Monday, February 29, 2016

Four games next Wednesday

On Wednesday, March 2:

Bracket One

* Host City College San Francisco versus Santa Rosa Junior College

* Host Las Positas College faces College of the Sequoias

Bracket Two

* Host Fresno City College welcomes Monterey Peninsula College

* Host Feather River College against Contra Costa College

Previews of Wednesday's pairings

Dave Rogahn previews each Nor Cal matchup set for Wednesday.

The pre-season CCCAA Nor Cal poll and now

California Community Colleges Men's Basketball Coaches Association
2015-16 Preseason Men's Basketball Poll


1 San Francisco
2 Fresno
3 Yuba
4 Marin
5 Cosumnes River
6 Merritt
7 Chabot
8 Diablo Valley
9 San Jose City
10 Cañada
tie Butte
12 Cabrillo
13 Sequoias
14 Foothill
15 Sierra



1. San Francisco
2. Feather River
3. Fresno
4. Las Positas
5. Chabot
6. Sequoias
7. Contra Costa
8. Butte
9. Santa Rosa
10. Cosumnes River
11. Cabrillo
12. Monterey
13. Columbia
14. West Hills
15. San Jose City


The guess is that no one other than Coach Rick knew who was coming together at Feather River College.

This was also prior to all the tumult at College of Marin and before Cañada College's top two talents decided to sit out.

No Las Positas College, no Contra Costa College, no Monterey Peninsula College and no Santa Rosa Junior College in the pre-season.

CCCMBCA Welcomes Five Members Into 2016 HOF Class

The California Community Colleges Men's Basketball Coaches Association will induct its 2016 Hall of Fame class on Saturday, March 12, at noon.

This year's class includes four coaches and an individual who donned the uniform and also coached in the community college system.

John Smith, who coached at San Bernardino and Riverside City colleges, won a state championship while at Riverside in 2009 and is currently the associate head coach at Cal State Fullerton. He spent nine years as the head coach at Riverside City College, compiling a 196-87 record, the second-highest win total in school history. He coached the Tigers to four conference championships (2005, 2007, 2010, 2011), nine-postseason berths, five 20-win seasons, and the state championship, which was the school's first in 43 years since Hall of Fame Head Coach Jerry Tarkanian accomplished the feat three-straight times in the 1960s. Prior to RCC, Smith spent four seasons as the head coach and Assistant Athletics Director at San Bernardino Valley College, posting an 88-40 overall record and a state championship tournament semifinal appearance in 2003. His community college coaching record stands at 265-118.

Former Chabot and Las Positas head coach Tony Costello, passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. He was an advocate for the coaches association, serving as its president from 2003-05. He coached in East Bay high school and community college basketball for more than 30 years. Costello spent 17 seasons at Chabot College, including 14 as the head coach. At Chabot, Costello's teams qualified for the regional playoffs 12 times and won conference championships in 2003 and 2005. Chabot advanced to the state's final eight in 2002 and the Sweet 16 in 1997. He concluded his career at Chabot with a 250-179 record. Costello went on to become Las Positas' first coach after the school introduced a men's basketball program. His teams went 100-77 in their first six years, reaching the playoffs in the 2007-08, 2010-11, and 2011-12 seasons. The Hawks advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2012.

Former Porterville and Bakersfield coach George Nessman, who won a state championship while coaching at Porterville in 2000, will also be enshrined. Nessman who coached at Porterville eight seasons racked up a 188-68 record during his time with the Pirates. His 2000 championship team went 33-4 and his 2000 and 2001 teams combined to win 40 consecutive games. He followed it up with two years at Bakersfield where the Renegades were 30-32 under his leadership.

Ralph Kravfe of Bakersfield College coached the Renegades to its only men's basketball championship in 1978. Kravfe, who was previously inducted into the Kern County Bob Elias Sports Hall of Fame with the Class of 1994, is "known as a tough taskmaster whose teams were always in top condition."  Three players from his state championship team signed with a Division I school, with two others earning scholarships at Division II programs. Before coaching Bakersfield, he was a legendary high school coach, winning 82 percent of the games in 13 seasons at East High School. His teams won nine South Yosemite League titles and four Valley Championships. 

Former player Louie Small from San Joaquin Delta College was a two-year starter for the well-oiled scoring machine at Delta from 1965-67. Small's freshman year the Mustangs averaged 92.3 points per game, finishing with an overall record of 24-4. He averaged 23.4 points/game, earning first team all-conference honors as well as all-tournament at the state championship. His sophomore year he helped the Mustangs average 102.1 points per game and again finished 24-4. He went on to earn all-conference, all-state and all-tournament at the state championship. At the state tournament, he scored 50 points as the Delta defeated Riverside, 150-120. The 150 points and Small's 50-point performance remain state records. After graduating, Small accepted a scholarship to Kansas State, a program coached by Tex Winter and Cotton Fitzsimmons. Small went to earn first team Big-8 honors before deciding to transfer to UNLV, where he was named the Rebels' MVP. He was drafted in the 9th round by the Golden State Warriors and in the 1st round of the ABA draft by the Utah Stars. Smalls played all of 10 years of his professional career in Mexico, where he was a four-time all-star, two-time league MVP and the league's leading scorer in 1976 at 31.1 points per game. He helped his team win three Mexican Professional championships (1976, 1977 and 1978).

Current CCCMBCA cardholders are admitted to the luncheon for free, the cost for guests is $25 which is payable at the door. The luncheon will be held at the Double Tree Hilton, 7050 Johnson Drive Pleasanton, CA 94588 in the Gold/Silver Room.

