Saturday, December 31, 2016

GRIND SESSIONS COMING TO NORCAL, JAN 27-29TH

The GRIND SESSIONS is coming back to NorCal January 27th-29th. Once again, it will be a jam packed event with some of the top talents around the country. This year, the event will include a top NorCal match up between Salesian vs Bishop O'Dowd. Below are some of the top names that will be included in the event. All the games will be played at Napa Valley College (see game times in the above flyer).

For special VIP/Floor seating (total of 40), please email info@prolificprep.org. Saturdays line-up should be a sold out crowd.

Top 10

Deandre Ayton (#1 ESPN 2017) - Hillcrest


Gary Trent (#5 ESPN 2017) - Prolific Prep


Top 30

Paul Scruggs (Prolific Prep)


Josh Green (Hillcrest)


Top 100

Abu Kigab (Prolific Prep)


* Nathan Mensah (Prolific Prep)

* Amadou Sow (Prolific Prep)

* Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest)


* Pierre Crockrell (Prolific Prep)


* Makhtar Gueye (Aspire)

Saturday: Pomona-Pitzer 86, Husson 64

On Saturday, it was Husson University (out of Bangor, Maine) in Claremont to battle Pomona-Pitzer and, again, it was Bay Area talent turning the tide for the Sagehens by a score of 80-64.

Sophomore Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum owned the stat sheet with 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals. Fellow second-year player Corbin (Sacred Heart Prep) Koch scored 19 points.

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Saturday: Chico St. 75, S.F. St. 61

On Saturday up north, Chico State handled previously undefeated San Francisco State 75-61. It was 32-20 after the initial half.

For the Wildcats, Corey Silverstrom led with 21 points, Robert (Granite Bay High) Duncan tallied 15, Jalen (Castro Valley High) McFerren 13 and Justin (River City High) Briggs posted a 10 point, 10 rebound double-double.

The Gators were led by Nick (Marin Catholic High) Calcaterra and Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson who scored 11 points apiece.

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Saturday: Monterey Bay 70, Humboldt 57

On Saturday up in Arcata, Cal State Monterey Bay bnested host Humboldt State 70-57. A 37-20 first half gave the Sea Otters an insurmountable lead as freshman Kevin (St. Mary's High) Warren exploded for 25 points and sophomore frontcourter Greg (San Ramon Valley High) Polosky posted a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double. The former shot 10-16, 2-3 and 3-4 overall.

For the Lumberjacks, Calvin (Bullard High) Young II led in points (14), rebounds (7) and blocked shots (3).

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Saturday: Sonoma 59, CS East Bay 38

On Saturday, Sonoma State bested Cal State East Bay 59-38 as Luke (Del Oro High/Santa Rosa Junior College) Cochran went for 16 points plus eight rebounds and teammate Nathan (Sebastopol High) Molony-Benjamin tallied 10 points.

Pierre (Heritage High/College of Marin) Carter led the Pioneers with 10 points.

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Saturday: Fresno St. 77, Nevada 76

Cam (Grant High) Oliver enjoyed an 11 point, seven rebound, three blocked shot stat line on Saturday but host Fresno State used a late steal and dunk to edge Nevada 77-76.

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Saturday: Northern Colorado 73, Portland St. 59

Despite De'Sean (Grant High/Salt Lake Community College) Parsons' bountiful stat line of 16 points, seven boards, four steals and three assists, host Portland State still fell to Northern Colorado73-59 on Saturday.

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Saturday: UC Davis 83, Utah Valley 69

12 points plus six rebounds from J.T. (Oakmont High) Adenrele helped power UC Davis to an 83-69 homecourt victory Saturday over Utah Valley University.

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Saturday: North Dakota 90, Sac St. 82 OT

Sacramento State received a big contribution -- 20 points, 14 boards, three blocked shots -- from Eric (Casa Roble High) Stuteville but visiting North Dakota still triumped in overtime 90-82.

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Saturday: Boise St. 74, Colorado St. 73

In Boise on Saturday, Boise State edged Colorado State 74-73 as Bronco sophomore guard Paris (Bishop O'Dowd) Austin went for 18 points.

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Friday: Placer 62, Del Oro 57

"Hillmen rally past Eagles to win 75th Arnett" -- Pete DuFour

From Friday: Marin 90, Mendocino 60

Marin Independent Journal: "Nylek Cobb and Trevelin Queen scored 24 points apiece to help guide the College of Marin men’s basketball team to a 90-60 road win against Mendocino in Ukiah on Friday night.

Queen hit four three-pointers during the game and Cobb had four baskets from beyond the arc in the second half. The Mariners (7-3, 2-0 Bay Valley Conference) led 40-27 at the half and pulled away from there.

“Guys locked in and did a great job defending and executing our offense,” COM coach Scott Thom said. “I’m really proud of our guys. They continue to be coachable and work on our weaknesses.”

Friday: Wisconsin Eau-Claire 77, UC Santa Cruz 57

In Las Vegas on Friday, Wisconsin Eau Claire defeated UC Santa Cruz 77-57 despite Adam Marlow scoring 15 points and both Kyle (Whitney High) Creighton and Ben (Aptos High) Dorfman each tallying 14 for the Slugs. The latter just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

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Friday: Pomona-Pitzer 96, Emerson 54

It was not a good night for Trancendentalism as host Pomona-Pitzer walloped Emerson College 96-54 on Friday. The Bay Area Big Three were at it again as Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan led with 24 points, Corbin (Sacred Heart Prep) Koch tallied 21 and Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum 12. Elan shot 8-12 overall and a blistering 8-9 from three-point range.

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Friday: Arizona Christian 82, UC Merced 50 (The Master's University tournament)

Chris (Delano High/San Jose City College) Sterling was 'en fuego' with 27 points on 9-10, 5-6 and 4-4 shooting overall in Arizona Christian's 82-50 downing of UC Merced.

Freshman guard Cole (Kennedy High) Taira paced Merced with 13 points. He shot 5-8 from the floor, 3-4 from beyond the arc.

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Friday: The Master's University 84, Carroll College 73

On Friday in Santa Clarita, The Master's University defeated Carroll College (MT) 84-73 despite Ryan (Napa High) Imhoff totaling 15 points, 10 boards and three assists for the Big Sky Staters.

