Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Former El Camino High guard now at Cal Baptist is nationally honored

CBU Lancers: "Congratulations to @cbumbb's Michael Smith! He was named the USBWA National Player of the Week today. First time a Lancer has received that honor."

Nevada offers Forbes

The NorCal Report: "2018 @mason_forbes25 of Folsom HS / @Soldiers_Salute picks up an offer from @NevadaHoops."

It's Nevada, San Jose State University and Cal Poly now as his offered suitors.

The CCCAA weekly team rankings

"Undefeated San Bernardino Valley Moves into the State’s No. 1 Position"

Three from Nor Cal are in the Top Five:

2. City College San Francisco

3. Yuba College

5. Las Positas College

Rattler Jr. honored

"Humboldt State men's basketball is off to a 6-1 start for the second straight season, and sophomore Tyras Rattler Jr. has been a big reason why. Rattler was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week Tuesday morning.

The Oakland, Calif., native averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as he helped lead the Green and Gold to a 3-0 mark last week. This is his first career selection as player of the week.

Rattler shot 50 percent from the field, scored 19 points, grabbed six boards and swiped three steals in Monday's win over Simpson. He followed up the Simpson game with a career-best performance against Dominican. Rattler scored a career-high 29 points to go with five rebounds versus the Penguins. He added 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals in Saturday's conference matchup with Cal State San Marcos."

KRoach honored

"Whitworth University’s Kyle Roach, a former standout at Marin Academy, was named Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Roach, from Marinwood, led the Pirates of Spokane, Wash., to victories in the Quality Inn Whitt Classic against Texas Lutheran and Schreiner. In the former, the sophomore recorded a career-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. Against Schreiner, Roach poured in 20 points and seven boards. He shot a combined 61 percent from the field, 60 percent from 3-point range and went a perfect 11 of 11 from the free-throw line.

Roach averaged a league-record 35.8 points and 9.8 rebounds a game as a senior with Marin Academy in 2014-15, converting 62 percent of his field goals en route to earning Bay Counties League West MVP honors."

John Crumpacker's latest on the West Coast Conference

"Crumpacker - Meet Herb Sendek and Things We Learned"

Wednesday: California 68, LT 59

In Berkeley on Wednesday, Ivan (Bishop O'Dowd) Rabb scored a career high and team best 25 points (9-12 overall shooting, 7-9 at the foul line) plus grabbed 13 rebounds, another Bear high for the evening, in defeating Louisiana Tech.


Wednesday: Illinois St. 77, IUPUI 63

Aided by 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists from D.J. (Castro Valley High/Western Kentucky/Palm Beach State College) Clayton as well as 11 points, seven boards and a pair of blocked shots via Phil (Franklin High/Western Nebraska) Fayne, Illinois State handled IUPUI on Wednesday 77-63.


Wednesday: St. Bonaventure 81, Sienna 74

On Wednesday, St. Bonaventure used 13 points and six rebounds from David (San Jose State University/Merritt College/Liberty College) Andoh to top Sienna 81-74.


Wednesday: TCU 86, Washington 71

In Fort Worth on Wednesday, freshman Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson provided 13 points plus eight rebounds but Washington fell 86-71 to Texas Christian University.


Wednesday: Arizona 85, Texas Southern 63

Arizona proved to be too much to handle for Texas Southern on Wednesday as the host Wildcats won 85-63. Dulani (CCSF/Pacific) Robinson didn't shoot well, finishing with nine points, but he dished out nine assists.


Wednesday: Fresno St. 80, Menlo 67

On Wednesday, Fresno took care of visiting Menlo College, a DII squad, 80-67. MC freshman guard Jared (Folsom High) Wall led his team with 17 points while teammate Ben Graham scored 13.


Tuesday: Santa Rosa 93, Mendocino 62

On Tuesday, host Santa Rosa Junior College had no trouble downing Mendocino College 93-62. Bear Cub big Erik (Montgomery High) Poulson just missed a double-double with 24 points and nine boards. He was accurate on 10-13 shot attempts and buried four treys.

Ronald Turkvan led Mendocino with 18.


Tuesday: UC San Diego 64, Cal Poly Pomona 62

On Tuesday, sophomore Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen provided 24 points plus 10 boards in UC San Diego's two-point defeat of host Cal Poly Pomona.


Tuesday: William Jessup 63, Cal Maritime 61

On TuesdayChris (West Valley College) Murry led William Jessup University with 12 points as the Warriors defeated visiting Cal Maritime 63-61. Daniel (Columbia College) Radford's 22 points paced the Keelhaulers.


Tuesday: Holy Names 65, Cal St. Monterey Bay 62

On Tuesday in Seaside, Holy Names University topped Cal State Monterey Bay 65-62. Jason (St. Patrick-St. Vincent/The Master's College) Webster paced the victors with 19 points on 6-6, 2-2, 5-7 shooting respectively. Kevin (St. Mary's High) Warren's 19 led the Otters.


