmy Durkin reports that Northgate held on to defeat College Park.


Here's Eric Gilmore on San Ramon Valley's romp over Livermore.


Howard Senzell fills us in on Montgomery's victory over Maria Carrillo.


Berkeley 69, Pinole Valley 49

Berkeley High -- Jalil Eppenger 22, B.J. Shabazz 20

PV -- Andrew Cox-Gilmore 12, Kairon Moore 11


St. Joseph Notre Dame 54, St. Mary's 37

SJND --Brendan Keane, 15, Gemeny Givens 15

SM -- Isaiah Taylor 21


Jesuit 72, Ponderosa 44

J -- Gary Melvin 14, Akachi Okugo 12, Parker Uu 11

P -- Ryan Miles 16


Sacramento 91, Rosemont 57

S -- Erik Kinney 18, De'von Boyd 15, 


Sierra College defeated Santa Rosa Junior College 72-53.


Sac City defeated Cosumnes River 91-84

SCC -- Kiel (Valley High) Myers 23, OBrian (Valley High) Moore 14, Austin (El Camino High ) Bracey 13

CR -- Gabe (Capital Christian High) Strong 18, Fred (Oakmont High) Mobley 16, James (Pioneer High) Tillman 15, Tony (Oakmont High) Gill 13


Cabrillo College welcomed San Jose CC and beat the Jaguars:

"The Cabrillo College Seahawks hosted the San Jose City College Jaguars this evening and came away with a 76-65 win. Cabrillo (13-6, 4-0) jumped on SJCC (11-6, 3-1) early and lead 22-5 behind Markus Duran's 16 first half points (4 three-point baskets). Cabrillo went in at the half up 40-27.

In the second, the Seahawks enjoyed a 20-point lead for most of the second untill SJCC made a late run with 3:00 to go to cut into the lead.

Markus Duran lead Cabrillo in scoring with 17 points. Bertram Hall had 15 points.


Ron Agostini writes about the Modesto Junior College victory over American River.


Mark Godi offers the details on Diablo Valley College's win over Delta College.


Andy Arrenguin covered the Yuba College rout of Contra Costa College.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Marcus Beaird turning it around

Here's a good story -- let's hope it has a happy ending:
Mustang shows progress on and off court
Mark Godi
Stockton Record Correspondent
January 14, 2011

Today is a big day for Marcus Beaird.

The freshman forward on the Delta College men's basketball team out of Bear Creek High takes his General Education Development test at 11 a.m. and also will play this evening for the Mustangs in their Big 8 Conference home opener against No. 8 Diablo Valley College at 8 p.m. at Joe Blanchard Gymnasium. The Delta women host the DVC women at 6 p.m.

Beaird came out of Bear Creek in 2009 without a diploma or GED. Down on himself, he decided to forego work and school last year...
Go here for the remainder.

More high school scores plus a junior college one

Here's Bonta Hill at San Fran Preps on SI's win over Archbishop Mitty.


St. Ignatius 46, Archbishop Mitty 39

St. Ignatius -- Johnny Mrlik 4-7-16, Stephen Domingo 4-6-15

Archbishop Mitty -- Kyle Toth 6-3-17, Colin Wan 3-1-7, Aaron Gordon 3-1-7


Bellarmine 68, Riordan 57

Bellarmine College Prep -- Kristoffer Olugbode 7-6-20, Alex Chapman 7-0-19 (including five treys)

Archbishop Riordan -- Aaron Anderson 6-7-19, Armani McFarland 5-1-11


Sacred Heart Cathedral 69, St. Francis 43

Sacred Heart Cathedral -- Joshua Fox 7-0-15, Martin Folan 5-0-13, Taylor Johns 3-1-7

St. Francis -- Abu Tratter 4-1-9, Drew Dickey 4-1-9


Woodcreek 58, Granite Bay 51

Woodcreek -- John Peska 22, Tyler Milani 15

Granite Bay -- Robert Duncan 18, Jonathan Davis 15


Yuba College had no trouble with College of Marin -- go here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Markus Duran can shoot

Markus Duran plays for Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County. Her's not big at 6-foot-1, nor real quick but the young man can shoot and certainly will be on a college scholarship at some level next season.
Duran sinks nine 3s, leads Cabrillo to 4th straight win
Ryan Moses
Santa Cruz Sentinel

APTOS -- Cabrillo College's Markus Duran caught a pass in the corner and felt his momentum carrying him out of bounds during the Seahawks men's basketball team's game against Hartnell on Wednesday. With a defender in his face, he knew he only had one option.