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Friday: Westmont 98, Cal Maritime 46

It was Gerry (San Ramon Valley High) Karczewski leading the way with 24 points as host Westmont College defeated Cal Maritime on Friday 98-46. At a point a minute rate, the junior guard shot 9-13, 5-8 and 1-2 respectively.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Scores and game reports from the Holiday Hoop Classic

"Classic: Crusaders finish third, T’wolves rally around ejected coach" -- James Burns

Friday: Pleasant Valley 80, Tokay 62

"Kremer’s triple-double helps Pleasant Valley finish St. Hope Elite Classic tournament with win" -- ChicoER

"Kevin Kremer’s triple-double helped the Pleasant Valley High boys basketball team finish play in the platinum division of Sacramento High’s St. Hope Elite Classic tournament with an 80-62 win Friday over Tokay.

Kremer paved the way for the Vikings’ second victory of the tourney, recording a triple-double with 20 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. The junior was an all-tournament selection for Pleasant Valley (10-5).

Kyle Zelenski added 16 points in the win with Trevor Owens scoring 10 and Peyton Schneringer contributing eight points."

Modesto Christian over Manteca

"Modesto Christian leaves Manteca feeling ‘Gray’ in Classic showdown" -- James Burns

Central Catholic needing better play

"Raiders’ 13th-place finish at Holiday Hoop Classic: ‘Not what we wanted’" -- James Burns

Friday: Ohlone 74, Sequoias 57

On Friday in Visalia, Ohlone College set aside the road factor and bested College of the Sequoias 74-57. For the victors, Blake McGlenchy was in front with 16 points, Luis (Granada High) Ramirez scored 15 and Bryce (Castro Valley High) Thompson contributed 14.

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Friday: Umpqua 82, Butte 74

In the Siskiyous tournament on Friday, Umpqua College (OR) defeated Butte College 82-74. In the loss, Josiah Wood led with both 21 points and four assists with teammate Darae Elliott providing a 16 point, 11 board double-double.

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Friday: LA Southwest 71, SJCC 69 (Allan Hancock tourney)

It was LA Southwest by two, 71-69, over San Jose City College on Friday in the Hancock tournament. Jonah (Willow Glen High) Underwood was bigtime once again with 22 points, eight boards and seven blocked shots while Jonell (MIssion Oak High-Tulare) Burton tallied 20 points and Harpreet (James Logan High) Singh enjoyed a 13 point, 13 board double-double respectively.

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Friday: Humboldt 68, East Bay 62

Way up north in Arcata, host Humboldt State bested Cal State East Bay 68-62 on Friday. For the Lumberjacks, Malik Morgan led with 19 points, Calvin (Bullard High) Young II tallied 16 and Tyras (Sheldon High) Rattler Jr. posted a 12 point, 10 rebound, eight assist stat line.

On the Pioneers side, Micah (Notre Dame de Namur) Dunhour went for 22 points plus nine boards and Jalen (Santa Clara) Richard was close behind with 19 and eight.

CS East Bay led 29-28 at the half.

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Friday: San Diego 67, Stanislaus 57

On Friday in LaJolla, UC San Diego bested Stanislaus State 67-67. For the victors, sophomore Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen served up 16 points and six rebounds. Freshman Jaelen (Weston Ranch High) Ragsdale paced Stanislaus with 17 points.

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Friday: Sonoma St. 70, CPP 68 OT

Host Sonoma State and Cal Poly Pomona required an overtime period before a victor could emerge and that was the Seawolves 70-68 on Friday. Powered by shooting 10-14 at the foul line, Luke (Del Oro High/Santa Rosa Junior College) Cochran provided team-bests with 16 points plus eight rebounds. Sonoma earned 46 free throw attempts and made 33 versus Pomona's 9-22.

Jeremy (St. Mary's High) Dennis scored 18 points for CPP and also grabbed six rebounds.

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Thursday: Burbank 81, Lathrop 58

Manteca Bulletin: "Lathrop’s torrid eight-game winning streak was halted Thursday, as high-flying Burbank outscored the Spartans by 16 points in the third quarter on its way to an 81-58 victory in the St. Hope Elite Hoop Classic Platinum Division semifinals at Sacramento High...

...After it was held to just seven points in the first quarter, Lathrop (8-4) erupted for 23 in the second and trailed 33-30 at halftime. The Titans (11-1), ranked 14th in the state according to MaxPreps, took over from there behind Isiah Davis’ 28 points.

Lathrop’s Junior Ballard fired a game-high 30 points. Anthony Blase and Isias Hunter added 10 apiece. The Spartans missed 14 free throws and committed 22 turnovers..."

Friday: Arizona 67, Cal 62

Host California held a 32-26 lead after 20 minutes but Arizona came back and defeated the Bears 67-62 on Friday.

Ivan (Bishop O'Dowd) Rabb played well as his 16 points and 16 rebounds attest. He also rejected a pair of 'Zona shot attempts. Teammate Jabari (Salesian High) Bird finished with 16 points and seven boards

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Friday: New Mexico St. 79, UTEP 70

On Friday in Las Cruces, New Mexico State turned away Texas El Paso 79-70 despite Dom (Salesian High/Oregon) Artis registering 20 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Miners.

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Friday: Seattle 80, UC Santa Barbara 76

On Friday in The Thunderdome, Seattle ignored playing the visitor role and topped host UC Santa Barbara 80-76. The Gauchos led 47-33 after 20 minutes but the Redhawks countered in the second half with a 47-29 point differential.

Gabe (St. Mary's-Stockton) Vincent paced Santa Barbara with both 17 points and six assists and also contributed three rebounds.

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Scores, game reports from Thursday

"Palo Alto, Saint Francis set to meet for Schram title" -- Nate Smith

A Markel Leonard update

The 6-foot Salesian High alum is a senior at Lewis & Clark University in Portland and is averaging 11.4 points, 2.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds a game while shooting 42.9 % overall, 47.9 from three-point range and 70.6 at the foul line. In 11 games/starts, he is playing 23.3 minutes an outing.

MBeasley anecdote

"Fizdale: Westbrook was great, but we had to pull Beasley out of bed for draft workouts in ’08" -- Dane Carbaugh

So why did Miami proceed and draft Beasley so high (but just as others would likely have done)?

One element worth noting is that the pickings were mighty slim in that draft (take a look)

Up for debate

"Rip Hamilton: Kevin Durant, not Steph Curry, should have last shot for Warriors" -- Matt Moore

Shastri honored

"With a majority of the Week 7 vote, Chaminade's Kiran Shastri was voted D2 Men's Basketball HERO of the Week! The senior earned the award after he scored 36 points, including 10 3-pointers, to go with four rebounds and two assists in an 88-75 victory over BYU-Hawaii."

