Tuesday, February 28, 2017

West Campus keeps on rolling

West Campus sounds like a nice bucolic setting, one well suited as a learning environment. It is indeed heralded for its academics, at least the one located in Sacramento is and, sooner or later, the boys basketball program is going to deservedly earn similar recognition for its on-court success.

The reasons? Try consecutive years of 19-11, then 29-6 plus 20-9 thus far and 10-2 in the Golden Empire League in the 2016-17 season under Coach Fred Wilson. The Warrior players are readied for college through the strong scholastic footing at West Campus and the development of their hoops skills in the gym.

This season, the key players for the Warriors includes just one senior:

* Eric Alston, 5-foot-8, sophomore (14.0 points, 5.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds)

* Inderpal Dhaliwal, 6-foot-2, senior (11.8 points)

* Nate Karren, 6-foot-9, junior (16.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.2 blocks)

* Harmon Khela, 6-foot-5, junior (7.7 points)

* Dee Juan Pruitt, 6-foot-6, sophomore (8.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks)

Quincy Taylor, 6-foot-1, freshman (9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds)

According to Wilson, "Alston will be a nice D1 guard, Dhaliwal will likely play at the NAIA level and Karren is hearing from BYU, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State among others. Taylor will play after high school and Pruitt possesses an amazing wingspan and nearly averages a double-double."

Karren has a 3.8 grade point average and is the best three-point shooter on the squad.

But it's not just the present group of Warriors ready and able to move on. Benefitting from skill development and success on the court as well as the necessary foundation to succeed in the classroom, recent West High graduates who have gone on to play college basketball include:

* guard Darien Davis, Oregon's Blue Mountain Community College

* forward Sanford Del Mar, Central Wyoming College

* guard Kevin Dent, Notre Dame de Namur

* forward Monty Khela, Colorado School of Mines

* guard Jeryn Lucas, Humboldt State

* guard Marcus Muccular, UC Santa Cruz

Plus, 6-foot-6 Isaiah Bates of the 2016 class will be back on the court after rehabilitating from an injury.

Wilson summed up the state of his program, offering "the present is bright and the future is bright." He is proving that academic achievement and athletic success can go together. The evidence is in the successful movement of his players to the collegiate level.

Someone pretty famous once said, "Truly I tell you no prophet is accepted in his hometown." The Warrior program is simply looking for greater respect for their on-going achievements. Is SacTown willing and able to do so?

Tuesday: San Francisco St. 93, CS Los Angeles 67

On Tuesday in The City, San Francisco State flattened Cal State Los Angeles 93-67 as A.J. (Bear Creek High/San Joaquin Delta College) Kahlon provided 21 points plus eight boards while teammate Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson produced 18 points and five assists.

The Gators will tangle next with Sonoma State in the California Collegiate Athletic Association semi-finals on Friday.


Tuesday: Sonoma St. 63, CPP 56

Down south last Saturday, host Cal Poly Pomona topped Sonoma State in the regular season finale but the Seawolves turned that around on Tuesday with a 63-56 defeat of visiting Pomona as Jimmy Golden scored 13 points and Ronnie Harris 10.

In this one, Sonoma shot 46% overall while holding the Southlanders to 38%.

The Seawolves will meet San Francisco State next in the California Collegiate Athletic Association semi-finals.


Tuesday: Chico St. 75, CS Dominguez Hills 72

On Tuesday up north, Chico State edged Cal State Dominguez Hills 75-72 as four Wildcats scored in double figures: Corey Silverstrom 21, Isaiah (Antelope High) Ellis 18, Robert (Granite Bay High) Duncan 15 and Jalen (Castro Valley High) McFerren 15.

Vincent (Skyline High/City College San Francisco) Golson tallied 14 points for CSDH.

The Wildcats will now face UC San Diego Friday in the California Collegiate Athletic Association on Friday semi-finals.


Tuesday: UC San Diego 78, Humboldt St. 73

Humboldt State gave it a go on Tuesday versus UC San Diego but lost by six, 78-72 in La Jolla, as Tyras (Sheldon High) Rattler Jr. fell just short of a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds. San Diego led 46-32 at the half before the Jacks closed the lead.

The Tritons now advance to the semi-finals of the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.


Tuesday: Menlo 54, Pacific Grove 23

"Menlo stifles Pacific Grove in semifinals" -- Champ Robinson

"Breakers harrassed by Menlo in semifinal loss" -- John Devine

Tuesday: Fresno St. 74, Boise St. 67

Despite receiving 17 points from Paris (Bishop O'Dowd) Austin, Boise State fell at home 74-67 on Tuesday. Austin shot 6-10 from the floor and 5-7 at the foul line.


Tuesday: Kent St. 74, Bowling Green 67

Ismail Ali provided 15 points plus four assists in a losing effort as Bowling Green fell at home to Kent State 74-67 on Tuesday. He shot 5-8, 0-1 and 4-5 respectively.


Lakeshow is back

The Lakeshow basketball travel team is operating again. LINK

Tryouts are March 5, 12 and 18.

Bellot honored

"Bellot named Heartland Conference Player of the Week" -- TAMI Atheltics

Two former Fresno City College players honored

"One day after winning the North Star Athletic Association Tournament Championship, the Bellevue University men's basketball team saw two student-athletes as well as its coach honored in the NSAA's Post-Season Awards Program.

Junior guard BJ Shelton (Bakersfield, Calif.) collected three awards as he was named NSAA Most Valuable Player, Newcomer of the Year, and First Team All-NSAA. Shelton leads the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game, free throw percentage (61.8%), and started a team-high 30 games on the year. His 5.0 rebounds per game rank second on the team and he is one of five players averaging better than one assist per game. In league play he averaged 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Junior guard Nick Hilton (Sacramento, Calif.) earned Second Team All-NSAA distinction. Hilton leads Bellevue with 93 three-pointers, a 44.3 shooting percentage behind the arc, and is tied for tops on the team with 20 steals. He ranks second in scoring at 11.5 points per game, second in assists (82), and third in free throw percentage (82.5%). In league play he averaged 12.2 points and 3.1 assists per game while knocking down a team-leading 48 three-pointers..."

