Friday, January 31, 2014

Berkovatz makes the call

6-foot-9 Brandon Berkovatz, out of Skyline College and Mills High, has verbally committed to Coach Gus Argenal and the Cal State University East Bay Pioneers.

The sophomore is averaging 9.9 points per game on 61% shooting, 72% from the foul line. He is also corralling 7.4 rebounds and passing out 1.4 assists per contest.


Meet Israel Hakim

One of the descriptions of Israel is as the land of milk and honey. For Cañada College and Israel Hakim, being positioned in the paint is milk and honey. The freshman currently leads the Coast Conference North with 20.9 points per game while shooting 55% and he is also grabbing 5.8 rebounds an outing.

Just twice this season has Hakim failed to register double figures in scoring, with a high of 37 points. He also averages just under 11 free throw attempts a contest which is remarkable considering he measures out at just 6-foot-3.

Cañada Coach Mike Reynoso calls his top scorer "an aggressive player and a quick jumper who can attack the hoop and post up on mismatches. Israel is one of the top two athletes on the floor at all times."

Plus, Reynoso utilizes Hakim for a specific responsibility at the other end of the floor --"he defends the best opposing player," crediting his freshman for having a special level of endurance. Very few leading scorers pull this double duty which is another element that makes Hakim special.

It's still a ways off but a query regarding Hakim's next level destination produced this answer from Reynoso: "Israel will need to work on handling the ball and shooting jumpshots over the summer."

But it's money in the bank that the former Palo Alto High talent can play at the DII level. His athleticism is of the DI variety according to Reynoso so his four-year landing spot will be predicated on skills betterment.

Meanwhile, it's up, up and away for a certain young man in Redwood City.

JC games for Friday

* American River College - Sacramento City College

* Chabot College - Las Positas College

* DeAnza College - West Valley College

* City College of San Francisco - Canada College

* Ohlone College - Foothill College

* Cabrillo College - Hartnell College

* Diablo Valley College - Cosumnes River College

* Merritt College - Mendocino College

* College of Alameda - Contra Costa College

* Modesto Junior College - Santa Rosa Junior College

* Napa Valley College - Solano College

* College of Marin - Los Medanos College

* San Joaquin Delta College - Sierra College

A brief high school report

* Andrew Matheson game reports on Aptos High turning back Harbor High 61-57 last night.

* Bay Preps offers a solid rundown of the significant high school matchups this weekend.

* All City Preps offers a brief interview with up-and-coming Jordan Roberson.

Bateast has next basketbll home

From John Murphy: "Piedmont Hills hoops star Walter Bateast has committed to Otero JC in Colorado where he'll have everything paid for, said coach Pete Simos"

Missed this from Wednesday

Roderick Bobbitt scored 31 points (five treys) plus passed for eight assists and pilfering four steals in Indian Hills' 130-102 victory over Southeastern.

Going back in time

Glenn Reeves writes about Serra Coach Chuck Rapp re-visiting the Padres' loss in the playoffs last season to Sheldon High.

A prep hoops podcast

At BayPreps, Doug Bention of Nor Cal Preps joined in a prep basketball podcast discussion.

Nice press on Kenneth Daye

 Glenn Moore/Tracy Press

Richard Estrada features backcourter Kenneth Daye of West High who can pass and score with equal ability.

Wny every football-connected media entity isn't worth watching, listening to or reading this week

Jay Rosen (sarcastically) tweeted: "6,329 credentialed members of the media at the Super Bowl this year, each one uncovering truth and telling a different part of the story."

Is there anything of substance remaining not already in print or video and repeated ad nauseum? Let's have a media blackout until the game begins.

Arthur Caldwell making an impression

Travis Souders tweeted of a certain Butte College freshman: "Liked Arthur Caldwell of Butte last night -- not a true banger, but soft hands, size at 6-5. Add weight and defense and there's a prospect

Is this possible?

From Bill Paterson's latest column:
In what continues to be a challenging season for UC Davis (6-14, 1-4 Big West Conference) men, 6-foot-9 senior forward Josh Ritchart will not return to the Aggies this season because of a stress fracture in his lower right leg.

“Josh has worked countless hours with our medical staff to get back on the basketball floor,” coach Jim Les said. “Unfortunately, his injury has not responded as we have hoped. We look forward to Josh getting completely healthy for the 2014-15 season.”

Ritchart, a graduate of Forest Lake Christian High School, led the team in scoring (17.3 points) and rebounds (6.6) through the team’s first nine games.
Ritchart played in nine games this season. Isn't that too many to claim a medical redshirt or does that status not have a minimum games of participation eligibility?
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/29/6113310/big-trip-ahead-for-sac-state-women.html#storylink=cpy

Haysbert is aces on and off the court

Down in San Diego, Dominican University bested Point Loma 68-58 Thursday night powered by Connor Haysbert's 26 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 10-15 on the night. Teammates Matt Hayes went for 18 points on 4-8 from long distance.

Haysbert was also recently honored by being named to the Capital One Academic All District Team.

Updates on Thomas & Andrews

In Wednesday night, Sheridan College topped Western Wyoming 87-76 as Kyi Thomas finished with 11 points plus five boards.

With both from northern California, he and teammate Jamir Andrews are aiding the Sheridan cause this season. The latter is scoring 12.1 points per game on 42%, 39% and 84% shooting respectively while playing close to 20 minutes an outing.

Missed this

Just found out that former Cosumnes River College wing Charles Standifer is redshirting this season at UC Riverside due to a torn ACL. He had surgery in November.

Montana wins

Montana bested Southern Utah last night 69-61 with frosh guard Mario Dunn contributing 11 points, three rebounds and a trio of steals as a starter.

The Gauchos handle Irvine

UC Santa Barbara won each half by 10 points on the way to an 80-60 victory last night over UC Irvine. For the Anteaters, Will Davis did not play apparently due to a back injury. Kyle Odister missed the matchup for the Mustangs with a foot ailment.

Davis triumphs on the road

Ryan Sypkens' 14 points helped lead UC Davis to a 62-58 win on the road against Cal Poly. He shot 4-6 from beyond the arc.

Weber over NAU

Davion Berry's game-leading 28 points powered visiting Weber State to a 76-67 win over Northern Arizona last night. Berry shot 7-11, 4-7, 10-11 while also grabbing eight rebounds.

Sankey leads Lipscomb

Visiting Lipscomb took down Jacksonville 88-76 last night with senior guard Khion Sankey putting up a 10 rebound, eight point, five assist line for the victors.

Najee shines but IUPUI falls

Khufu Najee scored 14 points (7-9 shooting), passed for three assists and nabbed a couple of rebounds in IUPUI's 69-54 loss to Western Illinois last night.

The Gaels get bopped

In a downright ugly offensive game last night, St. Mary's fell to San Diego down south 61-43. Brad Waldow managed 18 points plus nine boards but the three Gael starting guards shot 3-23. As a team, it was 25% shooting overall, 7% on threes.

Johns plays well but it's not enough

The Matadors of Cal State Northridge proved to be four points better than UC Riverside, 93-89, in a matchup last night that went into overtime. For the Highlanders, Taylor Johns provided 16 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.

