Friday, November 30, 2012

Sacramento prep scores

Bill Paterson offers a number of last night game scores and high scorers from matchups in the Sacramento area

Modesto, Cosumnes and Columbia all win

The Modesto Bee game reports Modesto Junior College's 74-63 win over Porterville.

Host Cosumnes River College and Columbia also posted tournament victories.

Yuba over Sac City

Jimmy Graben has the game report of Yuba College's 93-79 victory over Sacramento City College.

LMC handles Gavilan

It was Los Medanos College by 20 over Gavilan College, 60-40, in a matchup as part of the Monterey Peninsula College tourney.

Los Medanos College

Drew (Antioch High) Cones 8 0-0 20 (four treys)

Patrick (Mt. Diablo High) Lafiti 5 4-4 15 (11 assists)
DeMahan (Mt. Diablo High) Miller (17 rebounds, seven blocks)

West Valley over SRJC

In the Monterey Peninsula College tournament, West Valley College topped Santa Rosa JC 75-68. The latter led 38-33 at halftime.

West Valley 

Chris (JFK-Fremont) Murry 10 2-2 27 (five treys)
Damon (Skyline High) Jones 7 1-3 17
D'vaughn (JFK-Fremont) Mann 5 0-0 10

Santa Rosa 

Connor Gillette 6 6-9 18
Bobby (Cardinal Newman) Sharp 5 2-3 15 (three treys)
Max (Analy High) Fujii 5 1-1 14 (three treys)
Xavier (Cardinal Newman) McCall 5 1-2 12

Ashley showing complete game

Brandon Ashley continues to get it done for Arizona.

More pub for Parker

Zack Farmer makes it De'End Parker Week with yet another feature on the USF Don.

Cal Maritime nabs sixth in a row

Cal Maritime hosted Notre Dame de Namur on Wednesday and came away victorious 62-48. Senior backcourter Keven (San Joaquin Delta College) Campbell paced the Keelhaulers with 17 points (6-8 overall shooting, 3-4 from long distance). 

Artis enjoys another solid game

In a 95-78 Oregon home win over Texas San Antonio, freshman point Dom Artis scored 16 points on 7-8 shooting and added four assists plus a trio of steals.

Lumpkins showing no rust

Stephen Lumpkins did it again Wednesday night with 18 points and seven boards even though American fell 74-55 at St. Joseph's.

The early statistical leaders in the CCAA

Early scoring numbers from some of the Nor Cal talents in the California Collegiate Athletic Association:

* Brian Goins' 26.5 points per game for Cal State San Bernardino leads the league

* James Tillman is second for Cal State Los Angeles at 21.3 points per game

* Sonoma State's Patrick Scott is third at 21.0 and leads the conference in shooting at 70%

* San Francisco State's Robbie Herndon is fifth with 17.0


In rebounding:

*Nick Marshall of Cal State East Bay is third at 8.3 per contest


In assists:

* Cal State East Bay's Gabe Kindred is sixth at 3.3 each time out

Thursday, November 29, 2012

DeAnza by three over Foothill

The De Anza Dons proved three points better than the Foothill Owls last night:

De Anza 53, Foothill 50

De Anza

Deryck (Moreau Catholic High) Ylanan 5 0-1 13 (three treys)

Abu (St. Francis High) Tratter 6 0-0 12


Daryl (Mills High) Wong 5 3-4 15
Stephan (Serra High) Grosey 3 2-2 10

Yuba College tourney opens today

Jimmy Graben reports on a youthful and therefore inexperienced Yuba College hosting a tournament beginning today.

Mabrey leads Riordan

Jeremy Balan has the game report of Riordan's win over Mission as it was Geru Mabrey Time.

Do bookmark BayPreps serves up a load of prep basketball news and items.

Harris starts hot

Matt Schwab writes that former Monte Vista star Mike Harris is leading Diablo Valley College to success, plus offers more hoops tidbits in his column.

Stafford headed to Hungary

Denver athletics reports that Brian Stafford has signed a contract to play overseas.

DeMuynck leads Prarie View to win

Prarie View A&M took down Houston 81-80 with Jourdan DeMuynck totaling 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the hosts.

The Gauchos fall but Bryson starts

UC Santa Barbara lost on the road last night to Wyoming 68-40 but it's worth noting that freshman guard Mike Bryson was in the starting lineup. He scored eight points.

Cosumnes River College basketball

Clark Classic Commences
Nicholas Podesta - Sports Information officer
Cosumnes River College athletics

Hawks struggle in Mendo, host Clark Classic this week

The 2012-2013 Cosumnes River College men’s basketball team kicks off its campaign at home this week, as they host the 34th Annual James Clark Invitational, which opens Thursday and runs through Saturday.  The tournament once again boasts a diverse field, as five different conferences, and contrasting styles of play are represented in the tournament. Returning to the event will be Chabot College of Hayward, Columbia College of Sonora, Feather River College of Quincy, Merced Junior College, Modesto Junior College, Napa Valley College and Porterville College. The double-elimination style event kicks off tomorrow at 2 PM, with games to follow at 4, 6 and 8 PM. The Hawks will host Merced Junior College in their home opener tomorrow at 6.  CRC defeated Chabot College last season in the 3rd place game, 93-77.

The Hawks look to improve after a disappointing 1-2 showing at the Ed Boyle Classic at Mendocino College in Ukiah. Cosumnes River played well in the opening game against Butte, taking control for the majority of the contest. Butte mounted a strong comeback in the second half, eventually taking the lead late in the contest. However, Miguel French (Lindhurst HS/Marysville) hit what would prove to be the game winner from the short corner with 0.6 seconds remaining, to give the Hawks the 69-68 victory. Charles Standifer (Capital Christian HS/Sacramento) led all scorers with 30 points, while also contributing nine rebounds.

Things proved more difficult in the second game against host Mendocino College.  The Hawks struggled defensively for most of the contest, getting in foul trouble early. CRC closed the deficit to one point late in the second half, but the shorthanded Hawks ran out of gas, falling 74-65.  Standifer once again led all scorers with 32 points in the effort.  The youth and inexperience of the CRC roster was also on display in the third contest against Bay Valley conference foe Los Medanos. The Hawks stormed out of the gates, taking a 36-18 advantage midway through the first half. The defensive pressure bothered CRC down the stretch however, as the Mustangs managed to rally back to close the deficit to single digits heading into the second half. The lead changed hands several times throughout the second half, before the Mustangs pulled away late.  Rodney Cook (Bethel HS/Vallejo) closed the gap with consecutive three point baskets, but it was too little too late, as CRC fell to LMC 69-65 in the 3rd place game. Cook and Standifer paced the Hawks offense with 12 points apiece.

Cosumnes River (1-2) looks to improve this week as they host Merced Junior College (0-5) in their home opener during the first round of the 34th Annual James Clark Classic. Tipoff is tentatively scheduled for 6 PM. Opening round matchups are scheduled as follows:

Thursday November 29

Columbia Claim Jumpers vs Napa Valley Storm @ 2 PM

Modesto JC Pirates vs Porterville Pirates @ 4 PM

Cosumnes River Hawks vs Merced Blue Devils @ 6 PM

Chabot Gladiators vs Feather River Golden Eagles @ 8 PM

Video on Brian Goins

Below is video (Prospect Hill Productions) of Brian Goins' first game at the Division II level versus Westmont College. Goins scored 29 points on 10-20 shooting including 3-6 from downtown and 6-6 from the line. He also added five rebounds but Cal State San Bernardino lost 97-90.

Hartnell 91, Las Positas 81

Hartnell College proved to be 10 points better than Las Positas College, 91-81.


Billy Giles 10 0-0 21 (plus nine rebounds)
Michael Salazar 4 9-10 20 (three treys)
Brad Kohler 5 0-0 13 (three treys)

Las Positas

Kapunohu (Hayward High) Sweetwyne 6 7-8 19
Julian (Bishop O'Dowd) Redmon 5 0-1 13 (three treys)
Uche (Granda High) Okpalaudo 3 5-7 11
Jauwnn (El Camino High) Springfield 4 2-2 10

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Culture Counts! - Greg Clink

Chico State Coach Greg Clink has his second DVD out -- his first was: "Crunch Time Playbook: Great Ways To Score With Limited Time" -- and this new one is titled "Culture Counts! Principles and Ideas for Building a Championship Environment." 