Loved this


Investing millions in someone you don't really know and don't understand seems like the most foolhardy of investments.

A fascinating tidbit

Matt O'Brien: "A Stanford University study showed that 3pt shooting % went up 9% when a basketball player is getting an average of 10 hours of sleep."

Of course, some of us would then be at 9% in our long distance accuracy.

Press for Testa

"Serra's Testa shines on big stage" -- John Murphy/Prep2Prep

The Soldiers roster

The NorCal Report: "Talent-rich roster coming together for @Soldiers_Salute 17u. Alfred Hollins, Amadou Sow, Abu Kigab, Christian Popoola, Remy Martin, & more."

Add in guard Alex Barcello out of Arizona.

Chico nabs another championship

 Just under four months ago a vote of league coaches predicted Chico State as the 2015-16 California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Champion and despite a loss to Cal State LA Saturday night the Wildcats have proven the coaches right, snagging their second-consecutive CCAA Regular-Season Title.

This year's CCAA post-season tournament field returns to an eight team men's field with first-round games to be played at the top four seeds' campus arenas on Tuesday, March 1. The four teams to come out of the first-round games will advance to Stockton Arena, the site of the semifinal and final rounds, which are scheduled for March 4-5.

The Wildcats, who finished 16-4 in CCAA play have clinched to top spot and are joined by No. 2 seed UC San Diego (15-5) , No. 3 seed Cal Poly Pomona (14-6), and No. 4-seed Humboldt State in earning a first-round home game.

Chico and San Diego will have to face No. 8 seeded Cal State LA and No. 7 seeded Sonoma State for the second time in a week. The Wildcats and Tritons both fell to the Golden Eagles and Seawolves, respectively, Saturday to wrap up 2015-16 regular-season play. On the season, Chico State is 1-1 against LA, while UCSD has a 0-1 record against Sonoma.

Cal Poly Pomona locked in as the No. 3 seed over a week ago, but learned they would play San Francisco State (10-10) following tonight's Gator win over Cal State San Bernardino. Despite finishing with an identical 12-8 record, Cal State Monterey Bay will play as the No. 5 seed after losing a head to head tie breaker with Humboldt State. The Lumberjacks won the only game played with the Otters this season.

2015-16 CCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Tuesday, March 1    

7:00 p.m. No. 8 Cal State LA (9-11) at No. 1 Chico State (16-4)
7:30 p.m. No. 7 Sonoma State (9-11) at No. 2 UC San Diego (15-5)
7:00 p.m. No. 6 San Francisco State (10-10) at No. 3 Cal Poly Pomona (14-6)
7:00 p.m. No. 5 Cal State Monterey Bay (12-8) at No. 4 Humboldt State (12-8)  

Friday, March 4 (Stockton, CA)

12:05 p.m. Winner of No. 8/No. 1 vs. Winner of No. 5/No. 4                        
2:35 p.m. Winner of No. 7/No. 2 vs. Winner of No. 6/No. 3  

Saturday, March 5 (Stockton, CA)

5:05 p.m. Winner of Semifinal #1 vs. Winner of Semifinal #2          

Another top Santa Clara County talent

"Wickliffe's The Man on court, at home" -- John Murphy/Prep2Prep

Delgado & Hoyt honored

In a postseason poll, the California Pacific Conference coaches voted Cal Maritime's Roman Delgado as the conference Player of the Year. The senior guard guided the Keelhaulers to the regular season crown with a 9-3 record, 20-9 overall, establishing himself as a key component at both ends of the court by providing steady offensive production and solid defense.
A teammate of Delgado's, Kameron Hoyt, demonstrated even more tenacity in holding down opposing team's top scorers and, as a result, garnered the Cal Pac's Defender of the Year honor.

The Cal Pac coaches voted sharpshooter Franky Teran of Antelope Valley as the Newcomer of the Year. The junior guard led the NAIA Division II in 3-point field goal percentage, knocking down an impressive 71-of-139 (51%).

In a conference rich in promising freshman talent, UC Merced's Aaron Laflin stood out among a stellar list of nominees to earn Freshman of the Year distinction. Each team had at least one freshman that demonstrated he was ready to make an immediate impact on the Cal Pac, and the coaches' list of nominees for the award looked more like a list of All-Cal Pac First Teamers in the very near future. Laflin led a resurgent Bobcat squad in both scoring and rebounding, quickly becoming the focal point of opposing defenses.

After guiding CMA to its fourth conference title in the last seven years, Head Coach Bryan Rooney was voted the Coach of the Year.

With many new faces, there were a limited number of players who repeated with All-Conference honors.  Zach Davis of Cal Maritime and Andre Marquez of La Sierra were only players named to the First Team for a second year in a row, and Hoyt, a First Teamer last winter, was voted to the Second Team this year.  For the second year in a row, Kevin Batise earned Honorable Mention.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Roman Delgado (Cal Maritime)

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR:  Kameron Hoyt (Cal Maritime)

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:  Franky Teran (Antelope Valley)

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  Aaron Laflin (UC Merced)

COACH OF THE YEAR:  Bryan Rooney (Cal Maritime)


First Team

Josh Brakkee Simpson FR F Tracy, CA

Jarron Crump Pacific Union SR G Dallas, TX
Zach Davis Cal MaritimeSR F Valencia, CA
Roman Delgado Cal Maritime SR G Santa Clarita, CA
Jacob Kaler Simpson SR G Beaverton, Ore.
Aaron Laflin UC Merced FR F Santa Maria, CA
Andre Marquez La Sierra SR G Aurora, CO
Taureaus Maxwell Pacific Union SR C Texarkana, TX
Josh Sanchez Antelope Valley JR F Albuquerque, N.M.
Franky Teran Antelope Valley JR G Tucson, AZ
Gerald Williams La Sierra JR G Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Second Team