BYU by 10

In Provo, BYU was 10 points better than Pacific at 88-78 Thursday evening. For the Tigers, Tony Gill went for 15 points (3-5 from long distance) and five boards.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Turlock with another win

Brian VanderBeek game reports the unsatisfying Turlock High victory over Pitman High last night. Kenny Fraser posted a 22/14 double-double for the latter.

Logue pulling double duty

Via Yuba College Men's Basketball: 
Congrats to current 49'er KJ Logue!! Not only does he pull off his second double-double of the season last nights win over Contra Costa College but more importantly pulls off a Fall 2013 GPA of 4.0 with 17 tough academic units taken!!! Epitome of a "Student-Athlete"!!!!!!

The Dons down the Pilots

USF topped visiting Portland 84-71 last night with Mark Tollefsen providing 12 points, five boards and two steals for the victors. For the Pilots, Bryce Pressley finished with 15 points, going 3-4  in shooting from long distance.

Riordan over Serra

Steve Hu/Nor Cal Preps game reports the Archbishop Riordan victory over Serra High.

Meet Dwight Young

Jagdip Dhillon fleshes out Pacific Assistant Coach Dwight Young.

The zone defense & Jim Boeheim

Stephen Bailey offers a fine piece about Coach Jim Boeheim and the instituting of the now famous 2 - 3 zone.

Why Aaron Gordon should go to the NBA after this season

Reason #1: forget the tests, class assignments and in-season practices focusing on this opponent or that, he must learn to shoot.

This obviously applies to free throws but also a jumpshot off the dribble.

Additionally, Gordon would hugely benefit from learning to create separation off the dribble.

From viewing him at the foul line in a recently televised game, his shooting form offers no readily apparent kinks but being no shooting coach (nor staying in a Holiday Inn Express anytime of late) such may have been missed.

However 43-95 on free throws can be bettered. It will be.

JC scores from Wednesday night

* Yuba College 93 - Contra Costa College 62

Chris Smith paced the 49ers with 18 points.

Kirk Barron game reports.

From Yuba College Men's Basketball:
Beat a solid Contra Costa team 93-62! Yuba improves to 10-0 in conference, 16-4 overall and is ranked #4 in California. This team is pretty good when they want to play defense!!! KJ Logue has a double double with 14 and 12 and Jaysen Williams is back!! 16 points and 9 rebounds in only 17 minutes of playing time!!!
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* Cabrillo College 83 - Gavilan College 50

Cabrillo College Men's Basketball game reports:
The Cabrillo College Men's Basketball team was able to finish the first round of conference play with a perfect 6-0 record after a convincing 83-50 victory over Gavilan College. After a slow start to the game, Latrell Wilson came off the bench to knock down five threes in the first half, and David Abittan picked up where he left off hitting five of his own, four in the second half as Cabrillo shot 16-33 from downtown and cruised to the victory.

Abittan would lead all scorers with 17 points, Warren Jackson did most of his damage in the first half and finished with 16 points, Wilson tallied 15 and Allen Wilcher added 14 for a balanced scoring night for Cabrillo. The win improves Cabrillo to 15-6 on the season, 6-0 in conference play.

Up next is the second round of Coast Conference play, Cabrillo will travel to Hartnell College on Friday to take on the Panthers, Friday night at 7pm.
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* Skyline College 76 - Cañada College 67 boxscore

Israel Hakim scored 26 in a losing cause.

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* Fresno City College 96 - Merced College 59

From the Fresno Bee:
Fresno City College's state top-ranked men's basketball team won its 20th straight Wednesday night, a 96-59 victory over Merced that also extended the Rams' Central Valley Conference unbeaten run to 45. Kyle Ingram led the Rams (23-1, 6-0) with 15 points and James O'Neal added 14.
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* Hartnell College 58 - Monterey Peninsula College 55 boxscore

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* City College of San Francisco 90 - Ohlone College 66

CCSF - Gabe Bealer 8 4-4 21, Travante Williams 3 8-10 16,

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* College of the Redwoods 96 - Shasta College 69

Lorrie Reyes game reports.

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* Merritt College 80 - Napa Valley College 70


Merritt - Marcus Green 6 5-6 17, Anthony Knight 4 3-4 13

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* Butte College 77 - College of the Siskiyous 69

Travis Souders game reports.

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* Chabot College 67 - Foothill College 56

From Chabot Men's Basketball:
Chabot comes from behind to beat hot shopting Foothill 67-56. Another very balanced effort on the offensive end. Greg Brown (12), Adrian Crump (10), Rodney Owens (9), Leo Smith (8), Ray Baldwin (8), Cortez Barrett (7), Jalen Rodgers (6), Noel Briones (5), Khalil James (2) Chabot is now 19-4 on the season and 5-1 as conference play is now halfway over. Up next Chabot is at Las Positas on Friday — at Chabot College.
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* College of Marin 50 - Mendocino College 40

* San Jose City College 71 - DeAnza College 59

* Solano College 104 - College of Alameda 103 OT

Armstead solely a footballer now

Andrew Greif reports that Arik Armstead has forsaken Oregon basketball in order to focus on football.

Thomas offered

A Ray Thomas tweet: "S/O to Soldiers 17 Blue Nathan Thomas 6'8 4man for receiving his 1st Scholarship offer from Academy of Art"

Thomas is a senior at Bellarmine Prep Academy. Below is video from a couple of years ago:

A lengthy piece on Kiwi

Geoffrey Dunn goes long and very informative on Kiwi Gardner of the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Arizona over Stanford

Stanford played r-e-a-l close to visiting Arizona last night before falling 60-57. In fact, the Cardinal led 31-30 at halftime. In their return home, Brandon Ashley scored 10 points while Aaron Gordon nabbed nine boards but neither shot well.

The Bulldogs take down Wyoming

Fresno State, paced by Tyler Johnson and his 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists, beat Wyoming last night 67-62 down in the San Joaquin.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Redwoods with two important matchups

Lorrie Reyes looks at the pair of upcoming games for College of the Redwoods, tonight against Shasta College and Saturday versus Butte College.

Kudos for Wright

Coach Larry Krystkowiak on Delon Wright:
The play of Utah junior guard Delon Wright has fortified the program to the point where Utah has a catalyst and a go-to performer who is always ready when called on.  Last week, he scored 22 points with six rebounds, six assists and three blocks in the win over USC. Two nights later, he became a role player and gave himself up for the team magnificently in helping the Utes defeated UCLA, 74-69, for the first time since the 1983 NCAA Tournament.

Wright leads the Pac 12 in field goal percentage at 63.5 percent and is in the top 15 in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Interestingly as a 6-5 guard, he averaged 7.3 rpg. and has double figures on the glass on three occasions. Wright proved he belongs with the elite on Sunday night as he played the full 40 minutes, scoring 19 points while grabbing six boards and four assists.