"I just threw that up because that was the only thing I could do," said Duran, who led the state in 3-pointers made last season. "I looked for a second to see if I could pass it and I said, No, I have to shoot it...'"
Go here for the remainder.

Some pertinent scores and articles

Jimmy Durkin has the details on the current venue for the Martin Luther King ‘I Have a Dream” Classic.


Here's a great article on the background of 7-foot-3 Ring Ayuel, now playing for Coach John Peterson at Ohlone College.


Nick (hometown is Sacramento) Frazier led three Sea Warriors in double figures with 14 points to lead Hawaii Pacific to a 78-60 men's basketball victory over Academy of Art last night at the Blaisdell Arena.

Kyle (Yuba College) Allen added 13 points and Royal (Capital Christian High/Pacific) Edwards 11 for the Sea Warriors (5-8), who outscored the Urban Knights (3-10) 42-23 in the first half.


Here are some Coast Conference scores and stats:

CCSF 82, Cañada College 63

CCSF  -- Colin (Archbishop Mitty) Chiverton 7 0-0 20 (including six treys) , Ivan (Riordan High) Dorsey 6 3-3 19 (including four treys), Jonathan (Kennedy High) Williams 5 2-2 12, Fred (Brainerd High) Sturdivant 5 0-0 10, De'End (Lincoln High) Parker 2 3-4 8

Cañada College -- Peter (Burlingame High) Pappageorge 5 8-9 19, Izzy (Mountain Creek High) Tueta 5 1-2 15, Josh (Mountain Creek High) Tueta 5 4-4 14


SJCC 59, West Valley College 54

SJCC -- Shaheed (San Leandro High) Young 5 3-4 17 (including four treys), Quincy (McClymonds High Hill 4 2-2 10,

West Valley College -- Anthony (SJSU) Dixon 11 2-6 24, Brendon (Palo Alto High) Rider 7 0-0 19


De Anza College 84, Gavilan College 60

De Anza College -- Eric (Cupertino High) Heslin 11 9-12 31, Jeremy (Fremont High) Allen 3 3-4 12

Gavilan College -- James (Anzar High) Henrard 5 0-0 14, Christian (Alisal High) Camacho 4 1-2 9.

As Josiah Turner turns...

Will the adult or adults here do the right thing and cut the foolish drama?

We have no insight into the background of Josiah Turner's current status but mom is certainly not coming out looking good here.

It certainly wouldn't be a first for college basketball, let alone Arizona (or most other bigtime teams), but Coach Sean Miller has to be wondering what kind of phone calls he'll be receiving once Turner sets foot on campus.

If only adulthood guaranteed mature behavior.
Sac High's Turner remains enrolled in school; team status pending
Joe Davidson
Sacramento Bee
UJanuary 13, 2011

Now he is remaining in school.

The Bee reported today that Sacramento High School basketball star Josiah Turner - at the urging of his mother Doris Ward - was set to leave the Oak Park campus this morning and enroll elsewhere. But Dragons coach Derek Swafford said that has not happened.

Turner, a prolific 6-foot-3 guard headed to Arizona on scholarship, is still enrolled and still a member of the team, though his return to the floor remains uncertain, Swafford said...
Go here for the remainder.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A load of Bay Area prep scores and reports plus a bit of junior college news

Kyle Toth led Mitty in a rout over Bellarmine -- Alex Pavlovic reports.


St. Francis 62, Valley Christian 36

St. Francis -- Ivan Margaretic 6-0-14, Khalid Johnson 3-2-10, Drew Dickey 4-2-10, Kenneth Harris 4-2-10

Valley Christian -- Jonny Parker 6-6-19


Here's Mitch Stephens on St. Ignatius' win over Sacred Heart Cathedral.


