Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Part One and Two of a must-read

"A Season Under the Gun - The violence really never ends around Orr High School, and its basketball team is often caught in the crossfire" -- Rick Telander

"Orr Sits in the Center of the Storm" -- Rick Telander

Three parts of this story remain to be published.

The Coast Conference North honorees

COAST CONFERENCE (NORTH) 

COACH OF THE YEAR: JUSTIN LABAGH (SAN FRANCISCO)

MVP: ZACH COPELAND 6-4 G SO (SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE)

ALL CONFERENCE PLAYERS:

* EDDIE STANSBERRY 6-3 G FR (SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE)

* MICHAEL WRIGHT 6-5 G FR (SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE)

* KENDALL MCINTOSH 6-8 F SO (SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE)

* STOKLEY CHAFFEE 6-8 F SO (LAS POSITAS COLLEGE)

* KEITH HUNTER 6-3 G SO (LAS POSITAS COLLEGE)

* CALEB BASKETT 6-2 G SO (LAS POSITAS COLLEGE)

* ANTHONY NAVARRETE 6-5 F FR (CANADA COLLEGE)

* MIKE PICKNEY 6-0 G SO (CANADA COLLEGE)

* DAVIS KIMBLE 6-0 G SO (CANADA COLLEGE)

* JACK MACDONALD 5-11 FR (OHLONE COLLEGE)

* CHRISTIAN YAMMOUNI 6-0 G SO (OHLONE COLLEGE)

* BLAKE MCGLENCHY 6-4 G SO (OHLONE COLLEGE)

* JUSTIN GUTANG 6-3 G SO (SKYLINE COLLEGE)

* ANTONIO HUGHES 6-3 G SO (SKYLINE COLLEGE)

Butte and Sac City will tangle

"Butte College men’s basketball team gets 9th seed, goes to No. 8 Sacramento City for Friday’s playoff game" -- Joseph Shufelberger

Two Nor-Cal-ers honored at Whitworth

LINK "...Kenny (Cardinal Newman) Love of Whitworth University has been named to the 2017 All-Northwest Conference men's basketball first team, while Kyle (Marin Academy) Roach was voted to the second team.

The NWC office released the 2017 All-NWC men's basketball team, which is based on voting by league coaches, on Tuesday afternoon...

...Love (Sr., Santa Rosa, Calif.), who was the 2015 NWC Player of the Year, is leading the Northwest Conference in assists with an average of 4.6 assists per game.  He also leads all NWC players in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2). He is averaging 11.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while making over 90% of his free throws. In January he became the 28th men's player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points and now ranks 15th on Whitworth's all-time scoring list with 1,201 points. He dished out a career-high 12 assists in the Bucs' season-opening win over St. Olaf (Minn.).

Roach, a sophomore from Marinwood, California, has earned the first All-NWC recognition of his career. A second team selection, he leads the Pirates in scoring (15.9 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg) and steals (1.4 spg). He is making 54.4% of his field goals and 43.6% of his three-pointers, which both rank among the top five in the NWC this season. Roach has been selected as the conference's player of the week twice this season, on November 28th and December 26th..."

Futch honored by CalHiSports


"We don’t know the answer but there can’t be very many players in the history of the CIF Central Coast Section with more than 1,500 career points and more than 1,000 career rebounds. Futch has been on the Grizzlies’ varsity for all four years and ended his regular season last week with 29 points, 20 rebounds and three blocks in a 79-29 triumph vs. Andrew Hill of San Jose.

In that game, Futch also went past 1,500 career points and pushed his career total for rebounds to 1,176. Amazingly, the 6-foot-7, 240-pounder has double-doubled in every one of Gunderson’s 24 games this season. There were only three times as a junior last season when he didn’t double-double.

For the season, Futch is averaging 21.0 points, 15.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game. He also had 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks last week in a win vs. Pioneer of San Jose."