It runs 40 minutes, with Clink speaking to the camera about his 10 principles for developing and maintaining a great culture within an organization.

So what is culture? Let's go with the dictionary definition of "the attitudes, feelings, values, and behavior that characterize and inform society as a whole or any social group within it."

Now it's true that culture can breed both success and failure.

Get it right and team performance soars, with the whole often succeeding the sum of the individual parts.

But failing in this venture, or simply ignoring culture altogether, and the road to success is full of unattended potholes. It can also force all to live in energy-sapping, day-to-day crisis mode that breeds reaction, not pro-action.

Yes, diligence with X's and O's is important for coaching success in any sport. The ability to recruit is similarly imperative. Nobody can successfully argue against these premises.

But the processes that create the best cultural environment for teaching and learning requires a top-to-bottom genuine desire-to-learn attitude and a willingness to act unselfishly. Such draws the best out of people and is an coveted atmosphere.

As Clink stresses, such requires a people-first mindset in all areas of life, a treat-people-right mentality. But it also sometimes requires respectful "brutal honesty" and a willingness to "confront the snowball before it becomes an avalanche."

In the video, Clink covers the vision of what he wanted when he took over the head coaching spot at Chico four years ago and how he went about, developed and enhanced that culture. He talks about getting the right people, both as assistants and student-athletes -- high character, hardworking, honest role models as building blocks.

It's fascinating material, applicable all across the human interaction spectrum.

So what's your vision for yourself as an individual or the entity you head or work for, and how do you plan on reaching that goal?

"Culture Counts! Principles and Ideas for Building a Championship Environment" can help. There once was "the HP way" and this is the Chico State basketball way.

The DVD can be purchased here.

DVC nabs tourney title

Diablo Valley College won its own Chevron Invitational tourney, topping Umpqua (Oregon) on Sunday 65-50. The Vikings are now 5-1 so far this season, on a five-game win streak.

For DVC on Sunday, it was:

* Jelani (Freedom High) Hardaway - 15 points and seven assists

* John (Fairfield High) Ocan - a 13/14 double-double

* Mike (Monte Vista High) Harris - a 13/11 double-double

* Conner (Northgate High) Jean - 13 points (inlcuding a pair of treys)

The Vikings topped Solano College (69-60) and College of the Redwoods (83-50) to reach the title game.

A DeAndre Medlock update

6-foot-10 DeAndre Medlock moved from the Fresno City College championship team to BYU Hawaii and has produced very solid numbers so far.

Working backwards:

* 18 points and nine boards -  Montana State - Billings

* 11 points in 10 minutes - Oakland City

* 26 points and eight rebounds - Western Washington

* 16 points - New Zealand Maori

* 14 points and six boards - Ningbo University

A trio of Nor Cal talents at Lewis & Clark

Noticed a trio of Bay Area talents on the roster at Lewis & Clark College up in Oregon: Connor Freeberg and Ben Neves and Kurt Parker.

Freeberg is a 6-foot-2 junior backcourter out of Albany High while The junior Neves, a point, played at Foothill College and Westmont High. Parker is a frosh from Jesuit High.

The 6-foot-2 Freeberg is shooting 50% on the season, scoring 9.8 points and grabbing 4.3 rebounds.

Neves is at 44% shooting, with 2.8 points, 4.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds a contest.

The 5-foot-11 Parker is producing 10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists an outing.

Ezeli returns home

Festus Ezeli got back to Yuba College, as Jimmy Graben reports.

Sac State over Dominican

Host Sacramento State took down Dominican University 77-68 last night behind a career-best 29 points (10-15 shooting) plus a team-leading six rebounds from senior John Dickson. Backcourter Dylan Garrity contributed 16 points while freshman Cody Demps posted eight points and four boards in just 18 minutes of court time.

For Dominican, senior frontcourter Jacob Noisat enjoyed a 12/7 night.

Bryan Metcalf game reports.

Lee posts a D/D

Casper College took down Western Nebraska last night with Dominique Lee posted a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Will some coach get him back to CA, please?

A Tomas Sanchez update

Backcourter Thomas Sanchez plied his play on Fresno City College's state championship team to a scholarship with Idaho State of the Big Sky Conference.

In five games so far this season with the Bengals, Sanchez is averaging 7.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest, shooting 43% overall, 40% from long distance and a perfect 14-14 from the foul line.

How this stat-stuffer got out of CA is unbelievable.

A Glenn Baral mention

A Westwind Prep tweet: "Conf USA Tulsa Univ going after WPA 2013's 6'4" G-Glenn Baral, 7'0" C-Namdi Okonkwo, 6'2" G-Kevin Davis and 6'1" Everett Clemons"

Jay Bilas: let's expand the boxscore

Gotta love this Jay Bilas idea (but who makes the official call?): "I'd like hoop box scores to include "bad shots" as a category, like turnovers. We don't have as many bad shooters as bad decision makers."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mel Grussing with more on the coaches poll

Mel Grussing, who operates the very best fan site for his Antelope Valley College Marauders, writes about restocking, reloading, rebuilding and recruiting vis-a-vis the coaches poll.

The JC coaches poll is out

Here is the latest poll from the coaches:

State Poll

1.   San Francisco (6-0)
2.   Ventura (6-0)
3.   Fresno (7-2)
4.   Mt. San Antonio (5-1)
5.   Santa Rosa (4-2)
6.   Los Angeles Pierce (6-1)
7.   San Bernardino Valley (2-1)
8.   Foothill (5-1)
9.   Antelope Valley (3-1)
10. Diablo Valley (5-1)
11. Mt. San Jacinto (8-1)
12. Sierra (4-3)
13. East Los Angeles (5-2)
14. Mendocino (4-1)
15. Chaffey (4-2)
16. Saddleback (4-2)
17. Sacramento City (2-1)
18. Allan Hancock (6-2)
19. Cabrillo (4-2)
20. Ohlone (5-2)

Northern California

1.   San Francisco
2.   Fresno
3.   Santa Rosa
4.   Foothill
5.   Diablo Valley
6.   Sierra
7.   Mendocino
8.   Sacramento City
9.   Cabrillo
10. Ohlone
11. Contra Costa
12. Lassen
13. Chabot
14. Modesto
15. Sequoias

Thompson ready to soar

 David Steutel photo

Brandon Thompson certainly fits the mold of today's player -- powerful, sleek, athletic and able to play multiple roles on the floor.

Entering his junior season at Christian Brothers High in Sacramento with a year as a basketball starter behind him, the 6-foot-4 Thompson is looking forward to a breakout season and leading his Falcon teammates to greater success.

He finished up in November playing football as a wide receiver and safety and time participating in track will come in the spring. For the present, it's all roundball.

Asked to name his best skills, Thompson offered "attacking the hoop and my improved mid-range jumpshot." Conversely, what he's working on is "getting stronger with my left hand."

As for a sport preference, he said, "I enjoy the sport I am playing at the time but I've been playing basketball since I was three or four years old."

Thompson believes basketball will be his college sport and early feedback indicates he'll be positioned at the two and three spots.

Also an original Team Sage member for Coach Wornel Simpson, Thompson impressed with his play this past spring and summer. Columbia recently initiated contact.

Here's Simpson: "Brandon is obviously intelligent and a hard worker.  He's also very personable, well-spoken and any university would be well-represented not only by his athletic talent on the field, but by the way he conducts himself as a professional off the court. Brandon's ability to blend in to any team concept, play multiple positions and tirelessly work toward improving and winning has endeared him to his teammates. He is a quick study with a calm demeanor and is a coach's dream."

Despite his playing three varsity sports in high school, Thompson maintains a 3.5 grade point average and wants to major in kinesiology.

"I see myself working as a trainer for a high school, college or pro team."

His best moment on the court to date? "Probably dunking the first time. It was a scrimmage game at school and I came in on the basket so I thought I might as well dunk it."

Thompson cited many as basketball influences but first and foremost, he's all in as a LeBron man. Something about powerful and athletic.

De'End Parker featured

Henry Wofford/CSNBayArea serves up a video feature with De'End Parker, now at USF.

Sankey does it again

Host Lipscomb battled but Murray State was just too much to the tune of 88-79 last night. But former Newark Memorial High talent Khion Sankey enjoyed another stats stuffing night with 12 rebounds, eight points and six assists for Lipscomb.