Thursday: Yuba 90, Los Medanos 70

Appeal-Democrat: "Needing a lift after a slow start in the first half, the Yuba College men's basketball team found that spark thanks to players coming off the bench who ignited a run, helping the 49ers remain perfect in Bay Valley Conference play with a 90-70 victory over Los Medanos on Thursday in Pittsburg.

Yuba coach Doug Cornelius credited the play of Brandon Ruaro and Donald Jackson, who combined for nine points, giving the team a boost off the bench with their play on defense helping to put the game out of reach.

Jourdan Johnson led the 49ers with 25 points, including five 3-pointers, Xavier Francois had a double-double off the bench with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jihad Woods finished with 18 points and eight rebounds..."

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday: CCSF 94, Gavilan 69

In a battles of Rams on Thursday, City College of San Francisco was just too much and defeated Gavilan 94-69 in Gilroy.

For The City-ites, sophomore guard Zach (Berkeley High) Copeland led with 24 points powered by six three-pointers and Armani (Stuart Hall High/Portland State) Collins followed with 14. He nailed four treys on the evening. Eddie (Archbishop Riordan) Stansberry tallied 13 points and Eddie (Miramonte High) Ionescu scored 11.

On the flip side:

Gavilan Basketball: "Dennis Zmijewski 14 points ,Yakuba Mansaray 13 points and Marques Cannon with 10 points for the Rams tonight. Guys competed hard tonight!"

MCH falls

"Trouble closing: Young Crusaders stumble in overtime loss to Central" -- James Burns

Thursday's Holiday Hoops Classic results

"Heating up: Perry, Beyer will play for Hoop Classic consolation title" -- James Burns

'Youngsters' emerging at the Holiday Hoops Classic

"Future now for underclassmen at Holiday Hoop Classic" -- James Burns

Thursday: San Bernardino 59, Stanislaus 56

Kyle (Calaveras High) Gouveia just missed a double-double with 14 points plus nine boards and Jaelen (Weston Ranch High) Ragsdale totaled 12 points in the Cal State Stanislaus fall to host Cal State Bernardino on Thursday.

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Thursday: Dominguez Hills 81, San Marcos 71

Vincent (Skyline High/San Francisco City College) Golson led with both 18 points and four assists in the Cal State Dominguez Hills defeat of host Cal State San Marcos on Thursday.

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Marysville still unbeaten

"Marysville keeps perfect record intact with victory at Lindhurst tourney" -- Kevin Scannell

Thursday: Chico 88, Monterey Bay 59

On Thursday up in Chico, the host team took care of Cal State Monterey Bay 88-59. The score was 49-25 after 20 minutes. CSU shot 60% overall to 30% for the Otters.

For the Wildcats, Robert (Granite Bay High) Duncan and Isaiah (Antelope High) Ellis led with 15 points apiece and teammate Marvin (Franklin High) Timothy enjoyed a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double.

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Thursday: SJCC 78, Cerro Coso 51 (Allan Hancock tourney)

A 44-20 initial half set San Jose City College on a course to defeat first-year school Cerro Coso 78-51 on Thursday in the Hancock tournament. Jaguar center Jonah (Willow Glen High) Underwood continued his string of double-doubles with 23 points and 15 boards and added three blocked shots. Teammate Harpreet  (James Logan High) Singh scored 14 points on 7-10 overall shooting.

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SPSV and Bethel scores courtesy of the Times-Herald

"The St. Patrick-St. Vincent High boys basketball team beat Meter Dei Catholic of Chula Vista, 59-50, in the third round of the Under Armour Holiday Classic in San Diego.

Marquel Johnson and Tavian Henderson each scored 22 points for the Bruins, who are 8-2 overall. BJ Standley had 12 points and seven assists.

St. Pat’s will play St. Joe’s of Alameda for the championship on Friday."

and

"The Bethel High School boys basketball team lost to Highlands 66-58 during the Sac High tournament at Capital Christian High.

Jacob Sharp had a great game with 28 points and Julian Manansala had 13 points for the Jaguars (2-10). Craig Holden had eight points and four steals.

Bethel will take on San Juan at 11 a.m. on Friday, also at Capital Christian High."

Thursday: LA Southwest 97, Merritt 83 (Allan Hancock tourney)

It was a one-point lead for Los Angeles Southwest College after 20 minutes but the game ended with that single digit turned into a 14 point differential against Merritt College Thursday, 97-83, in the Allan Hancock tournament.

Tyrell (El Cerrito High) Alcorn led the Thurderbirds with 18 points but needed 17 shot attempts to do so. Tim (Freedom High) Jordan and Thomas (Vanden High) Avent each totaled 16 points plus Malik (Deer Valley High) Thompson tallied 10 points as well as 10 rebounds.

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Humboldt hosting CS East Bay on Friday

"Humboldt State men’s basketball looks to regain momentum against Cal State East Bay" -- Danny Penza

Thursday: Lane College 90, Butte College 81

ChicoER: "The Roadrunners led 59-41 with about 14 minutes left before falling to Lane in the College of the Siskiyous Exchange in Weed.

The Titans turned in a 51-point second half with all but two of them coming in the those final, fateful 14 minutes. Jacob Bigler scored 35 points and hit seven 3s for Lane.

Josiah Wood scored 18 points to lead Butte (11-5). Carlos Costa had 15 points, and Nemanja Kovacevic had 13. Josias Parker added 10 points, and Andrew Whitsett had nine. John Moscoso contributed eight."

Thursday: Lamar 90, H-T 63

On Thursday, Lamar University had no trouble downing Huston-Tillotson 90-63 as Joey (Newark Memorial High/Montana State) Frenchwood went for 12 points (6-8 overall shooting) and 10 assists.

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Loved this headline (sounds like right out of a tabloid)

"Sizzling Shooting leads Slugs past Thunder in Sin City"  -- UC Santa Cruz athletics

UC Santa Cruz defeated Wheaton College (IL) 80-70 in Las Vegas. Kyle (Whitney High) Creighton scored 19 points, Corey (Half Moon Bay High) Cilia 14 on 5-5 shooting from the floor plus 4-4 at the foul line and Tre Weston posted a 12 point, 11 board double-double.

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Thursday: Northridge 82, Morgan St. 61

On Thursday in the Southland, Kendall (Deer Valley High/UNLV) Smith scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds while teammate Darin (Sheldon High/Washington) Johnson's stat line was nine points, seven assists, three boards and three steals in the Cal State Northridge 82-61 takedown of Morgan State.