Jimmy Durkin writes about Treaven Duffy's 30 points leading Las Lomas over Miramonte.


Here's a San Mateo Daily Journal writeup on the Peninsula Athletic League.


Here's a bunch of Bay Area prep scores and the box on Diablo Valley College's 78-68 win over Modesto from Inside Bay Area.


James (Fairfield High) Lake scored 22 points to lead Delta over American River.


Yuba College splattered Solano.

Bill Paterson with a Sacto area basketball update

Here's Bill Paterson's latest update in the Sacramento Bee.

Smoke, fire and Josiah Turner

Sometimes the adage where there's smoke, there's fire, turns into the truth.
Sac High basketball star Turner leaves school
Bill Paterson
Sacramento Bee
January 12, 2011

Sacramento High School basketball star Josiah Turner, one of the area's top all-time national recruits, will leave the school today, according to coach Derek Swafford.

"All his mom would say is that the family wants to go another way," Swafford said by phone Tuesday evening. "She didn't say why, but the parting was amicable. There is no malice. … We wish him well..."
Go here for the remainder.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

SJCC wins overs De Anza

San Jose City College 97, De Anza College 62

San Jose City -- Shaheed (San Leandro High) Young 9 2-2 22, Demetrius (San Leandro High) Owens 9 3-4 21, Quincy (McClymonds High) Hill 4 7-8 15

De Anza -- Eric (Cupertino High) Heslin 8 10-10 26, Josh (Oak Grove) Grant 4 4-8 12


The following is about a prep player in Arizona but who he is and where he is from is not the story. It's all about recruit-ability.

Without going into much in the way of concrete details, the writer cover the elephant-in-the-living-room subject of college coaches weighing concerns about siging a kid who might turn out very good, might be a problem, or both.

Great players, or those with NBA potential, have a stronger allure. Coaches are more willing to take a chance if the payoff might be substantial. For talents below that level, it's get much iffier.

Anyway, head here and take a read. This has applicability throughout the country.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some Monday morning prep links

Here's Mitch Stephens with his latest on the Bay Area prep basketball scene.


Here's Matt Schwab with his latest on the East Bay/Contra Costa prep basketball scene, including the return of a certain Milpitas High coach.


Here's Harold Abend on the deeper meaning of Lincoln's victory over Jordan.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fuji prevails

Max Fuji and Analy proved too much for Montgomery:
Showdown becomes Analy’s throwdown
Howard Senzell
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
January 8, 2011

SEBASTOPOL — If Saturday night’s Montgomery-Analy game was between the two best teams in the Redwood Empire, there’s no question now who’s No. 1.

Analy's Raffi Dick and Montgomery's Brian McCammon fight for the loose ball during the game held at Analy High School, Jan. 8, 2011. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

And, after he scored 28 points in the Tigers’ 55-41 victory, there’s also no argument that Max Fujii is the Empire’s top gun.

Fujii, who came in averaging 26 per game, scored nine in the fourth quarter to help douse a Montgomery rally...
Go here for the remainder.

Bill Paterson is all over the Sacto basketball scene

The Sacramento Bee's Bill Paterson has the area covered:

* Granite Bay v Newark Memorial, Castro Valley v Jesuit

* Franklin v El Cerrito

* Foothill v El Cerrito

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Catch Will Davis and Travis Souza and Aaron Hendricks

The New Hampton School Men's Varsity Basketball teams hosts national power Brewster Academy Saturday night at 6 pm EST (3 p.m. Pacific). The game will be broadcat live -- tune in to New Hampton School TV for the Live Webcast.
On the New Hampton roster are Will Davis (Sacramento High), Travis Souza (Turlock High) and Aaron Hendricks (Del Oro High).

Will Davis back open

Just caught this from Dave Telep's Twitter account:
"Good late blooming mid-major big now open.Will Davis of New Hampton has Drexel, Delaware, Robert Morris; once committed to Penn."
Will is out of Sacramento High and doing a prep year in New Hampshire.

The big high school games from last night

Here is Jimmy Durkin on the DLS - San Ramon matchup.