“One of the things I think is that many times, the other team’s point guard is not going to the offensive board, so it enables him to rebound a little bit,” said Krystkowiak, “A lot of times our bigs are in block-out mode and he can come down and free rebound. It’s pretty amazing he has had double digit rebounds from the guard positions.”

As Utah leads that Pac 12 in field goal percentage as well at 51 percent, Krystkowiak credits Wright with much of that statistic, but aside from his own shooting prowess.

“Delon takes high percentage shots and is a solid passer,” commented Krystkowiak, “He is instrumental in getting bigs involved and finding the right guys on the perimeter and when we look at a year ago, it’s much improved.”

Confirmation on AG's next move

From Aaron Gordon's mother:
"You never know how that's going to play out until the end of the season," Davis said. "If everything goes as planned, he most likely will enter the draft. We're OK with that. You only have so many jumps in your legs. You have to pursue it when you can." On the other hand, she said, Aaron wants to be a college coach someday, "and to be a college coach, you have to have a degree."

Brown zeroed in

From Jon Rothstein: "Missouri's Jabari Brown has made 20-29 three-point shots during his last five games. Averaging 24.4 PPG during that span. ON A TEAR."

Coach K's team rankings

Coach K also has Fresno City College in the top spot with City College of San Francisco breathing down the necks of the San Joaquin Rams.

Kron to be honored

Jonamar Jacinto reports that Gary Kron's jersey #24 is being raised to the rafters at East Union High.

Robinson honored

Dante Robinson has earned the honor of the PacWest Conference Freshman of the Week:
Freshman of the Week – Dante Robinson (Holy Names)
G, Fr., Hercules, Calif./Salesian

Robinson averaged 15.0 points per game for the Hawks, making a conference best eight three-pointers in two games. He was 5-for-6 from long range and scored a career-high 19 points in the win over Hawai'i Pacific.

A high school roundup of Tuesday's games

* Santa Cruz High defeated Aptos High in double overtime 91-85 last night. For the Cardinals, point Kiree Hutchings scored 34 points alongside seven assists and five steals with sophomore teammate Kaijae Yee-Stephens contributing 28 points plus 11 boards. 6-foot-7 Cole Welle led the Mariners with 38 points.

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It required overtime but San Ramon Valley High downed Monte Vista High Tuesday night 59-56 with senior backcourter Jerry Karczewski burying a trey for the difference.

Derek Lytle/Nor Cal Preps game reports.

SRV - Karczewski 6 2-4 19 (five treys), Polosky 6 1-2 13, Gunn 3 6-10 12

MV - Jackson 6 4-4 16, Rust 5 3-5 13, Satoor 3 4-5 10
 
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Travis Souders game reports on Oroville High's 58-50 takedown of Chico High powered by the play of ex-Wildcat Derrek Gordon.

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Trinty Prep nabs a victory.

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Mitch Stephens offers up a prep basketball report but the first half of the column presents Stuart Hall High's Armani Collins.

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Darren Sabedra features Leigh High newcomer senior backcourter Joe Giacchetti. John Murphy game reports on Leigh's win yesterday over Oak Grove.

Not all numbers have the same value

Coach Bob Walsh's latest is "Productive Player That Hurts You."

O'Rourke on the WCAL

Pat O'Rourke writes about upcoming play in the West Catholic Athletic league

JC games on Wednesday

* Cabrillo College - Gavilan College

* Skyline College - Cañada College

* Merced College - Fresno City College

* Monterey Peninsula College - Hartnell College

* City College of San Francisco - Ohlone College

* San Jose City College - DeAnza College

* Solano College - College of Alameda

* Foothill College - Chabot College

* Butte College - College of the Siskiyous

* Shasta College - College of the Redwoods

* Contra Costa College - Yuba College

* Napa Valley College - Merritt College

JC scores from Tuesday night

* Modesto Junior College 79 - Diablo Valley College 57 boxscore

MJC's Josh Allen scored 25 points (11-13 shooting), grabbed 10 rebounds, passed out four assists and nabbed four steals. The Pirates shot 70.5% for the game.

The Modesto Bee game reports.

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* Santa Rosa Junior College 83 - Cosumnes River College 78 boxscore

For CRC, AJ Bridges went for 26 points plus six assists while Jaycob Velasco grabbed 14 boards.

SRJC - Matt Hayes 21, Davone Oliver 14, Brian Johnson 13, Alec Kobre 11, Brian Johnson 13, Corey Hammell 10.

Michael Coit provides an overall look at the Bear Cub season to date.

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* San Joaquin Delta College 69 - American River College 52

Nicolus Guzman scored 24 points for the victors as Kevin Niendorf game reports (it takes a bit of scrolling down).

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* Sacramento City College 80 - Sierra College 72

This week's coaches poll

The state's JC coaches have Fresno City College as numero uno and City College of San Francisco playing the role of Avis in this week's poll.

Tollefsen for the defense

USF's 6-foot-9 Mark Tollefsen is picking on the little guys as Zack Farmer, USF athletics details.

Canty to the Palouse

So Jalen Canty's collegiate home is now in Pullman -- Britton Ransford: "Canty told me following his official visit that he also plans to play hoops at . Held several D1 offers for basketball."

CM keeps rolling

Cal Maritime best Pacific Union last night 79-64 to reach 20-4, 7-0 records as the Times Herald game reports. The Keelhaulers are currently ranked #17 in the nation.

Scott with strong effort

On Monday night, Colgate topped Lafayette 75-68 despite a well-rounded 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals from sophomore guard Bryce Scott.

Mizzou wins again

Missouri bested Arkansas 75-71 in Fayetteville Tuesday night powered by 24 points and five boards from Jabari Brown. He nailed 4-5 three-point attempts and buried four free throws in the last 20 seconds.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A JC notes roundup

* From Diablo Valley College Men's Basketball: 
In DVC's 64-45 win over ARC on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the Vikings held the Beavers to just 25.0% field goal shooting (12-48). DVC shot 21-45 (46.7%) from the field, including an impressive 8-20 (40.0%) from long distance. The Vikings were 14-18 (77.8%) at the charity stripe, and outrebounded the Beavers 34-29. DVC was led in scoring by Connor Jean with 16; Connor was 6-11 from the field, including 3-5 from beyond the 3 point line. He also was 1-2 at the line. Two other Vikings scored in double figures: Eric Ellis with 13, and Justin Yeargin with 10. Eric was 2-3 from 3 point land. Joe McNiff came off the bench to drain 3 long range shots in as many attempts, scoring 9. Big Kunle Fashola had a great all-around game with 10 rebounds, 6 points, 1 block, 1 assist, and 1 steal. DeVon Pouncey grabbed 6 boards, dished out 3 assists, scored 2 points on a pair of free throws, and took a steal. What was very gratifying about the 19 point win was that DVC did it with only 8 players. Jermaine Edmonds Jr. was still inactive after an injury in the conference opener, while this was Kairon Moore's first game without the Vikings. Meanwhile, Tom Witzel continued to recover from a stress fracture. The Beavers, on the other hand, had 13 players in action. DVC moved to 2-1 in conference play and 14-3 overall with this victory.
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Fron Contra Costa College Men's Basketball, Coach Miguel Johnson specifically:
This season has been up and down, lots of changes, loss of personnel, and a constant reminder that we are a young group...We have grown as a team in certain areas, and have found a way to remain positive when things are difficult.. But the one thing I want to share with our Comet family is this...No matter what our future holds for us as a team, I would not change a single thing! These guys have persevered through adversity and continued to push through the wall! I have a tremendous amount of respect for our sophomores and the sacrifices they make everyday. I am also proud of the freshmen class that have remained tough and continue to battle! We have 8 games remaining in conference play, and our destiny to make post season is in our hands. So I am going to give 100% to my team and sacrifice all that I have for our success..So let's get it done!
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In the most stunning result of the season, the Hawks came back from a 30-point deficit in the second half to upset Foothill 70-66 in overtime in a Coast Conference North Division game Friday night in Los Altos.

