Sunday, January 31, 2016

On the court absence of Elliott Pitts

Sean Miller with the latest on Elliott Pitts: "Meanwhile, Miller said Pitts should be able to step right back in the event things ever change.

“He practices every day with us so yeah, for sure” he could play, Miller said. “Anything beyond that, it’s out of my control.”

If the issue is out of Miller’s control, that and the timing could suggest Pitts is not sitting out because of an academic, health or team-related disciplinary issue.

When asked if he expected Pitts could still return at some point this season, this is how Miller responded:

“I hope so. I think it’s fair for me to say we miss him. One of the things you look at with our team is depth in the backcourt, especially without Allonzo, a perimeter defender, somebody else who can take the burden off of Kadeem Allen, but also having two defensive stoppers in the game together where you just have that 15-20 minute window where you have some guys with the know how, the ability, (being) 6-5 and been there, done that, which he has, you add him to what we have and no question our team jumps up a notch.

“I hope so. I can’t expound any more than that.”

Redwoods 94, Lassen 90 OT

It required an overtime period before College of the Redwoods was able to edge past Lassen College 94-90 on Saturday.

"Using the Tules to victory" -- Danny Penza game reports.

Butte 68, Siskiyous 65

Butte College traveled to College of the Siskiyous on Saturday and nabbed a 68-65 victory.

ChicoER: "The Butte College men’s basketball were in Weed on Saturday night where the Roadrunners saw three different leads of at least nine points falter in the first half, but held on for a 68-65 win on the road over College of the Siskiyous.

Josiah Wood led Butte with 20 points on the night, and the pair of Cam Moore and Michael Shoemaker scored 11 each. Danny Lewis added nine points, and Trey Foster had eight.

Siskiyous fought back from three different deficits to trail just 33-30 at the half. In the second period, the Eagles pulled ahead with a 51-48 advantage. But Butte regained the lead on a pair of jumpers from Lewis, and held on from there..."

Pacific Prep up two

"Prolific Prep wins first 2 games of home tourney at Napa Valley College" -- Daniel Poulter/Napa Valley Register

Humboldt St. 93, CS San Bernardino 92

Up in Arcata on Saturday night, Humboldt State edged Cal State San Bernardino 93-92. Tom (Diablo Valley College/Arcata High) Witzel tallied 16 points plus what proved to be the game-winning shot and Rakim (Eastern Washington/Central High) Brown scored 12 for the Lumberjacks.

"Instant Classic" -- Danny Penza game reports.


CS Dominguez Hills 88, Sonoma St. 65

Vincent (CCSF/Skyline High) Golson tallied 20 points plus eight assists last night as Cal State Dominguez Hills won at home over Sonoma State 88-65. A 52-37 second half did the trick for the victors.


CS Monterey Bay 97, CS San Marcos 65

Evan Zeller scored 24 points and Alex (Buchanan High) Fertig 18 as host Cal State Monterey Bay whomped Cal State San Marcos yesterday 97-65.


UC San Diego 41, Cal Poly Pomona 35

It was not a night of sweet shooting -- 27% versus 25% -- as UC San Diego bested Cal Poly Pomona 41-35 yesterday. Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds for the victorious Tritons.


Chico St. 85, Cal St. Stanislaus 50

In Chico last night, it was very close to a repeat of 20 minute sessions as the Wildcats won both halves -- 42-24 and then 43-26 -- on the way to an 85-50 rout of Stanislaus. Tanner (Fresno State/Windsor High) Giddings shot 8-13 and concluded with 19 points while teammate Robert (Granite Bay High) Duncan posted a 13 point, 10 rebound, seven assist line.

Joseph Shufelberger/Chico Enterprise-Record game reports.


St. Mary's 68, Pacific 65

Pacific almost pulled it off and in front of its Stockton fans but St. Mary's ultimately prevailed 68-65 on Saturday. The Gaels didn't shoot well -- 44%, 29% and 56% -- but were +9 in steals and committed just seven turnovers.

Senior guard Alec Kobre shot 4-6 from three-point range to lead the Tigers with 18 points.

Bob Highfill/Stockton Record game reports


Nevada 89, Utah St. 84

After a flight cancellation and a long bus ride to Logan, Nevada defeated Utah State on Saturday 89-84. Cam Oliver shot 7-11 for the victors to finish with 16 points and he added 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Chris Smith led the Aggies with 19 points (7-13, 4-6, 1-2) alongside eight boards and four assists.

Chris Murray game reports.


UC Santa Barbara 76, UC Irvine 60

Host UC Irvine stumbled against UC Santa Barbara to the tune of 76-60 on Saturday.

Michael Bryson paced the Gauchos with 16 points and teammate Gabe Vincent enjoyed a 14 point, five assist evening.


Loyola (MD) 84, Lafayette 77

Lafayette received 15 points plus five rebounds from guard Bryce (Oak Ridge High) Scott on Saturday but still fell 84-77 to Loyola.


Riverside 81, Fullerton 71

Taylor Johns led the way with 22 points plus nine rebounds in UC Riverside 81-71 win in Orange County over Cal State Fullerton yesterday.


LB State 78, Hawaii 64

Long Beach State traveled over to the islands and took down a burgeoning Hawaii program 78-64 on Saturday. Freshman guard Noah Blackwell tallied eight points and three assists for the mainlanders.

For UH, Roderick Bobbitt finished with 12 points and five assists while Quincy Smith was a point better at 13 and added four assists plus four boards.

Idaho 56, Portland St. 55

It was host Idaho with a 56-55 win versus Portland State on Saturday. However, the Vikings did receive 16 points, six rebounds and three steals from sophomore forward Isaiah Pineiro.


UC Davis 66, Cal Poly 52

Host UC Davis expanded on a three-point halftime lead to down Cal Poly 66-52 on Saturday. Josh Fox filled the stat sheet for the Aggies with 18 points, 10 boards, three assists and a trio of steals.

Bruce Gallaudet/Davis Enterprise game reports.


Yale 79, Princeton 75

Visiting Princeton fell 79-75 to Yale on Saturday despite receiving 26 points from Henry Caruso. He shot 10-19, 3-7 and 3-4 respectively and added four rebounds plus three steals.


USC 98, Washington 88

In Los Angeles yesterday, USC outscored Washington 98-88 but Husky freshman forward Marquese Chriss totaled 18 points plus six boards (five offensive). He shot 7-13 from the floor and committed just three fouls.


SJSU 75, Air Force 54

A blowout! A 21-point margin of victory! On Saturday afternoon, the host Spartans strafed Air Force 75-54. A 39-24 initial 20 minutes facilitated the blowout.


EW 74, Sac St. 67

Up in the Evergreen State yesterday, Eastern Washington bested Sacramento State (still minus Cody Demps due to injury) 74-67. Freshman guard Jeff (Modesto Christian High) Wu shot 6-12 on his way to 14 points for the Hornets.