Williams stars again

Christian (Sierra High) Williams scored 22 points but it wasn't enough as Jackson State fell 84-75 to host Texas Tech last night. The senior backcourter shot 6-14 from three-point range and and pilfered five steals.

Ashley getting more accolades

In Bruce Pascoe's latest article, Arizona Coach Sean Miller figuratively sings the praises of freshman Brandon Ashley.

Williams carries Wagner

Albany topped Wagner 66-63 last night despite a powerful effort from former CCSF star Jonathan Williams. The senior scored 26 points (10-11 overall shooting, 6-6 from the foul line) and grabbed seven rebounds.

Nunnally is looking good

Keith Schlosser writes about how James Nunnally is impressing in the NBA Developmental League.

Albright name CCAA POW

San Francisco State's James Albright has been named the Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 19-25.

The senior forward led the Gators' to a 2-0 at the Carl's Jr. Mac Martin Invitational in Chico, Calif., this past weekend.  Albright was named the Tournament MVP after averaging 17.5 points per game.  He shot 70 percent (14-for-20) from the paint and 50 percent from the arch, and was perfect from the free-throw line, making six-for-six on the weekend.

Albright started off the weekend scoring a team high 14 points while shooting 5-of-8 from the field a perfect four-for-four from the charity stripe in the Gators' 60-55 win over No. 7 Seattle Pacific on Friday evening.

Then on Saturday, the Oakland, Calif., native scored a season high 21 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out one assist in SF State's come-from-behind 69-66 win over UC-Colorado Springs on Saturday evening. Albright was 9-for-12 from the field including making his only three-point field goal attempt while connecting on both of his attempts from the charity stripe.

For the season, Albright is averaging 10.8 points per game while shooting 54.5% from the field.

The Gators chomped the opposition this weekend

San Francisco State enjoyed a bountiful basketball weekend, first topping Seattle Pacific 60-55 and then dropping UC Colorado Springs 69-66 at a tournament up in Chico.

Gator athletics has all the details as a trio of Coach Paul Trevor's team were honored for their respective play.

The Wildcats fall

Chico State stumbled at home Saturday night 79-47 versus Seattle Pacific. It was 46-25 at the half.

But senior backcourter Damario (McClymonds High) Sims did make the all-tourney team.

Goins powers Coyotes to win

It was Cal State San Bernardino 90 to UC San Diego's 82 Saturday night as former Diablo Valley College backcourter Brian Goins tallied a team-leading 23 points (9-16 shooting), four assists and three steals for the victors.

Senior Justin (Bishop O'Dowd) Brue totaled 24 points (12-16 shooting) for the Tritons and also nabbed nine rebounds.

Tillman produces but CSLA still falls

James Tillman's 23 points led Cal State Los Angeles but the Golden Eagles still fell to California Baptist 77-70 in overtime on Saturday. The former Consumnes River wing also had three blocked shots and passed for a trio of assists.

Harris leads Concordia

Concordia topped Warner Pacific 84-78 on Saturday with former Valley Christian star Tim Harris scoring 19 points.

An Eli Holman update

Former Richmond High big Eli Holman is playing in Israel right now for Hapoel Eliat and through seven games in averaging 13 points and 10.8 rebounds a contest, shooting 55% overall and 67% at the free throw line.

Akognon starts out strong

In Josh Akognon's first game for Liaoning, his new team in China, he poured in 46 points (17-25 overall shooting, 8-13 on three-pointers) in a win. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

The latest CA JUCO team poll

*** The following is the Massey poll -- not sure who votes in this one.

The latest California JUCO team poll is out:

1.    San Francisco City
2.    Mt. San Antonio
3.    Fresno City
4.    Yuba
5.    Ventura
6.    San Bernardino Valley
7.    Santa Rosa
8.    Chaffey
9.    Antelope Valley
10.  Allan Hancock
11.  Mendocino
12.  Mt. San Jacinto
13.  LA Pierce
14.  Diablo Valley
15.  Irvine Valley
16.  Saddleback
17.  Cuesta
18.  Foothill
19.  Modesto
20.  College of the Sequoias

College of Marin previewed

Mark O'Meara previews this season's College of Marin squad, with sophomore Rashaad Allen receiving prominent play.

Nor Cal POY candidates

Steve Hu/Nor Cal Preps lists his prep prospects to watch for Player of the Year.

Odister lead Cal Poly

Cal Poly took it to UCLA in Pauley Pavilion 70-68 with Kyle (Rio Americano High) Odister's two free throws clinching it for the Mustangs. Odister totaled 15 point on the night.

Smith helps Cal over Pacific

In Cal's win over Pacific, Brandon (DLS) Smith provided 11 points, six assists and three rebounds from the point.

The Lees aid in another Casper win

Jack Knowlin reports on Casper College's 79-65 win over Lamar on Saturday, a victory aided by Dominique Lee (12 points, nine rebounds, four steals) and Demetrius Lee (four rebounds, two points, one steal).

Somogyi to play in Hungary?

David Pick has a note on Greg Somoygi, formerly of Woodside Priory and UC Santa Barbara.

A look at Solano College hoops

Matt O'Donnell previews the 2012-13 Solano College Falcons, a squad loaded with local talents.

Dominican topped by CSUMB

Dominican University fell to Cal State Monterey Bay 73-68 on Saturday despite four players in double figures. DU athletics has the game report.

St. Mary's falls again

St. Mary's fell again, this time to Georgia Tech 65-56 on Sunday as Brad Waldow posted a line of seven boards and five points. He's shooting 61% for the season but pretty much been it on the inside for Coach Randy Bennett.

Raphielle Johnson writes about this season's Gaels, particularly the paint players.

Regarding those bigs, 6-foot-11 Matt Hofgson is getting back on the court after two seasons at Southern Utah and then a redshirt year. 6-foot-9 Mitchell Young isn't a back-to-the-basket guy. 7-foot Kyle Rowley looks to be more of a backup type. A double-double type, a la Rob Jones doesn't appear to reside in this group. Waldow is the best of the bunch but another needs to emerge.

Pappageorge leads Long Beach State

Peter (Burlingame High/Cañada College) Pappageorge scored a team-leading 23 points to lead Long Beach State to a 69-61 Sunday victory over host Fresno State on Sunday. The senior backcourter shot 6-10 overall, 4-8 from long distance and 7-7 at the foul line.

On the flip side, Jerry (Sacred Heart Cathedral) Brown went for nine points plus eight boards for the Bulldogs. Tyler (St. Francis High) Johnson added 10 points.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ohlone 64, West Valley 44

Ohlone College had no trouble with West Valley although it was 27-22 at halftime:

Ohlone 64

Chris (Castro Valley High) Read 5 5-8 15
Henry McCarthy 3 6-8 12
Warren (Castro Valley High) Wright 5 0-0 10

West Valley

Chris (Kennedy High-Fremont) Murry 4 2-2 13 (three treys)
Chris (Santa Cruz High) Martin 2 6-9 10

Mr. Smith goes to town

So Kendall Smith owned the Nor Cal Tipoff headlines yesterday.

Frank Burlison was present and accounted for.

Mitch Stephens reports on the games from yesterday.

Steve Waterhouse has more.

BayPreps also checks in.

Here's event organizer Gerry Freitas with a report:

2012 Nor Cal Tip Off Classic Results
At Newark Memorial High School- Saturday, November 24

Game 1: Dublin 75, Freedom (Oakley) 63

Player of the Game: JoJo McGlaston of Dublin - 31 points, 9 rebounds


Game 2: Heritage (Brentwood) 66, McNair (Stockton) 48

Player of the Game: Aaron Berry of Heritage - 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists


Game 3: Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 74, St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo) 63

Player of the Game: Malik Thames of Pleasant Grove - 23 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds


Game 4: El Cerrito 79, Miramonte (Orinda) 53

Player of the Game: Jovante Carleton of El Cerrito - 19 points, 9 rebounds


Game 5: Antelope 57, McClymonds (Oakland) 42

Player of the Game: Gabe Bealer of Antelope - 29 points, 11 rebounds


Game 6: Newark Memorial (Newark) 60, Castro Valley 53

Player of the Game: Sultan Siddiq of Newark Memorial - 22 points, 7 rebounds


Game 7: Deer Valley (Antioch) 97, Sacramento 96 in Double Overtime

Player of the Game: Kendall Smith of Deer Valley - 48 points (event record), 7 rebounds, 6 assists

A Colin Gruber update

Former Harbor High grad Colin Gruber transferred back home to Santa Cruz County and Cabrillo College specifically after the Northern Arizona hoops program fell apart.