Making the victory even more unlikely were the facts that Foothill entered ranked #13 in the state and #8 in Northern California, the Owls sat in second place in the conference, and they had defeated both Ohlone and Chabot, two highly ranked teams that recently manhandled LPC.

With the win, the Hawks improved to 10-11 overall and 2-4 in conference.

LPC trailed 47-19 at halftime, and Foothill (10-9, 3-2) scored on the first play of the second half to build its 30-point lead. From that point, though, the Hawks dug down defensively, coming up with stop after stop and controlling the defensive boards.

Meanwhile, they cut their deficit to 55-45 with 9 minutes to go. Uche Okpalaugo eventually tied the game at 58-58 with 3 free throws with 2:35 remaining.

Jacob Contreras and David Eplin combined for 3 free throws to put LPC ahead 61-59 with 33 second left. Foothill countered with a bucket, and the Hawks had a chance to win in regulation, but Okpalaugo missed a put-back at the buzzer.

Justin Wolfe opened the overtime period with a basket off an Eplin assist, then from there, LPC won it at the free throw line as Contreras made 3 foul shots, Davis Kimble made 2, and Okpalaugo made 1. Steve Cazares made a free throw with 15 seconds left to put the Hawks up 70-66, and Foothill couldn't connect on 2 three-point attempts as time ran out.

Okpalaugo led the Hawks with 19 points, Kimble added 12, and Cazares had 11.

LPC's next game is Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. against Chabot in Livermore. The game is part of a Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader (the LPC and Chabot women play at 5) benefitting the Coach Costello Scholarship Fund for LPC athletes.

Both games are dedicated to the memory of Hawks' Coach Tony Costello, who passed away Aug. 25 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Coach Costello Scholarship Fund for LPC athletes through the LPC Foundation.

Donations can also be made directly to the LPC Foundation, making sure a notation of “Coach Costello Scholarship Fund” is on the memo line of the check and mailed to the college at 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore CA 94551.

A high school games and notes roundup

* Andy Arrenquin profiles Gridley High's Sam Cota who is the Appeal-Democrat Athlete of the Week.

* The Salinas Californian has named Alisal High's Jesus Salinas as it Prep of the Week.

* Delvon Burrell of Vallejo High is the Times-Herald Athlete of the Week.

* George Watkins writes that Monterey High boys basketball is thriving living on the edge.

* Pat O'Rourke takes a look at tonight's San Ramon Valley High - Monte Vista High matchup.

* Jeremy D. Malamed game reports that Calaveras High beat Bret Harte High behind 19 points, 11 boards and five blocked shots from Cal State Stanslaus-bound Kyle Gouveia.

* Howard Senzell was on press row for Casa Grande High's defeat of Montgomery High.

Thomas making his mark on the gridiron

Former Tokay High basketball player Julius Thomas has established himself as a go-to guy offensively at tight end for the Denver Broncos.

JC games for Wednesday

* American River College - San Joaquin Delta College           

* Santa Rosa Junior College - Cosumnes River College (the scoreboard better be oiled up for this one)       

* Sacramento City College - Sierra College            

* Diablo Valley College - Modesto Junior College

The Coast Conference-South's leading scorers

Here are the top five scorers In the Coast Conference-South:

Kyle Vasher of Hartnell leads at 23.6 points per contest followed by a pair of San Jose City College Jaguars, Andre Russell 21.1 and Bobby Gray 20.9, Momir Gataric of West Valley 18.9 and Warren Jackson of Cabrillo 15.8.

The leading scorers in the Golden Valley Conference

Here are the top five scorers in the Golden Valley Conference:

Arthur Caldwell of Butte leads at 21.1 point an outing, followed by College of the Siskiyous' Lavar Moore's 20.7, Maurice Johnson and Aaron Brown of Feather River with 17.0, 16.9 respectively and College of the Redwoods' James Slade's 15.5.

The Coast Conference-North's leading scorers

Here are the top five scorers In the Coast Conference-North:

Cañada's Israel Hakim leads in scoring at 20.9 points per game, followed by Elijah White of Skyline 16.4, CCSF's Kori Babineaux 16.1, Kyle Toth Foothill 15.4 and Cañada's Rohndell Goodwin 14.9.

Jason Whitlock with another timely column

Jason Whitlock's writings often create a divide. Some worship his words, others are in the opposite camp. His latest column is very provocative so take a read and discover how you react.

One suggestion to keep in mind: there are so many tremendous people (including kids) surrounding us but such gets drowned out by the bizarre behavior highlighted 24/7 across all media forms. Good may not sell but it is welcomed and, most of all, necessary.

Meet "The Big Smooth"

Joe Davidson profiles Tony Gill, the Pacific frontcourter who also played at Oakmont High and Cosumnes River College.

Great title used here

John Walters' "Hello Neumann" is not only a well-crafted piece but also offers the best headline in a long, long time. However, it does slight Kevin Bradshaw who is co-featured in the article.

“Team Select/Lady Select youth basketball tryouts”

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Sheldon High hit by Sac-San Joaquin Section

Both John R. Hull and Joe Davidson report on the Sac-San Joaquin Section ruling and penalties against the Sheldon High boys basketball team.

Cosumnes Oak High penalty assessed

John R. Hull reports on the penalty assessed against Cosumnes Oaks High boys basketball.

This is not photoshopped

Sean Harris, out of Rocklin High and Yuba College, has found his basketball playing at Utah State derailed by injury. But he's getting some press for this:

So now he measures out at 6-foot-11.


Lillard climbing the chart

Marcus Thompson II offers an ode to Damian Lillard's basketball playing and local status.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Define mid major

The mid-major conundrum remains in existence.

You don't hear too much about this

Recruiting is out of control. It's damaging the kids and demeaning for the coaches.

Are we talking football? Basketball?

No, girls soccer.

"Holdbacks'

Eric Sondheimer writes about the proliferation of prep basketball 'holdbacks' in southern California.

The William Jessup - Pacific Union game report

Here's the game report on Williams Jessup University's 66-47 victory over Pacific Union College from Saturday.

Good description of Delon Wright

From College Hoops Journal: "As Justin Labagh, [Delon's] Wright's coach at City College of San Francisco, told coaches, Wright will put you in a position where you can win games."