Friday: St. Francis 52, Serra 44

"St. Francis bench shows up big in WCAL win over Serra" -- Ethan Kassel

Friday: Santa Cruz High 85, San Lorenzo Valley High 74

"Santa Cruz rallies, drops SLV in overtime" -- Andrew Matheson

Kaijae Yee-Stephens led the Cardinals with 32 points while SLV's Davon Northcutt paced the Cougars with 24.

Friday: Feather River 70, Shasta 60

T.J. Holmes/Record Searchlight game reports Friday's Feather River College 70-60 victory over Shasta College. The Golden Eagles won with Derrick Randolph scoring 10 points.

FRC overcame a 35-29 halftime deficit.

Darnell (Fremont High -Oakland) Waters led the Corsairs with a 16 point, 11 board double-double while teammate Ashton (McKinleyville High) Pomrehn enjoyed his own with 13 and 12.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Yuba 91, Napa Valley 76

Host Yuba College took on Napa Valley College Friday and nabbed a 91-76 win over the Storm.

Appeal-Democrat: "Jihad Woods scored a team-high 18 points and pulled down 13 boards — including a handful of highlight-reel dunks and rebounds — to lead the Yuba College men's basketball team to a 91-76 Bay Valley Conference victory over Napa Valley on Friday night in the 49ers' regular season home finale.

The outcome of the game was never in doubt as Yuba jumped ahead 44-22 at the half and never looked back.

"We played really good defense in the first half," said Yuba coach Doug Cornelius. "We threw some new things at them, and they didn't handle it very well."

Vasilije Saraba added 17 points and Jalen Davis finished with 14 for the 49ers, who saw all nine of their players find the scoring column in the win..."

CRC 84, MJC 73

Cosumnes 84, Modesto 73

Cosumnes River: Gerard Andrus 23, Leonard Lintz 20 (five treys), Johann Tate Jr. 17 (two treys), Kenny Doss 16, Victor Wariso 5, Will White 3

Modesto JC: Mason Washington 20 (two treys), Zack Gonzales 17 (three treys), Mike Hatfield 14, Brennan Pope 10, Chris Salazar 9, Joe Hamilton 3

Santa Rosa 93, American River 71

Santa Rosa Junior College welcomed roadtripping American River College on Friday and then posted a 93-71 victory courtesy of shooting 15-27 from three-point range.

SRJC: Josh Douglas 20, Jacob Wilson 18, David Niklasson 16, Jordan Hickman 14, Siaan Rojas 11, Michael Septimo 6, Alex Mostafvi 3, Sadik Sufi 3, Arnold Silva 2

ARC: Austin Lobo 20.

Columbia College hoops and attendance

"Growing success on hardwood not equaling more fans in seats" -- Guy Dossi

LPC 84, Ohlone 67

At home on Friday, Las Positas College posted an 84-67 win against Ohlone College.

LPC athletics: "Keith Hunter scored a game-high 28 points Friday night to lead the Hawks to an 84-67 Coast Conference North Division victory over visiting Ohlone.

LPC's second straight victory after two losses improved its overall record to 15-7, but more importantly, it allowed the Hawks to maintain their second-place tie with Chabot in the conference standings. Both teams are 5-2, two games behind unbeaten City College of San Francisco.

The game also marked the first time the Hawks have completed a season sweep of Ohlone (8-14, 1-6).

Hunter scored 17 of his points in the first half, which ended with LPC--ranked #19 in the state and #9 in Northern California--ahead 42-39. Unlike Wednesday night when the Hawks looked flat at the beginning of the second half against Skyline, they emerged energetically against Ohlone.

LPC scored the first 6 points of half to go up by 9, then three minutes later with the score 52-44, the Hawks ran off 8 consecutive points to build a 58-44 lead. During that run, Brandon Eboigbodin scored on a rebound basket and made two free throws, and Hunter connected on a layup and a deep jumper.

With the score 65-54, Ellis Salahuddin, who came off the bench to score 9 points in the first half, hit two foul shots before banking in a three-pointer to make it 70-54 with 6:40 remaining. Ohlone then went on a 7-0 run to stay in contention, but Hunter splashed a three from the left corner to kill the Renegades' momentum.

After an Ohlone bucket, the Hawks put the game away when Hunter scored off a lob from McKayle Harnell, Eboigbodin scored inside off a dish from Cameron Moses, and Eboigbodin made 1 of 2 free throws for a 78-63 advantage with 2:33 left.

Salahuddin and Moses finished with 14 points each, Eboigbodin added 12, and Kameron Johnson had 10."

SJCC 83, MPC 79

San Jose City College tripped to Monterey Peninsula College yesterday and earned an 83-79 success.

MPC Men's Basketball: "DeOndre Otis has 30 points in MPC's 83-79 loss to San Jose. Isaac Clark adds 17 points and Chris Evans 10 points and six boards."

Merritt 78, Mendocino 73

It was Merritt College visiting Mendocino College yesterday and the Thunderbirds made it a success with a 78-73 triumph.

For the hosts, Tyrell Jones just missed a double-double with 25 points plus nine rebounds with teammate Paul Steliga tallying 20.


St. Francis 52 - Serra 44 /// Los Gatos 68 - Wilcox 63 /// Terra Nova 75, SSF 55

"High school basketball: St. Francis boys beat Serra, stay perfect in WCAL" -- Darren Sabedra/Glenn Reeves

PV High 64, Paradise 52

"Pleasant Valley High boys basketball team gets back on track with win at Paradise" -- Jeff Larsen/Paradise Post

PV High sophomore Kevin Kremer scored a career best 21 points.

Bethel and SPSV win

"Bethel High School boys basketball team knocks off Vallejo" -- Matt O'Donnell

Plus: "The St. Patrick-St. Vincent High boys basketball team defeated St. Mary’s 70-56 at home in a Tri-County Athletic League contest.

The Bruins (13-7, 5-1 in the TCAL) were led by Tavian Henderson, who scored 20 points. BJ Standley had 14 points and six assists, while Baidi Kamagate had 12 rebounds."

The Monterey County boys basketball roundup

"Area roundup: Stivers scores 40 to lift Carmel over Stevenson" -- Monterey Herald

Seaside's Finest tryouts

Seaside's Finest has set our Try- Out dates for this up coming AAU Season:

Sunday March 6th at 5pm 

Sunday March 13th at 5pm

Location; Seaside High School 2200 Noche Buena St Seaside Ca 93955. You have to enter thru the front entrance of the school. 

Fee: $25 for both try-out days. We recommend you attend both dates.

If your child's High school team is still involved in CCS playoffs your child will not be allowed to try-out until their high school season is complete. We ask that you notify us that your child is planning on attending tryouts once their high school season is complete.

We play a Highly competitive travel schedule. We play in Los Angeles San Francisco, Oakland and Las Vegas. We believe in skill training as well as competitive competition. Both are essential to the development of your child. 

We will be handing out our try-out cards at High school games over the next few weeks.

Feel free to share this E-mail with anyone interested in trying out.