Kameron Hoyt Cal Maritime SR G Lemoore, CA
Marc Kirkland Simpson SR G Sacramento, CA
Matt Laflin UC Merced FR F Santa Maria, CA
Daniel Radford Cal Maritime JR F Bret Harte, CA
Kyle Tomlinson Benedictine-Mesa SR F Mesa, AZ

Honorable Mention

Benedictine-Mesa: Troy Conley, Anthony Bryant; Embry-Riddle: Logan Skurdal, Nick Agostino, Sean Wood; La Sierra: Kevin Batise, Keenan Braden; Pacific Union: Mike Hill, Devon Marshall; Antelope Valley: Miles Nolen-Webb; UC Merced:  Reggie Nelson

The young man will get what he needs at any of the three schools

"Top HS basketball recruit Jackson down to three schools" -- CSNBAYAREA

The 2016 PacWest Men's Basketball Championship

The brackets for the 2016 PacWest Men's and Women's Basketball Championships were finalized with the completion of the regular season on Saturday. Nearly every game on the full 14-game schedule impacted the final standings and tournament tiebreakers.

The PacWest Basketball Championships takes place March 3-5, 2015, at CU Arena on the campus of Concordia University Irvine. The quarterfinals begin on Thursday, followed by the semifinals on Friday and finals on Saturday.

It's Cal Maritime versus La Sierra on Monday

Top seeded Cal Maritime topped UC Merced and #2 seed La Sierra outran Simpson to set up a meeting between the Keelhaulers and the Golden Eagles in Monday's California Pacific Conference Championship game in Vallejo, Calif.
The men's final will held at Cal Maritime on Monday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 pm.

CMA won 65-55 in the first semifinal of the night, outshooting the Bobcats from the floor and from the line.  A tough CMA defense limited a balanced UCM offense to just 36% shooting from the floor, and only 10-of-28 from beyond the arc. The Keelhaulers, now 21-9 overall, had four players reach double figures in the game, led by Zach Davis's 18 point and team-high eight rebounds. Alec Fetzer chipped in 15 points and had three steals, while Roman Delgado added 12 points, hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers, and Daniel Radford added 10 points.

For the Bobcats, Michael Pierick caught fire and poured in 25 points, draining 6-of-8 from behind the line. No other UCM player reached double figures. Ryan Edwards contributed nine points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats, who finish the season with a 9-14 record.

In the second semifinal, the Golden Eagles and the Red Hawks went back and forth for forty minutes, but LSU was able to pull away just enough at the end to claim the victory. Three players topped the 20-point mark, led by 25 from Andre Marquez, who hit 11-of-18 shots from the floor, as well as grabbing a team-high 11 boards. Gerald Williams added 23 and 10 assists, and Kyle Hamilton finished with 20 for the Golden Eagles, who advance to the final with a 9-18 record.

Josh Brakkee led Simpson with 18 points to top five players who finished in double digits. Joseph Bosetti had 17 points, Marc Kirkland added 16 points, Josh Delamarter totaled 14 points Jacob Kaler chipped in 10 points for the Red Hawks, who complete the campaign at 8-23 overall.

The 2016 GSAC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2016 GSAC Men's Basketball Tournament hosted by Hope International:

Friday, March 4 - First Round

2:30 PM - Men - #3 William Jessup vs. #6 Vanguard
7:30 PM - Men - ​#4 Arizona Christian vs. #5 Westmont

Saturday, March 5 - Semifinals

2:30 PM - Game 6: Men - #2 Hope International vs. Winner of Game 2
7:30 PM - Game 8: Men - #1 Biola vs. Winner of Game 4

Tuesday, March 8 - Championships (Televised by Fox Sports Prime Ticket)

8:00 PM - Men's Championship

Saturday: Prolific Prep closed the season big

"Prolific Prep celebrates seniors, community support in final home game" -- Yousef Baig/Napa Valley Register

Cal 87, USC 65

What seemingly should have been a close game turned into the opposite on Sunday as host California bopped USC 87-65. Freshman Ivan (Bishop O'Dowd) Rabb posted an 18 point, 10 rebound double-double, Jaylen Brown enjoyed an 18/8 line with Jabari Bird and Tyrone Wallace tallying 12 points apiece.

Connor Letourneau game reports.

Jeff Faraudo game reports.


Crain honored

UC Santa Cruz freshman center Will Crain (Petaluma, Calif.) has been awarded the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) basketball Player of the Week.  Crain led the Banana Slugs with his fifth double-double of the year with 28 points and 11 rebounds as UC Santa Cruz defeated West Coast Baptist in their lone game of the week. The 28 points and five steals were season highs for the freshman who also registered six blocks, tying a school record. Crain ends the year with 344 points, becoming the first freshman to lead the Banana Slugs in scoring since the 2007-2008 season.

Nevada 87, Colorado St. 80 OT

Powered by 24 points from D.J. Fenner and Tyron Criswell's 23 plus especially Cameron (Grant High) Oliver's 16 point, 14 rebound double-double, host Nevada defeated Colorado State 87-80 in overtime on Sunday. It was a strong defensive effort from Coach Eric Musselman's guys.