Tuesday: South Puget Spound 78, Columbia 74

"Columbia sophomore DeAndre Stallings scores 30 points in loss" -- Guy Dossi

Monday: Chico St. 95, Simpson 51

Host Chico State downed Simpson University on Monday 95-51 as Isaiah (Antelope High) Ellis was out in front for the Wildcats with 21 points, Nate (Fortuna High) Ambrosini tallied 14 and Justin (River City High) Briggs 12.

Josh (Tracy High) Brakee finished with a team-best 21 points for Simpson.


Graham nominated for off-the-court accolade

"Senior guard Darius Graham is among a select list of Division I men’s basketball student-athletes when the National Association of Basketball Coaches received a nomination for its Allstate Good Works Team award.

In addition to participating in UC Davis’ Reading Program, which involves more than 23,000 elementary-aged children from 35 schools throughout Yolo and Sacramento counties, Graham helped organized food drives, toy drives and classroom visits throughout his junior season.

The Allstate NABC and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Teams® recognizes players at all levels of college basketball whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out amongst all other student-athletes participating in the sport.

“The positive impact that student-athletes are making on college campuses and communities around the world can sometimes go unnoticed,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. “Allstate is a proud supporter of NCAA® college basketball and takes immense pride in working with the NABC and WBCA to recognize players who continue to make giving back a priority and inspire future generations of athletes.” 

Two special voting panels, headlined by former Duke University basketball athlete, two-time NCAA® champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, and former Notre Dame basketball star, two-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner and current WNBA player Skylar Diggins, will select 10-member teams from both the NABC and WBCA, comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February..."

2016 Holiday Tournament Series

Holiday Tournament Series

Presented by:
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Sat-Sun December 10-11
$250 per team / $225 (3 or more teams) / $200 (5 or more teams)


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RUBEN GARCIA / 925) 367-3912

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"Foundation for Excellence; On the Court, in the Class Room, in Life"

2nd Annual NIKE Youth Holiday Basketball Clinic

2nd Annual NIKE Youth Holiday Basketball Clinic
DECEMBER 19-22, 2016 @ JAMTOWN
31  4th Street / Oakland


NIKE Youth Camps

This camp 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; this camp will consist of games, activities, camp t-shirt, NIKE prizes, awards, certificate of completion & much more.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Micah Elan update

6-foot-2 Pomona-Pitzer freshman Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan has begun his collegiate basketball career 'en fuego' -- try three games, three starts, 33 minutes an outing, 15.0 points while shooting 63% 62% 78% respectively plus 3.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals a night.

A Sterling Smith update

Sterling (Chico High/Coppin State/Pittsburg) Smith is playing overseas with BK Nova Hut Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

His numbers to date:

* 13 games, 34.5 minutes
* 15.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals
* shooting 43%, 37%, 77% respectively

Tuesday: Nevada 77, Pacific 67

On Tuesday in Reno, Nevada turned back Pacific 77-67 as a 19-2 second half run did the trick. Cameron (Grant High) Oliver compiled a line of 17 points, eight rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists in 32 minutes. Ray (Modesto Christian) Bowles paced the Tigers with 17 points.


Saturday: Pomona-Pitzer 68, Cal Maritime 59

On Saturday down south, Pomona Pitzer used a 37-24 second half spread to turn away Cal Maritime 68-59. Freshman guard Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan led the victors in three categories: 18 points, five rebound, three steals. He shot 5-7, 2-3 and 6-7 respectivelty. Teammate Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum contributed 13 points.

Travis (Summerville Highg/Columbia College) Arenas led the Keelhaulers with 14 points.


Saturday: Southern Oregon 78, Menlo 63

On Saturday, Southern Oregon upended host Menlo College 78-63 despite freshman guard Jeremiah (Serra High) Testa providing 20 points on 8-10, 1-2 and 4-4 shooting respectively.


A fascinating subject -- kudos to Jeff Eisenberg

"West Coast Bias: Why the WCC has become a career killer for coaches" -- Jeff Eisenberg

Lillis is back

Lester Diaz: "Jeremy Lillis 6'9 Placer HS goes off for 37pts vs Roseville HS in foundation game. #Those Renegades"

He missed most of the AAU due to injury -- good to see him back and healthy.

Brandon Bracy: The Importance of Player Development

"From youth basketball, to the pros, the development of players is what makes or breaks players. There are players who show flashes of their potential, but don't develop their talent as far as they could due to lack of player development. In contrast, there are players who get better every year because of how much they add to their game, such as Stephen Curry, Paul George, or even Kawhi Leonard. As we analyze the importance of player development the question becomes, what is player development?