Have a great day.


SF St. 79, CS Dominguez Hills 71

Down in Carson yesterday, San Francisco State notched a 79-71 road victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills. Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson scored 20 points and Treaven (St. Mary's/Las Lomas High) Duffy 15 for the Gators who attempted 45 free throws.

Vincent (CCSF/Skyline High) Golson paced the hosts with 29 points, shooting 6-14 from long range. The rest of his team went 2-22 beyond the arc.

SFSU athletics game reports.


Dominican 80, Holy Names 56

In Oakland last night, Dominican University bested Holy Names University 80-56.

For the victorious Penguins, Chris (Sacramento Waldorf) Schwartz-Edmisten tallied 16 points, four boards and three assists. He shot 4-7 from beyond the arc.

Josh (Bishop O'Dowd) Crum posted 21, five and three for HNU.


Sonoma St. 61, CSLA 52

Sonoma State went south in quest of a victory and earned just that on Friday with a 61-52 success against Cal State Los Angeles. Four of the Seawolves scored in double figures: David (Portland/Marin Catholic High) Ahern 18, James (Northern Colorado/Arroyo High) Davis 15, James (College of the Redwoods/Ferndale High) Slade 11 and Luke (Santa Rosa JC/Del Oro High) Cochran also 11.

Sonoma State athletics game reports.


Carroll 78, Great Falls 56

Carroll College had no trouble turning back Great Falls last night 78-56 with 6-foot-6 sophomore Ryan (Napa High) Imhoff shooting 9-12 overall and 3-3 from long distance on his way to a team best 21 points.

Princeton 83, Brown 59

Henry (Serra High) Caruso provided 13 points, five boards, two assists and two steals in Princeton's 83-59 victory over Brown on Friday.


OJohnson selected an an all star

John Devine: "Former Palma High standout Orlando Johnson has been named to the NBA D-League all star team for the Austin Spurs."


This is not a joke, unfortunately

"Prep coaches face discipline, players suffer in lopsided basketball games"

Showtime Hoops

Showtime Hoops
Sacramento California 

February 6th 2016

Saturday Only!!

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(Entry Fee $175.00 )

Girls& Boys

February Schedule
February 6th 2016
February 20th 2016
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9u 10u 11u 12u 13u 14u

(Entry Fee $175.00 )

Hosted By:
Luther Burbank High School
3500 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95652

1st place Trophies
2nd place Trophies
3rd place Medals

Northern California Officials Association Referees

Tournament Directors:
MikeWalker 530.591.5245
Veletta Johnson

Register Online @
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No Dame in the All Star game

"Damian Lillard, Dirk Nowitzki headline 10 biggest NBA All-Star snubs" -- Ben Golliver

"Damian Lillard not an All-Star, and that fits his brand just fine" -- John Canzano

Steph sells shoes

"Under Armour soars 23% with Stephen Curry" -- Kevin McCoy

Read it and weep, or rise to the challenge

"Welcome to College Athletics: A Letter From Your Strength Coach"

Not league but team MVP

Draymond Green isn't the Warriors' best player, but he might be their most important" -- Joe Posnanski

"...And yet, there’s a crazy but fascinating argument that [Tom] Izzo makes: “Steph Curry is definitely the league MVP. But Draymond might be that team’s MVP...” 

What Nevada must do to keep Eric Musselman

Chris Murray writes about the awareness that it will be a uphill battle to keep Coach Eric Musselman in Reno.

Referencing an early 70s television character

"Pirates go zen, savor victory" -- John Murphy. Gotta love the reference.

Coach Eric Musselman and tempo

 " Pack follows through on pledge to push tempo" -- Chris Murray

"...Musselman has certainly pumped up the pace for the rejuvenated Nevada basketball program, which is playing this season, its first under Musselman, at its fastest pace in the last couple of decades..."

Friday, January 29, 2016

Wall with Menlo as a suitor

Jared Wall: "I have officially received an offer from Menlo College." He's a 6-foot-1 guard out of Folsom High.

Nor Cal State Stats Stars of the Week

CalHiSports' State Stats Stars of the Week (from northern California):

Vinny Ferrari (Burlingame)
One of the top returning players from last year in San Mateo County, Ferrari revved up his motor with 32 points when the Panthers defeated Woodside 80-60.

Jake Halderman (Hayfork)
The CIF Northern Section’s top scorer is now at more than 25 ppg after racking up 37 points and eight rebounds in the Timberjacks’ 70-37 triumph over Surprise Valley of Cedarville.

Robinson Idehen (Modesto Christian, Modesto)
The dominating 6-foot-10 center may be making a case to be the NorCal Player of the Year (along with Folsom’s Jordan Ford). He scored a season-high 27 points as the Crusaders moved to 7-0 in the Modesto Metro Conference with a 94-57 win at Johansen. This week, they’ve already stretched their ridiculous state record for longest league winning streak to 150 games.

Elias King (Christian Brothers, Sacramento)
After being held to one of his lowest scoring performances of the season during a win over Rio Americano of Sacramento, the standout sophomore bounced back with 33 points and 15 rebounds the next day as the Falcons defeated Liberty of Brentwood 68-54.

Max Moreno (Colusa)
He’s already on the list of possible NorCal Players of the Week for next week with a 40-point game already reported for this week. Last week, though, he wasn’t exactly shooting bricks. Moreno had 26 points in a 71-40 win over Winters and then scored 30 in a 67-26 romp past Pierce of Arbuckle.

The Crush is coming

'The Crush in the Valley' bringing elite hoops talent to Napa -- Marty James

Dancer out

"Beyer basketball star Georgie Dancer will miss the rest of the season" -- James Burns

Sad news on Ben Kone

"Boys basketball: Mitty star Ben Kone (knee) out for season" -- Darren Sabedra

"Kone tears ACL ending his season, playing career at Mitty" -- Ryan Silipan

A note on Jack Pasquini

Juan Reyes/Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Cal State East Bay Sr. forward Jack Pasquini finished with 21 points, six rebounds and a block in a 77-75 overtime win against San Francisco State University on Friday.

The Scotts Valley High alumnus scored 16 points in the first half. He is averaging 8.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season. He’s also been a starter in all 19 games for Cal State East Bay.

The Pioneers have a 7-12 overall record and are 3-9 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. Pasquini and his teammates have failed to put together a win streak of more than two games this season."

John Murphy's CCS notebook

"CCS boys hoops: Gators back to normal, Prospect rolling, Mitty still fighting" -- John Murphy

Pleasant Valley's Flint is honored

"Prep Athlete of the Week: Flint never falters for Vikings" -- Sharon Martin/Chico Enterprise Record

San Jose Mercury News' Top 15 teams in the area

"Boys basketball rankings: The new Mercury News Top 15" -- Darren Sabedra

St. Francis, Half Moon Bay and Serra make up the top three.

CS San Marcos 85, CS East Bay 69

Cal State San Marcos came up to Hayward Thursday night and put away Cal State East Bay 85-69.