Here is Ben Enos on the Salesian rout of St. Mary's.

Here is Mitch Stephens on the De La Salle - San Ramon and Salesian - St. Mary's outcomes.

Where's Josiah?

That's the question posed by Bill Paterson/Sacramento Bee and many others after Burbank topples Sacramento.

A WCAL preview

John Reid of the Palo Alto Daily News previews a number of the teams and talents in the West Catholic Athletic league.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bill Paterson/Sac Bee with a pair of items

The Sacramento Bee's Bill Paterson has a couple of posts up: one on Sheldon and Darius Nelson triumphing and the other about Oak Ridge remaining undefeated.

The East Bay Athletes of the Week

It's all basketballers, including three who rarely receive any press -- go here.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A good article on the Sierra College basketball program

From the Placer Herald:
Homework before hardwood for Wolverines
Cecil Conley, Sports Editor

John Fusano is all up in his players’ business all the time, and the Sierra College men’s basketball coach could not care less if anyone thinks he is being too intrusive.

Let’s face it. He is.

Free time is a rare commodity for the Wolverines. After classes, players go to the team’s study hall for one hour. That is followed by a two-hour practice, weights for 45 minutes and film study.

Basketball might as well be a part-time job. The players punch the clock most days for five hours...
Go here for the remainder.

Really liked this

It's about some of the former top prep basketball players in Arizona but still very applicable to northern California. Yes, it's very hard to resist the overtures of the best-looking guy or gal but it's all about fit, fit, fit.
Getting lost in a major conference
Richard Obert

Too often, players get over-recruited, sign with a major conference and end up being spectator more than contributor. It happened at Arizona State with former Phoenix Pinnacle center Taylor Rohde, who committed to Herb Sendek during his sophomore year.

It's happening now at Arizona with ex-Phoenix North guard Daniel Bejarano, who early in his prep career figured he'd be headed for big things at Texas. The jury still is out on whether Bejarano will have a break through with the Wildcats and get any meaningful minutes. It likely won't happen this season. And whether he stays or not, that's to be determined by his post-season interview with coach Sean Miller. 

Ex-Goodyear Estrella Foothills guard Corey Hawkins, a two-time Small Schools Player of the Year, may only get more minutes at ASU this year if players ahead of him struggle or are injured. He is being patient. 

Former Sunnyslope star guard Royce Woolridge is a cheer leader at the end of Kansas' bench...
Go here for the remainder.

Here's the MLK Classic schedule

Ben Enos has all the information here.

Chabot over Las Positas

Go here for the Chabot College game reports -- the Gladiators just beat Las Positas 83-73 behind Jourdan DeMuynck's 23 points plus 20 by Kyle Luckett. 

Go here for the Las Positas perspective on the game.

We offer a big THANK YOU for the posting of these game reports.

Butterfield and Welch lead the way

Spencer Butterfield and Julian Welch led Yuba College over visiting Los Medanos -- here's the game report.

Mike McChristian is back for Yuba College

Coach Doug Cornelius has his glue guy back just in time:
Men get starting guard back for BVC opener
Andy Arrenquin
January 4, 2010

When the season began, Yuba College men's basketball coach Doug Cornelius must have thought his team was a little snake-bitten.

Cornelius was confident that this year's squad was set up to be his most talented one yet, however all he could do was shake his head in disbelief when four of his players went down with serious leg injuries during off-season workouts.

The biggest of all was to reigning Bay Valley Conference MVP Mike McChristian, who suffered a spiral fracture in his left ankle and was thought to be lost for the season.

But that wasn't the case...
Go here for the remainder.

Notes on former Richmond High star Eli Holman, now at Detroit

* Junior Eli Holman has seven double-doubles, which ranks 15th nationally through games of Jan. 3. He also is 7th in rebounds nationally per game (11.1).


Eli Holman leads the Horizon League in both offensive (3.7 rpg) and defensive (7.3 rpg) rebounds per game heading into this week (11.1 total.  He is also tops in field goal percentage, connecting on 59.5 percent of his shots (69-of-116) and is 5th in blocks (1.5 bpg) and 19th in scoring (12.3 ppg).