"ACLIESE NAMED COAST CONFERENCE SOUTH MVP"

"The Coast South saw a Seahawk take home the Conference MVP award for the seventh consecutive season on Sunday as Linton Acliese was given the award by the Coast South Coaches. Acliese, who came to Cabrillo from Manville HS in Texas, is the second consecutive true freshman to win the award for Coach Tony Marcopulos. Acliese averaged a shade over 20pts, 8rbs and 1.5blks a game in Conference play while shooting over 55% from the floor and 77% from the line. Linton was an unstoppable offensive post presence on most nights with a variety of post moves and a soft shooting touch. Acliese was joined by last year's Coast South MVP Brett Reed (Woodlands, TX) who was named First Team All Conference after averaging over 12pts, 11rbs and 3.5asts a game. Reed, who is the heart and soul of the Seahawks, led the conference in rebounding and double doubles for the second consecutive year. Freshman PG Tynan Velasquez (Colorado Springs, CO) was named to the 2nd Team after averaging over 14pts, 7asts, 2stls a game and shooting almost 90% from the foul line. Amenofis Mitchell (Missouri City, TX) rounded things out for the Seahawks being named Honorable Mention All Conference and averaged over 12pts and 5rbs a game. This was the second consecutive year that four Seahawks were honored by the Conference.

Congratulations to the 4 Seahawks named All Conference!!!
Linton Acliese - MVP
Brett Reed - 1st Team
Tynan Velasquez - 2nd Team
Amenofis Mitchell - Honorable Mention"

Five Hawks honored

James Giacomazzi: "1st Team All-Coast Conference North: Stokley Chaffee, Keith Hunter & Caleb Baskett. 2nd Team: Kameron Johnson. HM: Donald Mims"

Modesto Metro Conference honors

2016-17 ALL-MODESTO METRO CONFERENCE BOYS BASKETBALL

Coach of the Year: Kyle McKim, Beyer

MVPs: Darrian Grays, Modesto Christian; Brian Perry, Beyer.

First team

Jaden Cobb, Beyer

Wesley Williams-Burse, Enochs

Blake Evans, Gregori

Tyler Williams, Modesto Christian

Esteban Martin, Modesto

Ryan Silva, Modesto

Second team

Brandyn Waterford, Gregori

Michael Pearson, Modesto Christian

Ben Polack, Beyer

Miko Sablan, Downey

Gabe Murphy, Modesto Christian

Honorable mentions

Dylan Weltmer, Beyer

Andrew Williams, Davis

Jairol Harris-Red, Downey

Brian Bell Jr., Enochs

Tremayne Whatley, Gregori

Alex Aguirre, Johansen

Markus Brady, Modesto

Chris Brown, Modesto Christian

Kiwi is at it again with 21 points, six rebounds, six steals, and five assists

"Dragons ruin Parks Jr.’s birthday, run Alab out of Malaysia"

Former Foothill mentor Rosenberg honored by his peers

"Linfield head coach Rosenberg named NWC Coach of the Year" 

"Linfield head basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg was named Northwest Conference (NWC) Basketball Coach of the year after guiding his Wildcat team to a third place finish in the conference and  a spot  in the NWC playoffs...

Rosenberg is in his fourth year as head coach of the 'Cats. This is the first time in seven seasons that Linfield has made the conference playoffs." 

Excellent basketball writings

Head here for links to a number of heralded basketball articles published in 2016 -- good writing and good reading.

Just a question: why isn't something, anything by Marc J. Spears included in this group?

Makes sense

"Cal forward Ivan Rabb indicates that he will leave for the NBA after this season" -- Ryan Gorcey

DeCourcey makes a strong case

"Kevin Garnett blaming AAU for 'killing' game is lazy, disingenuous — and wrong" -- Mike DeCourcey

Will Maupin and the West Coast Conference

"Week 15 WCC power rankings and team of the week" -- Will Maupin

Saturday: Western Oregon 89, Alaska Anchorage 71

On Saturday, Western Oregon bested Alaska Anchorage 89-71 powered by 22 points in 22 minutes of play by Ali (San Lorenzo High/Arizona Western/Idaho State) Faruq-Bey who shot 8-13, 5-8 and 1-2 respectively.

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The latest from Coach Bob Walsh

"Mentally Ready" -- Coach Bob Walsh

Monday, February 20, 2017

2016-2017 BAY VALLEY ALL CONFERENCE CONFERENCE TEAM

2016-2017 BAY VALLEY ALL CONFERENCE CONFERENCE TEAM 

COACH OF THE YEAR: DOUG CORNELIUS (YUBA COLLEGE)

CO-MVP: ERICK SCHEIVE 6”11 C SO (YUBA COLLEGE)
CO-MVP: JIHAD WOODS 6”8 F SO (YUBA COLLEGE)

ALL CONFERENCE PLAYERS:

* CURTIS HARRIS 6”3 F FR (CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE)

* ALBERT WATERS 5”9 G SO ( LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE)

* ROYCE HENRY 6”0 G SO (LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE)

* MARK THOMAS 6”3 G SO (LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE)

* JT ROBINSON 6”2 G SO (MARIN COLLEGE)

* RONALD TURKVAN 6”1 G SO (MENDOCINO COLLEGE)

* JOE BARNES 6”3 G SO (MENDOCINO COLLEGE)

* TYRELL ALCORN 6”2 G SO (MERRITT COLLEGE)

* JABRIL ALLEN 6”4 G SO (NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE)

* TRENT ROJAS 6”5 G SO (NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE)

* XAVIER FRANCOIS 6”6 C SO (YUBA COLLEGE)

The Nor Cal CCCAA pairings (play begins Wednesday)

Link to the CCCAA Nor Cal pairings -- play begins on Wednesday.

Quick notes:

* Good to see Lassen College and Coach Freedman in there as well as Coach Jones and Sacramento City College.

* Yuba will be favored in its side of the bracket but the competition is strong especially so with Feather River, Diablo Valley, Las Positas and Santa Rosa. Who can best match up with the inside-outside game of the 49ers? Our blurry crystal ball (purchased at Miss Cleo's estate sale) has Coach Cornelius' crew facing off with the guys of Coach Rick.

On the other side, City College of San Francisco and Fresno City look to be the final two there. Cañada will also be a tough opponent and will need to get through the San Joaquin-based Rams in order to have another shot at San Francisco. We tried tea leaves on this one and they spelled out CCSF versus Fresno City. Or was it...?

Yuba hosts Merced on Saturday

"Yuba College men's hoops team earns No. 3 seed in CCCAA NorCal Regionals" -- Jimmy Graben

Grays & Perry split top honor

"Shooting stars Grays, Perry share Modesto Metro Conference MVP award" -- James Burns

Monday: Iowa St. 82, Texas Tech 80 OT

Unlike so many situations where freshman get more pine time as the conference races come to a tight close, Solomon (Sacramento High) Young is now starting and contributed to yet another Cyclones victory, this one 82-80 in overtime on Monday over Texas Tech. His line: eight rebounds, six points, two steals and two blocked shots in 31 minutes.

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MCAL honorees

Below are the 2016-17 Marin County Athletic League honorees:

Player of the Year
Joey Calcaterra, Marin Catholic

First Team
Charles Reis, Redwood
Jack Duboff, Tamalpais
Jack Hogeboom, Marin Catholic
Inua Ramos Andrews, Drake
 Will Jacobsen, Branson
 
Second Team
Joe Malliaras, San Marin
Noah Bice, Drake
Jacob Moeller, Tamalpais
Jordan Jackson, Tamalpais
Roddy Marshall, Terra Linda
 
Honorable Mention
Christopher Kress, Redwood
Addison Holzkamp-Hadsell, Justin-Siena
Joey Reyff, San Marin
Dominic Martinez, Terra Linda
Dylan Joyce, Marin Catholic
Jonathan Silva, San Rafael
Colin Farrell, Novato

CCCAA Nor Cal Final Regular Season rankings

San Francisco City College is ranked @1 in the state. For the rest, go here.

In northern California:

1. San Francisco
2. Feather River
3. Yuba
4. Fresno City
5. Canada
6. Santa Rosa
7. Las Positas
8. Sacramento City
9. Butte
10. Diablo Valley
11. Ohlone
12. San Joaquin Delta
13. American River
14. Merced
15. Sierra

Sac City Coach Andrew Jones

"City College Basketball coach prepares athletes for life beyond the court" -- Jayson Price

All SCAC honors

Times-Herald: "Three local players were first-team, all-Solano County Athletic Conference for boys basketball, the league announced on Monday evening.

Benicia’s Trey Pugh, American Canyon’s Gamon Howard and Vallejo’s Lorenzo Hurd were first team.

The MVP was Phoenix Shackleford of Vanden.

Every team in the area got honorable mention picks.

The Panthers had Peter Koenen and Steve Urias and American Canyon had Joee Gantan and Malik Ghiden.

Vallejo’s Deonte Jenkins and Bethel’s Jacob Sharp, Julian Manansala and Dion Moore were honorable mention."