For the Pioneers, Jack (DeAnza College/Scotts Valley High) Pasquini was out in front with both 14 points and seven rebounds.


CP Pomona 84, CS San Bernardino 63

Down south last night, Cal Poly Pomona blitzed Cal State San Bernardino 84-63. For CPP, Jeremy (St. Mary's High) Dennis tallied 15 points in 21 minutes on 6-11 shooting and backcourt mate Barry (McClymonds High) Bell was tops on the team with nine assists.


UC San Diego 73, Humboldt St. 69

Up in Arcata, UC San Diego grabbed a 73-69 road victory versus Humboldt State on Thursday. Nor Cal noteworthy: Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen finished with eight points and eight boards for the victors with Tom (Diablo Valley College/Arcata High) Witzel's 21 points leading the Lumberjacks and Rakim (Eastern Washington/Central High) Brown posting a 19 point, 11 rebound double-double.


Long Beach St. 80, UC Santa Barbara 70

Host Long Beach State used a 10-0 overtime period to take down UC Santa Barbara 80-70 on Thursday.

For the Gauchos, Michael Bryson went for 25 points and teammate John Green supplied 16.


UC Riverside 72, Cal Poly 68

Visiting UC Riverside nabbed a 72-68 victory versus Cal Poly last night with Taylor Johns again leading the way via 21 points, eight rebounds, two assists plus two blocked shots.


Washington 86, UCLA 84

In Pauley Pavilion last night, Washington edge UCLA 86-84. Freshman Marquese Chriss totaled 12 points, four boards and two steals in just 18 minutes for the Huskies as he again incurred five fouls.

Percy Allen/Seattle Times game reports.


USC 81, Washington St. 71

In Los Angeles on Thursday, USC took down Washington State by 10, 81-71, despite Ike Ireogbu providing the Cougars 21 points and six assists.


Pepperdine 75, San Diego 65

Sometimes it's the quiet guys who do a lot of silent talking as Pepperdine downed host San Diego 75-65 on Thursday with Amadi (Da La Salle) Udenyi scoring eight points (2-2 from long distance) plus a team-best six assists.

For the season, Udenyi has 85 assists versus 26 turnovers coming off the bench almost exclusively.


Oliver is impressing

Geoff Grammer: "This is week 5/10 of Mountain West season. Plenty of games left, but Nevada's Cam Oliver is making a case for MWC Freshman of the Year."

Wednesday: Cal Maritime 75, UC Santa Cruz 64

Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Sam Gabbard and Jared Ponce each scored 16 points but the Slugs lost to visiting Cal Maritime at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

Gabbard had seven rebounds while Ponce added four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Will Crain finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for UCSC (6-14), which will host La Verne at KP Arena on Friday at 7 p.m.

Daniel Radford and Clayton White each had 11 points for Cal Maritime (16-6)."

Wednesday: Coilumbia 85, West Hills 82

Dave Rogahn offers a lengthy game report plus box score of Columbia College's 85-82 comeback victory Wednesday over West Hills College.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Yuba 91, Alameda 62

Yuba College Men's Basketball: "The Yuba College 49'ers traveled to the Bay Area today and were treated to a personal tour of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors front offices and practice facilities. During the tour Coach Cornelius did a 30 minute interview with Comcast Sports Bay Area for a feature that will be coming out this spring called "Draft Brothers" which will feature the three players drafted in 2013. Festus Ezeli, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. After the tour the 49'ers moved over to College of Alameda where they picked up a 91-62 Bay Valley Conference victory! Not a bad day in the bay for Yuba!"

Yuba Mens Hoops: "Yuba wins 91-62 over Alameda. 8 Yuba players in double figures led by Daniels with 14. Saraba with 3rd triple double of Yuba career"

Appeal-Democrat: "Teamwork was the name of the game on Wednesday night for the Yuba College men's basketball team, which saw eight of its nine players score in double figures in a 91-62 Bay Valley Conference victory over College of Alameda in Alameda.

Kevin Daniels led the way with a team-high 14 points for the 49ers, while Vasilije Saraba did a little bit of everything by recording 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his third career triple-double.

"We played very unselfish. It was the most unselfish game we've played all season," Yuba coach Doug Cornelius said.

Erik Scheive, Xavier Sims and Jalen Davis scored 13 points each, Jihad Woods and James Hadnot both tallied 11 and Finn Winstone chipped in with a career-high 10 points to help Yuba to the blowout."

Butte 72, Lassen 50

Sharon Martin game reports the Butte College victory. It was a slow start for the Roadrunners but a solid finish.

COS 81, FCC 79

In Visalia yesterday, College of the Sequoias bested Fresno City College 81-79 as Dida Pereira totaled 26 for the victors and teammate Simon Krajovic contributed 19.

For the Rams, Will Dorsey led with 19 points, followed by Aaron (Cal State East Bay/Sacramento High) Cameron's 14 and 13 via BJ Shelton.

Full box

CoR 84, Shasta 75

A 47-34 second half in favor of College of the Redwoods turns the tide late as the Corsairs sailed past Shasta College 84-75 on Wednesday.

"REDDING - After trailing most of the game, the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team made a big defensive stand late in the second half and the Corsairs held off Shasta 84-75 on the road Wednesday.

Redwoods trailed by four at the half and was down 8 with 3:34 to go when the team made its push. Christian Alatorre came down with important rebounds late in the game and Rishod Abraham and Will Ingersoll combined for 12 of the team’s final 14 points.

Ingersoll and Abraham led CR in scoring with 20 and 19 points, respectively. Justin Claus chipped in 16 and DeAndre Winston 13.

The Corsairs improved to 11-10 overall and 2-3 in the Golden Valley Conference and sits one game behind Shasta for third place in the GVC. 

Redwoods 37 47 - 84
Shasta 41 34 - 75
Scoring: Ingersoll 20, Abraham 19, Claus 16, Winston 13, O’Rourke 10, Hervey 3, Alatorre 3
3-pointers: Claus 3, O’Rourke 2, Abraham 1, Hervey 1" 

For Shasta, 6-foot-3 Ashton (McKinleyville High) Pomrehn posted a 22 point, 13 rebound double-double.

Shasta box

Chabot 98, Ohlone 91

Chabot Men's Basketball: "Chabot takes away big road victory in Fremont, defeating Ohlone College 98-91 in Coast-North Conference basketball. Your Gladiators moved the ball around well which resulted in twelve 3-pointers and 6 players scoring 8 or more points. Two players, Keith Phillips and DeAndre Davis totaled 23 & 22 points respectively. This game rounds out the first round of Coast-North Conference action. Up next Chabot hits the road again to take on Foothill College on Friday. 