A note to emphasize; Wolf Pack guard Juwan (Suffield Academy/Bishop O'Dowd) Anderson didn't take a shot but his 3 assists, two points on a pair of free throws and two offensive rebounds in 24 minutes were certainly a plus in the outcome for short-handed Nevada.


Oregon St. 69, Washington St. 49

In Corvallis yesterday, Oregon State outscored Washington State by 10 in each half to win 69-49 as Gary Payton II tallied 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Playing 13 minutes, fellow senior Langston (Berkeley High) Morris-Walker added eight points, four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals for the Beavers.


Saturday: Sonoma St. 64, UC San Diego 62

Beautiful La Jolla looked even more stunning for Sonoma State after defeating UC San Diego 64-62 on Saturday. A 38-31 second half did the trick for the Seawolves. James (College of the Redwoods/Ferndale High) Slade led with 13 points, David (Portland/Marin Catholic High) Ahern tallied 10 plus Luke (Santa Rosa Junior College/Del Oro High) Cochran was literally and figuratively large via 11 points, nine rebounds and a trio of rejections.

(Monta Vista High) Jackson shot 4-8 on his way to eight points for the Tritons.



Saturday: SF St. 76, CS San Bernardino 70

Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson led with 17 points, Treaven (St. Mary's/Las Lomas High) Duffy tallied 13 and Floyd (Yuba College/Highlands High) Wormley 10 in San Francisco State's Saturday night takedown of host Cal State San Bernardino.


Saturday: CSLA 65, Chico St. 64

Down in the Southland, Cal State Los Angeles pulled a surprise by defeating Chico State 65-64 on Saturday. Despite the loss, Isaiah (Center High) Ellis continued his hot streak with 23 points as well as nine rebounds. He shot 9-13 overall plus 5-5 at the foul line. Teammates Robert (Granite Bay High) Duncan and Tanner (Fresno State/Windsor High) Giddings provided 14 points, eight boards and seven assists plus 13 points and seven rebounds respectively. Duncan took 17 shots and was just 2-9 from three-point range.

The Wildcats owned the boards at 39-25 but committed 15 turnovers to just six for CSLA.


Saturday: Stanislaus St. 80, CS Dominguez Hills 75

Stanislaus State used its home court advantage in downing Cal State Dominguez Hills 80-75 on Saturday as Kyle (Calaveras High) Gouvia enjoyed a 25 point, 11 rebound double-double.

For CSDH, Vincent (City College San Francisco/Skyline High) Golson posted a 14 point, eight assist, six board line.


From Saturday night's game

The NorCalReport: "Reno International's Jordan Roberson went for 37 points against @ProlificPrep. Roberson is a 6-5 CG from Rancho Cordova, a postgrad."

A full-length Cabrillo - COS game report

Dave Rogahn with a full-length game report from Friday's Cabrillo College - College of the Sequoias matchup.

Saturday: Monte Vista Christian 53, San Lorenzo Valley 43

"CCS D-IV Boys Basketball: MVC comes up big against SLV" -- Andrew Matheson/Santa Cruz Sentinel
2016 NIKE Youth Basketball Camp Series:
> March 14-16 @ Antioch Community Center / Antioch CA / Boys & Girls / Ages 7-15


NIKE Youth Camps

These camps will focus on the core fundamentals in the 5 areas of basketball (Defense / Ball Handling / Rebounding / Passing / Shooting).  Regardless of skill level, it is important for all players to refresh on fundamentals of the game.  Kids ages 7-15 (boys & girls) are all welcome.  Along with fundamental skill development; these camps will also consist of games, activities, camp t-shirt, NIKE prizes, awards, certificate of completion & much more.  In addition to the highest level of instruction; campers will get to interact with TOP RANKED high school players (as camp leaders).

Showtime Hoops

Showtime Hoops

Sacramento California
March 5th 2016
Saturday Only!!

9u 10u 11u 12u 13u 14u 15u 16u 17u

(Entry Fee $225.00 )

Girls& Boys

March Schedule
March 5th 2016
March 12th 2016
March 19th 2016

9u 10u 11u 12u 13u 14u 15u 16u 17u

(Entry Fee $225.00 )

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:
Mike Walker 530.591.5245
Veletta Johnson

Register Online @
Tournament Website

11th Annual Basketball Invitational

AAU Girls & Boys

2016 AAU Chico Springtime Showcase
11th Annual Basketball Invitational

Registration Deadline!! March 31,2016

AAU AGE GROUPS: 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th JV & Varsity

Register online at

All AAU Team Schedule Requests Email:

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AAU Girls & Boys Divisions 1 Division 2 Division 3
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April 9th & 10th 2016

2016 AAU Chico springtime Showcase Games Schedule:
Saturday, April 9th 8am-8:50pm Sunday, April 10th 8am-5:45pm

AAU Chico Springtime Showcase Tournament Directors:
MikeWalker 530.591.5245
Veletta Johnson

April 9th & 10th 2016
AAU Chico springtime Showcase Games Schedule:
Saturday, April 9th 8am-8:50pm Sunday, April 10th 8am-5:45pm

2015 119 AAU Girls & Boys Teams Participated

Date: April 9th-10th 2016

All AAU Team Schedule Request Email:

AAU Girls & Boys

AAU AGE GROUPS: 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th JV & Varsity

AAU Divisions ENTRY FEE:

$325.00 1 Team $300.00 2 Teams $275.00 3 or more



1st & 2nd Place Trophies 3rd place medals

FORMAT: 3 Game minimum. Pool Play

Contact Mike Walker 530-591-5245

11th Annual AAU Chico Springtime Showcase presented by
Nor Cal Warriors-Showtime Basketball Academy
Chico Visitors Bureau on April 9th & 10th 2016.