Golson honored

CCAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Vincent Golson

"Golson, a guard from Oakland, shot 54 percent from the field, including a 50 percent effort from three point range, and 88 percent from the free throw line to lead the Cal State Dominguez Hills men's basketball team to a perfect 2-0 weekend and the program's best regular-season finish since the 2010-11 season.

In Friday's 84-75  win over Cal State San Marcos, Golson totaled 20 points and dished out five assists. The following night, Golson scored a career-high 32 points, shooting seven-for-10 from the field, five-for-six from the three-point line, and shooting 13-for-14 from the charity stripe. 

Overall, Golson averaged 26 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and a steal per game."

Can BYU do it again? Don't see St. Mary's doing it

"Final WCC Power Rankings and Team of the Week
Get to know where things stand heading into the conference tournament" -- Will Maupin

Burbank in big game

"‘Lindsey Guys’ making fiery Burbank coach proud" -- Joe Davidson

Patterson honored

Jalen Patterson (Liberty Ranch, Galt) Fr.

"While he is just a freshman and will have plenty more games with the Hawks, it may be hard to top Patterson’s performance when No. 6 seed Liberty Ranch defeated the No. 3 seed Calaveras of San Andreas 82-67 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.

Facing a Calaveras team that had won its last 17 games at home and their last home loss coming over 400 days ago, Patterson knocked down 10 three-pointers and finished with 34 points. More amazingly, he was 10 of 11 from three-point range with several of his treys coming from way behind the line, according to former CIF SJS assistant commissioner John WIlliams, who witnessed the performance. Patterson missed his first attempt, then made 10 in a row.

Averaging 17 points per game this season, Patterson’s previous season and career-high was 27 points, which came during a loss to McKinleyville."
"WCC Announces 2016-17 Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team"

The conference has a first and second team, a freshman team as well as honorable mentions. How many played high school ball in northern California?

Two out of 30 selections.

Hoops in and around Stockton

"A massive challenge awaits" -- Thomas Lawrence

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Highlighted below are the Great Northwest Athletic Conference 2016-17 honorees:
First Team:

Sekou “Suki” Wiggs
Taylor Stafford
Tanner Omlid
Jeffrey Parker Western Washington F 6-6 Sr. Richmond, CA (Salesian)
Preston Beverly
Dom Hunter
Second Team

Drew Martin
Cole Preston
Brandon Davis
Maurice Jones
Tony Miller
Spencer Svejcar
Honorable Mention:

Diante Mitchell
Fuquan Niles
Christopher Edward
Latrell Wilson Concordia G 6-3 Jr. Arcata, CA (Cabrillo JC)
Marc Matthews
Bouna N’Diaye
Kaileb Rodriguez
Tyler Copp
Joe Rasmussen
Coleman Wooten
Kedar Wright
Ali Faruq-Bey Western Oregon G 6-2 Jr. Chicago, Ill. (Idaho State)
Deandre Dickson
Daulton Hommes

Simpson to Israel

David Pick: "Source: Maccabi is signing Diamon Simpson out of Czech side Nymburk for remainder of Euroleague season."

Try-outs for the Bay Area Warriors

We will again be running two teams (17s and 16s) this spring and summer. This is the 12th year of our organization and we strive to play the most competitive schedule we can and play all five NCAA sanctioned week-ends. We have had over 20 players go D1 and many others go D2, D3, NAIA and Juco. We are a non-profit and have a productive fundraising program that allows us to not charge our players to play. We are based in San Francisco. You can find out more info. on our website, Bay Area Warriors.

If you are interested in trying out, please contact me at 415 418 4568 or coachrandal@yahoo.com

2017 Bay Area Warriors Schedule (16U and 17U)

Dates Event Location

* March 19 Work-out University High
* March 26 Work-out University High

* April 1-2 Oakland Rebels Tourney Oakland

* April 7-9 Oakland Soldiers Extravaganza Oakland

* April 21-23 SoCal Hoop Review Los Angeles

(NCAA sanctioned)

* April 28-30 NorCal Spring Showcase Oakland

(NCAA sanctioned)

* May 19-21 The City Championship San Francisco (CCSF)

* May 27-29 Hoop Review Memorial Day Various Sites

Please note that we are taking most of June off so everyone can spend time with their high school teams and/or go to basketball camps

????? Work-outs UHS

* July 14-15 NorCal Summer Tip-Off CCSF (NCAA sanctioned)

* July 20-22 Pangos Cream of the Crop Los Angeles (NCAA sanctioned)

* July 26-30 Las Vegas Classic Las Vegas (NCAA sanctioned)

Any questions, please call Coach Randy (415) 418-4568

More from Marc J. Spears

"NBA Africa VP Amadou Fall talks about growing the game in the continent
The Senegalese exec wants to increase the league’s influence — and he’s got big plans" -- Marc J. Spears

In 2015, there were 10 players from Africa on NBA rosters. When will Africa also be known for exporting some backcourters rasther than primarily frontcourters to the professional ranks? What needs to happen to make that a reality?