To some coaches and trainers, player development is simply putting athletes through skill development drills daily to improve on their weaknesses. To others player development can be more mental, as the player may have mental issues that prevents that player from reaching their full potential. As a trainer, a Varsity AAU coach for Team Rampage, and freshmen coach at Vallejo High School, there are definitely different ways to attack player development. As a trainer, player development should consist of more one on one time with that particular player, focusing on their weaknesses, as well as sharpening up their strengths. For example, NBA player development coaches spend countless hours working with players individually. This gives the players enough confidence to expand their moves in game situations. For coaches, player development changes as you focus more on the team concept. Coaches have to find the best way to develop each player to buy into the team way of doing things. For example, Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue has been able to help Shooting Guard JR Smith, develop and mature as a player. The player development of JR Smith mentally, has enabled him to be a key factor on the Cavaliers championship run.

Player development can mean so many different things, but it is about the position that the coach and/or trainer is in. It is also about what situation the player lands in as well. Would Kobe Bryant be the same Kobe Bryant had he played his career in Charlotte? Would Kawhi Leonard been able to expand his game the way he did, playing behind Paul George in Indiana? Player development has to be able to work from all angles, in order for the player to reach their full potential."

It would take way too long to unpack this one

"Liberty names former Baylor AD McCaw new athletic director"

"In Liberty's announcement, President Jerry Falwell said, ''Ian's success really speaks for itself. You look at what Baylor was able to do during his tenure, it fits perfectly with where we see our sports programs going.''

"Get thee behind me, blind spot!" -- I think Jesus said that

Gridley Invitational Basketball Tourney

Thursday 8-team bracket
* San Leandro vs. Dublin, 4 pm
* Woodcreek (Roseville) vs. Christian Brothers (Sacramento), 5:30 pm
* Salesian (Richmond) vs. Gridley, 7 pm
* Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) vs. Capital Christian (Sacramento), 8:30 pm

UC Davis' Brynton Lamar named Big West PoW

"Averaging 13.5 points over four games and helping his team to a 2-2 record, UC Davis senior Brynton Lemar (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine HS) earned Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades.

The 6-4 guard scored a career-high 23 points to lift the Aggies to an 81-72 victory over Causeway rival Sacramento State on Monday at the new Golden 1 Center in the Capital City.  He made 7-of-13 floor shots, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, and drained all but one of his seven free throw attempts to lead the way.  He also contributed six rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot.

Lemar went on a personal scoring spree of 14 straight points midway through the second half to keep the Hornets at bay.

In three games at the GCI Great Alaska Shootout, Lemar keyed a 64-58 win against Drake after posting 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting.  He had three treys for the second time during the week and again dished out fie assists.

For the week, Lemar was potent from three-point range, hitting 7-of-13 attempts for 53.8%.  He also sparkled at the charity stripe, shooting 86.7% on 13-of-15 shooting.

Lemar totalled 12 rebounds, 15 assists and three steals over the four contests..."

NBA labor peace

"Nothing finalized yet, but labor peace looking more and more possible in NBA" -- David Aldridge


"Agreements are also close on significant raises for NBA Development League players, from their current salary ceiling of $26,000 for the highest-paid players to up to $75,000, as the league hopes to continue developing the D-League. That will be concurrent with “two-way” contracts similar to those in Major League Baseball and the NHL that allows teams to send players on the parent team down to the minors. The player’s pay depends on whether he’s up or down. But a higher D-League salary will make those trips a little more palatable."


"Other issues, like the age limit for players entering the league, are still on the table. The league has long sought to increase the age limit from its current 19, and at least one year removed from one’s high school class, to at least 20 years of age. The union has talked about a “zero and two” setup, similar to that used by baseball -- players can enter the Draft out of high school, but if they choose to go to college, they have to stay in college at least two years (in baseball, it’s three years) before declaring for the Draft."

MC's Caldwell injured

Greg Rosenbaum: "Hate to see another player get injured from our MC squad "Ice" Caldwell broke a finger in last nights game. Out 6 weeks!"

That's 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Issima Caldwell.

More on PMills

"Patty Mills is on track for a career year for the San Antonio Spurs" -- Olgun Uluc

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday: Oregon 68, BSU 63

Sophomore guard Paris (Bishop O'Dowd) Austin scored 16 points (5-11, 1-2, 5-6 shooting) and dished out four assists but Boise State fell 68-63 to Oregon in Eugene on Monday.


Yuba in the top spot


Player rankings from the Nor Cal Tip-Off Classic

"NorCal Tip-Off Classic: Top 25 Player Rankings" -- Ronnie Flores

The first five are:

1 Zach Chappell 2018 6'4 SG Capital Christian
2 Jordan Brown 2018 6'10 PF Woodcreek
3 Elijah Hardy 2018 6'1 PG Bishop O'Dowd
4 Kyree Walker 2020 6'5 SF Moreau Catholic
5 Naseem Gaskin 2018 6'4 SG Bishop O'Dowd

The Official 10th Annual Nor Cal Tipoff CaliHoop video

"The Official 10th Annual Nor Cal Tipoff CaliHoop" -- CaliHoops

A JoJo Zamora update

JoJo (Newark Memorial High/Yuba College) Zamora's numbers so far:

* four games,  22.5 minutes an outing

* 12.0 points per contest while shooting 44%, 39% and 69% respectively.