The event will be hosted by 15 Basketball sites in the Chico Area

On Friday April 8th at 5pm Coaches Check in at the Holiday Inn hotel.

AAU Games Schedule 8am-9pm Saturday, April 9th Sunday, April 10th, 8am-5pm

AAU Chico springtime Showcases Northern California elite athletes

Tournament will showcase competitive Girls & Boys Basketball.

AAU Chico Springtime Showcase provides Northern California college coaches
a tremendous opportunity to scout the up-and-coming basketball Players.

AAU Tournament Registration

Deadline is March 31, 2016

Chico Hotels: (Please Book Early All Hotels will be Sold Out In Chico)

***AAU Chico Springtime Showcase Group Rate Hotels***

Motel 6 Hotel 800-544-4866 Rate $59.00

Heritage Inn Express 530-343-4527 Rate $65.00

Super 8 Hotel 530-345-2533 Rate $79.00

University Inn Hotel 530-895-1323 Rate $79.00

Americas Best Value Inn 530-343-3286 Rate $84.99

Best Western Inn 800-446-4291 Rate 89.99

Marriott Courtyard 530-894-6699 Rate 114.00

Residence Inn 530-894-5500 Rate 124.00

Holiday Inn Hotel 530-345-2491 Rate 129.00 Includes breakfast

Oxford Suites 530-899-9090 Rate 129.00 (king Suites)

All AAU travel teams must Check in prior to start of first game for mandatory team roster registration sessions

begin at April 8th at 5pm-9pm, Holiday Inn

Saturday April 9th at 8am-1pm

All AAU teams should make departing plans Sunday April 12th, after 6pm.

******No Refunds******

******For missing games due to team check in registration.******

AAU Presentation & Coaches Certification Check-In

Friday, April 8, 2016 5pm-9pm Holiday Inn

Saturday session: April 9, 2016 8am-1pm

AAU Coaches will receive official coaching badges

AAU Official Brackets and Tournament info tournament Program

AAU Coaches will receive 2 bands per team entered

AAU Chico Springtime Showcase (Two coaches entry bands per team)

AAU Coaches/Team Administrators Registration Location:

5pm-9pm Holiday Inn Chico CA

685 Manzanita Court Chico, CA 95926

Saturday Team Registration Location:

April 9, 2016 8am-1pm Holiday Inn Chico CA

685 Manzanita Court Chico, CA 95926

AAU Chico Springtime Showcase Tournament Directors:
MikeWalker 530.591.5245
Veletta Johnson

Sunday, February 28, 2016

CCSF 96, Sierra 65

Top-ranked City College of San Francisco took care of visiting Sierra College on Saturday 96-65 as 6-foot-4 sophomore Troy (Oakland Tech) Thompson exploded for 25 points to lead the Rams. Scoring 12 apiece were Shon (Casper College/Heritage High) Briggs, Trevor (Washington State/St. Ignatius) Dunbar, LaDonovan (Castlemont High) Wilder and Jerrod (St. Mary's High-Berkeley) Nodar.

CCSF was consistent with 46 points in the initial 20 minutes and 50 in the second.

From Brandon Cole.

FCC 111, SJCC 71

Host Fresno City College clicked on all cylinders Saturday in blitzing San Jose City College 111-71 as Jaffrey Stillman led the way via 22 points plus nine rebounds. Teammate Nick (Jesuit High) Hilton sank 4-7 three-point attempts to finish with 12 as did Evan (Golden Valley High) Stillahn with 4-11 on three-pointers. The Rams grabbed 48 boards, 19 on offense.

Akil (Evergreen Valley High) Douglas' 25 points paced the Jaguars.

Anthony Galaviz game reports.

FCC box

LPC 66, West Hills 57

Las Positas College athletics: "LPC picked the perfect time to play perhaps its finest defense of the season Saturday night.

The Hawks held West Hills Coalinga to 17 points under its scoring averaging in defeating the Falcons 66-57 before a raucous home crowd in the second round of the Northern California regional playoffs.

With the victory—LPC’s second ever in the postseason—the fourth-seeded Hawks (19-9) advanced to Wednesday’s third round against fifth-seeded College of the Sequoias. That game will take place at 7 p.m. in Livermore.

Keith Hunter led LPC with 22 points and 10 rebounds against West Hills (16-11), which entered as the 13th seed. Brandon Eboigbodin had another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. McKayle Harnell finished with 10 points, and Cameron Moses had 9 points and 12 assists.

But it was the Hawks’ defense that was the story. LPC not only stifled West Hills, which entered averaging 74 points a game, from the floor, but nearly shut out the Falcons from the foul line. West Hills shot only 2 free throws the entire game.

What’s more, LPC committed only 5 fouls, 3 of which came in the first half. The Falcons committed 16.

“Interesting enough, we worked on this defense all year,” said Hawks Coach James Giacomazzi. “We preached, preached defense all week. But we had not played to this effectiveness. It really showed tonight.”

And the Hawks stifled West Hills while playing only 6 players all night. The Falcons’ rotation, meanwhile, went 9 deep.

“We’re in pretty good condition,” Giacomazzi said. “When you’re in the playoffs, you gotta go with your hot hand. We had a good rhythm, good consistency going. If we had subbed, it would’ve changed our consistency. The way we were playing, we had to keep it going.”

LPC led 38-30 at halftime before West Hills switched from a man-to-man defense to a zone to begin the second half. However, Hunter began the half with a three-pointer, giving the Hawks their biggest lead at 41-30.