The latest from Coach Bob Walsh

"Fear of Failure" -- Coach Bob Walsh

2017 Chico Springtime Showcase 12th Annual Basketball Invitational

Girls & Boys

2017 Chico Springtime Showcase
12th Annual Basketball Invitational

Registration Deadline!! March 31,2017

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

Contact Tournament Director Mike Walker wtickets@comcast.net

Team Schedule Requests Email: wtickets@comcast.net

(Northern California) (Officials Association Referees)

Girls & Boys Divisions 1 Division 2 Division 3
Contact Tournament Director Mike Walker wtickets@comcast.net

April 8th & 9th 2017

2017 Chico springtime Showcase Games Schedule:
Saturday, April 8th 8am-8:50pm Sunday, April 9th 8am-5:45pm

Chico Springtime Showcase Tournament Directors:
MikeWalker 530.591.5245 wtickets@comcast.net

April 8th & 9th 2017
Chico springtime Showcase Games Schedule:
Saturday, April 8th 8am-8:50pm Sunday, April 9th 8am-5:45pm

2016 110 Girls & Boys Teams Participated

Date: April 8th-9th 2017

All Team Schedule Request
Contact Tournament Director Mike Walker wtickets@comcast.net

Girls & Boys

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

Girls & Boys Divisions ENTRY FEE:

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



1st & 2nd Place Trophies 3rd place medals

FORMAT: 3 Game minimum. Pool Play

Contact Mike Walker 530-591-5245
Contact Tournament Director Mike Walker wtickets@comcast.net

12th Annual AAU Chico Springtime Showcase presented by
Nor Cal Warriors-Showtime Basketball Academy
Chico Visitors Bureau on April 8th & 9th 2016.

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

On Friday April 7th at 5pm Coaches Check in at the Ramada hotel.

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

Chico springtime Showcases Northern California elite athletes

Tournament will showcase competitive Girls & Boys Basketball.

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

Tournament Registration

Deadline is March 31, 2017

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

***Chico Hotels***

Motel 6 Hotel 800-544-4866

Heritage Inn Express 530-343-4527

Super 8 Hotel 530-345-2533 Rate

University Inn Hotel 530-895-1323

Americas Best Value Inn 530-343-3286

Best Western Inn 800-446-4291

Marriott Courtyard 530-894-6699

Residence Inn 530-894-5500

Ramada Hotel 530-345-2491

Oxford Suites 530-899-9090

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

begin at April 7th at 5pm-9pm, Ramada Inn

Saturday April 8th at 8am-1pm

All teams should make departing plans Sunday April 9th, after 6pm.

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

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

Presentation & Coaches Certification Check-In

Friday, April 7, 2017 5pm-9pm Ramada Inn

Saturday session: April 8, 2017 8am-1pm

Coaches will receive official coaching badges

Official Brackets and Tournament info tournament Program

Coaches will receive 2 bands per team entered

Chico Springtime Showcase (Two coaches entry bands per team)

Coaches/Team Administrators Registration Location:

5pm-9pm Ramada Inn Chico CA

685 Manzanita Court Chico, CA 95926

Saturday Team Registration Location:

April 8, 2016 8am-1pm Ramada Inn Chico CA

685 Manzanita Court Chico, CA 95926

Chico Springtime Showcase Tournament Directors:
MikeWalker 530.591.5245 wtickets@comcast.net

Monday, February 27, 2017

The West Catholic Athletic League honors

"Bellarmine, St. Francis players share WCAL’s top award
Bellarmine’s Jake Wojcik, St. Francis’ Logan Johnson named WCAL co-players of year" -- Darren Sabedra

New coach at Redwoods

"Mora steps down as College of the Redwoods men’s basketball coach, Hungerford tabbed to take over men’s program" -- Danny Penza

Chappell to an Oregon Nike travel team

Portland Basketball: "PBC welcomes Zach Chappell to the family!! One of the best guards on the west coast - 6'3 capable of playing and defending both positions."

Serra's Jack Wilson is also a Portland Basketball club member.

Montgomery and Tam meet again

"Montgomery awaits rematch with Tamalpais in NCS Division 2 semifinal" -- Lori A. Carter

Parker Farris honored as PacWest Conference Co-Player of the Week

Parker Farris (Hawai’i Hilo)
G – Sr. – McKinleyville, Calif./McKinleyville

Farris closed out his collegiate career with 101 points over his final three games, averaging 33.7 points per contest. He made 16 three-pointers and shot 31-for-36 at the free throw line. He scored 39 points on 12-of-20 shooting and had eight rebounds at Holy Names. He set the Hilo single-game scoring record with 47 points in the season-finale win at Fresno Pacific. He made 13 field goals, six three-pointers and 15 free throws for the second-best scoring performance in the PacWest this season. Farris had three of the 10 best scoring games in the PacWest this year, topped 30 points five times and finished second in the league in scoring (23.3 ppg)."

A former Gael

"Mahershala Ali, Once a D1 Basketball Player, Won Oscar For 'Moonlight' -- Bryan Kalbrosky

This seems like a fair analysis

"St. Mary's

“If you don’t go for pump fakes and stay down, they don’t have guys who can beat you off the dribble. They’re like a boxer who is always trying to counterpunch you. If you make a mistake, they stick you in the eye. I don’t know if their guys are selfish enough sometimes. [Jock] Landale is tough as heck. It’s better not to double team him and just dig and stay at home, because if you double him you get into rotation, and he finds shooters.

They’re kind of like a pack line team defensively. They limit you to one shot. Everybody rebounds, including the guards. That’s a big thing for them. But they’ll have problems with quick guards. Look at what UT-Arlington did to them. It’s obvious Randy doesn’t trust his bench. You have to make Joe Rahon finish as best you can, because he’s a pass-first guy. Calvin Hermanson is an elite shooter with size and a quick release. You want to get him to put it on the floor. A really athletic team can get them in positions where they have to take hard shots. They’re not a hard-shot-making team, they’re an easy-shot-making team.”"

Andre Green named PacWest Conference Freshman of the Week

Andre Green (Holy Names)
G – Fr.-RS – Stockton, Calif./Bear Creek

Green earned his second weekly conference honor, averaging 15.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals in Holy Names’ final two games. He scored a career-high 21 points for the second-straight game in a win over Hawai’i Hilo. He shot 9-for-12 from the field and had four assists and three steals. He then had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals in the season finale at Dixie State.