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Thursday: Portland 80, Pacific 76

In Stockton on Thursday, Portland edged Pacific 80-76. For the Tigers, Anthony (Modesto Christian High) Townes enjoyed an 18 point, 12 rebound double-double and teammate Ray (Modesto Christian High) Bowles tallied 16 points.

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Thursday: Portland St. 99, North Dakota 62

In the City of Roses on Thursday, Portland State blasted North Dakota 99-62 as De'Sean (Grant High/Salt Lake City College) Parsons provided 16 points plus seven boards in the victory. He shot 7-11, 2-3 and 0-2 respectively.

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Thursday: Illinois St. 62, Evansville 50

Phil (Franklin High/Western Nebraska College) Fayne totaled 17 points, five boards and four blocked shots in Illinois State's 62-50 defeat of Evansville on Thursday.

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Thursday: Bradley 60, SIU 51

Bradley downed in-state rival Southern Illinois 60-51 on Thursday with JoJo (Dublin High/Utah State) McGlaston providing nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocked shots to the victors.

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A Hornet update

"Sacramento State men hope home remains sweet in Big Sky play" -- Bill Paterson

Wednesday: Manteca 55, Immanuel 52

"DRIVE FOR SUCCESS - Manteca grounds Eagles in 2nd-half comeback win at MC" -- Vince Rembulat

Wednesday: Lathrop 81, Clovis North 78

"Lathrop notches another big win" -- Manteca Bulletin

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The latest from Coach Bob Walsh

"WHEN YOU HAVE WINNING BEHIND YOU" -- Coach Bob Walsh

Why was Bill Belichick not successful when he was heading the Browns? Has that been explored? Has he talked about it? It would be a fascinating topic.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Footballers boosting Modesto Christian hoops

"Crusaders rush into Classic semifinal thanks to football lineup" -- James Burns

The latest on the Bambauer tourney games

"Drake boys basketball stays alive in Bambauer" -- Marin Independent Journal

Wednesday: Beyer 53, Central Catholic 48 (plus other 17th Holiday Hoop Classic game reports)

"Beyer unleashes press in come-from-behind victory over Central Catholic" -- James Burns

Ceres High big making his mark

"Ceres’ Garcia learning to dominate games at Holiday Hoop Classic" -- James Burns

Benicia looking to be a factor this season

"Benicia High School boys basketball team excited about potential" -- Matt O'Donnell

Wednesday: LA Pierce 55, San Jose CC 53 (Hanock tourney)

On Wednesday in the Allan Hancock-hosted tournament, Los Angeles Pierce edged San Jose City College 55-53.

For the Jaguars, Jonah (Willow Creek High) Underwood was extra large with 26 points, 18 rebounds and three blocked shots. Teammate Jonell (Mission Oak High-Tulare) Burton provided 15 points.

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Wednesday: Ohlone 75, MPC 70

In Monterey on Wednesday, Ohlone College headed off Monterey Peninsula College 75-70.

Freshman guard Marcus (Heritage High) Wallace played big in the defeat with 26 points including 6-12 from three-point range. Teammate and fellow frosh DeShawnte (Freedom High) Collins went for 10 points and eight boards

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Wednesday: Sac City 90, Butte 69 (Siskiyous tourney)

On Wednesday, only Josiah Wood responded well with 17 points plus eight boards, three assists and two blocked shots in Butte College';s 90-69 loss to Sacramento City College. A 44-29 second half point differential put it away for the victors.

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Wednesday: Palomar 70, Merritt 62 (Hancock tourney)

It was the tale of two halves and Merritt owned a 10-point advantage after 20 minutes but Palomar put on a 42-24 blitz in the second session to win 70-62 Wednesday down in the Allan Hancock tournament.

It was also a battle of three-point shooting in which the victors shot 10-37 from long distance and the Thunderbird went 10-30.

For Merritt, freshman Thomas (Vanden High) Avent led with 16 points, Malik (Deer Valley High) Thompson tallied 16 and a team-best six boards with Tyrell (El Cerrito High) Alcorn scoring 13.

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Nevada 80, SJSU 55

Host Nevada received 10 rebounds, nine points and two blocked shots from Cameron (Grant High) Oliver in defeating San Jose State University 80-55 on Wednesday.

For the Spartans, Gary (Castlemont High) Williams Jr. tallied 14 points, four rebounds and two steals.

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6-foot-2 Zerrion (Modesto Christian High/Salt Lake Community College) Payton is a junior at Westminster College (UT) this season. His numbers so far:

* eight games, 27.9 minutes
* 13.9 points
* shooting 38%, 50% and 80%
* 5.0 rebounds
* a team-best 33 assists
* a team-best 10 steals

A D.J. Wilson update

6-foot-10 D.J. (Capital Christian High) Wilson is in his third season at Michigan and his numbers in the 2016-17 season currently are:

* 13 games, 27.1 minutes
* 8.5 points
* shooting 54%, 36% and 86%
* 6.6 rebounds
* a team-best 18 blocked shots

A David Andoh update

David Andoh is playing his senior season at St. Bonaventure in New York. His numbers thus far:

* 12 games, 19.9 minutes
* 9.6 points
* shooting 55%, 55% and 63%
* 3.6 rebounds

Ex-San Leandro High star with a points explosion

Sportando: "Jared Cunningham scores 74 points in loss to Fujian"

Mind over matter

"Saffold shines on, off court for Cougar basketball" -- John Murphy

Watch Parker Olin on Stevenson

"Stevenson healthy, hungry" -- John Devine

BSU's Paris Austin in a two-minute video

"Boise State's Paris Austin on the Mountain West: 'We can definitely make our mark in it'"

A Chris Hansen video/print interview

"Q&A with Sophomore Center Chris Hansen" -- UC San Diego athletics

The Wildcats with a pair of games this week

"Chico State men’s basketball team awaits Otters, unbeaten Gators in matchups this week at Acker Gym"

Ripon & Manteca win

The Manteca Bulletin offers game reports on Ripon High's 76-44 victory over Woodland and Manteca High's 55-48 defeat of Clovis East.

All the opening scores at the Bambauer Memorial Holiday Classic

"Redwood cruises in first round of Bambauer" -- Danny Schmidt

Tuesdays games in the Holiday Hoop Classic

"Modesto Christian’s Classic title defense survives scare from Ceres" -- James Burns

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

James Burns' game coverage of the 17th Holiday Hoop Classic

"Central guard Cash Williams is money in OT win over Central Catholic" -- James Burns

Looking at Las Positas College

Las Positas College possesses an intriguing blend of size, skill and athleticism this season and owns a 13-2 overall record.