West Hills then ran off 9 straight points to move within 41-39 before LPC countered with 7 in a row on 3 free throws by Harnell, a Hunter tip, and a Darius Limbrick basket with two players hanging all over him.

The Falcons outscored the Hawks 9-2 to pull within 50-48 with 9:10 remaining. But over the next 7 minutes, LPC held West Hills to just 3 points while scoring 12, assuming control at 62-51 at the 3-minute mark.

West Hills stubbornly remained in its zone while the Hawks let the clock run down. In fact, LPC committed two shot-clock violations down the stretch. The Falcons’ only baskets in the final 2:43 came on 2 threes, but that wasn’t enough as the Hawks got 2 free throws each from Hunter and Kameron Johnson to secure the victory.

Said Giacomazzi, “We executed our game plan to perfection. Our kids worked their tails off, and they are now reaping the rewards.”

Up next is a rematch with Sequoias. The teams met Dec. 3 in the first round of the DVC Classic in Pleasant Hill, and the Hawks came away with a 63-61 victory. Sequoias won its second-round playoff game Friday, 76-70 in overtime against Cabrillo.

Giacomazzi noted that Sequoias was missing its starting guard in the Dec. 3 victory.

“We have some work to do,” he said. “They can shoot it, and their bigs can play.”

Sequoias, incidentally, eliminated the Hawks from last year’s playoffs with a 76-67 win on LPC’s home court."

Excellent article on JCrum

"Oakland's Own Leaving His Mark - Joshua Crum's Journey to 1,000" -- Jake Ward

Congrats to Ward for this good work.

Chico 69, PV 56

"Chico High boys basketball team wins section title, stuns PV with 13-0 run in fourth quarter" -- Joseph Shufelberger/Chico Enterprise Record

Watch this young man: "...Sophomore Kevin Kremer had 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and six steals for the Vikings..." 

Saturday games involving Santa Rosa area teams

"NCS boys basketball roundup: Cardinal Newman falls to Salesian 62-44" -- Howard Senzell/Press Democrat

Irvine 62, Davis 61

Luke Nelson made a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining to give UC Irvine the win over host UC Davis on Saturday.

"...Darius Graham drove the lane and kicked it out to an open Siler Schneider, who hit a 3-pointer from straight away with 18 seconds left to pull UC Davis within 60-59. After UC Irvine was called for a five-second violation, Schneider hit a floater in the lane with 14.3 seconds left for a 61-60 lead.

UC Irvine missed a 3-pointer but the loose ball went out of bounds off of UC Davis with 2.1 seconds left. The Aggies were whistled for a questionable foul on the inbound play and Nelson converted at the stripe.

Graham's half-court shot at the buzzer hit the front rim..."

Josh Fox was bigtime for the Aggies as he totaled 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Bruce Gallaudet/Davis Enterprise game reports.

Bill Paterson/Sacramento Bee game reports.


Arcata 72, Lick-Wilmerding 64

"NCS Playoffs: Arcata boys hold off Lick-Wilmerding to advance to D-4 semifinals" -- Danny Penza/Eureka Times-Standard

"...Senior guard Micah Elan led Lick with a team-high 21 points and threw down a pair of huge dunks to draw big reactions from the capacity crowd..."

SP-SV 54, MC 40

"St. Patrick-St. Vincent High boys basketball team beats Marin Catholic in playoffs" -- Matt O'Donnell/Times-Herald

Nor Cal Rising Stars

"Team Rampage Head Coach and Trainer Brandon Bracy, has launched a new blogsite for Northern California basketball prospects called, "Nor-Cal Rising Stars".The website covers middle school, high school, and college. Players, teams and, coaches, from Northern California will be the topic of the discussion on Bracy's blogsite. Bracy is looking to bring to light to Northern California basketball, and hopes that this blogsite, becomes a big entity for basketball blogs. Go here: Nor Cal Rising Stars"

Max Hooper's father made it to Senior Night

"Oakland's Max Hooper Climbed Into Stands During Senior Night to Hug Cancer-Battling Father"

Dominican 87, FP 79

Down in the San Joaquin, Dominican University grabbed a road win against Fresno Pacific on Saturday 87-79. For the Penguins, Matt (Yuba City High) Hayes filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 11 boards and eight assists with teammate Chris (Sacramento Waldorf High) Schwartz-Edmisten tallying 18 points.


The Keelhaulers with another win

"Cal Maritime moves closer to NAIA tournament with win over UC Merced" -- Thomas Gase/Times-Herald

Cal Baptist 79, Holy Names 78 OT

California Baptist edged host Holy Names by one, 79-78, last night in Oakland despite HNU getting 29 points from Joshua (Bishop O'Dowd) Crum. For the victors, Michael (El Camino High) Smith tallied 18 points and Jordan (St. Mary's/San Ramon Valley High) Giusti 15. The latter also gathered in 10 boards and the former nine.


Arizona Christian 84, Vanguard 70

Powered by 17 points and seven assists from Bobby (San Jose City College) Gray plus 13 points via Chris (San Jose City College) Sterling, Arizona Christian turned away Vanguard 84-70 on Saturday.

UC Santa Barbara 80, Fullerton 62

Michael Bryson and John Green each scored 19 points in UC Santa Barbara's Saturday romp over host Cal State Fullerton. Bryson added eight rebounds plus three assists while Green shot 8-9.


BSU 66, San Diego St. 63

Boise State scored the last 12 points of the game to erase host San Diego State's lead and defeat Coach Steve Fisher's crew 66-63 on Saturday. Seven missed free throws made the comeback possible.