So how is the 6-foot-5 sophomore wing doing so far?

 * 11/08/12 Cabrillo 56 Feather River 55 -- 19 points   

* 11/09/12 Sacramento City 65 Cabrillo 62 -- 30 points   

* 11/10/12 San Joaquin Delta 50 Cabrillo 57 -- 14 points

* 11/16/12 Merritt 58 Cabrillo 64 -- 28 points   

* 11/17/12 Ohlone 50 Cabrillo 59 -- 19 points

* 11/18/12 Cabrillo 51 Foothill 57 -- 14 points

Mabry comes back strong

He's out of Rocky Mount, North Carolina but watch for 6-foot-7 Tashawn Mabry at Modesto Junior College this season. He sat out most of last season after rupturing an Achilles tendon but is now back and performing well.

His games thus far:

* 11/15/12 Modesto 85 Siskiyous 66
(10-15, 1-1, 4-4 25 points seven rebounds)
* 11/16/12 Los Medanos 55 Modesto 88
9-15, 4-6, 5-6  27 points, seven rebounds
* 11/17/12 Modesto 71 Mendocino 76
(looks like he barely played in this one)

The Dons handle the Lions

It was USF 79-59 over Columbia last night on The Hilltop as De'End Parker exploded for 31 points (12-18 shooting). In 18 minutes, Mark Tollefsen contributed six points on a pair of treys plus three boards for USF.

Irvine loses to the Waves

UC Irvine fell 72-62 to Pepperdine last night with Chris McNealy finishing second in scoring for the Anteaters with 15 points (7-14 shooting) plus five boards.

Scott brought his shooting touch with him

Freshman backcourter Bryce (Oak Ridge High) Scott has played in six games for Lafayette this season, with one start, and his shooting prowess has stayed intact. In 15 minutes a contest, he's averaging 6.2 points a game while shooting 50% overall, 42% from distance and is a perfect 6-6 at the foul line.

The Lees help Casper to victory

Casper (Wyoming) College won again 87-60 over visiting Cloud County Community College Friday night with Dominique Lee contributing eight point and Demetrius Lee providing five points plus four rebounds.

Sac State wins on the road

Sacramento State went on the road to Central Arkansas and topped the Southland Conference member 71-68, coming back from a 10-point halftime deficit.

Konner Veteto posted a double-double of 19 points and 14 boards, Mikh McKinney totaled 14 points plus Dylan Garrity contributed eight rebounds, seven points and four assists.

The Hornets won the rebounding battle 39-22.

Bryan Metcalf has a game report.

Lumpkins stars but American falls

American lost by a trey to Florida Atlantic 58-55 on Saturday but Stephen Lumpkins did his best with 17 points and seven rebounds in 32 minutes.

Weber falls to Utah State

Weber State went into Logan to battle Utah State and the hosts emerged with a 65-55 win.

For the Wildcats, Frank Otis tallied eight points, four boards, three assists and a likewise number of steals. Davion Berry contributed 11 points but was off in his shooting (5-14 overall, 0-6 on treys, 1-5 from the foul line).

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Santa Clara over EW

Santa Clara handled Eastern Washington 89-74 last night but Collin Chiverton led the Eagles with 19 points on on 7-15 overall shooting, 4-8 from three-point range.

A Marcus Lee profile

Mitch Stephens profiles Marcus Lee and the Nor Cal Tipoff Classic, which starts today.

Barbour paces Columbia

Columbia handled Wayland Baptist 75-63 last night in a USF-hosted tournament, with Brian Barbour scoring 13 points.

It's Columbia and USF matching up today.

Fullerton romps

Host Cal State Fullerton pasted San Diego Christian 106-60 last night with a quartet of Nor Cal talents contributing: Sammy Yeager - 15 points, D.J. Seeley - 15, Kwame Vaughn - 12 and Alex Harris - 10.

Pacific over the Gaels

Pacific surprised St. Mary's 76-66 last night in Anaheim as a pair of former Santa Rosa Junior College backcourters paced the effort. Lorenzo McCloud led the Tigers with 18 points, plus three assists while Sama Taku posted 11 points and a team-leading six rebounds.

Brad Waldow had eight points and five boards for the Gaels.

Artis contributes again

Oregon took down UNLV 83-79 in Sin City with frosh Dom Artis totaling 11 points, six rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes as a starter.

Tapley hurt

Mark Ziegler has the details on Chase Tapley's injury.

Desmond Simmons interviewed

Percy Allen offers a Desmond Simmons interview video.

Chico State romps

Host Chico State handled UC Colorado Springs 68-44 on Friday night powered by 16 points (4-6 from long distance) from Damario (McClymonds High) Sims plus 15 and nine rebounds via Amir (Franklin High) Carraway. The Wildcats shot 12-22 from three-point range.

Coach Greg Clink's team hosts Seattle Pacific tonight.

Humboldt falls to Pomona

On Wednesday, host Humboldt State fell 66-54 to Cal Poly Pomona.

Deaundry (Yuba College) Robinson scored seven points, grabbed six boards and nabbed a trio of steals for the Lumberjacks. Cody (Yuba College) Kale didn't score but passed for four assists in 19 minutes.

DeMuynck lead Prairie View

Prairie View sunk Navy 42-40 yesterday with former Chabot College wing Jourdan MeMuynck posting a double-double consisting of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The score was 24-15 at the half.

Tree Thomas lighting it up

Tree Thomas is making noise in Malta:
"Phillip Thomas 6'8" F (Portland St) has earned the Player of the Week Honors for his performance this past weekend in Malta. Thomas help lead his Floriana club past Depiro 88-79 putting Floriana at 1-1 while dropping Depiro 0-2 early on in the season. Thomas finished the game with 31pts, 19rebs, 2stls, 1blk in the win. Thomas is considered one of the top imports in Malta behind Shawn Morgan and Stephen Shackleford but with this performance and the win he is closing the gap."
George Nikitin/AP
Ross William Hamilton, The Oregonian
Tree is out of San Leandro High and played for Coach Todd Peterson. Besides basketball, he also played a football season as a tight end/defensive end for Portland State.

Patrick Scott honored

Sonoma State's Patrick Scott, out of Bear Creek High, has been honored as the  California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

Williams plays well but J St. falls

Christian (Sierra High/Manteca) Williams scored 23 points (5-9 from long distance) in 32 minutes of play but Jackson State still fell to Tulsa 86-66 on Thursday.

McChristian piles up the assists

Mike (Yuba College) McChristian didn't score last night but did pass for eight assists versus one turnover in Idaho's loss at New Mexico. He started at the point and played 29 minutes.

Aronis hits double figures

New Mexico State handled Louisiana-Lafayette 79-57 last night. In 28 minutes of action, Kevin (Analy High/Santa Rosa Junior College) Aronis contributed 12 points (three treys), two assists, two boards and a blocked shot for the victors.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The 2012-13 Modesto Junior College Pirates

Coach Paul Brogan has a blend of sophomores and freshman with his 2012-13 group, with not a lot but maybe enough size.