Halftime score Chabot 50 - 40 Ohlone

Chabot Box Score:
Courtney Anderson 3 FGs 8 pts
Larry Jones 0 pts
Keith Phillips 7 FGs 6/6 FTs 23 pts
Wykeem Randle 5 FGs 4/7 FTs 17 pts
Drelan Tripplett 5 FGs 1/1 FTs 13 pts
Robert Blunt 2/6 FTs 2 pts
Deshun Garrett 2 FGs 5 pts
DeAndre Davis 8 FGs 5/5 FTs 22 pts
Seth Cox 3 FGs 2/3 FTs 8 pts
3-pointers (Anderson 2; Phillips 3; Randle 3; Tripplett 2; Garrett 1; Davis 1)"

MPC 83, Hartnell 69

MPC Men's Basketball: "Isaiah Brown has 18 points and 15 rebounds in MPC's 83-69 win over Hartnell College. Isaac Clark adds 19 points for MPC while DeOndre Otis has 18pts 10 Rebs and Chris Evans 12. MPC has won four out of its last five."

John Devine game reports the intra-county battle.

LPC 95, Skyline 84

It was Las Positas College nabbing another victory yesterday 95-84 over Skyline College.

LPC Basketball: "LPC blew a 17-point first half lead, but fought hard down the stretch Wednesday night to defeat Skyline 95-84 in Livermore.

The critical victory snapped a two-game losing streak and kept the Hawks (14-7 overall, ranked #19 in the state and #9 in Northern California) within striking distance of Coast Conference North Division leader City College of San Francisco (6-0). With half of the conference season completed, LPC sits in second place, tied with Chabot at 4-2.

Cameron Moses led the Hawks in scoring against Skyline (6-13, 2-4) with 26 points, while Kameron Johnson added 23, Brandon Eboigbodin had 20, and Keith Hunter had 16.

LPC built its 17-point lead late in the first half before settling for a 50-38 halftime advantage. The Hawks emerged passively from the locker room and allowed Skyline to score the first 8 points of the second half to move within 50-46.

The Trojans eventually tied the score at 58-58, then took their first lead since early in the game at 66-64 with 10:31 left. The score was knotted at 71-71 two minutes later before the game’s pivotal sequence.

While holding Skyline scoreless over the next four minutes, Johnson nailed a three, Moses followed in his own miss, Eboigbodin followed in his miss, Johnson hit another jumper, and Moses made a layup for an 11-0 spurt and an 82-71 lead.

The teams traded two buckets each before Moses hit a short jumper, and Aaron Berry scored on a follow basket, making it 89-75 with 2:04 remaining and essentially putting the game away."

CoM 79, Solano 70

COM Men's Basketball: "Keiland Cullum had 14 points 6 block shots and 15 rebounds as the Mariners beat Solano College"

Columbia 85, West Hills 82

Modesto Bee: "DeAndre Stallings scored a season-high 31 points and anchored a furious second-half comeback that lifted the Columbia College Claim Jumpers over West Hills 85-82 Wednesday night.

Columbia (14-7, 4-2 Central Valley Conference) rallied from a 49-32 halftime deficit and still trailed by 15 before launching its run in the final eight minutes.

Stallings’ three-pointer put the Claim Jumpers ahead to stay with 40 seconds left and added two clutch free throws with three seconds to go to increase the lead to three. West Hills (11-9, 4-2) missed a shot from half-court as time expired.

Columbia, tied with West Hills for second place in the CVC, sustained its rally by hitting 14 three-pointers and 23 of 24 free throws. Stallings, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Liberty Ranch High School in Galt, was responsible for seven three-pointers and netted all five free throws.

Mike Meserole also starred with 17 points, followed by Bosten Van Der Veur with 11 points and Lewayne Grant with 10..."

Merritt 89, Napa Valley 71

Host Merritt College jumped out to a 45-26 halftime lead on the way to defeating Napa Valley College 89-71 on Wednesday. Tyrell (El Cerrito High) Alcorn's 22 points led the Thunderbirds with Lamont (St. Joseph-Notre Dame) Banks contributing 16.

Merritt box

CCC 81, Mendocino 71

Contra Costa College Men's Basketball: "The Comets pushed their winning streak to 7 games with an 81-71 victory over Mendocino College. The Comets defense was the key as they swiped 15 steals as a team leading to many fast break opportunities. G Anthony Sullen led the Comets with 18 points and 6 rebounds while F Larry Wickett added 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. F Jeremiah Alston added 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Comets' record now stands at 18-6 with a 7-1 mark in the Bay Valley Conference that has them in first place... GO COMETS!!!!"

Featuring Lassen's Will Freedman

Jeff Goodman/Santa Monica Daily Press features Lassen College Coach Will Freedman who recalls the effect his high school coach had on his future.

UC Davis 69, CS Fullerton 64

Josh Fox led with both 19 points and seven boards as UC Davis held home court advatge in defeating Cal State Fullerton 69-64 on Wednesday. Teammate Darius Graham provided 13 points.

Bill Paterson game reports.


Weston Ranch 67, Manteca 62

James Burns game reports as WR's  D'Angelo Finley goes for 28.

Palma 52, Salinas 50

Monterey Herald: "Junior guard Jamaree Bouyea scored 23 points and 6-foot-8 center Wyatt Maker added 16 points as Palma held off scrappy Salinas 52-50 on Wednesday at Salinas High School.

Sophomore Garrett Maker, a 6-4 forward, hit the game-winning bucket to allow the Chieftains to remain undefeated in the Gabilan Division of the Monterey Bay League.

Gavin Rippere led the Cowboys with 16 points..."

The Forbes family of basketball

Joe Davidson profiles the Folsom High Forbes wrecking crew. Do not take this family on in a 3-on-3 tourney.

Sonoma County boys hoops scores and reports from Wednesday

Howard Senzel offers game reports on all the boys contests played yesterday in and around Santa Rosa.

UNLV 87, Boise 77

Yes, it was in Vegas but after all the recent tumult with Rebel basketball an 87-77 win over Boise State on Wednesday qualifies as an upset for UNLV.

Nor Cal note: Paris Austin played 13 minutes for BSU and garnered six points plus five rebounds.


Utah 73, Cal 64

Cal ventured out on the road Wednesday to Utah and the Utes were unkindly hosts in winning 73-64. The Nor Cal player highlight was Ivan Rabb with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Jeff Faraudo game reports.


Irvine 73, Northridge 63

Mike Best provided 10 points plus three rebounds in UC Irvine's 73-63 victory versus Cal State Northridge on Wednesday.

It was a matchup where 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye blocked but one Matador shot but not to worry as his 7-foot-2 teammate Ioannis Dimakopoulos sent six Northridge attempts in the opposite direction.


Jacksonville 78, FGCU 69

Kori Babineaux tallied 21 points and added six assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals in Jacksonville's 78-69 victory Wednesday versus Florida Gulf Coast University.


Michigan 68, Rutgers 57

Aubrey Dawkins scored 11 points last night in Michigan's 68-57 Big Ten win over Rutgers.


Duncan the face of the Wildcats

Jason Spies/The Orion features Chico State backcourter Robert Duncan who leads the Wildcats in scoring, rebounds and assists plus probably hair, too.