In and around Monterey Bay

"CCS Basketball Playoffs: PG, Monterey boys earn No. 2 seeds" -- John Devine

Copeland earns MVP honor

CCSF men's Basketball: "Congrats to sophomore Zach Copeland named Coast Conference North MVP"

The Rams with four First-Teamers, one Second Teamer

CCSF Men's Basketball:

"1st Team All-Coast Conference North

Eddie Stansberry

Mike Wright

Kendall McIntosh 

Armani Collins 

2nd team

Mike Steadman"

An insightful look at the growth of an NBA star

"Fresno State had two unremarkable years with Paul George, who rose to NBA superstardom" -- Bryant-Jon Anteola

One of the most difficult elements to hone: "...Perhaps most importantly, George learned how to separate himself from a defender and get a shot off quickly..."

A longform article of the former Cal point

"‘No love’: How Jerome Randle survived Chicago, and found Adelaide" -- Olgun Uluc

Some numbers behind the victory this weekend

Gerry Freitas: "EBAL Final: Dublin 64, De La Salle 60 in OT. Fr Robbie Beasley 17, Sr Timmy Falls 16 for Dublin (25-3). Jr Justin Pratt 20 for DLS (23-5)."

Saturday: Salesian 66, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 63

"Salesian's furious comeback leads to overtime TCAL Championship win" -- Scott Giorgianni

Cam Oliver honored

"Pack's Oliver named MW player of the week" -- Chris Murray

Three upcoming games for Prolific Prep

Napa Valley Register"Big weekend for Prolific Prep Academy

Prolific Prep Academy of Napa will play three games this week at Napa Valley College.

A ceremony honoring the Crew’s Gary Trent Jr., a shooting guard who was selected for the Jordan Brand Classic, will be held on Friday. Prolific Prep plays Scale Prep Academy at 8 p.m.

There is a game before at 6 p.m. between British Columbia Christian Prep and Elite Prep Academy.

The Jordan Brand Classic is April 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Trent is one of 24 high school players selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic.

On Saturday, Prolific Prep faces British Columbia Christian Prep at 6 p.m. There will be two games prior to that as well. It’s Elite Prep against Scale Prep at 2 p.m. and Reno International against Eleate Academy at 4 p.m.

It’s “Senior Night” with Prolific Prep honoring its senior class: Trent, Abu Kigab, Paul Scruggs, Dempsey Roggenbuck and Ethan Moss.

Sunday is “Fan Appreciation Day,” with Prolific Prep taking on Elite Prep Academy at 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Prolific Prep will honor its host families.

There will be two games prior as well. It’s Eleate against British Columbia Christian Prep at 11 a.m. and Reno International against Scale Prep at 1 p.m."

Romar not going anywhere

"Will Huskies keep Romar? UW might be in a no-win situation" -- Christian Caple

His record of late isn't acceptable for a Pac-12 program and one located in Seattle but Washington can't afford to make a change.

But how does a team based in Spokane own the state?

Offering congrats

Congratulations to these conference winners:

* Yuba College
* Santa Rosa Junior College
* Fresno City College
* San Francisco City College
* Cabrillo College
* Feather River College

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday: San Diego St. 77, UNLV 64

On Sunday down near the border, San Diego State used 17 points and nine rebounds from Malik (Laguna Creek High) Pope -- both team highs -- to defeat UNLV on Sunday. He shot 7-9, 1-1 and 2-2 respectively.

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Sunday: Minnesota 83, Michigan 78

On Sunday in the land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota bested Michiogan in overtime 83-78. For the Wolverines, D.J. (Capital Christian High) Wilson shot 7-11 overall and 2-4 from long distance to finish with 16 points, seven boards plus a pair of assists.

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Pacific Prep versus Orangeville Prep, March 18

 
Prolific Prep will be facing the #1 ranked high school team from Canada (Orangeville Prep) in Sacramento at Capital Christian High on Saturday, March 18.
Currently 22-2 with the two losses by a combined four points and featuring
McDonald's All-American and Duke signee Gary Trent Jr., Prolific Prep's matchup with Orangeville Prep will take place between NCAA tournament games scheduled on Friday, March 17 and Sunday, March 19 at the Golden 1 Center.