This week's Massey rankings

Mel Grussing has posted the Massey JUCO top team rankings and CCSF plus Fresno CC remain #1 and #2.

Top scorers in the Big 8

Here are the top five scorers in the Big 8 Conference:

Jaycob Velasco of Cosumnes River College is top at 19.8 points, followed by Sacramento City College's Bobby Barnes at 18.0, Antwoine Davis/Sacramento City 17.9, Modesto Junior College's Josh Allen 16.6 and Cosumnes River College's AJ Bridges with 16.4.

By the way, Davis is tops in rebounding at 10.1 (at 6-foot-2!!!), Velasco second with 9.5 and Josh Allen's 9.2 is third.

Top scorers in the BVC

Here are the top five point producers in the Bay Valley Conference:

* Davion Mize, Contra Costa College, leads in scoring at 22.5 point per game. He is followed by Yuba's Chris Smith 21.6, Drew Cones/Los Medanos 17.5 and a pair of College of Alameda talents, Aris Morton 17.4 and Tre'Quan Rollins 16.8.

How about "they named it after me"?

A College Hoops Journal tweet: "A billboard of Xavier Thames overlooking a certain London river would make for an awesome promotional opportunity."

Greg Foster

Are you old enough to remember when Greg Foster took to the court with hair? Like this:


Greg, welcome to the crowd.

Philly 76er Assistant Coach Greg Foster working with Dwayne Dedmon:

There's only two seasons in the south: the football season and the football pre-season

Interesting de-evolution of hoops coverage noted in Eric Prisbell's article on SEC basketball:
...But with the exception of Kentucky's Big Blue Nation, how many SEC fan bases pay much attention to non-conference play?

Most, [C.M.] Newton said, don't turn their attention to basketball until after the football season, which includes National Signing Day in early February. The SEC tournament in New Orleans two seasons ago was dominated by spring football talk. And Newton said it was "inexcusable" that his local newspaper in Alabama did not have a story in Wednesday's editions about the upcoming Alabama-Florida basketball game.

"The media in our area has dissipated to the point where it has affected basketball some," Newton said. "Nothing in the paper Wednesday about the game. That's not the exception, that's the rule in the South. The newspapers have dried up. They don't have the money or interest. It's a different world..."
Hey, it's not just in the Bay Area. However, the Sacramento Bee really deserves props for its prep coverage. Yes, there's not a football franchise in Sactown but there is the NBA yet that doesn't crowd out the high school athletic happenings in the area.

Interviews with high school coaches

Bay Preps serves up interviews with a number of the prep basketball coaches from, well, around the bay.

"The art of the steal"

Brian Hamilton covers some collegians adept at stealing the ball from opponents. But the headline is misleading as you'll note: "The art of the steal: college basketball’s top defenders explain their methods"

The Xman's mighty mo is building

Mark Ziegler after watching Xavier Thames in the San Diego State - Utah State game on Saturday:
The final 3½ minutes of regulation and the ensuing overtime should be required viewing for members of the Wooden Award committee that didn’t deem Xavier Thames among the nation’s best 25 players.

Here’s a breakdown of what Thames did in less than eight minutes, accounting for all 17 of SDSU’s points:

Regulation: Driving assist to Josh Davis that tied it at 52. Free throw to give SDSU its first lead since the 12-minute mark. Blocked shot at 6-3. Another driving assist to Davis on the screen and roll. Two free throws. Somehow caught a full-court pass in a tangle of taller players and nearly made a 12-footer at the buzzer to win it.

Overtime: Driving assist to Skylar Spencer for a dunk. Steal. Layup. Pull-up jumper. Deep, contested 3 as the shot clock expired to put SDSU up four with 51 seconds left. Forced a turnover. Free throw to put SDSU up five.

His 31 points were a career high. More impressive was what he did in the second half and OT: 23 points, 7 of 11 shooting, 3 of 5 behind the arc, 6 of 8 at the line, four assists, three steals. In all, he played 39 minutes. Turnovers: zero.

Ominous Cosumnes Oaks prep note

A Joe Davidson tweet: "Cosumnes Oaks hoops, rolling along at 20-1, may have to forfeit a ton of games that transfer guard from Stockton with AAU ties played in"

An AJ Bridges profile

Thanks to a link sent in: the Elk Grove Citizen's Ben Brown profiles Cosumnes River College point AJ Bridges.

Ali leads AVC

Mel Grussing has the details of Ismail Ali's big game effort in Antelope Valley College's latest win.

A quote from JG, Gael handyman

Via College Hoops Journal: "Gotta go with a Jordan Giusti quote to end the day: "Whatever my role is, I'm happy for it, because I know it's what's best for the team."

Arizona downs Utah

Arizona beat back visiting Utah yesterday 66-56 in a very entertaining game with Aaron Gordon posting an 10 point/11 rebound double-double and Brandon Ashley going for 11/7. For the Utes, Delon Wright totaled 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A bit of a controversy

Mitch Stephens reports on the ending of the El Cerrito High - St. Joseph Notre Dame matchup from Friday night.

JC scores from Saturday

* College of the Redwoods 92 - Lassen College 81

Ray Aspuria game reports, including the box score.

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* Fresno City College 72 - Columbia College 56

From the Fresno Bee:
Fresno City College's state top-ranked men's basketball team defeated host Columbia 72-56 — the Rams' 19th straight win this season and 44th consecutive victory in the Central Valley Conference. The Rams are 22-1 overall this season, 5-0 in the CVC.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/01/25/3733254/sports-briefs-sunbirds-mens-hoops.html#storylink=cpy
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* Shasta College 71 - Feather River College 68

* San Jose City College 78 - West Valley College 50

WJU over La Sierra

William Jessup proved to be five points better than La Sierra Saturday night by a score of 76-71.

The Keelhaulers win again

Host Cal Maritime used a strong second half to get by Simpson on Saturday night winning 98-85 as Keelhauler athletics game reports.

The Penguins march over Chaminade

Host Dominican University battled Chaminade into overtime before prevailing 84-83 yesterday. For the victors, Matt Hayes scored 21 points, Chris Schwartz-Edmisten was right behind with 20 and Dom Taplin earned a 13 board/11 point double-double.

Tim Menicutch game reports.

The Wildcats better the Lumberjacks

Chico State went into Humboldt State territory last night and came away with an 82-70 victory as Rashad Parker exploded for 28 points (five treys) and Jordan Semple posted a 15/10 double-double. For the Jacks, David Howard went for 24 points.

Luke Reid and Chris Myers game report as does Danny Penza.

The Gators over the Pioneers

In Hayward on Saturday, San Francisco State beat back Cal State East Bay 71-64 as Nefi Perdomo led with 21 points and teammate Brandon Tatum racked up an 11 rebound/10 point double-double.

Jacari Whitfield led the Pioneer attack with 18 points.

Gator athletics game reports as does Steve Connelly.

Young powers San Bernardino

Another double-double from Andrew Young propelled Cal State San Bernardino to a 78-72 success over Cal State Dominguez Hills yesterday. The former Monterey Peninsula College big went for 16 points plus 10 boards.