A new term: logo bias

"Bemoaning the Bubble: The NCAA should favor mid-majors, not mediocre big names" -- Pete Thamel

OJohnson to the D League

Michael Scotto: "Several NBA clubs are monitoring Orlando Johnson who will be joining the Austin Spurs after a solid stint with Kazan in the VTB & Euroleague"

You think you lead a hoops-centric life?

"BALL IS LIFE: INSIDE THE OBSESSIVE WORLD OF A BASKETBALL NEWS ACE  Meet David Pick, international basketball's top information merchant and a guy who definitely works harder than you" -- Robert Silverman

8th Annual March Madness Shootout

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2017 "Events by Select" MAIN EVENT
8th Annual "March Madness Shootout"
March 25-26 @ JAMTOWN & Neighboring Gyms
31  4th Street / Oakland CA 94607 

Directors & coaches, as you plan your 2017 season, please consider Events by Select's MAIN EVENT / 8th Annual "March Madness Shootout".  This has become one of the top events in Northern California; featuring top competition from various regions.  This event will feature quality venues, quality referees & scorekeepers, quality awards, quality vendors, preferred hotel rates, hospitality & much more.  Our mission is to provide a fun, healthy & different experience for families; while creating a competitive & safe platform for our youth to showcase their talents.  Don't wait to register as this event sells out every year.

- Team Select   Lady Select   - Cali Ballaz   - Oakland Rebels   - SF Rebels   - SF Lady Rebels   
- Yellow Jackets   - 6th Man BBall (San Luis Obisbo)   - Rise Above   - EB Swag   - Allout Blaze   
- Team Elite   - Metro Mirage   - Pro City   - Avengers   - Triumph   - GBA (Salinas Select)   
- UC Evolution   - SF Generals   - YBA   - Plus Many More



> 8u-Varsity Boys & Girls / level 1, 2 & 3 divisions
We will have appropriate competition for ALL teams
> Multiple team discounts available
$300 per team / $275 (3 or more teams) / $250 (5 or more teams)
> HS divisions covered by PremierBall & CheckBall Magazine
Player, game & MVP reports sent to college coaches NATIONWIDE
> 1st & 2nd place awards
Most award presentations @ JAMTOWN as part of "CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY"

Team footage & individual player footage provide by PLAYMAKER upon request!!!  PLAYMAKER will record your games throughout the event to create TEAM highlight reels and/or INDIVIDUAL PLAYER highlight reels.

The Oakland Rebels & SF Rebels for all of their help behind the scenes!!!

HOST HOTEL / $130 per night
(FREE Valet Parking):
Cut Off Date is March 5th

RUBEN GARCIA / 925) 367-3912

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

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday: Washington St. 79, Washington 71

On Sunday in Pullman, Washington State defeated rival Washington 79-71 as Ike (Franklin High) Iroegbu provided 15 points plus five assists.

The highlight for the Huskies was freshman Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson scoring a season high 17 points as well as grabbing five rebounds. He shot 7-14, 0-2 and 3-5 respectively.


Bowles to become a grad transfer?

"Bowles introduced as graduating senior for Pacific" -- Bob Highfill

"...Bowles, a redshirt junior, will graduate this spring but has one year of athletic eligibility remaining. Speculation is that Bowles does not plan to return to Pacific to play his redshirt senior season for coach Damon Stoudamire, who's in his first year at Pacific..."

The final installment of Rick Telander's five-part series


Time for a reality check

"The D1 Delusion" -- Scott Burgess

Saturday: Dixie St. 78, Holy Names 60

In Utah on Saturday, Dixie State topped Holy Names University 78-60 despite the latter getting 14 points from Dante (Salesian Prep) Robinson and 12 via Jason (St. Patrick-St. Vincent/The Master's College) Webster. Robinson also led with five rebounds.


Saturday: Hawaii Hilo 95, Dominican 88

In San Rafael on Saturday, Parker (McKinleyville High/Santa Rosa Junior College) Farris exploded for 47 points on 13-24, 6-11 and 15-16 shooting as Hawaii Hilo took down Dominican University 95-88.


Saturday: Hawaii Pacific 88, Chaminade 80

Rohndell (West High/Cañada College) Goodwin scored 22 points in Chaminade's 88-80 fall to Hawaii Pacific over in the islands on Saturday.


Saturday: UC San Diego 74, CS San Bernardino 64

Sophomore Chris (Miramonte High) Hansen scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds in UC San Diego's 74-64 victory over Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday.

Ramon (Sheldon High/Pepperdine/North Carolina Central) Eaton scored 12 points for San Berdoo.


(Nor Cal) Boys BB State Stat Stars of the Week

The CalHiSports (Nor Cal) Boys BB State Stat Stars of the Week:

"Jacob Halderman (Hayfork)
Two more games and two more double-doubles for this big man as he scored 38 points and grabbed 16 rebounds during a 73-55 loss to Big Valley of Bieber and then had 30 points with 11 rebounds during a 54-49 win over Happy Camp


Damari Milstead (Moreau Catholic, Hayward)
While not quite a season-high, the four-year standout scored 42 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed seven rebounds during a 116-67 win over Mission San Jose. Earlier in the week, this Grand Canyon-bound guard had 32 points during a 78-49 win over Newark Memorial.


Josh Singh (Lutheran, Elk Grove)
Following up his season-high 51-point performance from two weeks ago, he had another big game but it came in a loss as he scored 44 points during a 86-55 defeat against Forest Lake Christian of Auburn."