The tall are 7-foot sophomore Donald (Center High/Cosumnes River College) Mims, 6-foot-10 Anand (Manteca High) Hundal and 6-foot-8 second-year talent Stokely (Amador Valley High/USF) Chaffee. Mims is offering 7.3 rebounds and 4.2 blocked shots an outing, the freshman Hundal is still getting his college basketball feet under him while Chaffee is big time with 13.7 points plus 10.1 rebounds nightly.

6-foot-3 sophomore guard Keith (Oakland High) Hunter leads the Hawks in scoring at 13.7 points, followed by Chaffee. Caleb (Washington High) Baskett, a second-year 6-foot-2 backcourter, is averaging 12.1 points and fellow 6-foot-2 soph Kameron (Granda High) Johnson stands at 10.9.

The three most startling comparative statistics for LPC are:

* shooting 50.1% while holding opponents to 38.4%

* averaging 24.7 free throw attempts to 15.9

* out-rebounding the opposition 47.6 to 25.7

The one Achilles heel if it can be called that is 15.2 turnovers committed to 8.1.

This is a well-balanced squad.

Looking at Yuba College

Yuba College is a season-opening road loss to CCSF (by seven points) and a four-point dip versus North Idaho away from being undefeated. This, in a season where most didn't know what to expect from a 49er squad which has played but one home game.

This northern crew is led by a Big Three which itself is paced by 6-foot-8 Jihad (Vanden High) Woods, a sophomore who is averaging a double-double comprised of 18.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per contest. He is shooting 63.2% overall.

Next is 12.7 points from 6-foot-2 freshman Jaaron (Cosumnes Oaks High) Stallworth and 11.2 provided by 6-foot-10 sophomore Erick (Marysville High) Scheive who is accurate on 60% of his shots to date.

Intermittent scoring eruptions have come from a trio of sophomores: 6-foot-7 Jalen (River City High) Davis at 8.5 points, 7.7 via 5-foot-10 Jourdan (Central Catholic High) Johnson plus 7.3 points from 6-foot-6 Xavier (River City High)Francois.

Also, opponents are shooting less than 30 % on threes against the 49ers.

It's a mix that is obviously working well.

Checking in on the Cañada College hoops program

"Canada clicking as preseason comes to an end" -- Vytas Mazeika

"A Goodbye to My Mother"

Rolaun Dunham, a Riverbank High alum, has posted a notice at the GoFundMe site about his mother's unexpected passing:

"I know most of you are enjoying a happy holiday, but my family and I are going through a tough time. A woman at the age of 54 named Toscal LaGloria Phillips, has passed unexpectedly this Christmas Eve. That woman was our mother, and we will never be the same. We do not yet know the underlying cause for she went into cardiac arrest multiple times at Oak Valley Hospital this morning. 

She was a kindhearted friend, a loving mother, and she had an amazing heart and spirit. She would help anybody she could even when she couldn't do for herself. If you could be so kind to give what you can to help us lay her to rest, we would forever be grateful. We are truly pained and at a lost for words. Please help us.

Help spread the word!"

Ivan Rabb versus Virginia analysis

"Breaking Down Ivan Rabb Vs. Virginia’s Defense" -- Adam Butler

An excerpt: "...The ultimate point I’m beleaguering here is that California center Ivan Rabb didn’t touch the ball for the final four minutes in last week’s 56-52 loss to Virginia. Rabb, the second-highest vote-getter in Preseason All-America voting, took only four shots on the evening and did not touch the ball for the final four minutes of a crucial non-conference home game. OK, to be fair, he did get a touch with 18 seconds remaining. It was with his back turned 24 feet away from the basket and resulted in an immediate handoff to teammate Jabari Bird (and zero threat to score). Ignoring that touch fits this final four-minute narrative but also demonstrates two key points: 1) Bennett is indeed the best defensive coach in America; 2) Cal is ineffectively using its greatest asset..."

Do note in the comment section about Rabb's health this season. However, the critique is about his usage.

A longform look at Kyle Gouveia

"Calaveras grad Kyle Gouveia is the dominating force in Stan State hoops" -- Guy Dossi

City College of San Francisco still on top

"WEEK SEVEN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RANKINGS" -- Signal The Ligjht Basketball

Will Maupin's WCC update

"WCC power rankings and team of the week entering conference play" -- Will Maupin

Good news

CCSF Mens Basketball: "Congrats to former Ram great Roburt Sallie on receiving his bachelors degree" 

Memphis Basketball: "Also want to congratulate former Tigers Roburt Sallie, Chris Hawkins and current Tiger Caleb Wallingford all of whom graduated today!!"

Out of Sacramento, Sallie has played overseas in Spain, Denmark and Israel.

A John Crumpacker WCC update

"League Play Beckoning for #WCChoops" -- John Crumpacker

The state of the NBA game

"Broad sweep of NBA illustrates game's transition" -- David Aldridge

Placer High heading KA tourney

"HILLMEN HOLIDAY: Placer opens 75th Annual Kendall Arnett Tournament Wednesday" -- Ike Dodson

Looking at Salesian

"Is Salesian the Top High School Basketball Team in Nor Cal?...A CaliHoop Exclusive"


Hoops looking up in St. Helena

"Experienced, driven Saints look to overcome losing ways" -- Yousef Baig

Playing basketball over baseball

"A Scout’s View: Baseball Talent on the Basketball Court" -- Adam Zagoria

The dilemma that cannot be solved: heard so many times is 'baseball is slow and boring. Basketball is up-and-down the court'

Monday, December 26, 2016

Looking at San Francisco City College

City College of San Francisco stands 14-1 at Christmas break and riding a seven-game winning streak with just two Rams are scoring in double figures -- Zach (Berkeley High) Copeland at a very healthy 18.5 points per game and Portland State bounceback Armani (Stuart Hall High) Collins providing 10.5 points.

However, a number of teammates are chipping in as Eddie (Archbishop Riordan) Stansberry is scoring 8.3 points, Adrian (Berkeley High/Reno International Prep) Rico 8.0, Eddy (Miramonte High) Ionescu 7.2, Michael (James Logan High) Steadman 7.1, Michael (McClymonds High) Wright 6.9 and Kendall (Freedom High) McIntosh tallying 5.9.

Copeland is the count-on guy with usually a rotating pair or a trio of other Rams enjoying good-scoring games on a given night. There's no Jalen Canty in the middle this season to force double-teams but that hasn't impaired the offensive firepower. CCSF is shooting 48.6% overall and 39.4% from long distance with 3/4 of the roster featuring newcomers or freshman. That's remarkable.