In 19 minutes, BSU freshman Paris Austin finished with 11 points on 4-6 overall shooting and 3-4 at the foul line. For the Aztecs, Dakarai Allen scored seven points alongside 3 rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in 22 minutes.


Texas 76, Oklahoma 63

Isaiah Taylor led a second half scoring blitz and finished with 18 points plus five assists in Texas' homecourt defeat of Oklahoma on Saturday.


Vanderbilt 74, Kentucky 62

In Kentucky's 74-62 loss to Vanderbilt yesterday in Nashville, Marcus Lee produced nine point, six boards and three blocked shots.


LB St. 66, UC Riverside 55

Host Long Beach State handled UC Riverside 66-55 on Saturday. Noah Blackwell contributed six points, three assists, two boards and two steals in 16 minutes for the Beach.


TAM-CC 75, Sam Houston St. 70

Powered in part by Hameed Ali's stat-stuffing 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi turned away Sam Houston State 75-70 on Saturday.

TAMCC is 22-6 on the season.


Utah St. 88, SJSU 70

Chris Smith scored 20 points on 5-11, 3-5, 5-7 shooting in propelling Utah State to an 88-70 victory Saturday over visiting San Jose State University. He also added five boards and two steals to his stat line.


San Diego 85, Portland 76

Bryce Pressley's mighty effort culminated in 37 points but the Pilots still fell short on Saturday as San Diego downed Portland 85-76. The senior guard shot 12-19, 4-6 and 9-11.


North Dakota 97, Sacramento St. 71

Host North Dakota had its way against Sacramento State on Saturday 97-71. Justin Strings shot 7-11 from long distance on his way to 26 points while Hornet teammates Eric (Casa Roble High) Stuteville and Jeff (Modesto Christian High) Wu each contributed 11. Stuteville led with nine rebounds.


From Friday: BOD 62, Drake 39

"Drake falls to Bishop O’Dowd in NCS quarterfinals" -- Danny Schmidt/Marin Independent Journal

Saturday, February 27, 2016

MPC 73, Chabot 68

Monterey Peninsula College traveled to Chabot College on Friday and nabbed a 76-70 victory.

John Devine:

"DeOndre Otis has 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists in MPC's 73-68 win over Chabot"


"Isaac Clark adds 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists for MPC while Kyle Hieb has 12 points and Jazz Bajwa nine."

John Devine game reports (scroll down a bit).

Chabot Men's Basketball: "Chabot goes ice cold and is stunned at home in the 2nd round of the Northern California playoffs. Gladiators had a lead late but turnovers and an amazing tip-in by Monterey put the game away in the final seconds. Chabot finishes the season 21-9.

Wykeem Randle 21 pts
Keith Phillips 13 pts
Robert Blunt 7 pts & 15 rebounds
Courtney Anderson 7 pts
Drelan Tripplett 5 pts
Dalvin Guy 4 pts
Seth Cox 4 pts
Deshun Garrett 4 pts
 Larry Jones 3 pts" 

Sequoias 76, Cabrillo 70 OT

Down in Visalia last night, College of Sequoias used an 11-6 overtime period to best Cabrillo College 76-70. Big Dida Periera shot just 5-15 from the floor but 14-17 at the foul line to lead with 26 points. He added nine rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Teammate Simon Krajovic added 13 points, nine boards, three assists and three steals.

Cabrillo received 27 points from guard Solomon Taylor but he shot 31 times to achieve that total. Frontcourter Brett Reed achieved a 12 point, 12 rebound double-double.

The biggest differential was COS going 24-33 at the foul line while Cabrillo was 14-16.

The Visalia Times-Delta game reports.

Full box scores

Santa Rosa JC 75,Butte College 67

Santa Rosa Junior College bested Butte College 67 last night in Oroville. Four Bear Cubs scored in double figures: Siaan (Concord High) Rojas with 18 points, 17 for David Niklasson, 15 for Jacob Wilson (plus seven assists) and Josh (Vintage High) Douglas 12 (four treys).

SRJC jumped out to a 39-30 halftime lead and owned a 16-point advantage at one point. The overall primary difference between the two teams was Santa Rosa shooting 46% to 34% for Butte.

The Roadrunners were led by Michael (Corning High) Shoemaker's 17 point, 15 rebound double-double as well as Trey Foster's 16 points.

Joseph Shufelberger game reports.

Howard Senzell game reports.

Full box scores

Contra Costa 86, Cosumnes River 77

Host Contra Costa College turned away Cosumnes River College 86-77 on Friday.

Contra Costa College Men's Basketball: "The Comets defeated Consumnes River to advance in the state playoffs and won their first home playoff game since 1990! After a tight first half the Comets jumped out to a 16 point lead in the 2nd half and held off a Consumnes River run. F Larry Wickett led the Comets with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, while G Anthony Sullen added 20 points and 4 rebounds. F Deonte Smith added 7 points, 9 rebounds, and blocked 5 shots. The Comets will play the winner of the Sacramento City/Feather River game that will take place tomorrow night... GO COMETS!!!!"

Shelton and the Rams

"BJ Shelton leads by example in helping Fresno City College to NorCal Regionals" -- Anthony Galaviz/Fresno Bee

Finally located some 'missing' post prep players

Thanks to the scheduling of Pacific Prep, the 'home' of four post prep northern California talents whose whereabouts were not known to many (including myself) have been determined -- they are at Reno International Prep:

* Jordan Roberson, 6-foot-5, Cordova High

* Adrian Rico, 6-foot, Berkeley High

* Devin Davis, 6-foot-3, El Cerrito High

* Christian Munoz, 6-foot-6, Cordova High

Prolific Prep and Reno International Prep will battle on Saturday @ 6 p.m. at Napa Valley College.