The eight California Collegiate Athletic Association teams still in action


Tuesday, February 28 (Campus Sites)

7:30 p.m. No. 8 Humboldt State (7-13) at No. 1 UC San Diego (17-3)
7:00 p.m. No. 7 Cal State LA (9-11) at No. 2 San Francisco State (16-4)
7:00 p.m. No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona (10-10) at No. 3 No. Sonoma State (15-5)
7:00 p.m. No. 5 Cal State Dominguez Hills (11-9) at No. 4 Chico State (15-5)

Saturday: ARC 66, FCC 64

"American River upsets Fresno City men in NorCal Regional opener" -- Anthony Galaviz

Highlights link

Saturday: St. Joseph Notre Dame 56, Healdsburg 32

"St. Joseph Notre Dame rolls to 26th straight victory" -- Harold Abend

Saturday: St. Patrick-St. Vincent 87, Piedmont 54

"St. Patrick-St. Vincent High boys basketball team wallops Piedmont in playoffs" -- Matt O'Donnell


"In its annual year-end poll, the California Pacific Conference coaches voted Cal Maritime's Daniel Radford as the conference Player of the Year.  The senior guard guided the Keelhaulers to the regular season crown with an 11-3 record, 19-11 overall, establishing himself as a versatile scorer who hit threes, drive the lane, throw down with authority, and make free throws...

...After guiding CMA to its fifth conference title in the last eight years, Head Coach Bryan Rooney was voted the Coach of the Year, the sixth time in his 10-year tenure in Vallejo, Calif."


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Daniel Radford (Cal Maritime)

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR: Jonathan Parker (Antelope Valley)

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Monnard Brown (Benedictine-Mesa)

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Nick Johnson (Embry-Riddle)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Bryan Rooney (Cal Maritime)

First Team

Josh Brakkee
Simpson SO F Tracy, Calif.

Monnard Brown
Benedictine-Mesa SR F Sacramento, Calif.

Nick Johnson
Embry-Riddle FR G Anthem, Ariz.

Robert Kincade
Benedictine-Mesa JR G Phoenix, Ariz.

Matt Laflin
UC Merced SO F Santa Maria, Calif.

Jayson Marquez
Pacific Union JR G Harlem, N.Y.

Miles Nolen-Webb
Antelope Valley SO G San Diego, Calif.

Daniel Radford
Cal Maritime SR G Bret Harte, Calif.

Phil Randles
Cal Maritime JR G Fresno, Calif.

Franky Teran
Antelope Valley SR G Tucson, Ariz.
Second Team

Joseph Bosetti
Simpson SO G Red Bluff, Calif.

Justin Eisen
Cal Maritime JR G Chatsworth, Calif.

Jonathan Parker
Antelope ValleyJR F San Jose, Calif.

Cole Taira
UC Merced FR G Sacramento, Calif.

Richie Thornton V
Benedictine-Mesa SO G Las Vegas, Nev.
Honorable Mention

Benedictine-Mesa: Gus Leon
Cal Maritime: Travis Arenas
Embry-Riddle: Greg Edwards
La Sierra: Kyle Hamilton
Pacific Union: LeRoy Anderson, Rae Hubbard, Ben Jazuk, Devon Pinnock

Pioneer Valley League honors

2017 All-PVL Boys Basketball

First Team

Coach of the Year: Mark Lee, Placer

Jeremy Lillis (MVP), Sr. Placer

Jordan Ferreira, Sr. Placer

Kai Huntsberry, Jr. Placer

Garren O’Keefe, Jr. Colfax

Zahron Houston, Sr. Center

T.J. Caldwell, Jr. Center

Andrew Stover, Sr. Center

Vernon Robertson, Sr. Foothill

Omar Johnson, Sr. Foothill

Tyler Morris, Jr. Foothill

Preston Summerhays, Jr. Lincoln

Rhyley Harrison, Sr. Bear River

What to keep, what to bring in, what to kick to the curb

"Self Scout – Asking Tough Questions" -- Roger Sherman

Friday: Las Positas 87, Diablo Valley 71


Saturday: Gunderson 77, Sacred Heart Cathedral 58

"CCS basketball playoffs: Gunderson stuns top seed Sacred Heart Cathedral" -- Darren Sabedra

Saturday: Palo Alto 84, Independence 60

"Paly's season-high in points too much for Independence" -- Glenn Reeves

Saturday: West 81, Sacramento 71

"Wolf Pack headed to regionals" -- Thomas Lawrence

Saturday: Pacific Grove 42, The King's Academy 40

"CCS D-IV boys basketball: Breakers survive late scare from TKA" -- John Devine

Saturday: CC San Francisco 65, Cabrillo 61

On Saturday, City College of San Francisco hosted Cabrillo College and the Rams proved to be four points better, 65-61, at the final buzzer. Sophomore guard Zach (Berkeley High) Copeland led the way for the CCSF with 26 points while teammate Eddie (Archbishop Riordan) Stansberry tallied 12.

The Rams totaled 27 points in the first half and boosted that number to 38 in the second 20 minutes.

Saturday: Yuba 96, Merced 89

"Yuba College men march on with 96-89 victory over Merced" -- Joshua Gutierrez

Saturday: American River 66, Fresno CC 64

Tyus (Oak Ridge High) Milhollin was the sole Ram in double-figures with 19 points as Fresno City College lost 66-64 to visiting American River College on Saturday.


Michael Smith & Casey Norris

Cal Baptist's Michael Smith and Casey Norris before their final regular season game

Saturday: Fresno Pacific 81, Notre Dame de Namur 63

24 points and seven rebounds from Mike (Antioch High/Fresno Pacific College) Crawley powered Fresno Pacific to an 81-63 homecourt victory over Notre Dame de Namur on Satuday.


Saturday: Chico St. 72, CS Monterey Bay 57

Jalen (Castro Valley High) McFerren led Chico State with 14 points followed by Robert (Granite Bay High) Duncan's 13 as Chico State beat back Cal State Monterey Bay 72-57 on Saturday in Seaside.