* Alex Rivera Shooting Guard 5-foot-9 165 Freshman Southmoore/Moore,OK

* Kyle Seever Point Guard 5-foot-8 170 Freshman Davis/Modesto

* Billy Young Point Guard 5-foot-9 155 Sophomore Rocky Mount/RockyMount,NC

* Mike Hill Shooting Guard 6-foot-1 170 Sophomore Bullard/Fresno

* Evan Grimes Shooting Guard 6-2 180 Freshman Antioch/Antioch

* Jeremy Alexander Shooting Guard 6-foot-2 170 Sophomore Canyon Springs/Las Vegas,NV

* Ricky Inderbitzin Shooting Guard 6-foot-2 205 Sophomore East Union/Manteca

* Shaquille Hewitt Small Forward 6-foot-6 180 Freshman Davis/Modesto

* Kaden Johnson Small Forward 6-foot-3 175 Freshman Enochs/Modesto

* Tashawn Mabry Small Forward 6-foot-7 225 Sophomore Rocky Mount/Rocky Mount, NC

* Brenden Evans Power Forward 6-foot-5 220 Sophomore Sonora/Sonora

* Jerrod Patton Center 6-foot-8 220 Sophomore Sierra/Manteca

The 2012-13 American River College Beavers

Coach Mark Giorgi is back at American River College and his 2012-13 squad looks tall, as you'll see nearing the end of his roster. With Chris Carvin returning home from Cal State Fullerton due to family health matters, it looks like he's hooked back up with the Beavers:

* Chris Carvin, Point Guard, 6-foot-0 180, Sophomore, Laguna Creek, Sacramento

* Khalil Ray, Small Forward, 6-foot-3 180, Freshman, Sacramento, Sacramento

* Caleb King, Point Guard, 5-foot-10 165, Freshman, Antelope, Sacramento

* Adaku Amanu, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-2 190, Freshman
* Brandon Hoston, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-7 200, Freshman Wendover, Nevada

* Mardell Thompson, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-2 175, Sophomore, Rio Americano, Sacramento

* Jarvis Watkins, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-2 175, Freshman, Antelope, Sacramento

* Jay Callis, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-6 185, Freshman
* Dontae Reid, Small Forward, 6-foot-8 190, Sophomore, Grant, Sacramento

* Emile Gholar, Small Forward, 6-foot-4 195, Sophomore, Natomas, Sacramento

* Chad Haysbert, Power Forward, 6-foot-8 220, Sophomore, Center, Sacramento

* Kelly Jackson, Power Forward, 6-foot-9 210, Sophomore, Hogan, Vallejo

* Marcus Reeves, Power Forward, 6-foot-10 245, Freshman, Johnson, Sacramento

The 21012-13 Sacramento City College Panthers

Coach Andrew Jones returns with a mix of freshman and sophomores:

* Josh Dela Cruz, Point Guard, 5-foot-11, Freshman, Galt HS/Galt, CA

* D.J. McGee, Point Guard, 5-foot-7, Sophomore, Kennedy/Sacramento CA

* Jordan Coen-Kotecki, Small Forward, 6-foot-3, Sophomore, El Camino/Sacramento, CA

* Gino Alberts, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-5, Freshman, Calaveras/Calaveras, CA

* K.J. Dursonslet, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-2, Freshman, Kennedy/Sacramento, CA

* Patrick Lowman, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-3, Freshman, Vista Del Lago/Folsom, CA

* Ryan Mastella, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-4, Sophomore, Oak Ridge/El Dorado Hills, CA

* DeSean Atkins, Point Guard, 5-foot-11, Sophomore, Fairfield/Fairfield, CA

* Joe Fudge, Power Forward, 6-foot-3, Sophomore, St. Thomas Moore Prep/Connecticut

* Kyron Brown, Power Forward, 6-foot-4,    Sophomore, Elk Grove/Elk Grove, CA

* Garrett Cline, Power Forward, 6-foot-5, Sophomore, Calaveras/Calaveras, CA

* Roland Foley, Center, 6-foot-6, Freshman, Laguna Creek/Sacramento, CA

* Aaron Butler, Shooting Guard, 5-foot-11, Freshman, Sacramento HS/Sacramento, CA

* Derek Rhodes, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-4, Freshman, Deer Valley/Antioch, CA

* David Cochran, Small Forward, 6-foot-3, Freshman, El Dorado HS/El Dorado, CA

No problems for CCSF

That pre-season poll (8th place overall, fifth in Nor Cal) indicating City College of San Francisco would drop back this season might need some revising, especially if the Rams keep on keeping on.

Coach Justin Labagh's squad is undefeated thus far:

* 11/09/12 Santa Rosa 76 San Francisco 83 
* 11/10/12 Yuba 71 San Francisco 72  
* 11/11/12 Fresno 65 San Francisco 83
* 11/16/12 San Francisco 88 Sierra 51
* 11/17/12 San Francisco 91 Lassen 73
* 11/18/12 San Francisco 82 Fresno 73

Nor Cal Preps on the Nor Cal Tipoff Classic

At Nor Cal Preps, Doug Benton/Nor Cal Preps looks at each team, the top players and offers a prediction for all the pairings of the Nor Cal Tip Off Classic.

Butterfield helping the Aggies

It's very early but USU Stats offered this: "Spencer Butterfield has been deadly from downtown thus far, shooting over 57.1% from downtown. This is good enough to place him #1 all-time in Single Season 3pt FG%. Spencer also has a 2.0 A/TO Ratio placing him tied for 18th place with Justin Jones on the Single Season Assist-To-Turnover Ratio."

Pacific over Xavier

Pacific took down Xavier last night in Anaheim with former Consumnes River College frontcourter Tony Gill scoring 10 points on 5-6 shooting and former Santa Rosa Junior College guard Sama Taku adding eight points plus five boards for the Tigers.

Praise for James Davis

Northern Colorado fell 69-60 to Wyoming the other night but former Arroyo High backcourter James Davis elicited this analysis from Jonathan Reed: "James Davis played what I would guess was a career high in minutes in the backcourt, and handled himself well. He looks like he is their best on the ball defender."

The streak continues for the Gaels

St. Mary's handled Drexel 76-64 down in Anaheim behind 32 points from Matthew Dellavedova. Frontcourter Brad  Ponderosa High)  Waldow post 15 points plus seven boards for the Gaels.

The 2012-13 Columbia Claim Jumpers

Ron Agostini previews the Columbia College Claim Jumpers.

CM falls to FP

Cal Maritime fell 90-81 in overtime to host Fresno Pacific Tuesday night. Howie (Chabot College) Manzo did his best for the Keelhaulers, scoring 23 points including 6-10 from three-point range. Erik (Santa Rosa Junior College) Hanson almost posted a double-double with 10 points plus nine boards. Grant (Shasta College) Blaser totaled 16 points.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Nor Cal Tipoff Classic is upon us

The Nor Cal Tipoff Classic is fast approaching -- Saturday November 24 at Newark Memorial High School.

Here's the schedule, team matchups, players to watch and current talent level:

Game 1: 11:00 am - Dublin vs. Freedom (Oakley)


* Giorgi Vsoske  6’1” 2013 DII

* Cameron Moses 6’1” 2013 DII

* Joe McGlaston 6’3” 2013 Mid DI

* Eric Nielsen 6’8” 2013 DI / DII

* Jamir Andrews 6’2” 2013 Low DI

* Devin Koeplin 5’8” 2013 DII



* Damien Coleman 6’6” 2013 DIII

* Tim Jordan 6’3” 2013 DII /DIII

* James O’Neil 6’3” 2013 Low DI /High DII

* Kendall McIntosh 6’6” 2015 DII / DIII

* Sam Bide 6’2” 2013 DII / DIII

* Ramiro Contreras 6’5” 2013 DII / DIII

* Rodney Pope 5’9” 2014 DIII

* Elliott Smith 6’6” 2014 Mid DI


Game 2: 12:30 pm - Heritage (Brentwood) vs. McNair (Stockton)


* Shon Briggs 6’5” 2014 Mid DI

* George Johnson 6’0” 2013 Low DI /DII

* Pierre Carter 6’3” 2013 Low DI



* Enrique Flores 6’0” 2013 DII/DIII

* Carl Coleman 5’11” 2013 DIII

* Marcus Cotton 6’1” 2013 DIII


Game 3: 2:15 pm - St. Patrick's-St. Vincent's (Vallejo) vs. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)

St. Patrick’s – St. Vincent’s

* Jalen Canty 6’6” 2014 Mid/High DI

* Jason Webster 6’0” 2013 Low DI / DII

* Jose Flores 6’3” 2014 Low / Mid DI

* Ryan Stewart 6’8” 2015

* Jordan Hickman 6’4” 2014 DII


Pleasant Grove

* Cole Nordquist 6’3” 2013 Low / Mid DI

* Matt Hayes 6’1” 2013 Low DI

* Malik Thames 6’1” 2013 Low / Mid DI

* Marquese Chris 6’5” 2015 DI

* James Watson 6’0” 2013 DIII

* Jim Smrekar 6’4” 2013 DIII

* Tom Fitzgerald 6’6” 2014 DII

* Johann Tate 5’10” 2015 DII / DIII


Game 4: 3:45 pm - El Cerrito vs. Miramonte (Orinda)