6.5 blocked shots a contest indicates the Ram bigs are an established defensive presence.

Looking at Feather River College

Minus the exhilarating Derrick Randolph (28.8 points per game last season) who is currently sidelined due to knee surgery, Feather River has kept rolling and currently owns a 13-3 overall record bolstered by four players averaging in double figures scoring. Keep that in mind alongside the fact that the Golden Eagles have played just a single home game.

In scoring, Anthony Smith is 21.3 points per contest, Chris McDonald 14.2, Jamel White 13.3 with Lamous Brown at 12.2.

Smith is a 6-foot-6 sophomore jumping jack who is also providing 8.2 rebounds.

Out of Texas, McDonald is a 6-foot-3 sophomore averaging 3.9 rebounds.

As a 6-foot freshman, White is bringing 6.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds a night

Brown is a 7-foot freshman out of Chicago who is also gathering in 4.4 rebounds a contest as well as rejecting 2.3 shot attempts each time out.

The FRC height of this quartet runs across the spectrum with a definite big and a definite point plus a forward who plays bigger than his height and a nice-sized guard.

Looking at Cañada College

Cañada College sits at 12-4 at the beginning of conference play and with a five-game winning streak. Five Colts (hey, the Bay Area Fab Five?) are averaging in double-figures scoring with their numbers tightly bunched.

The rollout: Antony (San Lorenzo High) Navarette leads at 14.0 points a night followed by William Green at 13.5. Mick (Newark Memorial High/West Georgia) Pinkney is scoring at an 11.6 clip with Davis (Hayward High) Kimble at 10.6 and 10.4 from Keith (Gateway High) Dickerson.

A trio of Colts are averaging more than three assists a contest: Kimble 3.4 with Pickney and Green registering at 3.1.

Despite not having much in the way of size (6-foot-5 as the tallest), Cañada is out-rebounding opponents thus far at 40.9 to 29.3 while garnering a very healthy 12.4 boards a game.

This is both a newcomer dominated squad and one loaded with freshman.12-4 (two of those losses to Yuba) is quite the achievement when the blending of new talents is still a work-in-progress.

On Christmas Day: Utah 74, S.F. Austin 66

On December 25, JoJo (Newark Memorial High/Yuba College) Zamora got going for Utah and scored 16 powered buttressed by 4-5 three-point shooting as the Utes downed Stephen F. Austin 74-66 over in the islands.

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Two thoughtful articles

"My Side of the Tracks" -- Kenyon Martin

"Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin, George Karl and a bridge forever burned
Why the single-parent issue hits so deeply with Anthony, Martin and Karl" -- Justin Tinsley

Kudos to all involved in making this happen

"Retired NBA players get added benefits in new CBA" -- Ohm Youngmisuk

Interesting background here

"The untold story of the shoe wars: Michael Jordan's influence on design" -- Roland Lazenby

730 and counting

"Cardinal Newman Coach Bonfigli notches career win No. 730" -- Harold Abend

Pretty damn remarkable

"Stephon Marbury: Remade in China - How the former hoops star went from NBA outcast to international trailblazer" -- Marc J. Spears

If only our president believed and acted on this

High school (any level) to college (any level) is a big basketball step

"Paradise Adventist Academy graduate Stevens transitions to college game" -- Jeff Larsen

Prep2Prep on the CCS Top 25

"P2P CCS Boys Basketball Top 25"

The Prep2Prep NCS Top 25

"P2P NCS Boys Basketball Top 25" -- Nate Smith

For too many, life in Chi-town has devolved

"A ‘Hoop Dreams’ Sequel, Written by Gun Violence" -- Joe Nocera

Previewing some of the top players in the Holiday Hoop Classic

"On guard: Top talent invades Modesto Christian’s Holiday Hoop Classic" -- James Burns

The 17th annual Holiday Hoop Classic

"With Holiday Hoop Classic on tap, all eyes on Beyer-Manteca showdown" -- James Burns


Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/sports/high-school/article122817409.html#storylink=cpy

Bay Valley Conference Preview


A prediction that just two BVC teams will likely enter the state playoffs.

The Alisal Trojans

"Alisal chasing perfection in MBL Pacific" -- John Devine

Merritt's last two games

On Friday, College of Marin downed Merritt College 98-87 powered by a 54-44 second half. Tyrell (El Cerrito High) Alcorn paced the Thunderbirds with 24 points and D.J. (Pittsburg High) Kennedy tallied 17 points.

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Last Tuesday, Merritt College and Napa Valley College paired off in the wine country with the former winning in overtime 98-94. D.J. (Pittsburg High) Kennedy led with 29 points, Matthew Williams scored 15, Tyrell (El Cerrito High) Alcorn 14 and Malik (Deer Valley High) Thompson posted a 10 point, 10 rebound double-double. The Thunderbirds shot 30-40 at the foul line.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

That's it until Monday night/early Tuesday morning

The lights are going out here until late Monday night/early Tuesday morning.

Dons liking island life

On Friday, San Francisco defeated Illinois State 66-58 over in the islands as Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists minus a single turnover.

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In one of the biggest surprises of the season, USF downed Utah of the Pac 12 Conference 89-86 on Thursday over in Hawaii. Both teams lit up the scoreboard in the second half with 51 points apiece.

Shooting 16-28 paved the way for the Dons as did an overall accuracy of 52.5%. 23 Don turnovers were just about cancelled out by 21 from the Utes.

Justin (De La Salle High) Ratinho tallied eight points and Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari seven. Each played 22 minutes and the former started.

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The Smith Brothers

"Windsor has twin engines in Riley, Justin Smith" -- Kerry Benefield

CoM playing well in December

"Freshman duo ready to show off College of Marin" -- Ian Ross

More on the situation

"Christian Brothers, Capital Christian deny claims of recruiting players
Monterey Trail coach backs C.Oaks coaches' accusations -- John Hull

The endings of games and what happens afterwards

"The evolution of end-game customs" -- Ken Pomeroy

Roddy Marshall highlighted

"Terra Linda boys end game on 12-0 run, beat Lincoln, 56-47" -- Danny Schmidt

It's a business decision

"The NBA age limit isn't changing anytime soon. Here's why

Since the NBA and players’ union couldn’t reach an accord on changing the one-and-done rule, it’s probably going to stick around until at least 2023 -- Tom Ziller

A Trey Pugh update

"After averaging 24 points a game and receiving MVP of the Solano County Athletic Conference as a junior, Benicia High School guard Trey Pugh knew that he had to work even harder over the summer if he wanted to have an even better senior year. After trying out with a number of different AAU teams, Pugh decided to join Coach Brandon Bracy with Team Rampage (Vallejo, CA). The team would include other Solano County Conference members such as Gamon Howard, Malcolm Bracy, Dakarria Peterson, and more.