Desmond Simmons & Team Rampage

"Former University of Washington/St. Mary's College basketball player Desmond Simmons, attended the Team Rampage 14 and under practice on Monday night. Simmons, who was born and raised in Vallejo, CA, has known Team Rampage Head Coach and Trainer Brandon Bracy,  since they were both in the 6th grade. They played in several local leagues together, and also went to the same middle school.

Being that Simmons was born and raised in Vallejo, he felt the need to give back and talk to the young athletes of the area. During the lecture, Simmons told the Team Rampage team, how important education is, and what it takes to get to the next level. "You have to be a basketball junkie", is one of many quotes that Simmons stated at the practice. As Team Rampage prepares for another tournament after going 3-1 in the Vision Basketball Martin Luther King tournament, Coach Bracy felt that the team needed someone who has played at a high level in high school, college, and now professionally, to stop by and talk to the kids.

Simmons, who graduated from Salesian High School in 2010, has signed a contract to play profesionally in Australia. Simmons's speech to the kids was very powerful because it gave them more motivation and drive to get to where Desmond Simmons is. With Desmond Simmons coming back and talking to the kids, Simmons will be the first of many different college or professional athletes that meet with Team Rampage."

East Bay Athlete of the Week: Jordan Ratinho, De La Salle

East Bay Athlete of the Week: "Jordan Ratinho, De La Salle
Bay Area News Group

Jordan Ratinho
SCHOOL: De La Salle
SPORT: Boys basketball
YEAR: Senior

Ratinho had a team-high 25 points plus five rebounds in the Spartans' 60-56 overtime EBAL win over Monte Vista. He tallied 19 points and six rebounds, in a victory over Albany Academy of New York in the MLK Classic."

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

French goes with the Dons

Dons Central tweeted about the commitment of Sasha French to The Hilltop. He's 6-foot-11 and on the slim side, 210 or so. After playing for Prolific Prep last season, he's currently at The Hun's School in New Jersey.

From August 2015: "...A 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, the left-handed French moved like a Division I big man and blocked several shots both around the basket and even sent back a few jumpers, showcasing a trustworthy hook shot and jumper as well.

Though he’s without a Division I offer, French is hearing from a number of schools since making the decision to reclassify; Portland, Rider, Drexel have reached out, as have high-academic D-IIIs like NYU and Connecticut College.

“He’s got a great touch, he’s really long and really helps you defensively,” Stone said. “I think he’ll have a really good year for us...”

French was offered by Rider in late November.

Newark Memorial 73, Moreau Catholic 69

Host Newark Memorial High bested Moreau Catholic High 73-69 last night as Decaurey Brown scored 22 points for the victors. For the Mariners, Damari Milstead tallied 25 points.

Phil Jensen/BANG game reports.

St. Francis 62, Mitty 60

Host St. Francis turned away Archbishop Mitty last night 62-60.

Vitas Mazeika: "Final: St. Francis 62, Mitty 60 ... Lancers prevail as sophomore Logan Johnson, younger bro of @RealTJohnson, with winning bucket w/6.1 left"

Vitas Mazeika: "Halftime: St. Francis 30, Mitty 23 ... Monarchs without 6-foot-8 center Ben Kone, who is on crutches

Darren Sabedra: "Per @dailynewsvytas via Mitty coach Tim Kennedy: Ben Kone, injured Friday vs. Riordan, had MRI on knee today & results should be in Wed"

St. Francis: Johnson 5-5-15, Benedetti 3-1-12 (three treys), Hewitt 4-2-10, Witt 4-1-9, Stapes 3-0-7, Adzich 3-1-7, Thomas 0-2-2

Archbishop Mitty: Diaz 9-1-20, Hicks 4-1-9, Peterson 3-1-8, Wedlow 3-0-8 (two treys), Grigsby 3-0-7, Kause 2-0-4, Scott 1-0-2, Newman 1-0-2

VC 61, Bellarmine 56 OT Tuesday night

Valley Christian 61, Bellarmine 56 (OT)

Valley Christian: Bobby Santos 6-8-23 (three treys), Sokol 3-9-18 (three treys), Conrad 3-2-8, Kendrick 2-1-6, Burgess 1-2-4, Alford 1-0-2

Bellarmine College Prep:Angelo Athens 3-4-11, Clark 3-2-9, Maxwell 1-6-9, Saso 4-1-9, Bringuel 3-0-6, Ogbobu 2-0-4, Denzel 1-0-3,  Bradford 1-1-3, Mora 1-0-2

Bethel & St. Patrick-St. Vincent win

The Times-Herald:

"Senior guard Dakarria Peterson hit nine 3-pointers and tied a career high with 34 points as the Bethel High School boys basketball team routed Fairfield, 80-54, on Tuesday.

The Jaguars (13-8, 4-0) stayed in sole possession of first place in the Solano County Athletic Conference.

Dezel Gilton had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Brandon Allison had 17 points."


"The St. Patrick-St. Vincent High boys basketball team knocked off host Hercules, 69-59, on Tuesday in Tri-County Athletic League action.

Tavian Henderson scored 20 points to lead the Bruins, who are now 12-7 overall, 4-1 in league play.

Baidi Kamagate had 15 points and 15 boards and BJ Standley also had 15 points."

Enterprise 53, Pleasant Valley 46

"Pleasant Valley boys basketball team falls to Enteprise" -- T.J. Holmes

Meet Dwight Young

James Burns profiles sweet-shooting junior guard Dwight Young, who provides a valuable scoring option from outside for the vaunted Manteca High basketball team.

Hilmar's Cano recognized

The Modesto Bee provides coverage of Hilmar High's Alec Cano who enjoyed a very solid week of hoops.

Ballard recognized statewide

Junior Ballard (Lathrop) Soph

"Just one week after we chose Weston Ranch of Stockton point guard Jaelen Ragsdale, we couldn’t resist going for Ballard, who plays at nearby Lathrop and is in the same Valley Oak League.

Ballard, who averaged 10 points per game on Lathrop’s varsity as a freshman last season, gained entry into the State Stat Stars honor roll for a school record 45-point outing earlier this season against Sonora.

Last week, he broke the school record again, with 51 points and he did it in a 80-69 triumph over Sierra of Manteca, the four-time defending league champs and inside Sierra’s gym.

Much like Ragsdale from the previous week, Ballard went nuts in the fourth quarter as he scored 26 of his 51 points and made 10-of-10 from free throw line in just the last 35 seconds of the contest.

So far this season, Ballard is averaging 25.3 points per game."

MJC 62, DVC 49

Modesto Junior College hosted and defeated Diablo Valley College 62-49 last night aided by Mason Washington's 27 points.

Ron Agostini/Modesto Bee game reports.

SD St. 57, Nevada 54

There are any number of variations on this point but how does a team shooting 29% on a particular night win the game? In this case, because the opponent shot 30%. In Reno, Nevada enjoyed a seven point halftime lead but ended up losing by three to San Diego State 57-54 on Tuesday. The kicker: the Aztecs were 24-32 at the foul line compared to 11-19 for Nevada.