A Nathan Krill update

6-foot-7 Nathan (Justin Sienna High) Krill is a junior at DIII Wesleyan University in Connecticut and in five games and starts this season, his numbers are:

* 25 minutes an outing
* 12.4 points on 48% 29% 64% shooting respectively
* 6.0 rebounds

A Kyle Toth update

Cal Poly's Kyle (Archbishop Mitty/Army/Foothill) Toth is a senior with seven games and starts thus far this season. He is averaging 11.0 points and 2.1 rebounds to date while shooting 52%, 54% and 80% respectively. 39 of his 50 shot attempts have been treys.

A Phil Fayne update

6-foot-9 Phil Fayne, out of Franklin High and Western Nebraska College, is manning the frontline for Illinois State this season. In three games and starts, he is averaging 8.7 points plus 4.3 rebounds while shooting 65% and 57%.

A D.J. Clayton update

6-foot-6 D.J. (Castro Valley High, Western Kentucky, Palm Beach State College) Clayton has played in all three games thus far for Illinois State, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, and is averaging 10.0 and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 58%, 38% and 50% respectively. He is also credited for five steals thus far.

Finishing out the top San Joaquin talents

"Countdown to Tipoff: Boys No. 1, Junior Ballard" -- Thomas Lawrence

"Countdown to Tipoff: Boys No. 2, Michael Hayes" -- Thomas Lawrence

Looking at Trevor John

"Program Profile: Trevor John" -- Cal Poly athletics

John is a sophomore guard out of Monte Vista High.

AngeloC working out (played at Mitty and USF and now overseas)

Get Sports Focus: "S/O to @angelocaloiaro for allowing us to shoot his workout with @topflightelite"

The Cougars have plenty of experience

"Boys basketball reloads for season" -- John Murphy

Two Bay Area-ites named co-players of the week

Michael Smith (CBU)
G – Sr. – South San Francisco, Calif./El Camino

Smith led No. 5 California Baptist to three wins to improve to 6-0 on the season. He averaged 31.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He shot 51.9 percent from the floor, made eight three-pointers and shot 33-for-35 at the free throw line. He scored a career-high 42 points against No. 22 UC San Diego, shooting 11-19 from the field with four three-pointers and 16-of-17 from the free throw line. The scoring output was four points off the CBU record and the most a Lancer has scored since 2004. He averaged 26.5 points per game in the CBU Thanksgiving Classic and had a career-high eight assists against Arkansas-Fort Smith. Smith leads the PacWest and is top-10 in the nation in scoring, averaging 26.8 points per game.

Rohndell Goodwin (Chaminade)
G – Sr. – Oakland, Calif./Merrill West

Goodwin was named to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team, the first Silversword to achieve the honor since 2012. He averaged 20.0 points per game in three contests against Division I opponents, the third-highest of the tournament behind MVP Joel Berry (North Carolina) and Jawun Evans (Oklahoma State). He also averaged 5.7 rebounds per game. He increased his scoring each game, scoring 18 against North Carolina, 20 against UConn and 22 against Tennessee. Goodwin is third in the PacWest in scoring (21.6 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (6.2 rpg)."

Top prep talents in and around Redding

"Countdown to Basketball Player Rankings: Boys Nos. 1-5" -- T.J. Holmes

Notes from the Golden State Athletic Conference

Chris (Delano High/San Jose City College) Sterling of Arizona Christian is averaging 21.0 points, second in the Golden State Athletic Conference

Liam (Drake High) Hunt of Hope International is putting up close to a double double at 18.8 points plus 9.0 rebounds. He is shooting 71% overall.

William Jessup's Chris (West Valley College) Murry is at 17.1 points.

Sunday: Redlands 77, UC Santa Cruz 72

On Sunday in Surf City, UC Santa Cruz fell to Redlands 77-72 despite three Slugs scoring in double figures: Kyle (Whitney High) Creighton 18 points (also a team best eight rebounds), Ben (Aptos High) Dorfman 17 and Corey (Half Moon Bay High) Cilia 15.


Sunday: Portland 96, Northridge 78

On Sunday, Portland won both 20-minute sessions in defeating Cal State Northridge 96-78. For CSN, Darin (Sheldon High/Washington) Johnson totaled 16 points and Kendall (Deer Valley High/UNLV) Smith produced 13 plus five assists.


More on Dave Rogahn's passing

Richard Ventura: "Here is Fox sports tribute @DRinSCV. I can't believe gone. R.I.P."

He discovered his passion and shared it with us. That's a good life.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

More on the Nor Cal TipOff Classic

Vallejo Times Herald: "The St. Patrick-St. Vincent High football team lost to Monte Vista 68-58 on Saturday in a NorCal Tipoff Game.