Gregg (San Ramon Valley High) Polosky's 15 points paced the Otters.


Saturday: CS East Bay 68, Stanislaus St. 66

Micah (Notre Dame de Namur) Dunhour posted a 28 point, 15 rebound double-dpuble in Cal State East Bay's 68-66 win over Stanislaus State on Saturday.


Saturday: Dominguez Hills 75, San Bernardino 73

Shooting 7-12, 5-6 and 13-14 on his way to 32 points, Vincent (Skyline HighCity College San Francisco) Golson carried CS Dominguez Hills to a 75-73 success over CS San Bernardino on Saturday.

For the latter, Ramon (Sheldon High/Pepperdine/North Carolina Central) Eaton scored 17 points.


Saturday: Pt. Loma Nazarene 77, Cal Baptist 71

A 51-36 second half boosted Pt. Loma Nazarene to a 77-71 victory over host Cal Baptist although Michael (El Camino High) Smith countered for the Lancers with 29 points, six rebounds and five assists.


Saturday: San Francisco St. 88, Humboldt St. 74

In shooting 12-22, 5-10 and 6-6 for 35 points, Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson was unstoppable Saturday in San Francisco State's 88-74 win over Humboldt State. Teammate A.J. (Bear Creek High/San Joaquin Delta College) Kahlon netted a 10 point, 10 rebound double-double.

For the Jacks, Tyler (Enterprise High) Green shot 9-14 from long distance to score a team high 28 points.

"Humboldt State men’s basketball clinches CCAA tourney spot despite loss to San Francisco State" -- Danny Penza


Saturday: Pomona 55, Sonoma 51

Jackson (Bellarmine College Prep/Foothill College) Gion tallied 13 points and teammate Luke (Del Oro High/Santa Rosa Junior College) Cochran earned a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double but Sonoma State fell 55-51 to Cal Poily Pomona in the Southland on Saturday.


Saturday, Sac St. 86, Southern Utah

Eric (Casa Roble High) Stuteville served up 12 points, six boards and five blocked shots plus the Hornets got 10 points and a pair of blocks from Joshua (Sierra High) Patton as Sacramento State turned away Southern Utah 86-76 on Saturday.


Saturday: LMU 67, Pacific 66

On Saturday in Stockton, Loyola Marymount edged Pacific 67-66 despite the Tigers receiving 22 points and seven boards from Anthony (Modesto Chrsitian) Townes plus 14 points and eight assists via Ray (Modesto Christian) Bowles.


Saturday: Colorado St. 56, San Diego St. 55

On Saturday, Colorado State edged San Diego St. 56-55 as Dakarai (Sheldon High) Allen carried the Aztecs with 12 point and eight boards as well as holding the leading scorer for the Rams, Glenn Clavell, to 6-24 shooting. Malik (Laguna Creek High) Pope provided 10 points, seven boards and a pair of blocked shots.


Saturday: Irvine 83, Northridge 80

Kendall (Deer Valley High/UNLV) Smith scored 24 points and Darin (Sheldon High/Washington) Johnson 19 but Cal State Northridge fell 83-80 to host UC Irvine on Saturday.

Jonathan (Salesian Prep) Galloway led the Anteaters with 12 rebounds.


Saturday: Hawaii 64, Fullerton 58 OT

In Honolulu on Saturday, Hawaii and Cal State Fullerton went into overtime before the islanders prevailed 64-58 as Noah (Palma High/UCLA) Allen went for 21 points, six rebounds and three steals for the victors.


Saturday: UC Davis 75, Long Beach State 71

UC Davis grabbed a 75-71 victory over visiting Long Beach State on Saturday as Darius (Sacramento High) Graham produced 13 points and five rebounds.

On the 49ers side, Temidayo (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Yussef posted a 13 point, 14 rebound double-double.


Saturday: UTEP 90, Florida International

Dom (Salesian Prep/Oregon) Artis shot 7-11, 2-3 and 5-6 overall on his way to 19 points in Texas El Paso's 90-76 victory over Florida International on Saturday. He was also credited with six assists plus four rebounds.


Saturday: USF 76, Pepperdine 65

Powered by 16 points, five assists and five boards from Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari, USF notched a 76-65 road victory over Pepperdine on Saturday. Ferrari shot 4-7 from three-point range and 4-4 at the foul line.


Saturday: Iowa St. 72, Baylor 69

In Ames on Saturday, freshman Solomon (Sacramento High) Young provided 11 points, three rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in Iowa State's defeat of Baylor 72-69.


Saturday: Boise St.85, SJSU 78

At home on Saturday, Boise State turned away San Jose State University 85-78 despite the Spartans getting a team-best 15 points from freshman guard Terrell (Moreau Catholic) Brown and 14 via Gary (Castlemont High/Indian Hills College) Williams Jr.


Friday: Cañada 73, Delta 52

Buoyed by a 46-21 second half, Cañada College bested visiting San Joaquin Delta College 73-52 on Friday.

Stockton Record: "At Redwood City, the 12th-seeded Mustangs had a four-point lead (31-27) at halftime but the Colts pulled away with a 16-2 run midway through the second half which was aided by five Delta turnovers.

"We kept the tempo exactly where we wanted in the first half and we took some great shots," Delta coach Rich Ressa said. "But they are a team which feeds off turnovers."

Jovian Cormier had 14 points for the Mustangs (16-12), John Berna had 11 and Cameron Pieters had 10. Mike Pickney had 19 points for the No. 5 Colts (22-7)."

Friday: Butte 78, Sac City 63

On Friday in the state capital, Butte College nabbed a 78-63 win over Sacramento City College as Josiah Wood scored 22 points and grabbed eigh boards -- both team highs -- and Nemanja Kovacevic contributed 12 points.