The sole Nor Cal player mention of note is the Wolf Pack's Cameron Oliver who totaled nine points, seven boards and four blocked shots.


CS Monterey Bay 81, Cal State East Bay 69

In Seaside last night, Cal State Monterey Bay took down Cal State East Bay 81-69 despite Jack (DeAnza College/Scotts Valley High) Pasquini posting a 19 point, 12 rebound double-double for the Pioneers in the loss.

Ryan Nitz totaled 33 points for the Otters.

Dennis Taylor/Monterey Herald game reports.


Looking at LeBron's power move

"It’s OK If LeBron’s A Coach Killer" -- Evans Clinchy

"A player of James’ stature should win most player-coach battles. The bigger shame is players are incentivized not to own it..."

CCCAA coach's poll for this week

This week's CCCAA coaches poll is out with Saddleback still in the statewide top spot, CCSF right behind and Feather River third.

Tryouts for Seaside's Finest

Seaside's Finest: "Save the Dates!! AAU Try-outs coming March 6th and March 13th ! Flyers will be out soon!"

It's going to happen even if in fits and starts, starting with collegians

"Sacramento youth basketball community shaken by on-court death of Elk Grove boy" -- Debby Arrington and Sammy Caiola

"EKG Screening for College Athletes" -- Sandeep Jauhar

Musselman approaching deity status in Reno

Coach Eric Musselman is apparently THE MAN after Nevada took down in-state rival UNLV the other day:

Johns earns Big West Conference Player of the Week honors

"UC Riverside senior Taylor Johns (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) notched a season-high scoring total to help his team snap a 12-game losing streak to southern California rival Long Beach State, earning him Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades. Johns dropped 26 points on the Beach in Saturday’s 74-72 win, including the game-winning jumper with under a minute to play. He had 18 of the Highlanders’ 36 points after intermission. The 6-7 forward made nine of his 12 floor shots, including his only three-point attempt, and also connected on 7-of-8 from the foul line en route to the 26 points.  He added six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks against LBSU. Johns was saddled with foul trouble in UCR’s 58-55 loss at UC Davis on Thursday, playing a total of just 15 minutes. However, he was productive in limited floor time with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. He knocked down 4-of-6 from the floor. For the week, Johns averaged 17.0 points while shooting 72.2 (13-of-18) percent."

Pearl Washington is gravely ill

"The Legend of Pearl" -- Bobbito Garcia

Eight Gators honored for academics

The San Francisco State Fall 2015 Athletic Director's Honor Roll is out with eight basketball players being featured. To be named to the honor roll, a Gator student-athlete have to have achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average in the fall in 12 or more units passed.

* Coley Apsay
* Israel Hakim
* Justice Howard
* AJ Kahlon
* Jon McMurry
* Damien Rance
* Chiefy Ugbaja
* Ryne Williams

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Manteca 79, Lathrop 43

Richard Estrada game reports the Manteca High 79-43 victory versus Lathrop High on Monday.

His tweet on Junior Ballard: "Lathrop's 6-foot-2 Junior Ballard (25 ppg) just a soph, but went right at Manteca's towering front line. Nothing 'soft' about kid's game"

Dominican 78, AP 76

In San Rafael on Monday, Dominican University edged Azuza Pacific 78-76. Seth (Foothill College) Turner paced the Penguins with 19 points and Chris (Sacramento Waldorf) Schwartz-Edmisten added 16.

Lydell (Mid-Peninsula High) Cardwell, paced by five treys, scored 17 points for AP.


Cal Baptist 85, Hawaii-Hilo 77

Over in the islands, California Baptist bested Hawaii-Hilo 85-77 on Monday as Michael (El Camino High) Smith exploded for 30 points and added 10 boards for a double-double. He shot 12-18, 2-4 and 4-5 respectively.

Parker (Santa Rosa JC/McKinleyville High) Farris tallied 19 for HH.


Weston Ranch 69, Central Catholic 66

Kevin Niendorf game reports the Monday night Weston Ranch High 69-66 win over Central Catholic High. James Burns also game reports.

Concordia 88, ND de Namur 57

On Monday in Belmont, Concordia grabbed an 88-57 road victory over Notre Dame de Namur. In a homecoming of sorts, Stephen (Foothill College/Serra High) Grosey posted a 13 point, eight rebound, four assist, two blocked shot line for the victors.


Anyone foresee Contra Costa, Sierra and Feather River on top?

"EARLY PLAYOFF OUTLOOK (NORCAL)" -- Signal The Light Basketball

This week's STLB Nor Cal Top 15 teams

This week's Top 15 teams in northern California via Signal The Light Basketball is out with CCSF, FCC and FRC making up the top three.

Palma's the one

John Devine on Palma High hoops. It begins:

"The pop quizzes and mid-terms are over. Barring an apocalypse, Palma is headed for another league basketball title...

Prep2Prep's NCS team rankings

Nate Smith has posted Prep2Prep NCS team rankings, with De La Salle still out in front.

Cal bringing in two bigs

Alex Kline tweeted: "RT @coreyevans_10: California is hosting 2018 Woodcreek big man Jordan Brown and 2017 Prolific Prep forward Ira Lee today for visits today."

Crumpacker on the WCC

John Crumpacker is out with his weekly take on play in the West Coast Conference. It contains a lot of deserved praise for St. Mary's.

Hooper with seven more treys

Max Hooper's 21 points paced Oakland University to an 82-79 win over Milwaukee on Monday. He was accurate on 7-10 three-point attempts.


Bucknell 79, Lafayette 67

Despite receiving 17 points, four steals, two boards and two assists from senior guard Bryce Scott, Lafayette fell 79-67 to Bucknell last night. He shot 5-6 from three-point range.


San Diego or Nevada

Mark Ziegler profiles the choice of coaching positions made by Eric Musselman.

Johnson wants to be in the action

"Tyler Johnson hoping to take part in All-Star weekend" -- Ethan J. Skolnick

Martin's moves applauded

Jeff Faraudo lauds the personnel and on-court decisions made by Cal's Cuonzo Martin last week.

Change is constant in Neal Monson's life

Can UC Davis' Neal Monson play basketball while attending law school?

A Michael Bryson interview

Big West Nation offers both a video and print interview with UC Santa Barbara's Michael Bryson. He is a philosophy major.

With Blatt gone, whither Delly?

Interesting take on Delly, LeBron and Lue.

Let's see how it plays out.

The saga of this season's Gaels

From "15 surprising college basketball storylines almost no one saw coming" -- Mike LoPresti

"SAINT MARY’S (Ca.): Picked to finish fourth in the West Coast, now leading the league at 17-2 and 8-1.