The Bruins were led by senior swingman Tavian Henderson, who had 25 points and senior point guard B.J. Standley added 16 points.

St. Pat’s was missing three players who are currently involved in the North Coast Section playoffs for football as well as post Romeo Mays, who sprained his ankle this week."

"NorCal Basketball shines at Tip Off Classic" -- Nor Cal Preps

Zach Chappell accepting his MVP award.


Elijah Hardy accepting his MVP award.


Half Moon Bay hoops gets a transfer

John Murphy: "Former Oceana hoops star Isiah Margate has transferred into HMB after scoring 20 ppg for the Sharks. He's eligible Jan. 2"

The 5-foot-6 senior also averaged 3.9 steals, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

San Francisco State is undefeated

The Gators currently stand 6-0 after taking down Notre Dame de Namur 61-50 on Saturday.

"San Francisco State Gators improved to 6-0 with a 61-50 road non-conference win over the Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts in the final game of the NDNU Thanksgiving Classic this evening.  Warren Jackson paced the Gators with his 13 points off the bench for the victors.  The junior guard was five-for-nine from the field, including connecting on his one attempt from beyond the arc and going two-for-two from the line. 

The Gators scored the first 8 points of the game including four points from Chiefy Ugbaja in the first four minutes of the game.  Notre Dame de Namur finally scored on two made free throws by Brian Ying at the 14:49 mark as the hosts cut the Gator lead to 8-2. A three by Jase Wickliffe off an assist from Warren Jackson capped a 23-9 run for the Gators as they increased their lead to 31-11 at the 4:43 mark of the first half.  A three by Ryne Williams off an another assist Jackson mid-way through the second half gave the Gators their largest lead of the game, 51-21.

Notre Dame de Namur (1-4) cut the Gator lead to 61-50, but the buzzer sounded as the visitors remained undefeated on the season..."


Sunday: St. Mary's 76, UAB 63

20 points from center Jock Landale paced St. Mary's to a 76-63 Sunday victory over Alabama Birmingham in Las Vegas. Continuing his torrid shooting (he's 45-59 now on the season), Landale went 9-11 from the floor.


Sunday: SJSU 88, Washington State 76

San Jose State University defeated host Washington State 88-76 on Sunday aided in part by 12 points and seven rebounds from senior Gary (Castlemont High) Williams Jr. in 20 minutes.

For the Cougars, Ike (Franklin High) Iroegbu tallied 15 points, five rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes.


Sunday: South Dakota 72, Montana 67

Freshman Sayeed Pridgett played big again on Sunday even though visiting Montana fell to South Dakota 72-67. Out of El Cerrito High, Pridgett scored a team best 14 points alongside five boards and two assists. He shot 6-8 from the floor and 2-2 at the foul line.


Sunday: USC 96, UC Santa Barbara 72

Jalen (Canty earned a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double plus Gabe (St. Mary's High) Vincent tallied 15 points but visiting UC Santa Barbara lost 96-72 on Sunday to USC.


Sunday: Louisiana Lafayette 84, Texas Southern 73

Dulani (CCSF/Pacific) Robinson provided 19 points plus five assists but Texas Southern still fell to Louisiana Lafayette in the Bayou State on Sunday 84-73. Robinson buried 5-8 three-pointers.


Sunday: EWU 96, USF 90

Tournament host Eastern Washington University edged USF on Sunday 96-90 despite the Dons getting a big game -- 17 points, 5-7 on treys -- from freshman Jordan (De La Salle) Ratinho.


Sunday: Portland St, 91, Pepperdine 85

The Big Sky Conference nabbed a victory over the West Coast Conference as Portland State went into Malibu and defeated Pepperdine 91-85. For the victorious Vikings, De'Sean (Grant High/Salt Lake Community College) Parsons filled the stat sheet with 12 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals.


Sunday: Cal 67, Southwestern LA 55

Ivan (Bishop O'Dowd) Rabb posted a 17 point, 10 rebound double-double in 29 minutes of play as California downed Southwestern Louisiana 67-55 on Sunday.


Saturday: Cal Baptist 84, Arkansas - Fort Smith 70

Host Cal Baptist handled Arkansas - Fort Smith 84-70 on Saturday with Michael (El Camino High) Smith almost achieving a triple double as he posted a 26 point, nine rebound, eight assist line.


Saturday: LPC 78, Cabrillo 75

Host Las Positas College edged Cabrillo College 78-75 on Saturday despite Tynan Velasquez scoring 28 points alongside five assists. Teammate Brett Reed posted an 11 board, 10 point double-double as well as five assists and three steals. LPC won the second half 42-28 to grab the victory.


Saturday: West Hills 84, DeAnza 67

On Saturday, West Hill Coalinga defeated host DeAnza College 84-67. Still, three Dons scored in double figures with Ifeanyi (Prospect High) Ekecukwu at 15, plus five assists, four steals and four rebounds, Chris (Pioneer High) Turner shot 6-9 for 14 points and Steve (Los Altos High) Garverick totaled 13 points on 6-8 shooting.