While going through the summer with Team Rampage, Trey was forced to focus more on becoming a play-maker, run point guard at times, and focus more on the defensive end. "Trey was already talented before coming to us but it was the fact that he focused more on defense and getting others involved that took his game to the next level," Coach Bracy said. "As much as he has improved, I still think there is a lot more room for his game to fully develop before he plays at the collegiate level, but his potential is very high" Coach Bracy added.

Trey Pugh has helped lead Benicia High School to a 5-0 start to the season, and is averaging 24 points a game. Benicia is looking to improve from their first round playoff exit against Inderkum (Sacramento, CA) last season."

We love basketball but it is just a game in a very complex and sometimes ugly world

"Tragedy Made Steve Kerr See the World Beyond the Court - The Golden State Warriors coach draws from the assassination of his father to make sense of a complicated world" -- John Branch

Thursday: Illinois St. 71, Hawaii 45

In 20 minutes of action, Phil (Franklin High/Western Nebraska College) Fayne posted a 14 point, four rebound line in Illinois State's romp over host Hawaii in the islands on Thursday. He shot 6-7 from the floor and 2-2 at the foul line.

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From Thursday: Vanden 67, St. Francis 44

"Vanden boys advance to championship game in El Cerrito tournament" -- Daily Republic

Thursday: Marysville 66, Yuba City 58

"Marysville boys hoops takes down Yuba City to stay perfect" -- Appeal-Democrat

Thursday: Central Catholic 67, Tracy 57

"Central Catholic, Hamilton finish strong in Gallo home debut" -- James Burns

Thursday: Freedom 67, Benicia 56

"Benicia High School boys basketball team loses tight game to Freedom" -- Matt O'Donnell

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Updates on some Bay Area Warriors and University High alums

Here's the latest on a few of Coach Randy Bessolo's former Bay Area Warriors and University High alums:

* Jack Gale 6-foot-4 junior (University High) - in eight games/starts and 25.4 minutes a contest at Pomona-Pitzer, he is averaging 6.0 points as well as 2.8 rebounds. Gale is shooting 39%, 43% and 60% respectively.

* Sean Gilmore 6-foot-7 freshman (University High) - At Colby College in Maine, Gilmore has played in nine games and is averaging 9.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 52%, 64% and 69% respectively.

* Mattie Mrlik 6-foot-1 freshman (University High) - Named the conference Frosh of the Year, Mrlik led the Vassar soccer squad to the DIII tournament as well as topping the team and league in scoring. He recently started for the basketball team and is currently averaging 4.0 points plus 2.0 rebounds a night.

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From SimplyBasketball, here's a taste of the current version of University High hoops (you could use this as a training film for unselfishness, ball movement and outside shooting):


Will the Serra High alum head back to Cali?

Jeff Goodman: "Princeton's Henry Caruso, out for the rest of the season with a toe injury, told ESPN he has his release and will be a grad transfer next season. Was all-Ivy first team last year. Averaged 15 and 6 a year ago."

On LPC hoops

"There's No 'I' In Hawks Basketball" -- Matt Schwab/Las Positas College athletics

A Columbia College update

"Rob Hoyt discusses the Jumpers’ season" -- Guy Dossi

Some fascinating background here

"Tyronn Lue and the Art of Igniting LeBron - Most coaches challenge The King at their own peril. But as the Cavs found out in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Lue is not like most coaches" -- Kurt Streeter

Thursday: GCU 80, APB 49

In Grand Canyon's 89-49 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Oscar (Moreau Catholic) Frayer filled the stat sheet with 18 points, five boards, three assists, three blocked shots and a pair of steals.

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Thursday: Air Force 77, UC Davis 67

UC Davis got 12 rebounds plus eight points from J.T. (Oakmont High) Adenrele but still fell 77-67 to host Air Force on Wednesday.

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Thursday: Canisius 106, St. Bonaventure 101 OT

David (Merritt College/San Jose State University/Liberty University) Andoh scored 18 points on 6-7, 3-4 and 3-4 shooting respectively although St. Bonaventure fell 106-101 to Canisius in overtime on Thursday.

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Chappell with some Southland recognition

Joel Francisco: "Best player I've seen today...2018 Zach Chappell (Sacramento/Capital Christian).6-4ish guard who is multi-positional..PG feel."

Palma already rolling

"Chieftains welcome expectations" -- John Devine

Verhoeven honored

"Athlete of the Week: Tydus Verhoeven, Manteca High School boys basketball"

The St. Hope Elite Classic coming up

St. Hope Elite Classic: "It's that time again....... The Elite Hoop Classic games kick-off December 26th-30th @ Sac High."

Mission hoops making noise

"Early success has Mission boys’ basketball eyeing ‘big things’" -- Will Reisman

The guy hopped and then flopped -- toss him too


"Jabari Brown could not keep calm as a Chinese player flopped and made abusive comments towards Jabari. Jabari ended up being ejected and his team ended up losing in overtime to Marshawn Brooks and his Jiangsu Dragons. Jabari Brown is having a strong season averaging 32.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists in just 30.3 minutes, while shooting 43.5% 3P%, 52.3 2P%, and 87.4% FT%"

A Klay Thompson feature (but what about his time at WSU?)

"The Names Change, But The Shade Remains Over Klay Thompson
From lightly recruited high-school standout to third (fourth?) banana on a dynasty in the making, he’s never enjoyed the spotlight for himself. But that doesn’t diminish his greatness" -- Dre Elder

Wednesday: Canada 86, SJCC 60

On Wednesday, host Cañada College bested San Jose City College 86-60 as a 51-32 second 20 minutes powered the Colts.

For the Jaguars, 5-foot-9 sophomore Jonah (Willow Glen High) Underwood posted a 23 point, 13 rebound double-double while teammate Jonell (Mission Oak High) Burton scored 16 points, grabbed eight boards and pilfered four steals.

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Wednesday: Yuba 88, Alameda 67

Appeal-Democrat: "Winning ugly or winning with style, the Yuba College men's basketball team has shown it can win in a variety of ways so far this season.
The 49ers overcame some foul trouble in the first half to pull away in the second half in an 88-67 road win over Alameda on Wednesday night in the Bay Valley Conference opener.

"It was one of those ugly type of games," said Yuba coach Doug Cornelius. "We didn't play our type of game for large portions of the game. But the guys bounced back and played well down the stretch to get the win."