The Seawolves win

Using a 43-29 point differential in the second half, visiting Sonoma State edged Cal State Monterey Bay 68-66 yesterday as frontcourter Justin Herold posted a 24 point/11 rebound double-double. SSU also won the battle of the boards 43-30.

Tyler Lobe game reports.

Utah Valley nabs another W

Utah Valley took out Chicago State last night 62-55 powered by redshirt freshman Luke (Yuba City High) Nelson's 12 boards, 10 points, six assists and pair of steals.

St. Mary's romps

Brad Waldow's 27 points and 10 rebounds powered St. Mary's to an 89-61 win versus Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Jordan Giusti totaled 15 points for the Gaels, going 4-5 from long distance.

The Titans get by Santa Barbara

Host Cal State Fullerton was a bucket better than UC Santa Barbara last night 74-72 as senior guard Alex Harris scored a team-leading 23 points and shot 4-8 from beyond the arc. Mike Bryson countered with 16 points plus five boards for the Gauchos.

The Aztecs win in OT

This one proved to be a great matchup on Saturday, one that required an overtime period, as San Diego State edged Utah State 74-69. In what should cinch another Player of the Week award, guard Xavier Thames scored 31 points for the Aztecs and also found the time to pass for five assists. For the Aggies, Spencer Butterfield just missed a double-double with 19 points and eight boards.

It was another game in which San Diego State was out-shot (53% to 42%) but still triumphed.

Scott with plenty but Lafayette falls

Sophomore guard Bryce Scott enjoyed a 14 point, five rebound, five assist, two steal line but Lafayette fell to Lehigh 71-68 on the road last night.

UNC 72, Sac St. 62

It was Northern Colorado by 10 over visiting Sacramento State 72-62 yesterday with former St. Mary's High talent Dominique Lee providing eight points plus four rebounds in 16 minutes of play for the victors. Mikh McKinney and Cody Demps each totaled 16 points for the Hornets with the former also contributing six assists.

Weber handles Montana

Weber State bested Montana 68-63 in Ogden yesterday as Davion Berry finished with 25 points, five boards and three steals.

UNLV 75, Fresno State 73

In a pairing that required overtime, host UNLV finally downed Fresno State 75-73 yesterday. For the Bulldogs, Tyler Johnson enjoyed 14 points, eight rebounds and a trio of assists. It sure looks like he has played his way into All-Mountain West Conference consideration.

Brown powers Missouri over the Gamecocks

Jabari Brown posted 24 posts, six assists and six rebounds in host Missouri's 82-74 win yesterday over South Carolina.

The Tigers growl over the Waves

Pacific used homecourt advantage to turn back Pepperdine 76-66 on Saturday. Backcourter Sama Taku led with 18 points while frontcourt teammate Tony Gill scored 17.

Najee totals 20

On Saturday, Khufu Najee led with 20 points but IUPUI still fell 90-75 to IPFW.

Texas downs Baylor

Freshman backcourter Isaiah (Hayward born)Taylor exploded for 27 points in the 74-60 Texas win over Baylor yesterday. He added three assists and three steals.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Otters prevail

At the final buzzer, six points was the difference between host Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State, with the latter notching the 78-72 win.

Academy of Art transfer Will Overton led the Gators with 24 points while Calvin Otonio was close behind at 19.

San Berdoo romps

Cal State San Bernardino bombarded Cal State Los Angeles last night 92-51. For the victors, Andrew Young finished with 20 points (8-9 shooting) plus nine rebounds while James Tillman totaled 22 points for the City of Angels guys.

CSU East Bay by two over Sonoma State

The Pioneers and Seawolves mixed it up last night with the former prevailing at home 71-69. It was plus guard play that did the trick as Gabe Kindred totaled 23 points, Mark Samuels 18 and Jacari Whitfield 14.

For SSU, both Sterling Arterberry and Justin Herold just missed double-double with 27/8 and 21/9 respectively.

JC games for Saturday

* West Valley College - San Jose City College

* Lassen College - College of the Redwoods

* Fresno City College - Columbia College

* Feather River College - Shasta College

The high school roundup from Friday's games

* Brian VanderBeek game reports the Central Catholic High 59-49 victory over Patterson High.

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* Howard Senzell has the details of Montgomery High's Alec Raven-powered 43-29 triumph over Maria Carrillo High.

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* Aaron Finley was on press row for the Fortuna High 51-44 success against Del Norte High. Nate Ambrosini led with 18 points while teammates Jacob Claus finished with 16.

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* Jesuit High 59, Pleasant Grove High 57 -- PG's Marquese Chriss totaled 30 points.

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* Sacramento High 75, McClatchy High 61 -- Solomon Young finished with 28 points for the victors while Aaron Harmetz scored 24 for McC.

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* From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Trey Whitley scored 18 points and the Harbor High boys basketball team erased a sizeable first-quarter deficit to upset previously unbeaten Santa Cruz 63-56 in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play on Friday night.

Whitley added eight rebounds and six assists to his team-high scoring total, while Ferran Margalef contributed 14 points and six blocks for the Pirates (15-3, 5-1), who trailed 20-4 at one point in the first quarter.

Kaijae Yee-Stephens scored a game-high 30 points for Santa Cruz (10-6, 5-1), the No. 1-ranked team in the Sentinel's Power Poll. Kiree Hutchings added 13 points for the Cardinals.
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* Glenn Reeves covers Serra High's homecourt 73-66 overtime victory overSacred Heart Cathedral.

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* From the Appeal Democrat:
With his team facing off against the No. 9 team in the state, Marysville High boys basketball coach Stan Easter was just hoping his Indians could compete.

And even with a loss, Easter was happy with the final result.

Capital Christian of Sacramento, ranked ninth in California by CalHiSports, defeated Marysville 71-51 on Friday night at Lesta Joubert Gymnasium in a Golden Empire League matchup.

Danny Lewis scored 16 points to go with four steals for the Indians, and center Erik Scheive scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds, while going against a front line that consisted of three players 6-foot-6 and taller.

Marysville is now 15-5 overall and 2-1 in GEL play. The Indians resume league action on Tuesday at Dixon.
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* Will Reisman is all over Lick Wilmerding's last-second win over Urban. Micah Elan's trey made the difference. Andre Campbell Jr. posted a 24 point, 14 rebound line for Urban and he's just a sophomore.

JC scores from Friday

* City College of San Francisco 101 - Chabot College 89

From Chabot Men's Basketball:
Chabot ends 9 game winning streak in an exciting and competitive battle in The City 89-101. Chabot was ahead in the first half before CCSF made a run that put them ahead 40-39 at the half. It was close the entire way as Chabot made runs every time CCSF seemed to pull away. Chabot falls to 18-4 & 4-1 in conference...
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* Los Medanos College 76 - Mendocino College 70

LMC - Ramiro Contrares 7 2-4 16, Wayne Engelstad 3 6-6 14, Andrew Cones 1 11-14 13,  Marquis Aaron 5 0-1 11

MC - Nate Henry 7 0-0 20 (six treys)

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* Cabrillo College 77 - DeAnza College 57

From the Cabrillo College Basketball site:
After a slow start to the game the Seahawks turned up the energy in the 2nd half and ran away with the game downing visiting DeAnza College (Cupertino) 77-57.