El Cerrito

* Rae Jackson 6’3” 2013 Mid DI

* Tyrell Alcorn 5’9” 2015 Low /Mid DI

* Blake Rayford 6’1” 2013 DII

* Marcellus Pippins 5’9” 2013 Low DI

* Jovontae Carlton 6’3” 2014 DII

* Devin Eisley 6’6” 2015 Low DI

* Saheed Pridgett 6’3” 2016

* Keith Benjamin 5’10” 2014 DII / DI



* Joey Goodreault 6’3” 2014 Low DI

* Khiran Shastri 6’4” 2013 Low DI


Game 5: 5:30 pm - McClymonds (Oakland) vs. Antelope

Mc Clymonds

* Dalvin Guy 6’5” 2013 Low DI

* Tahjee Williams 6’1” 2013 Low DI /DII

* Denzel Bellott 6’2” 2013 DII

* Eric Jones 5’6” 2013 DII

* Jacquez Carraway 6’6” 2013 DII

* Deion Ellis 6’5” 2014 DII



* Gabe Bealer 6’3” 2013 DI

* Isaiah Ellis 6’6” 2013 Low /Mid DI

* Isaiah Qintero 6’8” 2013 DII

* Rashard Thornhill 6’3” 2013 DII

* Dennis Golovko 6’4” 2014 DII


Game 6: 7:00 pm - Newark Memorial (Newark) vs. Castro Valley

Newark Memorial

* Joey Frenchwood 6’1” 2014 DI

* Matt Thomas 6’6” 2014 DI

* Damien Banford 6’5” 2014 DI

* Josef Zamora 6’2” 2013 DI / DII


Castro Valley

* Derrick Clayton 6’5” 2014 Mid DI

* Jalen Mc Farren 5’9” 2014 Low DI

* Demareyeh Lane 5’10” 2014 DII

* Jamani Barbar 6’0” 2013 Low DI

* Nate Moore 5’10” 2014


Game 7: 8:30 pm - Deer Valley (Antioch) vs. Sacramento

Deer Valley

* Eric Fox 5’11” 2015 DIII

* Marcus Lee 6’9” 2013 High D I (Kentucky)

* Kendall Smith 6’1” 2013 Mid DI

* Kenny Robinson 6’4” 2013 DII

* Shaun Rodgers 6’5” 2014 DII / DI

* Jeff Brown 6’2” 2013 DIII / DII



* Devin Young 6’6” 2016 Mid DI

* Tre Finch 6’1” 2016 DI

* Joe Barnes 6’2” 2013 DI / DII

* Aaron Cameron 6’1” 2013 DI / DII

* James Hadnot 6’5” 2013 DI/ DII

* Christian Terrell 6’3” 2016 DI

* Devon Boyd 5’11” 2013 DII / DI

* Simmie Shelton 6’3” 2013 DII

* Austen Brooks 6'0" 2013

The Lillard story goes national

Sam Amick lauds Damian Lillard as the welcomed new face of the Portland trailblazers.

Mcnealy, Davis and Best aid the Anteaters

UC Irvine came up two (or three really) points short in a matchup with Sam Houston State, 65-63.

In relation to northern California, Chris McNealy posted an impressive line: 16 points, seven boards and seven rebounds. Will Davis produced 12 rebounds, six points and four blocked shots. In 13 minutes, Mike Best had seven points.

De'End Parker receives some press

Ben Martin offers a feature on USF"s De'End Parker.

Riverside falls despite Fox and Devenney

UC Riverside fell 61-52 to Northeastern up in Anchorage but freshman Josh Fox continued to put up numbers: 14 points and six rebounds in 34 minutes as a starter. Teammate Lucas Devenney contributed eight points (4-4 shooting), three rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in 25 minutes of play.

Eastern Washington finally nails down a win

Eastern Washington finally got into the win column with a 75-70 victory over USD - Upstate. In 18 minutes of play, Collin (Archbishop Mitty) Chiverton contributed 19 points (5-8 from long distance) but also fouled out.

An update of the Bay Area guys at Weber State

Weber State has played two games thus far this season and here are the very early numbers on the Wildcat Bay Area talents:

* Davion (Hayward High) Berry - 19 points, 3.5 boards, three assists, shooting 52% overall, 56% from three-point range

* Jordan (West High) Richardson - 11.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds a contest

* Frank (McClymonds High) Otis - 10.5 point and 8.5 boards a game

A Khion Sankey update

It's just into the season but to date Khion (Newark Memorial) Sankey is averaging 26 minutes a game (three starts) and 6.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest for Lipscomb University, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Another coach get 'parented'

Jason Sweeney writes about another coach (Bob Donovan/California High) forced out of his position, whether by a parental campaign against him or a weak-kneed administration, or both.

A good point is raised: why can Donovan teach in a classroom but not a gym?

What is presented in the article is at worst reprimandable behavior, a lapse of momentary judgment by Donovan -- not job removal behavior.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

An MPC update

From John Devine: "Brandon Hanson has 16 points and nine rebounds in the Lobos 61-56 win over Canada. Zen Maki adds 13 points"
Hanson is a 6-foot-2 freshman out of Monterey High -- Maki a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Santa Cruz High.

More on Brandon Ashley

Bruce Pascoe has more on Brandon Ashley's big night -- let's see if it turns into a breakout one.

More on Aaron Gordon

Mark Emmons/Mercury News writes about Aaron Gordon and family. In it, Mom and Pop Gordon talk about the final three choices of destinations and coaches.

Salesian and BOD post wins

Mitch Stephens reports on Salesian's 89-77 victory over a Marcus Lee-less Deer Valley behind 23 points from Jabari Bird. DV's Kendall Smith led all scorers with 35 points, including an amazing 22-22 from the foul line.

Bishop O'Dowd, led by 12 from Ivan Rabb, topped De La Salle 53-41.

EWU falls again

Eastern Washington was up and down again, this time it resulted in an 86-83 loss to Utah Valley. Collin Chiverton produced 13 points in 24 minutes on the court.

Jonathan Reed checks in.

John Dickson recieves some much-deserved press

Bryan Metcalf writes about Sac State's John Dickson reaching the 1,000 point mark in scoring for the Hornets.

Davis 87, Sac State 76

Visiting UC Davis proved 11 better than Sacramento State last night as JT Adenrele went for 19 points and Ryan Sypkens added 15 (5-8 on trey attempts). Coach Jim Les' squad shot 52% for the game.

For Coach Brian Katz, Dylan Garrity posted an impressive 22 points/six assist line and John Dickson totaled 18 points, six boards, six steals and a trio of blocked shots.

The Hornets led 33-24 at the end of the initial 20 minutes but the Aggies exploded for 63 second half points.

UC Davis athletics game reports as does Sacramento State athletics.

Bryan Metcalf offers his game report.

Sypkens is back

Will Bellamy/Davis Enterprise writes about Ryan Sypkens' comeback from injury. In UC Davis' first two games, Sypkens averaged 17 points per contest, shooting 59% overall and 57% from long distance.

Columbia over Nova with major help from Barbour

Columbia went to Phiily to face Villanova and came away a 75-57 winner. Brian (Monte Vista High) Barbour dented the stats sheet with a remarkable 14 point, eight rebound, seven assist, three steal line. He shot just 1-12 overall but 12-12 at the foul line.

A West Coast to East Coast roundball only conference?

Rob Dauster offers his thoughts, piggybacking on a Pete Thamel column, about a mon ster basketball league.

Your father's college basketball prism is long gone.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Foothill on a roll

Coach Shanan Rosenberg's Foothill squad is rolling. On a five game winning streak, the Owls have beaten:

* Sunday, November 18 versus Cabrillo - (W) 57 - 51

* Saturday, November 17 versus at Shasta - (W) 60 - 42

* Friday, November 16 versus Diablo Valley   (W) 65 - 56

* Sunday, November 11 versus Monterey Peninsula - (W) 52 - 46

* Saturday, November 10 versus Merced - (W) 75 - 33 

The only loss: the opening game versus Merritt College, 79-62.

Much more on the CCSF - FCC pairing

Here's DRinCA with his full on game report, including box score, of City College of San Francisco's 82-73 win over Fresno City College.

Much more on the SRJC - Lassen matchup

Here's DRinCA with his full-on game report, including box score, of Santa Rosa Junior College's 97-66 handling of Lassen.