Cali vs. Canada Showcase 
Prolific Prep vs. Orangeville Prep
Saturday March 18, 7:00 p.m.
Capital Christian School
9470 Micron Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95827

As Stouffer writes, be part of the change for the better

"Stouffer: We own protecting our kids from coaching abuse" -- Kelly Stouffer

Saturday: Whitman 109, George Fox 85

Sophomore guard Joey (Acalanes High) Hewitt scored 28 points in Whitman College's 109-85 success against George Fox University on Saturday.

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"CAL PAC MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS SET"

"#1 Cal Maritime will face #4 Antelope Valley in the first semifinal, followed by #2 Benedictine-Mesa versus #3 Pacific Union, at the California Pacific Conference Championship tournament. The semis tip-off on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Cal Maritime in Vallejo, Calif., with the second game scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.

The championship game is Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

The host Keelhaulers are looking for their sixth consecutive trip to the NAIA national tournament in Branson, Mo., and own a Cal Pac ten-game tournament winning streak.

They face a hungry UAV team which is making its first appearance in the post-season tourney in its first season of NAIA post-season eligibility. CSUM won both regular season meetings (78-62 in Vallejo and 85-78 in Lancaster.)

BenU is also in its first season of NAIA post-season eligibility, and comes in as the #2 seed after splitting with CSUM in the regular season (CSUM nudged past by a -2 points allowed on the tiebreaker). The Redhawks have a program-best 16 wins.

#3 seed PUC is in the tournament for the first time since the event was adjusted to a four-team format. The Pioneers, with 14 wins overall including 9 in Cal Pac play, is having its best season in over a decade."

Saturday: TAMI 66, St. Mary's 53

Denzel (McClymonds High/Merritt College) Bellot led with 18 points on 6-9, 3-5 and 3-4 shooting respectively om Taxas A&M International's 66-53 victory over St. Mary's on Saturday.

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Saturday: Chaminade 94, Point Loma 78

In Honolulu on Saturday, Chaminade took care of Point Loma 94-78 as Rohndell (West High/Cañada College) Goodwin scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds while teammate Kiran (Miramonte High) Shastri contributed 16 and six.

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Saturday: Sequoia 68, Menlo-Atherton 65

"Sequoia outduels Menlo-Atherton in PAL final - Rivals catch fire from beyond arc in first half before grind to the finish" -- Vytas Mazeika

A mighty impressive record

"Fresno City College basketball coach Ed Madec joins 400-win club" -- Anthony Galaviz

Saturday: Dublin 64, De La Salle 60 )T

"Basketball: Dublin beats De La Salle in OT to win EBAL title
Gaels pick up pace after halftime as they rally to win a thrilling EBAL championship game" -- Darren Sabedra

Saints Basketball Tryouts

Saints Basketball Elite Travel Teams 

Attention All Student Athletes: College Coaches are looking for High Character, Academically Focused, Hardworking & Skilled Student Athletes and so is Saints Basketball. Saints Basketball will be holding tryouts for our Boys high school Club Basketball Program. SB is looking for student athletes and families that are committed to development and have the desire to compete in top flight events across the country and overseas.

NOTE: WE ARE NOT A SHOE COMPANY NOR A SPONSORED TEAM. WE’RE JUST ATHLETES AND FAMILIES THAT PLAY AN AGGRESSIVE SCHEDULE WITH EXPECTATIONS.

WORKOUT DATES @ Merritt College 12500 Campus Way Oakland, Ca.

SB2019/16U BASKETBALL SB2020/15U BASKETBALL
February 19th & 26th Times: 12pm to 3:30 pm

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February 26th, March 5 & 12 Times: 12pm to 3:30 pm

2017 EVENTS

4/8-4/9
SAINTS SPRING JAM
MARTINEZ

4/21-4/23
GREAT AMERICAN SHOOTOUT
DALLAS, TX

4/28-4/30
PUMP SPRING HOOPFEST
ANAHEIM, CA

5/5-5/7
JAYHAWK INVITATIONAL
KANSAS CITY, KS

5/12-5/14
BAY AREA TEAM SHOWCASE
MARTINEZ

5/27-5/29
ADIDAS MEMORIAL
GARDEN GROVE

6/9-6/11
RUMBLE IN THE BRONX
MANHATTAN, NY

6/12-6/18
EUROBALL TOURNAMENT
PARIS, FR

7/14-7/16
HOOP REVIEW
BAY AREA, CA

7/19-7/23
BEST OF SUMMER
ANAHEIM, CA

7/26-7/30
LAS VEGAS CLASSIC
LAS VEGAS, NV

If you are interested in a team, contact Coach Williams @ ad@trinsports.com or 925.464.6838. We will be happy to discuss requirements and important dates as our athletes will be traveling to Europe and need passports.