The 49ers had a balanced scoring effort with six players scoring in double figures led by Jihad Woods, who finished with a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Josh Dhatt added 13 points and backup point guard Brandon Ruaro came off the bench to score 10 points.

Yuba did not escape the game without suffering a devastating blow as starting guard and leading scorer Jaaron Stallworth suffered an ankle injury that could keep him out of action for a while when he came down after getting a rebound in the first half, Cornelius said..."

Tuesday: Iowa St. 88, MV St. 60

On Tuesday, Iowa State battered Mississippi Valley State 88-60 as Solomon (Sacramento High) Young played 15 minutes and scored eight points while grabbing seven rebounds.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Meet Alex Braken-Guelke


If you're 6-foot-3, possess plus athleticism and can shoot from distance as well as dribble-drive to the hoop, a decisive number imperative components are in place for both current and future basketball success. That's why it's important to catch 2018 Los Gatos High guard Alex Braken-Guelke in action this season because it's one in which he is breaking out and establishing himself as a solid college prospect.

Wildcat Coach Nick Ward is seeing the step forward. "A year ago, Alex was a slasher. This year, he has become a really good shooter. Playing with next level guys (Braken-Guelke's affiliation with the Top Flight Elite travel team) and seeing their work ethic has helped.

Ward continued, "Alex is explosive, quick and jumps out of the gym. He's the point man on our press and, when he puts his mind to it, is a good on-ball defender. Everyone sees it when he's 'on' and feeds off that and he makes his teammates better."

But the Braken-Guelke achievement Ward is most proud of is "Alex becoming a 4.0 student." He is also ahead of the classes required for NCAA eligibility.

Asked to name his top talents, Braken-Guelke offered "my speed, I'm one of the faster players and I love to drive."

There is also an unusual level of maturity and reasoning in play here. In an age where playing time and numbers are the twin significant others for basketball participants (and their parents), Braken/Guelke made a curious decision. He joined up with Top Flight Elite. His analysis? "Top Flight Elite is the best team in my area even if I don't get as much playing time as I want." That's because ahead of him in the rotation is Siena commit Jake Wojcik as well as Tyler Johnson and Angelo Athens. Practicing against those talents set up a 'get better or get buried' self ultimatum.There was also another factor involved in his decision -- "the coaching at Top Flight Elite."

Jamon Osby coaches that travel team. He offered this on Braken-Guelke: "Alex is arguably one of the best athletes on our team. He can compete for anything bcause of his athletic ability. He has always played up with more advanced other guys and he had a great July, especially in Vegas. Now he's a scorer and leader on his high school team." Braken-Guelke is averaging 18.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Osby, also an assistant varsity coach at Bellarmine College Prep, also highlighted aspects of Braken-Guelke's game that feed off each other -- outside shooting ability and going hard to the hoop. "You have to close out hard on Alex because of his shooting ability and that opens up him attacking the basketball and using his athletic ability to either finish above the rim or get fouled. If your athletic and can't shoot, defenses can sag off and, because Alex can do both, he is extremely hard to defend."

Another telling anecdote for Braken-Guelke is how he became a more well-rounded player. "My left hand has gotten a lot better since my freshman year because my JV coach suggested I begin to eat and brush my teeth lefthanded." Obviously that, in addition to performing lefty-centric basketball drills.

Coming from a soccer-playing family, he crossed over. "In the seventh grade, I changed and played basketball full-time. I liked it more because it's just super fast-paced and takes a lot of skills."

Braken-Guelke noted two highlights thus far in his basketball experience. One was my first in-game dunk two years ago during the summer and other was our loss (72-62) last year in the CCS semifinals to St. Ignatius. We found that we could run with that team."

A superb feature on Kyle Toth

"Toth excelling after a year away from basketball" -- Owen Main

Thanks to Owen Main for the depth and background in this article.

A coach goes on the record

"Local coach calls out Cap. Christian, Christian Bros. for recruiting
Promises of "Free Ride" scholarships alleged" -- John Hull

Wednesday: Central Michigan 106, Montana St. 103

Host Montana State received 21 points plus seven rebounds in 19 minutes from Benson (Franklin High/Casper College) Osayande but still fell 106-103 on Wednesday. He shot 8-9 overall plus 5-5 from the foul line.

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Wednesday: Lamar 126, AB 75

Joey (Newark Memorial High/Montana State) Frenchwood tallied 11 points plus 13 assists in Lamar University's 126-75 shellacking of Arlington Baptist on Wednesday.

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Wednesday: Maryland-Eastern Shore 71, UTEP 66

Dom (Salesian High/Oregon) Artis scored 13 points and earned a double-double by matching it with 10 rebounds but Texas El Paso fell 71-66 to Maryland-Eastern Shore at home on Wednesday.

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Wednesday: WSU 74, Sac St. 66

On Wednesday in Pullman, Washington State and Sacramento State battled in a close one before the former won out 74-66. Jiday (Archbishop Riordan) Ugbaja scored 12 points for the Hornets on 4-5, 1-3 and 3-3 overall shooting while Eric (Casa Roble High) Stuteville tallied 11 points.

For WSU, guard Ike (Franklin High) Ireogbu scored 15 points, grabbed five boards and passed out three assists.

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Wednesday: SJSU 92, SUU 82

Gary (Castlemont High) Williams Jr. scored 17 points in aiding San Jose State University's 92-82 victory over visiting Southern Utah University on Wednesday. He shot 9-10 at the foul line and added five rebounds plus three assists.

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Wednesday: BSU 79, CSN 62

Sophomore guard Paris (Bishop O'Dowd) Austin tied for the team lead with 20 points as Boise State bested visiting Cal State Northridge 79-62 on Wednesday. He shot 6-12, 0-1 and 8-8 respectively. For the Matadors, Kendall (Deer Valley High/UNLV) Smith scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds.

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Wednesday: Iona 73, UCSB 57

Firepower was once again a problem as UC Santa Barbara fell 73-57 to Iona on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Gabe (St. Mary's-Stockton) Vincent led the Gauchos with 13 points and Jalen (St. Patrick-St. Vincent/City College of San Francisco) Canty went for 10 points plus six boards.

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Wednesday: Virginia 56, Cal 52

In a game played at the pace preferred by the Cavaliers, Virginia downed host California 56-52 on Monday. For the Bears, Jabari (Salesian High) Bird led with 15 points (5-15 shooting overall, 4-12 from long distance). Teammate Ivan (Bishop O'Dowd) Rabb produced 12 boards plus nine points, taking just four shots.

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