Cabrillo falls to Foothill

After winning 59-50 against Ohlone College, Cabrillo College dropped it final game in the Shasta College tournament "to Foothill College in the championship game in Redding, CA. The loss moves the Seahawks record to 4-2 on the year. Cabrillo jumped on the Owls (5-1) quickly connecting on five three-point baskets to take a 28-21 lead into the locker room.

The second half saw Foothill close the lead quickly as both teams traded the lead for almost all of the half until 1:30 mark when Foothill opened a 7 point lead and closed the game out connecting on their free throws down the stretch.

Colin Gruber lead the Seahawks in scoring with 14 points. Phoenix Bills and Warren Jackson each had 9 points respectively."

Standifer starts strong

It's early but after three games, Cosumnes River College talent Charles Standifer, leads the state in scoring at 24.7 point per game.

More on the Hornsby LOI

Bryan Metcalf offers more on Sac State's signing of Nick Hornsby.

Hartnell College hoops in the press

George Watkins/Salinas Californian previews the 2012-13 Hartnell College Panthers.

Cal Maritime over Linfield

Cal Maritime proved one point better than Linfield College, topping the Oregonians 57-56 last night.

CM athletics has the game report.

Pacific falls by two

Host Pacific lost a close one -- 69 to 67 -- versus Oral Roberts Monday night in Stockton.

The Tigers lost the battle of the boards 36-22 but doubled OR in assists at 18/9.

Jagdip Dhillon game reports.

Watch out for the Hornet backcourt

Bryan Metcalf highlights the play of Mikh McKinney and his complementary style vis-a-vis Dylan Garrity.

The Chron's Pre-Season Top 20

Here's the SF Chronicle's Pre Season Top 20:

1.   Salesian   
2.   Mitty   
3.   De La Salle   
4.   Newark Memorial   
5.   Deer Valley   
6.   Serra  
7.   Bishop O'Dowd   
8.   St. Joseph-ND   
9.   McClymonds   
10. El Cerrito   
11. Freedom   
12. Bellarmine   
13. St. Patrick   
14. Castro Valley   
15. Card. Newman   
16. Miramonte   
17. Heritage   
18. University   
19. Monte Vista   
20. Riordan   

Irvine handles Liberty

UC Irvine thwarted Liberty 64-49 (next it will be life and pursuit of happiness) last night with Chris McNealy  posting 10 points plus three assists in 18 minutes of court time while Will Davis contributed six points, three boards and three blocked shots in 22 minutes of play.

Arizona handles LB St.

Arizona handled visiting Long Beach State 94-72 Monday evening as Wildcat freshman forward Brandon (Bishop O'Dowd) Ashley started and produced a 20/10 double-double in 24 minutes of action.

For the 49ers, guard Peter (Burlingame High) Pappageorge started, played 31 minutes and scored 16 points (4-6 from long distance, 4-4 from the foul line).

USF over American

USF topped American 67-54 back in D.C. last night with these performances from Nor Cal affiliated talents:

* USF - De'End Parker, 31 minutes, 19 points (5-6 from three-point range), four rebounds, two assists

* American - Stephen Lumpkins, 35 minutes, 13 points, three boards

Sac State nabs a big guard

Pat Lawless tweeted: "Nick Hornsby, class of 2013 SG from Tustin High School (CA), tells me he signed with Sacramento State today"

He's 6-foot-5 and Eric Bossi wrote this back on July 14 of this year: "A nice find on Friday night was 6-foot-5 wing Nick Hornsby. Playing for Team Mercadel, the product of Tustin (Calif.) High impressed in several ways. A skinny athlete, Hornsby has a good skill level, shoots with good range and has some athleticism around the rim. At a minimum, he's a good mid-major prospect but with added strength and a little more game off the dribble, he could have more upside than that."

Anderson starts for Marquette

Butler topped Marquette 72-71 on a 30-footer last night in Maui.

Worth noting: Soph Juan (Castro Valley High) Anderson started for Coach Buzz Williams and produced six rebounds, five points, three steals and a pair of assists in 22 minutes of court time.

Lillard's giving back

Damian Lillard is aiding both Oakland High hoops plus Oakland Rebels basketball.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Catching up with Diablo Valley College

On Friday, DVC and Foothill College tangled in the Shasta College tournament, with the Los Altos Hills bunch winning 65-56:

Foothill College

Daryl (Mills High) Wong 5 9-10 21
Suhail (Carkmont High) Mohammadi 4 2-2 12

Diablo Valley College 

Mike (Monte Vista High) Harris 9 1-3 24 (five treys) 
Justin (El Cerrito High) Johnson 3 4-6 10 


Then, DVC and Cañada College met up and the Vikings won 65-57. 

Diablo Valley College 

Mike (Monte Vista High) Harris 4 7-8 16, 
Connor (Northgate High) Jean 3 1-3 10 (three treys)
Kairon (Pinole High) Moore 3 8-10 14 

Cañada College 

James (St. Francis High) Osorio 6 2-3 1
Rashad (Franklin High) Brackeen 4 2-2 12


On Sunday, Diablo Valley College took a 77-51 matchup with American River College. 

Diablo Valley College

(Monte Vista High) Harris 7 5-6 23 (four treys)
John (Fairfield High) Ocon 7 2-4 16
Jelani (Freedom High) Hardaway 4 2-2 11
Connor (Northgate High) Jean 3 2-2 10

American River College

Chris (Laguna Creek High) Carvin 2 10-12 16
Chad (Center High) Haybert 4 2-4 10

Two straight titles for the Rams

City College of San Francisco won the Fresno City College tournament, topping the host in the final game 82-73.

Utah signee Delon Wright posted a fabulous line for CCSF, just missing a double-double: 26 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocked shots.

Coach Justin Labagh's collective also topped FCC the previous weekend. 

CCSF also topped Lassen College 91-73 and Sierra College 88-51 on Saturday and Friday respectively.

Santa Rosa goes 2-1

In a tourney hosted by Fresno City College over the weekend, Santa Rosa Junior College ran roughshod over Lassen College 97-66 with sophomore backcourter Bobby (Cardinal Newman High) Sharp totaling 31 points for the Bear Cubs.

Also, Coach Craig McMillan's club topped Feather River 93-64 but lost 85-77 to FCC.

Catching up with Las Positas College

Working backwards,here's the latest on Las Positas College hoops:

Close loss to Butte no consolation for Hawks

LPC headed home from Mendocino on Saturday after falling 71-67 to Butte in the consolation final of the Ed Boyle Classic in Ukiah.

B.T. (Berkeley High) Shabazz scored a season-high 27 points (11-12 free throws) to lead all scorers. Jacob (Amador Valley High) Contreras added 11 points for LPC.


Hawks right ship, beat Siskiyous

LPC snapped its modest two-game losing streak Friday with a 70-69 victory over Siskiyous in the consolation bracket of the Ed Boyle Classic at Mendocino College in Ukiah.

Juawnn (El Camino High) Springfield led LPC with 16 points, B.T. (Berkeley High) Shabazz had 15, and Kellen (Hayward High) Sweetwyne added 12.

Los Medanos College by four

In the Ed Boyle Mendocino Classic this weekend, Los Medanos College topped Consumnes River College 69-65.

Los Medanos College

Drew (Antioch High) Cones 6 0-2 16 (four treys, nine assists)

Nick (Freedom High) Blount 5 3-6 13 (10 rebounds)
Marquis (Mt. Diablo High) Arron 6 0-0 12

Cosumnes River College

Charles (Capital Christian High) Standifer 4 2-6 12

Rodney (Bethel High) Cook 4 2-2 12
Nate (Granite Bay High) Brilingtton 4 2-2 11

Williams paces Wagner in loss

Wagner couldn't keep up with Syracuse -- 88 to 57 -- but Jonathan (CCSF) Williams did his part with 14 points and nine boards in 26 minutes of action.

DeMuynck with a d/d

Prairie View A&M fell 44-39 (yes, you read that correctly) to Texas Christian yesterday but Jourdan (Chabot College) DeMuynck put up a 17/10 double-double.

Theo Johnson so far

Theo Johnson signed with College of Charleston (South Carolina) and has played in four games so far. The Franklin High grad is averaging 19 and a half minutes a game plus 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds a contest, shooting 40% overall, from long distance and at the free throw line. He leads the team with 10 blocked shots.

Davis falls to NAU

UC Davis hosted Northern Arizona on Sunday and fell to the Lumberjacks 85-82 despite 25 points from Ryan (Franklin High) Sypkens.