Saints Basketball promotes, recruits, and places high character student athletes at colleges of all levels nationwide. While some AAU programs have a notorious reputation for over-promising and under- delivering, we pledge to remain candid and transparent throughout the process. Playing NCAA D1, D2, D3, NAIA D1, D2 or USCAA D1 & D2 is a BLESSING. The journey has no guarantees but with our College Recruiting Service partners, AAU Club Team and Skills Academy, we are focused on helping student athletes fulfill their dreams.

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Saints Basketball
925.464.6838
ad@trinsports.com
www.saintsbasketball.com

LeBron 2.0

"LeBron: The Sequel, LeBron James' first act, becoming one of the greatest basketball players in history, is all but settled as a success. His second act -- to become a global entertainment icon -- is just beginning" -- Pablo S. Torre

This is an exceptionally informative article regardless of political persuasion

"Sportswriting Has Become a Liberal Profession — Here’s How It Happened
Donald Trump’s election was merely an accelerant for a change that was already sweeping across sports journalism" -- Bryan Curtis

What Luke Whitehead is up to

"Luke Whitehead is spreading love and acceptance through his ‘MixedNation’ and ‘Eracism’ campaigns - His biracial experience inspired his new websites raising awareness about blended families" -- Kelley D. Evans

Luke Whitehead was born in Walnut Creek and played at St. Ignatius.

Good to hear Eli Holman is doing so well

"Shark Fin Hoops Interview: Eli Holman" -- Andrew Crawford

Holman is repped by the Pensack Sports Management Group which is located in the Bay Area.

College basketball opportunity up in Canada

College hoops programs up in Canada has some different regulations in place than those in the United States -- such as five years of eligibility and no 'clock' or age restrictions like the NCAA.

With that in mind, a Canadian university is seeking northern California basketball student-athletes.

For coaches, parents and players reading this with interest, please email me and I will forward your information to the coaching staff up there. They will reach out to you.

Thanks,

Kevin McCarthy
norcalbasketball@yahoo.com

"Adam's Story" - The Herren Project

"Adam's Story" by Adam Ezra Kiedrowski

 A powerful story.

Kiwi Gardner with 30

"Spread Out Effort Leads Alab Pilipinas to Thrilling Win Against Feisty Dragons"

Saturday: Fresno CC 83, Sequoias 73

On Saturday in Visalia, Fresno City College bested College of the Sequoias 83-73. The Rams used a 48-30 second half to notch the win as Tyus (Oak Ridge High) Milhollin and Cole (Clovis East High) Morgan both tallied 23 points. The former shot 8-16, 3-6 and 4-5 respectively while the latter was a perfect 13-13 at the foul line.

Isaiah Johnson led Sequoias with 20 points and Austin (Bullard High) Armstead provided 15.

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Saturday: Marin Catholic 60, San Marin 45

"Marin Catholic topples San Marin to claim MCAL title" -- Danny Schmidt

Saturday: Salesian 66, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 63

"St. Patrick-St. Vincent High boys basketball fall in overtime thriller to Salesian" -- Times-Herald

Saturday: SF St. 96, CS LA 76

Nick (Marin Catholic) Calcaterra scored 23 points, Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson 15 plus a team high seven assists and A.J. (Bear Creek High/San Joaquin Delta College) Kahlon tallied 14 as San Francisco State took care of visiting Cal State Los Angeles 96-76 on Saturday. The Gators shot 60% as a team.

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Saturday: Chico St. 63, Stanislaus 47

On Saturday, host Chico State took the measure of Cal State Stanislaus 63-47 as senior Robert (Granite Bay High) Duncan led the Wildcats with 18 points.

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Saturday: CS Dominguez Hills 58, Sonoma St. 55

Cal State Dominguez edged Sonoma State 68-55 on Saturday in Rohnert Park. The visitors received 14 points from Glenn (St. Mary's High/Stetson/Clark College) Baral and 13 via Vincent (Skyline High/City College of San Francisco) Golson. The pair went 4-8 and 2-3 respectively from long distance.

For the Seawolves, Jimmy Golden led with 19 points and teammate Nathan (Analy High) Molony-Benjamin provided 13 plus seven rebounds.