This is Gonzaga-land, but not at the moment. The Gaels lost all five starters from last year, but it’s hard to remember that as they lead the nation with 53.7 shooting, and a slick 354-183 assist-to-turnover ratio. Eight different players have led the team in scoring a game. A lot of the answers were found Down Under. As in Australia. Six players come from there, including the top two scorers. Saint Mary’s had lost eight in a row to Gonzaga until coming from 15 points behind last week to win 70-67. 

"If we remain under the radar, that’s fine with me. If people notice us, it’s fine with us," coach Randy Bennett said. "We have to really be intentional about improving.’’

A really hard sell

Sure hope no team back east had any recruits visiting over the weekend.

But if so and someone still signs then get that coaching staff working on selling solutions for the failed states of Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan...

Monday, January 25, 2016

You can't top this -- don't even try

"High School Student Section Sets Gold Standard For Free-Throw Distractions" -- Samer Kalaf

Talkin' 'bout NBA prospects

"Roundtable: Who are the best prospects in the 2016 NBA Draft?" -- Trevor Magnotti

Give credit for posting such a category as best perimeter defender and others.

UNLV beat reporter toasts Musselman

"Musselman is the right coach to boost UNR program" -- Ed Graney

Who is responsible for what?

Coach Eric Musselman breaks down the in-game responsibilities of each member of his staff. Interesting look.

A Joey Frenchwood update

For the season thus far at Hill (TX) College, sophomore guard Joey Frenchwood is averaging 9.9 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 46%, 43% and 65% respectively.

A Liam Hunt update

6-foot-6 Liam (Drake High) Hunt is in his sophomore season at Hope International University (Fullerton) and he's averaging close to a double-double with 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds an outing. In 20 games to date, he has a team-best 30 blocked shots alongside a 53/28 assist-to-turnover ratio. Hunt is shooting 55% overall plus 69% from the charity stripe.

A Kenny Love update

For Whitworth University up in Washington, Kenny (Cardinal Newman High) Love is averaging 14.5 points, 3.5 boards and a second-on-the-team 47 assists while shooting 45%, 38% and 82% respectively. The Pirates are undefeated at 17-0.

Rogers leading Spartans

John Devine lauds senior Frank Rogers: "If the season ended today, Frank Rogers would have to be San Jose State’s Most Valuable Player on the basketball court.

Having missed most of last season, the 6-foot-9 Rogers leads the Spartans in nearly every statistical category, averaging a team high 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.

Rogers, who prepped at Salinas High, also leads the team in field goal percentage (51 percent) and blocks (19), and is second in steals and third in assists for San Jose State.

Rogers lead Salinas to its last league basketball title five years ago, earning league MVP honors."

The latest from Coach Bob Walsh

"Reliability" -- Coach Bob Walsh

Can you be counted on?

Oregon St. 85, USC 70

Just when it seemed like Oregon State was in a bit of a struggle and the Trojans had gained attention from the national media, the Beavers defeated USC 85-70 Sunday in Corvallis. A 49-30 second 20 minutes turned the tide. As usual, Gary Payton II left a large imprint on the game with 22 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.


Utah 80, Washington 75

In Seattle last night, Utah came in and grabbed an 80-75 victory over Washington. For the Huskies, freshman forward Marquese Chriss scored 15 points, grabbed six boards and blocked a trio of shots in 31 minutes. He also fouled out.


Saturday:CB 98, BYU-Hawaii 94

Michael (El Camino High) Smith tallied a team high 22 points, powered by 8-12 overall shooting, as visiting California Baptist bested BYU-Hawaii 98-94 on Saturday.


Saturday: Concordia 75, Dominican 59

Up in San Rafael on Saturday, Matt (Sierra College/River City High) Scott scored a team-best 20 points with teammate Stephen (Foothill College/Serra High) Grosey authoring a 16 rebound, 14 point double-double as Concordia defeated host Dominican University 75-59.

For the Penguins, Chris (Sacramento Waldorf) Schwartz-Edmisten totaled 12 points on the night while Matt (Yuba City High) Hayes came close to a double-double with 11 points plus nine boards.


Saturday: Dixie 103, Chaminade 100

In an overtime game Saturday in Honolulu, Dixie State got by Chaminade 103-100. In the loss, Kiran (Miramonte High) Shastri went for 22 points including 6-9 from beyond the arc and teammate Rohndell (CaƱada College/West High) Goodwin contributed 19.


Saturday: ND de Namur 86, Holy Names 80

It was a close one on Saturday in Belmont for teams on the opposite sides of San Francisco Bay but Notre Dame de Namur closed matters out with an 86-80 win against Holy Names University. Jalen Young and Kevin (West Campus High) Dent each scored 19 points for the victors while Dante (Salesian High) Robinson's 22 led HNU.


Saturday:AP 85, AAU 71

In San Francisco on Saturday night, Azuza Pacific downed Academy of Art University 85-71 as LyDell (Mid-Peninsula High) Cardwell again showed he liked home cooking with 17 points plus five assists, both team bests.

Nick (Napa Valley College/St. Patrick-St. Vincent) Cary was solid for AAU with 16 points and seven boards.


Wildcats hoops

Kenta McAfee/The Orion takes a look at the Chico State basketball season to date.

From George Washington Assistant Coach Maurice Joseph

"Basketball’s Impostor" -- Coach Maurice Joseph

Jy Williams' new book: "Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention"

"Jay Williams recalls the fateful day when he 'threw it all away'" 

Dame and his music

"Beats By Dame: Lillard's New Single is Lyrical Genius" -- Rob Perez

Sunday, January 24, 2016

More of MPC's Deondre Otis

Butte College 74, College of the Redwoods 67

"Redwoods puts up a good fight, but falls 74-67 to Butte College" -- Danny Penza

ChicoER: "The Butte College men’s basketball team topped College of the Redwoods 74-67 Saturday afternoon.

Michael Shoemaker led the Roadrunners with a 20-point performance, with 11 coming in the first half. Cam Moore dominated the paint scoring 17 points as Danny Lewis added 14. Josiah Wood and Trey Foster both provided 10 points in the win.

Butte scored the final five points of the first half to take a 33-29 lead into halftime. After pulling away 55-45, Redwoods cut Butte’s lead 62-60 but the Roadrunners held on for the road victory..."

Sonoma St. 61, CSU East Bay 59

In Rohnert Park yesterday, Sonoma State edged Cal State East Bay 61-59 as Luke (Santa Rosa JC/Del Oro High) Cochran shot 8-10 on his way to a team-leading 16 points and David (Portland/Marin Catholic High) Ahern was right behind with 15.

Jalen (Santa Clara) Richard led the Hayward-ites with 15 points.

Sonoma SID Tyler Lobe game reports.


CPP 86, Humboldt 76

Down in Pomona on Saturday, Cal Poly Pomona bested Humboldt State 86-76. For the Southlanders, Barry (McClymonds High) Bell contributed 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds with Jeremy (St. Mary's High) Dennis posting 13 points plus seven boards.

The Lumberjacks by Nikhol Lizotte's 21 points plus 19 points alongside eight assists via Malik Morgan.