Saturday: Butte 69, Columbia 53

Host Columbia fell 69-53 to Butte College on Saturday. Tracy Hampton scored 22 points for the Claimjumpers, shooting 6-9 from three-point range.


Saturday: Humboldt 89, Cal State San Marcos 78

"Humboldt State men’s basketball opens CCAA play with win over Cal State San Marcos" -- Danny Penza

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saturday's Nor Cal TipOff Classic

Gerry Freitas: "Nor Cal Tip Off Classic game 1: Monte Vista 68, St. Patrick's 58. Player of the game: Austin Fadal of MV with 18/7/3."

Ronnie Flores: "Dublin 41, Las Lomas 39 Halftime - Las Lomas with a spirited 2nd quarter to get back in the game. 2018 guard Robert Prince (LL) Impressive"


Gerry Freitas: "Nor Cal Tip Off Classic game 2: Dublin 75, Las Lomas 64. Player of the game: Jack Nielsen with 17/8."

Gerry Freitas: "Nor Cal Tip Off Classic game 3: Christian Brothers 70, Berkeley 59. Player of the game: Andre Albason of CB with 16/8/8"

Ryan Silver: "2020 Jamir Thomas Berkeley played well today.  5'9 scrappy pg has a very bright future ahead of him..."


Gerry Freitas: "Nor Cal Tip Off Classic game 4: Moreau Catholic 72, Immanuel 63. Player of the game: Kyree Walker of MC with 27/9/3."

Daniel Poulter: "At half Moreau Catholic 31 Immanuel 27 #NorCalTipOff 16 points from @kyreewalker1"

Ronnie Flores: "Damari Milstead & Kyree Walker both end up with 27 points. Milstead 7 rbs/5asts. Walker 11-15 FG"

CaliHoop video: "Kyree Walker receiving player of the game today"

Gerry Freitas: "Nor Cal Tip Off Classic game 5: Capital Christian 82, Alemany 71 (OT). Player of the game: Zach Chappell of CC with 38/9/3"


Gerry Freitas: "Nor Cal Top Off Classic game 6: Woodcreek 80, Newark Memorial 52. Player of the game: Jordan Brown from Woodcreek with 27/25/3"
Daniel Poulter: "Down goes California #1 Bishop O'Dowd beats Bishop Montgomery 70-63"

Ronnie Flores: "@ Halftime, its No. 15 O'Dowd 35, state No. 1 Bishop Montgomery 30 "

BOD was down 17-1 out of the gate before the Dragons came back to take a double digit lead. It was 65-61 for BOD late.

The NorCal Tip Off Classic Recap

"NorCal Tip Off Classic Recap" -- Ronnie Flores/CalHiSports

Decaurey Brown's play noted on Saturday

Ronnie Flores: "Newark 2017 Decaurey Brown 5-8, has 21 of Cougars' 26 points. Has ability to play at next level, somewhere."

The Mac Martin Invitational All-Tournament Team

At the Mac Martin Invitational hosted this weekend by Chico State, the all tournament team consisted of:

MVP - Corey Silverstrom, Chico State

* Jalen McFerren, Nate Ambrosini - Chico State

* Micah Dunhour, Jalen Richard, Druce Asah - Cal State East Bay

Saturday: Chico St. 79, Northwest Nazarene 68

In Chico on Saturday, the Wildcats took the measure of Northwest Nazarene 79-68. A 39-19 first half provided plenty of cushion. The Nor Cal Chico State contingent of Jalen (Castro Valley High) McFerren (16 points), Isaiah (Antelope High) Ellis (15 points) plus 14 from Nate (Fortuna High) Ambrosini heavily aided the cause.


Saturday: Cal St. East Bay 78, Academy of Art 71

In a tournament game hosted by Chico State, Cal State East Bay topped Academy of Art University 78-71 on Saturday. Freshman Druce (Tracy High) Asah was 'en fuego' with 22 points on 7-10, 7-9 and 1-2 shooting respectively.

Coach Gus Argenal's squad is now 6-1 on the season.


Saturday: Sonoma St. 59, Westminster 57

On Saturday in St. George, Utah, Sonoma State edged Westminster College 59-57 powered by 16 points and 10 rebounds from Luke (Del Oro High/Santa Rosa Junior College) Cochran. He blocked and then rebounded a shot with one second remaining for the win.

Zerrion (Modesto Christian/Salt Lake College) Payton scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists for Westminster.


Saturday: USF 77, Sac St. 59

Up north in a tournament hosted by Eastern Washington, USF took care of Sacramento State 77-59 on Saturday. Of northern California note, Don freshman Jordan (De La Salle) Ratinho played 27 minutes and produced 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.


Saturday: Bowling Green 90, Morgan St.58

In Bowling Green on Saturday, Ismail (San Leandro High/Antelope Valley College) Ali passed out seven assists, scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots in 21 minutes during the host Falcons 90-58 victory over Morgan State.