Junior Eli Holman recorded career block No. 100 on Saturday in the overtime loss vs. Milwaukee. Holman swatted three shots in the game to give him 22 for the season and 99 as a Titan (3 with Indiana as a freshman).

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hawaii Pacific is loaded with fromer Nor Cal prepsters

Disregarding the merits of this or that education, it HAS to be nice to be playing at Hawaii Pacific/PacWest Conference in Honolulu and quite a number of former northern California high schoolers agree.

Here's the list:

* Keenan Prince, G, Marysville High/Yuba College, junior -- 5.9 points a game

* Kyle Allen, F, Yuba College sophomore -- 8.8 points, 6.3 rebounds a game

* Royal Edwards, F, Capital Christian High/Pacific, senior -- 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds a game

* Adrian den Dulk, F, Ripon Christian High, senior -- 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds a game

Santa Cruz High bests Harbor High

In Santa Cruz County, two (of the three best teams -- Aptos being the other) matched up and Santa Cruz High topped Harbor High. The latter features backcourter Colin Gruber (Northern Arizona signee) who will be awarded the most valuable player league honor come season end.

Here's the game report.

DRinCA and his Top 20 form NorCal junjior colleges

DRinCA, the junior college basketball coverage guru, has posted his team rankings, with some annotation:


1. Fresno - Absolutely loaded and they beat CCSF
2. San Francisco - Last year's state runner-up hasn't lost a step
3. Diablo Valley - All the pieces are there for a long playoff run
4. Las Positas - Wins over Cabrillo & Chabot say they're on the right track
5. Santa Rosa - McCloud was absolutely outstanding in Kris Kringle tourney
6. Chabot - Might be North's most athletic team
7. Sequoias - Solid well-coached team nearly knocked off Fresno
8. Cosumnes River - Most impressive win at Ohlone in late December
9. Yuba - Injuries have slowed them but they're still loaded
10. Ohlone - Not real consistent but can beat anyone on any given day
11. Cabrillo - Solid squad and Duran is a super-scorer
12. Merritt - Has excellent record and just missed vs. Cabrillo
13. Reedley - Could sneak in there against the top two in the CVC
14. Canada - Great record...I'll believe when they win some conference games
15. San Jose - Excellent backcourt puts them in thick of Coast-South race
16. Sacramento - Kiel Myers leads best Sac City team in several years
17. Redwoods - Tough schedule has made for ugly record but should pay dividends in conference play
18. Foothill - Been inconsistent but owns wins against MPC, DeAnza, Canyons & Cabrillo

A pair of JC scores

Diablo Valley College 56, Santa Rosa CC 54

Sophomore Lorenzo McCloud scored 29 points for SRCC, with nobody else in double figures, but it wasn't enough.

Delta 73, Sierra 63

James (Fairfield High) Lake totaled 18 as did Marcus Beaird with Delta taking down Sierra.

MC tops Riverbank.

Brian VanderBeek has the details on Modesto Christian's Raymond Bowles-powered victory over Riverbank.

Bonta Hill on the SCH - Riordan matchup

Bonta Hill at SanFranPreps provides a game report and box score of host Sacred Heart Cathedral's win over Riordan.

Joe Davidson on Sheldon High basketball

Here is Joe Davidson of the Sac Bee with the latest on Sheldon High hoops, including a winj over Franklin.

Bill Paterson's Sacto area basketball update

The Sac Bee's Bill Paterson will get you updated on Sacto area hoops if you go here.

A Kareem Nitoto update

Here's what current UC Riverside Highlander and former San Leandro High backcourter Kareem Nitoto is up to this season:

* 12 games, 10 starts

* 11.1 ppg., third on the team

* shooting 41% overall, 41% on his three-point shots, 78% on free throws

* 44 of his overall 100 shot attempts have been treys

* team-leading 3.8 assists per contest

* 3.3 rebounds a game

Mike Gragnani passes

Here (Ben Enos) and here (Mitch Stephens) are two reports on the passing of Lincoln Coach Mike Gragnan.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


1% CLUB Basketball will be running a FREE Basketball Skill Clinic Sunday, January 9 at Lincoln Parks and Recreation Center in Lincoln. This is a free clinic for grades K-8th Grade.