The early part of the game was a back and forth affair with each team taking turns with the lead. As the half wound down Cabrillo got up as much as 11 on multiple occasions but DeAnza would answer each Cabrillo run. The Seahawks took a 35-33 lead into the break. DeAnza would tie the score on their first possession of the 2nd half, Warren Jackson would answer for the Seahawks with back to back lay-ups and Cabrillo would never look back. Jackson had another big night finishing with 23 points to lead all scorers. Allen Wilcher finished with 16 points and Zavon Jackson would chip in 11 on then night.

The win improves Cabrillo to 14-6 on the season, 5-0 in Coast Conference play. Up next for the Seahawks will be a road contest vs. Gavilan College on Wednesday, January 29 at 7pm. 
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* Cosumnes River College 97 - Modesto Junior College 68 boxscore

For CRC, AJ Bridges finished with 23 points plus eight assists, Jaycob Velasco totaled a 14 point/12 rebound double-double, David Straughter 13/12 and TJ Williams 12/10.

Ron Agostini game reports.

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* Diablo Valley College 62 - Santa Rosa Junior College 52

DVC - Connor Jean 6 0-0 16 (four treys), Jermaine Edmonds 7 0-0 14, Justin Yeargin 4 3-3 14 (three treys)

SRJC - Kai Drewry 5 4-4 15, Quentin Mendoza 4 0-0 11 (three treys), Davone Oliver 4 1-1 10

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San Joaquin Delta College 72 - Sacramento City College boxscore

Alex Simmons scored 23 points for SJDC, going 5-6 from long distance.

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* Yuba College 80 - Solano College 70

From Yuba Men's Basketball:
Yuba plays and wins ugly but a win is a win...leading most of the game by 20, Solano never quit and the 49'ers got out of Fairfield with a 80-70 win. Yuba improves to 9-0 in conference and 15-4 overall. Yuba was led by Barry Ogalue with 17 points, Chris Smith chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds and Floyd Wormley continued his solid play with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Yuba comes back home for one of its only 3 home games left Wednesday against a good Contra Costa College team. See you there!
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* Ohlone College 55 - Skyline College 53          

* Monterey Peninsula College 73 - Gavilan College 51         
  
* College of Alameda 86 - Merritt College 83 boxscore
           
* College of Marin 61 - Napa Valley College 47

* Las Positas College 70 - Foothill College 66  
           
* Sierra College 77 - American River College 63

Defining defending

A Jonathan Givony tweet: "Aaron Gordon averages 0.6 steals per game. Another good example of how you can still be a great defender without racking up tons of steals."

Dom Lee recognized

Big Sky Basketball with some love for Dominique Lee:
One thing that sticks out to me about Northern Colorado is this - right now, what separates them from the rest of the conference is that when guys like Svihovec and Dominique Lee come into the game, there is no drop-off. These guys could be starting for most of the teams in the Big Sky, and having them off the bench is a luxury that nobody else in the conference has right now.

Introducing Justin Herbert

Andy Wilcox profiles Napa Valley College frosh backcourter Justin Herbert, who prepped at Vintage High.

Ram honored

The ChicoER has named Kavi Ram as its Prep Athlete of the Week. Besides basketball, the Orland High talent also plays football and participates in track.

The northern CA State Stat Stars of the Week

The CalHiPreps State State Stars of the Week, at least those with residences in northern California, begins with:
Jordan Franklin (Trinity Prep, Napa)
Despite scoring 53 points for the second game in a row, it wasn’t enough for the Crusaders to win as they lost to Freedom Christian of Fair Oaks last Tuesday by a 74-62 final score.


Gabriel Vincent (St. Mary’s, Stockton)
Averaging 23 points per game this season for the Rams, Vincent nearly had that from just behind the 3-point line against Campolindo of Moraga as he knocked down seven 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 47 points in a 87-76 win. Vincent is headed to UC Santa Barbara and his effort came against one of the top 20 ranked teams in the Bay Area.
Hit the link above for more.

Another Keelhauler victory

The Times Herald has the scoop on Cal Maritime's 73-59 Thursday night win versus William Jessup.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Parker aids in another WW victory

Although just a redshirt freshman, Jeffrey (Salesian High) Parker has been in the Western Washington starting lineup for some time now and last night he contributed 15 points (6-9 shooting) plus four rebounds in WW's 99-94 victory over Central Washington.

JC games for Friday

* Chabot College - City College of San Francisco
           
* Los Medanos College - Mendocino College            
   
* De Anza College - Cabrillo College            
   
* Las Positas College - Foothill College            

* Cosumnes River College - Modesto Junior College preview     
   
* Ohlone College - Skyline  College            

* Gavilan College - Monterey Peninsula College            
   
* College of Alameda - Merritt College
            
* Sacramento City College - San Joaquin Delta College
           
* Santa Rosa Junior College - Diablo Valley College
            
* College of Marin - Napa  Valley College
            
* Yuba College - Solano College
            
* Sierra College - American River College

House to be honored

Arizona State hosts Colorado on Saturday and will honor former Sun Devil great Eddie House by hanging his No. 5 jersey in the rafters at Wells Fargo Arena. The former Hayward High great played for 10 teams in the NBA, winning an NBA championship with Boston in the 2007-2008 season.

From his Wikipedia page:
House set a single-game Arizona State record with a 61-point effort in a 111–108 double-overtime victory against the California Golden Bears on the road in his senior season. It also was a memorable homecoming of sorts for him, as he had starred in high school for nearby Hayward High School. House also set a record in the game with 18 made free throws in 19 attempts. House is the first Pac-10 player to notch four, 40-point games in one season as he had 61 vs. Cal, 46 vs. San Diego State, 42 vs. Penn State and 40 vs. UCLA. He also posted eight 30-point games that same season and set ASU records in points (736) and points per game (23.0). Also led the team in assists (111) and steals (74), as the 74 steals is tied for second on ASU single-season list. He is one of only three players to average in double figures in four consecutive seasons at Arizona State since it joined the Pac-10.

The Keelhaulers nab another win

Cal Maritime and William Jessup matched up in Vallejo Thursday night with the former taking a 73-59 victory.

Chaminade takes out Academy of Art

On the road, Chaminade beat Academy of Art 69-57 last night as frosh Kiran Shastri scored 12 point on four treys for the victors.  

Herman Pratt, another freshman and out of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, totaled 20 points for AoA, going 7-10 on the evening and 4-5 from long distance. Pratt is averaging 7.8 points per game this season, shooting 48%, 42% and 76% overall.

Academy of Art athletics game reports.

Grosey aids Concordia victory on Tuesday

Concordia University beat The Master's 68-63 Tuesday night powered by 13 points, 10 rebounds and three steals from Stephen (Serra High/Foothill College) Grosey.