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Saturday: UC San Diego 88, Humboldt 67

In LaJolla on Saturday, Koree (Benicia High/Hawaii Pacific/Solano College) Cox scored 21 points in powering UC San Diego to an 88-67 win over Humboldt State. He shot 5-8 from long distance.

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Saturday: CS San Marcos 70, CS East Bay 63

Despite 29 points and 11 rebounds from Micah (Notre Dame de Namur) Dunhour, Cal State East Bay fell 70-63 on Saturday to host Cal State San Marcos.

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Saturday: Nevada 77, Utah St. 66

Nevada hosted and tamed Utah State 77-66 on Saturday as Cam (Grant High) Oliver didn't shoot well over but posted a 14 point, 10 rebound, five blocked shot overall line.

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Saturday: Montana 85, Portland St. 82

Despite Portland State getting 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists from De'Sean (Grant High/Salt Lake Community College) Parsons, host Montana edged Portland State 85-82 in Missoula on Saturday.

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Saturday: Hawaii 82, Cal Poly 61

Noah (Palma High/UCLA) Allen exploded for 30 points in Hawaii's 82-61 bopping of host Cal Poly on Saturday. He shot 10-16, 5-8 and 5-6 respectively while grabbing nine boards and dishing out five assists.

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Saturday: UTEP 79, Rice 71

On Saturday in Houston, Dom (Salesian Prep/Oregon) Artis provided 16 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals in Texas El Paso's 79-71 win over Rice.

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Saturday: Boise St. 91, Wyoming 87

Host Boise State edged Wyoming 91-87 on Saturday as Paris (Bishop O'Dowd) Austin posted team highs with 27 points and six assists. He also grabbed six rebounds. Austin shot 10-16, 1-3 and 6-7 respectively.

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Saturday: SJSU 83, AF 78 OT

It was the tale of two halves on Saturday in Silicon Valley as Air Force jumped out to a 41-28 lead after 20 minutes but San Jose State University took period two by a 42-29 margin and also the overtime period 13-8 to win 83-78.

For Air Force, Ryan (Sheldon High) Manning totaled 23 points on 8-15, 4-8, 3-4 shooting plus three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals in the loss.

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Saturday: Washington St. 86, Arizona St. 71

Washington State downed Arizona State 86-71 in Pullman on Saturday as Ike (Franklin High) Iroegbu was prominent with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a pair of steals for the Cougars.

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Saturday: Montana St. 62, Sac St. 59

In Bozeman on Saturday, Montana State edged Sacramento State 62-59 despite Eric (Casa Roble High) Stuteville providing a 15 point, 12 rebound double-double plus a pair of blocked shots.

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Gazing into the CCS crystal ball

"CCS Boys Basketball Playoff Projections" -- Nate Smith

Gazing into the NCS crystal ball

"NCS Boys Basketball Playoff Projections" -- Nate Smith

An NCS hoops update

"NCS boys hoops: Portland's loss is Antioch's gain, and more" -- Nate Smith

A CCS hoops update

"CCS boys hoops: Booker joins 1,000-point club, and more" -- Nate Smith

Friday: San Francisco CC 68, Ohlone 65

Zach Copeland HITS GAME WINNING 3 I CCSF vs. Ohlone FULL HIGHLIGHTS -- Simply Basketball

Friday: Cabrillo 84, DeAnza 74

On Friday in Cupertino, Cabrillo College bested DeAnza College 84-74 Linton Acliese went for 27 points, Tynan Velasquez provided 16 points plus eight assists and Brett Reed posted a 12 point, 15 rebound double-double.

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Friday: Golden Valley 57, Ceres 55

"Allen propels Merced’s Golden Valley past Ceres in D-II opener" -- Joe Cortez

Friday: Cañada 88, Foothill 77

On Friday in Redwood City, Cañada College defeated Foothill College 88-77 as Antony (San Lorenzo High) Navarette scored 23 points, Mike (Newark Memorial High) Pickney tallied 17, Marcel Burton 15 and Davis (Hayward High) Kimble 13 for the Colts.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fresno City College Assistant Coach Nicholas Podesta on basketball IQ

What is this quasi-mysterious element called basketball IQ? Is it something latent in most players yet developed by a few? Why is it that you can have two players spend 1,000 hours apiece in a gym and yet one will emerge with a better sense of when to do what and where. What it seems to be is an acquired skill and one that can be improved with the appropriate work and mindset.
Fresno City College Assistant Coach Nicholas Podesta nailed the amorphous nature of the subject, offering "ask 10 different coaches and players and you'll get 10 different answers."