The clinic will be run by skill training specialists Jeremy Russotti, and Philippe Doherty, the former USF assistant coach and Bay Area Hoosier coach.

 Times are at:

K - 2nd Grade: Noon - 1 p.m.
3rd - 5th: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
6th - 8th: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
9th-HS: Coming after the season

There is no need to pre-register, just show up on the 9th at the designated time.

For any questions, call Philippe Doherty at (916) 529-2757, or via email

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Gymnasium is located at 2010 1st Street in Lincoln.

We will also be coming back to Sacramento in the Carmichael area for another Free Clinic January 22.

To find out when 1% CLUB Basketball is coming to your town for a Free Clinic, visit here.

Wendell McKines to redshirt this season

From New Mexico State athletics:
New Mexico State men’s basketball senior forward Wendell McKines has decided to redshirt the 2010-11 season, head coach Marvin Menzies announced. McKines has been sidelined this year due to a broken foot he sustained in mid-October.
“After going back and forth on this tough decision, we came to the conclusion that for all parties involved the best thing for Wendell was to return for his senior season next year,” Menzies said. “The deciding factors for Wendell were his desire to complete his degree and to have a full season under his belt in his final season.”
An All-WAC honorable mention selection in 2009-10, McKines averaged 10.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, a team-best mark. He started in 23 games as a junior en route to helping the Aggies to a WAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. McKines shot 48.2 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from 3-point line and 56.5 percent at the free-throw line. He also had 74 assists, 17 blocks and 15 steals in his third season in the Crimson and White.
McKines now ranks No.6 on the all-time rebounding list at NM State with 761 boards. He ranked first in the WAC in conference games with 9.8 rebounds per game. McKines also posted nine double-doubles in 2009-10 and has 27 in his career.

Mitch Stephens looks at Bay Area prep basketball

Mitch Stephens offers a great summary of news, notes and predictions on Bay Area prep hoops in the first month.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Jared Cunningham

Rob Dauster at Ballin' Is A Habit has posted a Jared (San Leandro High) Cunningham tip-dunk but, being the fogies that we are, we also wish to highlight Cunningham's line for the night: 27 minutes, 17 points, 5 steals, three rebounds and two assists in the Oregon State win over Arizona.

Two from NorCal as Holiday Classic all-tourney picks

The entries from northern California were slim so the pickings matched that -- here's the all-tourney selections from the Holiday Classic, including two from our area. The final game report is here.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

High school & junior college scores and notes

Host CCSF was way too much for Delta JC -- 88-56 -- with De'End Parker and Ivan Dorsey each totaling 17 points.


Brian VanderBeek/Modesto Bee offers some details on the brawl that ended the Burbank - Morningside game.

Here's a report from someone at the game:
Well... Here it is... The players were involved in a two minute brawl. It was a jump ball in which a player from each team held on to the ball 2 seconds too long. A morningside player stepped in between the jump ball guys to dissolve any escalated tempers from flaring. At that point the burbank sacramento player attempted to grab the morningside player. The bench cleared from burbank on their side of the court. The Morningside bench cleared to protect the guys in a 5 vs. 15 fight. It then became a team brawl. It was very unfortunate for both teams because they squandered an opportunity to win a prestigious tournament. The burbank coaches were dressed in suits and I spoke with the mild mannered morningside coach after they beat the home team and he appears to be a classy standup guy. The burbank parents were involved in the altercation, however, No coaches from either team were fighting. Simply trying to calm down the situation. Both varsity teams will be suspended for the next game per CIF rules.... Hope this clears it up for you.

Jimmy Durkin/Inside Bay Area offers five East Bay games not to miss.


In the Oaks Christian tourney in southern California, Sacramento beat Valencia 66-58 in overtime. Here's the number highlights:

Sacramento: Josiah Turner (Arizona) 20, Darius Graham 10, Robert Garrett (Santa Clara) 10

Valencia: Lonnie Jackson (Boston College) 24