Bellarmine 44, HMB 33

San Jose Mercury News: "Half Moon Bay had a five-point lead in the third quarter when Bellarmine went on a run that turned the game its way.

On its last eight possessions of the third quarter, Half Moon Bay committed six turnovers and missed both shots. Bellarmine went on a 10-0 run to take a 34-29 lead at the end of the third quarter and kept building on its lead in the fourth quarter.

Bellarmine (17-7) made five consecutive 3-point field goals.

"We're a good shooting team," Bellarmine coach Patrick Schneider said. "In the first half we missed a lot of open shots. In the second half the guys relaxed. You hit one, two, three and it snowballs from there."

Bellarmine: Bradford 6-2-17 (three treys), Athens 4-1-10, Wojcik 3-1-9 (two treys), Clark 2-0-5, Gaffey 1-0-3

Half Moon Bay: Hilton 4-3-11, Salinero 1-4-7, Nuno 3-1-7, Saffold 1-3-5, Treanor 1-0-3

St. Francis and Mitty score victories

"CCS boys basketball: St. Francis escapes with OT win over Santa Cruz; Mitty beats Menlo-Atherton" -- Darren Sabedra/BANG

St. Francis 68, Santa Cruz 58 OT

In a game that nobody expected to require an overtime period, St. Francis High finally turned away Santa Cruz High 68-58 on Friday. It was 30-23 in favor of the Cardinals at the half.

Andrew Matheson: "A steal and a very safe lay-up by Yee-Stephens. Santa Cruz up 54-49 with 1:41 to go."

Darren Sabedra: "With Santa Cruz going in for winning layup, Gabe Adzich made block of season for @sfhsathletics OT, tied 57"

Andrew Matheson game reports.

MC over OR

"Modesto Christian tested by Oak Ridge, advances to Sleep Train Arena" -- James Burns/Modesto Bee

It's Central Catholic in overtime

"Top-seeded Central Catholic needs OT to beat Ripon in boys basketball thriller" -- Joe Cortez/Modesto Bee

Sheldon 104, Granite Bay 59

Joe Davidson: "Sheldon Huskies beat Granite Bay 104-59 in roaring on all cylinders. GB was without Darren Nelson. Huskies playing at a championship level."

Joe Davidson game reports.

MV over Freedom

"NCS boys basketball: Monte Vista wins at Freedom" -- Phil Jensen/BANG

VDL 64, CC 62

Joe Davidson: "In a season of buzzer beaters, we have one more. Vista del Lago 3/4 shot stuns Capital Christian 64-62 in D-III, toppling the field..."

Here's video of that shot.

Berkeley makes some noise

"NCS boys basketball: Berkeley upsets second seed Dougherty Valley" -- Tony Gonsalez/BANG

Montgomery wins

"NCS boys basketball playoffs: Montgomery stuns Windsor 53-51 in overtime" -- Lori A. Carter/Press Democrat

Serra 62, Palma 38

It was James Testa night.

Glenn Cravens game reports.

John Devine game reports.

Jamaree Bouyea scored 11 for the Chieftains.

Moreau Catholic 84, Analy 40

Frank Knight: "Moreau Catholic defeats Analy High 83-40 in the 2nd Round of NCS Playoffs. Milstead 23, Frayer 20, Lawrence 20, Brown 10."

UC San Diego 76, SF St. 73 OT

Down in La Jolla, UC San Diego edged San Francisco State 76-73 in overtime on Friday night as freshman Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen posted a 27 point, 11 rebound double-double for the Tritons. Floyd (Yuba College) Wormley of the Gators enjoyed a 21 point, eight board night with teammates Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson and Treaven (St. Mary's/Las Lomas High) Duffy adding 15 points and 13 points respectively.


CS San Bernardino 83, Sonoma St. 69

Down in San Berdoo last night, CS San Bernardino handled Sonoma State 83-69. James (Northern Colorado/Arroyo High) Davis led the Seawolves with 18 points and both Andy (Ohlone College/Moreau Catholic High) Mitchell and Nathan (Analy High) Molony-Benjamin posted 11 points plus eight boards.


Nelson wants to go out big

"UC Merced’s Nelson makes most of final chance in college basketball" -- Sean Lynch/Modesto Bee

Princeton 88, Columbia 83

Henry Caruso shot 8-11 in aiding Princeton to an 88-83 victory versus visiting Columbia on Friday. He finished with 21 points as well as five rebounds and two steals.


Team Rampage

"The Team Rampage basketball club, started in 2015 with just one varsity team, coached by Vallejo High Alum Brandon Bracy. Today, Team Rampage has 6 different teams, with 3 of them being ranked in the top 10 in the Bay Area. The 8 and under age group, are currently ranked number one, on the entire west coast. The 11 and under are ranked number 9, while the 14 and under are ranked number 6, according to, and are ranked number 9 on 

This comes within months of play. The 14 and under team are coaches by Brandon Bracy and assisted by another Vallejo High alum, Santana Esver. The 8 and under, and 11 and under are coached by Vallejo High alums as well, Alfonzo Hatten and Joseph Pastrana. The Team Rampage basketball club is directed by Antonio Hodges. If you are interested in private skills lessons, contact head coach and trainer for the organization, Brandon Bracy at (707) 816-1196."

Oakland Rebels Tournaments


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7th Annual March Madness Shootout

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