Lemar goes with UC Davis

SoCal prep backcourter Brynton Lemar has signed on to play next season with UC Davis and Coach Jim Les.

Here's some video of Lemar:

Raphael Carter playing to Oakland University

Below is former Diablo Valley College frontcourter Raphael Carter -- now playing for Oakland University (Michigan) -- defending against Pittsburgh.

Carter was injured earlier this season and is making his way back to full strength.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fox continues to roll

Host UC Riverside toppled Whitman College 89-76 last night with freshman Josh Fox continuing his strong start with 18 points and four boards in 24 minutes of play in the starting lineup.

Lucas Devenney grabbed 15 rebounds in 32 minutes as the starting center while frosh Tajai Johnson scored nine points in 15 minutes of court time.

Washington win -- Simmons goes big

Washington went back east and faced Seton Hall late Saturday afternoon, coming away with an 84-73 overtime triumph. Desmond Simmons produced a 14/12 double-double.

Fullerton romps

Cal State Fullerton splattered Southern Utah 112-59 last night in Reno with D.J. Seeley totaling 32 points (10-13 shooting) plus seven assists and seven steals.

Kwame Vaughn contributed 19 with Alex Harris scoring 15 (5-5 from long distance) and Sammy Yeager adding 14.

McChristian produces

Idaho fell to Montana 66-63 but former Yuba College backcourter Mike McChristian, now a senior, produced 10 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot in 35 minutes of play for the Vandals.

More on Dame

Here's another Damian Lillard feature.

Santa Clara's Kevin Foster going out in style

Will Green writes about The Kevin Foster Show.

Williams starts strong

Coach Danny Hurley moved on after one season at Wagner but former CCSF star Jonathan Williams is completing his senior year.

In the sole Seahawk game to date, Williams scored 19 points (8-13 shooting overall) and grabbed eight rebounds in a 73-69 overtime loss to Delaware State.

Texas A&M CC loses but Ali shines

In a 77-68 loss at Utah State (a very tough place to play), sophomore Hameed (San Leandro High) Ali totaled 10 points (5-10 shooting) plus seven assists (no turnovers) and two steals.

Butterfield contributes

In a 77-68 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Spencer Butterfield totaled five points, a trio of assists plus a rebound and a blocked shot in Utah State's home win.

As Matt Sonnenberg wrote: "Spencer Butterfield has clearly established himself as Stew's ace off the bench early on, with nobody else on the bench really playing significant minutes just yet."

UCSB wins easily

Host UC Santa Barbara got back to normal with an 80-60 victory over The Master's College Saturday night.

Nate Garth produced 12 points plus seven assists with T.J. Taylor enjoying 10 points and three assists.

Not Nor Cal related but...

The last we checked neither North Carolina or Long Beach State constituted part of northern California but Jeff Eisenberg's article on the two teams matching up is simply a superb read. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cabrillo six better than Merritt

In the opening round of the Shasta College tournament, Cabriilo College topped Merritt College 64-58. Colin (Aptos High) Gruber paced the Seahawks with 28 points.

Fresno five better than Pacific

Fresno State got by visiting Pacific 66-61 in a game that was tied at half time.

Tyler (St. Francis High) Johnson scored 10 points and grabbed a trio of rebounds for the Bulldogs while teammate Jerry (Sacred Heart Cathedral) Brown posted eight points, three blocks and a pair of assists.

Here is the Stockton Record game report.

Sac State tops Utah on the road

Sacramento State went into Salt Lake City and nabbed a 74-71 victory over the Pac-12 dwelling Utes. Four Hornets were again in double figures: Dylan Garrity with 19 points plus five assists, John Dickson enjoyed 16, Mikh McKinney totaled 13 and Joe Eberhard had 10 points.

Bryan Metcalf reports.
Sacramento State Head Coach Brian Katz:

On beating a Pac-12 team to get their third win

"[Utah] is a good team. We approach every game the same. Our goals are real simple, we have three goals: One, we want to get better every day. Two, we want to win the next game on the schedule. Three, we want to have more fun than any team in the country. I tell my guys that we're not going to have fun if we don't do number one and number two." 

On the second half rally

"We have five seniors that really have a lot of resolve and that are really committed to each other. They've been through a lot. Last year we made a little rally at the end of the year and won five in a row. Our seniors just made a pact that we are going to win this year. I think our kids have just worked too hard to give up." 

On importance of having a variety of players step up

"In the past we had trouble scoring, we only had one or two that could score. I feel like we have probably a legitimate six guys that can really score. It's harder to guard when you've got to guard five guys at once."

Kurtz performing well

Mike (UC Davis/Woodcreek High) Kurtz scored 21 points and nabbed five rebounds in Biola's 85-78 loss to Cal State San Marcos on October 14.

Ohlone wins again

In the Shasta College tournament, Ohlone College proved two better than American River College, 82-80 last night. Chris (Castro Valley High) Read paced Coach John Peterson's squad with 21 points, Jarrad Jackson totaled 15 plus Casey (Newark Memorial High) Norris contributed 14.

Goins leads CSSB in scoring

Brian (Diablo Valley College) Goins poured in 29 points (10-20, 3-6, 6-6 shooting) and added five rebounds but it wasn't enough as Cal State San Bernardino fell 97-90 to Westmont on Tuesday evening.

After 55 minutes, it's Dominican

San Francisco State University and Dominican University mixed it up in Marin County yesterday evening with the latter emerging victorious 115-110 after three overtimes.

Connor (Center High) Haysbert produced a 20/12 double-double for Dominican, with Jacob (Elsie Allen High) Noisat close behind at 16/9

For the Gators, Decensae (Serra High) White led with 24 points while Robbie (St. Patrick-St. Vincent) Herndon contributed 21 and Calvin (Sheldon High) Otonio totaled 19.

Manley leads Kent State to victory

Kent State blasted Chicago State 92-63 last night as sophomore Devareaux (Castlemont High) Manley led the Golden Flashes with 20 points. In 15 minutes of court time, Manley shot 7-10 overall, 6-8 from long distance.

Harris help Concordia to victory

Concordia topped Bethesda 92-61 at home last night with former Valley Christian star Tim Harris totaling 15 points.

Sonoma State falls

Minnesota State took down Sonoma State University 75-68 on Friday night. Patrick (Bear River High) Scott was en fuego with 28 points (11-14 overall, 3-5 from long distance, 2-2 at the foul line) in the losing cause

Fullerton falls short

Cal State Fullerton and host Nevada played a close one last night with the Reno-ites winning 80-77.

Kwame (Skyline High) Vaughn led the Titans with 20 points while Sammy (Modesto High) Yeager added 19 points plus seven boards.

DJ (Modesto Christian High) Seeley contributed 13 points and six assists. With an extended period of court time (26 minutes), Alex (El Cerrito High) Harris produced 12 points and four rebounds.

Oregon shellacks Vandy

Oregon demolished visiting Vanderbilt 70-48 last night with Dom Artis' line being four points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals in 23 minutes as a freshman starter.

Catching up with Cabrillo College and Colin Gruber

Catch up on Cabrillo Hoops...

Soph Colin Gruber paced the Seahawks with 30 points in a 65-62 loss to Sacramento State in a tournament sponsored this past weekend by Ohlone College.

That was followed by a 57-50 victory over San Joaquin Delta in the same tourney. The 6-foot-5 Gruber again led with 14 points.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Los Medanos tops Las Positas

In the initial round of the Ed Royal Mendocino Classic, it was Los Medanos College 75, Las Positas College 52.

Los Medanos College

* Nick (Freedom High) Blount 7 1-1 19 (four treys)
* Marquis (Mt. Diablo High) Arron 5 1-2 11
* Stanley (Antioch High) Watkins 3 4-4 10 (12 rebounds, four assists)
* Drew (Antioch High) Cones 11 assists
* DeMahan (Antioch High) Miller 22 rebounds, six blocked shots

Las Positas College

* Booker (Berkeley High) Shabazz 4 2-2 12

DeAnza over Skyline

In San Bruno, DeAnza College proved 17 points better than Skyline College last night:

De Anza 63, Skyline 46

De Anza

* Dawson (Castro Valley High) Johnson 4 7-7 16
* Abu (St. Francis High) Tratter 5 1-4 11
* Nolan Williams 3 4-4 11


Kevin (Lincoln High) Brandenberg 5 0-0 10