Thomas Lawrence continues his countdown

Countdown to Tipoff:

Boys No. 4, Tydus Verhoeven

Boys No. 3, Andre Kelly

Solomon Young to miss some games

Iowa State's Solomon (Sacramento High) Young is injured -- "He has a sore wrist, after a collision with a The Citadel player trying to stop him from slamming a lob."

A very informative read

" Real Big Deal - Karl-Anthony Towns isn't just Rookie of the Year or the next great NBA center. He's the man destined to redefine what it means to dominate" -- Kevin Arnovitz

Rushes to judgment appear far too often but this one seem prescient.

More on Steph

"Steph Curry and the end of the Warriors’ underdog era -- From Davidson College to world champion to unanimous MVP to the magic passes that changed everything" -- David Dennis Jr.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pridgett making a smooth transition

You think some Bay Area and northern California college basketball teams would like to climb into the Way Back machine and pursue Sayeed Pridgett harder?

In six games thus far, the 6-foot-5 Montana freshman is averaging 11.3 points per game (second on the team) while shooting 56% overall, 1-6 from long distance and 81% on 21 free throw attempts. The latter figure is tied for first on the squad. He is also grabbing 3.8 rebounds an outing.

A JoJo McGlaston update

JoJo (Dublin High/Utah State) McGlaston is a junior at Bradley University and his numbers thus far this season are:

* six games, four starts, 23 minutes a game

* 12.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, a high of 34 points

* shooting 55%, 53% 10-19, 68% 8-12

Bellott enjoying strong senior season

Former Merritt College and McClymonds High guard Denzel Bellott is leading Texas A&M International in scoring so far this season with 12.2 points per game while shooting 48%, 40% and 59% respectively. He is also averaging 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Hatch passing and stealing for the Dustdevils

Kenny Hatch, out of CaƱada College and St. Ignatius, is tops on the Texas A&M International Dustdevils team with both 3.4 assists and 1.9 steals per outing. He is also averaging 8.9 points a game and shooting 45%, 51% and 74% respectively.

Friday: Southwestern 87, Pomona Pitzer 81

On Friday down in Claremont, Pomona Pitzer fell to Southwestern (TX) 87-81. For the Southlanders, Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum led with 20 points, followed by Micah (Lick Wilmerding) Elan's 18. The former shot 7-16, 2-5 and 4-4 respectively alongside four rebounds. Elan went 7-12 overall and 4-6 from three-point range. He also provided three assists, three steals and a pair of boards.


Friday: SF St. 94, Holy Names 64

In Belmont on Friday, San Francisco State defeated Holy Names University 94-64. AJ (Bear Creek High/San Joaquin Delta College) Kahlon was a force again with 20 points, 16 boards and three blocked shots while teammate Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson also tallied 20.

For HNU, Jason (St. Patrick-St. Vincent/The Master's College) Webster's 16 points, six rebounds and six assists led in all three categories.


Friday: Cal St. East Bay 71, Northwest Nazarene 53

Up in Chico, Cal State East Bay had little trouble in turning back Northwest Nazarene on Friday 71-53 as Micah (Notre Dame de Namur) Dunhour again was the leading scorer for the Pioneers with 23 points. He shot 6-12, 2-3 and 9-9 respectively.


Friday: Dixie St. 64, Sonoma St. 62

On Friday in Utah, Dixie State was one basket better than Sonoma State 64-62. Jackson (Bellarmine/Foothill College) Gion led the Seawolves with 18 points on 6-9, 4-7 and 2-3 shooting respectively. Teammate Khalid (St. Francis High) Johnson contributed 11 points and three assists.


Friday: Cal St. Monterey Bay 73, Dominican 72

In Seaside on Friday, Cal State Monterey Bay edged Dominican University 73-72 as Jahvon (Clovis North High) Johnson led the Otters with 16 points and added four rebounds plus three assists.


Friday: Dominguez Hills 75, Sheppard 67

Deondre (Sacred Heart Cathedral/Monterey Peninsula College) Otis led with 19 points in Cal State Dominguez Hills' 75-67 victory on Friday over Sheppard. He shot 8-12, 2-3 and 1-2 respectively.


Friday: Kansas 95, UNC Asheville 57

Josh (Prolific Prep) Jackson enjoyed 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds three blocks and two steals in Kansas' 95-57 success over UNC Ashville.


Friday: UC Davis 64, Drake 58

Way up in Alaska, UC Davis handled The Drake 64-58 on Friday as Darius (Sacramento High) Graham went for 13 points plus five assists. He shot 5-6, 3-4 and 0-1 respectively.


Friday: FGCU 68, Long Beach St. 67 OT

Florida Gulf Coast University hosted and bested Long Beach State by one in overtime on Friday 68-67. For the 49ers, Temidayo (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Yussef produced 15 points, four rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes of play. He shot 3-6 from the floor and 9-10 at the foul line.