Chico St. downed by three

Host Cal Poly Pomona edged Chico State 67-64 Thursday night despite Sean Park scoring 24 points, followed by Rashad Parker's 13 points plus seven boards while Jordan Semple finished with 10 and six.

Rory Miller game reports.

Humboldt turns away Stanislaus

Humboldt State hosted Cal State Stanislaus Thursday evening and emerged with an 80-76 victory. David Howard totaled 27 points for the victors. For CSS, Chris Read led with 19 points and Marcus Bell completed the night with 13.

Cal State Stanislaus game reports as does Danny Penza.

Dominican defeats Hawaii Hilo

Dominican University had no trouble with Hawaii Hilo last night, winning 94-77 in San Rafael. Dom Taplin posted a double-double consisting of 17 points (5-5 shooting) and 10 rebounds and Connor Haysbert led all the Penguins with 18 points.

Joey Rodriguez paced HH with 21 points and five assists.

Brandon Davis game reports.

Arizona State by four versus Utah

Utah fell 79-75 in Tempe to Arizona State Thursday evening as Delon Wright totaled 13 points for the Utes.

Sharp integral in Pilot win over BYU

In three overtimes, it was finally host Portland 113, BYU 110 on Thursday night. Bobby Sharp scored a career high 27 points (8-13 from long distance) for the Pilots.

The Anteaters beat Northridge

UC Irvine proved to be six points better than visiting Cal State Northridge last night 72-66 with Chris McNealy scoring 12 points, grabbing seven rebounds, passing for three assists and blocking a pair of shots.

Weber downs Montana State

Weber State blasted visiting Montana State Thursday night 86-57 with Davion Berry's team-leading 25 points and seven assists leading the charge. He went 10-10 from the foul line. Jordan Richardson enjoyed 12 points plus five assists.

LMU bops Pacific

Loyola Marymount went into Stockton Thursday evening and emerged with a 92-81 win. Pacific guard Sama Taku just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine boards while frontcourt teammate Tony Gill enjoyed 13 points plus seven rebounds.

The Gaels six better than the Waves

Up in Moraga, St. Mary's bested Pepperdine 80-74 last night with Brad Waldow posting a 21/13 double-double. For the Waves, Brendan Lane went for 18 points, six boards and three blocked shots.

Arizona wins again

In Tucson last night, Arizona handled Colorado 69-57 with Brandon Ashley scoring 15 points and Aaron Gordon 12.

Missed this yesterday

The high school basketball report published on Thursday somehow missed this: "Last night vs. Serra, G Trevor Dunbar '14 scored 40 points which ranks 2nd all time in a WCAL game for an SI player."

Yowza.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Isn't it time to fire Roy Williams, Coach K and Thad Matta?

Yes, with tongue firmly embedded in cheek...

Boy, does Roy Williams stink as a coach. Mike Krzyzewski too. Hey, also throw in Thad Matta. 

Changes with new blood are drastically needed.

Because 11-7, 1-4 smells to the high heavens when as coach you can pick and choose which standouts throughout the country will join your team.

Because 3-2 is outright incomprehensible given the Goliath stature of the most recognizable figure and program in NCAA basketball.

Because 2-4 and eighth place in conference screams unacceptable. 

Isn't cherrypicking wonderful?

Why not install Cal Baptist's Rick (16-0) Croy in Chapel Hill?

Or move Cal Maritime's Bryan (17-4) Rooney into Durham.

Just hire CCSF's Justin (18-1) Labagh to take over in Columbus.

Every time a list of the top coaches is presented, it always contains the most successful over time, replete with the legends of today. Also, it's the guys running programs with the best facilities and largest budgets. Now correlation doesn't imply causation but as Damon Runyon is credited with saying: "The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet" especially when 'Best Of' lists are being compiled.

This is not a knock at anyone nor any attempt to belittle achievements but who is to say that Croy, Rooney and Labagh or many of their similar level brethren wouldn't achieve the same, if not better, if given the opportunity?

Of course, we will never know.

Joe Sheehan's important article "History, Not Hagiography" comes into play here. Do take a look.

Just keep in mind this line from my favorite film "Harvey" in which the chief psychiatrist at a sanitarium experiences an epiphany: "Flyspecks - flyspecks! I've been spending my life among flyspecks - while miracles have been leaning on lamp posts at Eighteenth and Fairfax!"

Enjoy and respect the achievements of those in and around your neighborhood who are working wonders with kids.

And all this doesn't even delve into those coaches whose 'miracles' include posting .500 records yet with the barest of talent.

Or those who are having the greatest positive impact on the lives of their charges.

Talk about the unsung.

Looking at the Jacks

Danny Penza writes about the season so far for the Humboldt State Lumberjacks and the current status of the team.

A High School Roundup

* From the MIJ:
The technical foul assessed to Drake High's bench late in Tuesday night's boys basketball game, a 58-57 Novato win, occurred when a Pirates trainer came onto the court to treat a player after the final horn had sounded.

The trainer had walked out in front of the team bench to tend to guard Malik Huff, Drake coach Doug Donnellan said. Moments earlier, the Pirates' Sam Dines was fouled on a a last-second put-back attempt with Drake trailing 56-55. Even though the buzzer sounded on the play, officials put 1.1 seconds back on the clock because the foul had occurred before time expired.

The referees ruled that because the Pirates' staff was on the court before game's end "without being beckoned," Novato would get two technical free throws following Drake's foul shots.

After Drake's Brandon Vergara drained two foul shots for a 57-56 lead, Andy Velasquez put the Hornets back on top with by hitting both free-throws for the final 58-57 margin.
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Again from the MIJ:
The Marin Academy boys basketball team put together a big fourth quarter to rally past Lick-Wilmerding 53-45.

The Wildcats outscored Lick-Wilmerding 21-12 in the fourth to secure their first league win. Marin Academy (8-9, 1-2 BCL West) got another big scoring game from Kyle Roach — the county's leading scorer — who went for 27 against Lick (10-9, 1-2). 

"We knew we had a big gameplan to get the ball inside and move the ball around," MA coach Neil Caynan said. "Down the stretch we were just able to make that extra pass offensively."

MA - K. Roach 8 9-15 27
LW - Elan 7 1-2 18 (three treys)
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Jared Williams, Leigh
Sport: Basketball
Position: Center
Class: Senior
Williams, a 6-foot-6 center, helped the sizzling Longhorns win two league games last week, contributing 22 points and 17 rebounds in a 67-59 win over Leland and 25 points and 14 rebounds in a 71-41 win over Santa Teresa.
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Glenn Reeves writes about this season's West Catholic Athletic League.

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Jose San Mateo game reports on Temidayo Yussef's 34 points and 10 boards leading St. Joseph Notre Dame over St. Patrick St. Vincent last night.

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From the Monterey Herald: Senior Jesus Salinas' 40 points led Alisal High to an 86-71 triumph over North County.

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Glenn Reeves game reports on the Burlingame - Aragon matchup which featured 32 points from both Frankie Ferrari and Alex Manu with a 76-72 ending in favor of Burlingame.

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Joe Davidson serves up a Sacramento area hoops notebook.