Friday: Manteca 57, Rio Americano 54

"Manteca boys survive battle with Rio Americano" -- Scott Niendorf

Friday: St. Francis 67, Seqouia 61

"Sequoia overrun by St. Francis' 22-2 scoring spree in CCS Open Division boys' basketball opener" -- Terry Bernal

Friday: Bellarmine 56, Menlo-Atherton 37

"Menlo-Atherton overcome by top-seed Bellarmine in CCS Open Division boys' basketball opener" -- Terry Bernal

Friday: Dublin 78, Antioch 73

"NCS basketball: Top-seed Dublin High has close call in quarterfinals" -- Martin Gallegos

Friday: Central Catholic 71, Dixon 54

"Modesto’s Central Catholic beats Dixon; back in D-IV basketball semis" -- Joe Cortez

Friday: Woodcreek 87, Modesto Christian 63

"MC fails to reach semis for first time since '96; season on life support" -- Modesto Bee

Friday: Sheldon 86, Granite Bay 53

"Top seed Sheldon blitzes by Granite Bay" -- Ben Brown

Friday: Beyer 52, Rio Linda 51

"Modesto’s Beyer upsets Rio Linda in section basketball playoffs" -- Modesto Bee

Friday: Liberty Ranch 82, Calaveras 67

"Liberty Ranch freshman buries CHS boys from deep in second round of playoffs" -- Guy Dossi

Friday: Del Oro 75, Grant 52

"Del Oro boys basketball team's surprising playoff run continues" -- Mike Ray

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday: St. Mary's 69, Folsom 68

"Hysteria strikes twice in Rams’ thrilling victory" -- Kevin Niendorf

Friday: St. Francis 67, Sequoia 61 -- Bellarmine 56, Menlo-Atherton 37

"CCS basketball playoffs: Bellarmine, St. Francis overcome slow starts" -- Darren Sabedra

Friday: Mitty 70, Serra 46

"CCS basketball playoffs: Mitty’s big second half too much for Serra" -- John Reid

Friday: St. Ignatius 60, Palma 55

"Palma falls to St. Ignatius" -- Ryan Silipan

"...[Jamaree] Bouyea scored a game-high 29 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds with three assists and two blocks..."

"Palma falls to St. Ignatius in Open Division playoffs" -- John Devine

Friday: San Marin 62, Hayward 43

"Marin basketball: San Marin uses 21-0 run to cruise past Hayward in section quarterfinals" -- Danny Schmidt

Friday: Elliot Christian 66, Vacaville Christian 35

"SJS Boys Basketball D-V playoffs: Eagles soar into semifinals" -- Mike Bush

Friday: Pleasant Valley 65, Paradise 32

"PV boys wallop smaller Paradise in Northern Section D-III playoffs" -- Jeff Larson

Montgomery wins, Newman falls, Analy wins

"NCS basketball tournament: Plenty of upsets as Montgomery boys win, Newman loses" -- Richard J. Marcus

Friday: Capital Christian 79, Benicia 59

"Benicia High School boys basketball team eliminated by Capital Christian" -- Matt O'Donnell

Friday: Ripon 68, Sonora 60

"Rematch set: Ripon takes out Sonora, ready for defending D4 champion CC" -- James Burns

Friday: Butte 78, Sacramento City 63

"Butte men’s basketball team opens postseason with win over Sacramento City College" -- Chico Enterprise-Record

"The Butte College men’s basketball team opened the Northern California Regional playoffs with a road win over Sacramento City College.

The No. 9 Roadrunners defeated eighth-seeded Sac City 78-63 Friday night with Josiah Wood leading the way with 24 points.

Nemanja Kovacevic provided 12 points, and Carlos Costa scored 11 for Butte (20-8).

The Roadrunners jumped out to a 34-21 lead at halftime by outscoring the Panthers 14-6 to close out the first half.

Butte will play the winner between Cabrillo and City College of San Francisco on March 4."

Friday: Ohlone College 69, Santa Rosa Junior College 61

CCCAA Tournament Opening round

Ohlone 38 32 – 70
(host) Santa Rosa JC 34 27 – 61

Ohlone: Christian Yammouni 12

SRJC: Justin Frazier 18, Jordan Graves 10, Gabe Knight 9, Kiel Long 6, Cetrick Yeanay 5, Erik Poulsen 5 (10 rebounds), Jon Montez 4, Alex Mostafavi 3

Friday: CS Monterey Bay 66, Stanislaus St. 58

In Seaside on Thursday, Kevin (St. Mary's High) Warren scored a team high 20 points and Jonquis (Seaside High) Bouyea tallied 12 in leading Cal State Monterey Bay to a 66-56 victory over Stanislaus State.

Jaelen (Weston Ranch High) Ragsdale's 17 points was tops for Stanislaus.


Friday: Chico St. 78, CS East Bay 66

In Hayward on Thursday, Chico State took the measure of Cal State East Bay in a 78-66 victory. For the Wildcats, Justin (River City High) Briggs just missed a double-double with 17 points plus nine boards and teammate Robert (Granite Bay High) Duncan tallied 14 points.

Both Micah (Notre Dame de Namur) Dunhour and Kyle Frakes scored 16 points to pace the Pioneers.


Friday: Cal 76, Oregon St. 46

Led by 16 points plus nine rebounds from Ivan (Bishop O'Dowd) Rabb, host California handled Oregon State 76-46 on Friday.


John Crumpacker on the West Coast Conference

"Crumpacker - What We Think - 2/22/17"

A Donald Mims feature


"Las Positas College center Donald Mims can’t help but stand out in a crowd. He’s 7-feet tall.

But success on the basketball court takes more than height. There’s preparation, teamwork, footwork, physical strength, controlling emotions, and much more. It's a tall order.