Friday: UC Irvine 63, South Dakota St. 52

Assisted by 10 rebounds and nine points in 27 minutes from Jonathan (Salesian High) Galloway, visiting UC Irvine sent South Dakota State to defeat 63-52.


Friday: Nevada 67, Buffalo 62

Up in Alaska on Friday, Nevada edged Buffalo 67-62 as Cam (Grant High) Oliver produced a line of 12 point,s 12 boards and five blocked shots.


Friday: Grand Canyon 70, Coppin St. 37

Oscar (Moreau Catholic) Frayer posted a nine point, four rebound, four steal line in Grand Canyon's 70-37 defeat of Coppin State in Phoenix on Friday.


Friday: Cal 71, Wyoming 61

On Friday in Berkeley, California bested Wyoming 71-61 as Ivan (Bishop O'Dowd) Rabb totaled 12 points, 10 boards and three assists.


Friday: New Mexico 105, Northridge 89

On Friday, New Menxco took down Cal State Northridge 105-89 although Darin (Sheldon High/Washington)  Johnson went for 22 points for the Matadors, He shot 8-11, 5-5 and 1-1 respectively while grabbing six rebounds. Teammate Kendall (Deer Valley High/UNLV) Smith provided 12 points plus eight assists.


Top talents in the Redding area

"Countdown to Basketball Player Rankings: Boys Nos. 6-10" -- T.J. Holmes

No. 6 — Bryce Giacomelli, Guard, Shasta, Sr.

No. 7 — Garrett Best, Forward, Central Valley, Sr.

No. 8 — Kaden Riccomini, Guard, Mount Shasta, So.

No. 9 — Ryan Hysell, Guard, Anderson, Sr.

No. 10 — Mitchell Stahl, Guard/Forward, Enterprise, Sr.


George Nessman: "On Warriors telecast they just compared Green to Bill Russell? We can have that conversation once Green and GSW win 10 more Championships."

How could anyone considered a professional (being paid to broadcast for a NBA team) make such a declaration? Is this bad judgment or simply a lack of knowledge?

The battle goes on

"Kraig Clifton is back on the bench for Calaveras" -- Guy Dossi

Bryant heading to France

"AS Monaco Basket (France-Pro A) has scored some reinforcements this 2016 with the addition of veteran big man, John Bryant (210 cm, Santa Clara’09). Bryant is coming over to the French club from Valencia Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa). In two games for the Spanish team Bryant averaged one point per game. He saw minimal usage with just three minutes of action per game.

He has spent the last three seasons with Bayern Muenchen. In 2015-16 John played 10 games for them in the Euroleague and averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg. He also played the same number of games in the Eurocup and there he posted averages of 7.5 ppg and 3.9 rpg. Bryant logged a total of 40 games in the German league where he was able to put together averages of 10.4 ppg and 6.0 rpg."

Taylor demonstrating remarkable improvement

"Is RGV Guard Isaiah Taylor On His Way To An NBA Call-Up?" -- Dakota Schmidt

An excerpt: "...Taylor has been able to step away from the pack and stand as the best of the bunch. In RGV’s first five D-league games, Taylor is averaging 23.8 points and 8 assists per game on 55% from the field and 43% from beyond the arc. That perimeter efficiency is particularly impressive as Taylor is that solid while putting up 4.2 attempts per game..."

Goodwin Named to Maui All-Tourney Team

"Chaminade University guard Rohndell Goodwin was named to the 2016 Maui Jim Maui Invitational All-Tournament as voted by the media on Wednesday.

The senior from Oakland, California, was the third-highest scorer in the tournament, averaging 20.0 points per game in all three games. He is the first Silversword to be named to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team since De'Andre Haskins in 2012.

Goodwin had 18 points Monday against No. 4 North Carolina, 20 against UConn Tuesday and 22 against Tennessee on Wednesday...

...It's the second time this season that Goodwin has been named to an all-tournament team. He was also named to the PacWest/GNAC Challenge All-Tournament Team on Nov. 12."

From Thursday: Mississippi 86, Montana 81

On Thursday in Oxford, Montana gave Mississippi a good tussle before falling 86-81. For the Griz, freshman  Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett led with 21 points in 25 minutes. He shot 7-14, 0-1 and 5-6 respectively while grabbing five rebounds and distributing two assists.


Missed this from Wednesday: Skyline 65, SJCC 57

On Wednesday, host Skyline College downed San Jose City College 65-57 as freshman guard Clayton (Burton High) Ladine tallied 24 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds. Skyline was credited with 15 steals.


Dave Rogahn has passed

Dave Keefer: "Very sad news to report - Dave Rogahn has passed away. Dave was kind, generous & excelled in his work. A friend to many & will be greatly missed."

He covered CA JC ball very well as well as other sports and was a very well respected stats guru.

2017 Team Select Youth Basketball Tryouts

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