Toward that end, the slim Mims is thriving in coach James Giacomazzi’s program. He's a shot-blocking machine who runs the floor like a guard.

“I love Donald. I’ve known Donald since he was 14 years old and he could barely bench press a toothpick and two olives,” Giacomazzi quipped. “He can run. He can block shots. He can change so many shots. He does so many good things.”

Mims is modest too. After Friday’s 79-61 win over Foothill in which he scored a season-high 20 points, 12 more than his average, and pulled down 15 rebounds, he dished off credit.

“My teammates helped me,” the Central High-Sacramento graduate said. “We worked as a team. We worked together to make sure we do dominate in the paint.”

In the first half, Mims, who was 8 for 10 from the floor overall, attacked the basket with vigor from a variety of angles and altered Foothill’s offensive mindset with devastating explosiveness -- and a gleam in his eye.

He was hit with a technical for hanging on the rim after a dunk, when he appeared to be trying to preserve his ankles.

Mims’ fellow power broker Stokley Chaffee had 13 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in the Hawks’ 19th win of the season.

Mims, like guard Caleb Baskett, plays with a lot of passion.

“Caleb and Donald are emotional players and we love that about them, but we just try to harness it for good and not for evil,” Giacomazzi said. “We love the passion and the energy that Donald and Caleb bring. They are really strong components to what we are doing this year.”

Giacomazzi and Mims successfully teamed as coach and player at Cosumnes River, winning the Big 8 title in 2014-15 when Mims averaged 4.4 blocks and shot 58 percent from the floor.

Mims is averaging 4.1 blocks this season, and if he keeps his emotions in check down the stretch, look out Coast-North.

“He just needs to continue to be aggressive and not be where like something can take him out of a game,” Giacomazzi said.

Mims says his main objective is to protect the paint on defense, which in turn generates offensive opportunities on the opposite end. He agrees that he has become increasingly more assertive this season.

“Yeah, exactly. It’s all coming together,” he said. “We’re all getting better and better every single game as a team. When we go to practice and everything, things seem to click better.”

Mims came to Las Positas from Midland College in Odessa, Texas, where he transferred to from Cosumnes River.

A hard worker in the gym, Mims says his doctor tells him his metabolism is so high that he won’t be able to gain as much weight as he wants.

He says he “tries to be faster than the rest of the ‘bigs,’ because I have speed and stuff like that. Strength is not a factor so I have to use my speed more.”

The dynamic Hawks occasionally can go into lulls on offense against well-constructed defenses, but they can also go on Golden State Warriors-style runs in the blink of an eye.

Should the Hawks ever falter in a game, Giacomazzi let's them know about it.

“Coach tells us when we’re doing that, for sure,” Mims said. “He doesn’t like that at all. He doesn’t like any slacking. He’ll see that a little bit and he’ll go crazy. You’ll see him on the bench. He’ll go bananas over there.”

Emotions aside, Giacomazzi has been effective at showing players proper techniques in person and on film, to help them sort out the puzzles.

“He’ll give us every strategy he can,” Mims said. “He just wants us to have positive attitudes, stuff like that.”

All things seem positive these days for the Hawks.

As for Mims, he’ll be ready to rise -- real high -- to the challenge again on Wednesday night against Ohlone."

Thursday: Art U 74, HH 67

In San Francisco on Thursday, Academy of Art University topped Hawaii-Hilo 74-67. In 24 minutes for the Urban Knights, Herman (Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) Pratt produced 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.


Thursday: Sonoma St. 65, Humboldt St. 56

"Struggles in second half doom Humboldt State men in loss to Sonoma State" -- Danny Penza

Thursday: Azuza Pacific 63, ND de Namur 58

On Thursday in Belmont, Azuza Pacific edged host Notre Dame de Namur as Connor (Archbishop Mitty) Peterson supplied 14 points plus seven assists to the winning cause. He shot 6-8, 0-1 and 2-2 respectively.


Thursday: Cal Baptist 82, Concordia 80

Aided by the return of Michael (El Camino High) Smith and his 19 points plus 16 points from Casey (Newark Memorial High/Ohlone College/Loyola Marymount) Norris, Cal Baptist went to 25-2 on Thursday with an 82-80 victory over Concordia.

Smith is now both the all-time scorer for the Lancers as well as for the PacWest Conference and has one more regular season game to go.


Co-Most Valuable Player: Cole Morgan, Fresno City and Deonta Woodard, Merced.

Freshman of the Year: Willingham, Merced.

Coach of the Year: Bill Russell, Merced


Fresno City: Christian Carroll
Merced: Woodard, Joshua Willingham
Columbia: Lewayne Grant, DeAndre Stallings
West Hills: Troy Arce, Steve Coulanges
Porterville: Malik McCowan
COS: Isaiah Johnson
Reedley: Rakim Murphy


Fresno City: Tyus Millhollin, Tommy Nuno
Reedley: Jeron Bowers
Porterville: McCowan
COS: Johnson, Kentrey Bynum, Austin Armstead
Porterville: Carlos Angel
West Hills: Darius Scott
Cerro Coso: Michael Polman


Fresno City: Carroll
Merced: Willingham, Jose Gonzalez, Byron Brummel
Columbia: Grant
West Hills: Arce
Porterville: McCowan
COS: Bobby Kazar, Bynum. Bowers

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Two new installments in this must-read from Rick Telander



The two earlier articles in the series:



It appears that Part Five will be posted on Saturday.

Nick Lombardi announces

Nick Lombardi: "Proud and excited to announce my commitment to play basketball at Lewis and Clark"

L&C is located in Portland and currently has eight players from northern California on its roster.

Thursday: CS Dominguez Hills 84, CS San Marcos 75

With both 20 points and five assists, Vincent (Skyline High/City College San Francisco) Golson powered Cal State Dominguez Hills to an 84-75 success Thursday against Cal State San Marcos.