After naming LeBron James as the player demonstrating the top IQ in basketball today, Podesta delved into the past with his choice as another non-point guard talent who used his mastery of judgment and foresight to carve out a unique career: Wes Unseld.

"He was a terrific passing big man who could read and manipulate defenses well. His pursuit of the ball after the shot, reading the trajectory of a shot and taking the best angle to beat his man allowed him to out-rebound bigger, more physically-gifted players. Unseld demonstrated superior basketball intelligence."

An NBA Hall of Famer and five-time all star, the 6-foot-7 (at most) averaged 18.2 rebounds in his Rookie of the Year season and ended up with career averages of 10.8 points, 14.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He was also lauded as a defender who used his strength and smarts to thwart taller opponents.

"Basketball IQ is a fundamental and thorough understanding of how the game is played," Podesta said. "I think it's a combination of innate ability, instincts, skills acquired and developed over time."

As an important element in the process of building and expanding this knowledge, Podesta offered, "Get into the film room. In the heat of the battle, players have some perception of how they are performing. Then they watch film and are surprised by what they missed, and reality sets in. It's important to have the ability to read defenses and make decisions based on how the defense is reacting. You have to go through progressions and make reads."

Podesta also noted that "IQ is seriously under-appreciated and undervalued in recruiting," detailing that the highest jumpers and fastest of foot who don't play smart can be beaten by those playing with superior intelligence.

A longform look at Mario Dunn

"Through adversity, Dunn embraces role as senior leader"

He could have taken the 'woe is me' route but instead Dunn adapted to a new role and the respect for him increased even if his playing time diminished due to injury.

2016-17 Bevo Francis Award Top 50 Watch List

Here are the northern California-connected talents on the 2016-17 Bevo Francis Award Top 50 Watch List:

* Gokul Natesan - Colorado School of Mines (Cupertino High)

* Michael Smith - California Baptist (El Camino High)

On March 15, the list will be reduced to 25, on April 1 to 13 and the winner will be announced on April 3.

Will AG paint his masterpiece?

"AARON GORDON IS THE PICASSO OF THE SLAM DUNK CONTEST" -- Flinder Boyd

The combination of Aaron Gordon and Flinder Boyd makes this an enjoyable read despite the surplus of  media coverage on dunking.

A Marquese Chriss feature

"Ex-Pleasant Grove star Marquese Chriss opening eyes as NBA rookie" -- Matt Kawahara

Friday: CC San Francisco 68, Ohlone 65

Zach (Berkeley High) Copeland led the Rams with 18 points as well as a team best five assists and teammate Eddie (Archbishop Riordan) Stansberry tallied 11 in host City College of San Francisco's 68-65 besting of Ohlone College on Friday.

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Friday: Yuba 113, Mendocino 79

Appeal-Democrat: "The Yuba College men's basketball team closed out the first 16-0 Bay Valley Conference finish in program history and captured its state-best 17th straight win with a convincing 113-79 road victory over Mendocino on Friday night.

With Highway 20 washed out, it took the 49ers 41⁄2 hours to make their way to Ukiah, but once they arrived, Jourdan Johnson quickly stole the show.

In his first game in four weeks after suffering an ankle injury, Johnson knocked down four 3-pointers while scoring 18 of his game-high 26 points in the first half to help Yuba overcome an early eight-point deficit.

Erik Scheive helped the cause with 20 points, Brandon Ruaro scored 15, Jalen Davis added 11, and Josh Dhatt and Jihad Woods both chipped in with 10 in the victory..."

Friday: Sonoma St. 79, CS LA 67

On Friday up in Rohnert Park, Sonoma State handled Cal State Los Angeles 79-67 as Luke (Del Oro High/Santa Rosa Junior College) Cochran's 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots led the Seawolves in those categories. Ronnie Harris scored 17 points and distributed out a team high six assists. Jimmy Golden totaled 15 points, Armani Nicolas 13 and Jackson (Bellarmine College Prep/Foothill College) Gion 10 as the remaining double-figures scorers for the Seawolves.

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Friday: SF St. 78, CS DH 68

Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson shot 7-11, 2-2 and 4-4 and scored 21 points in host San Francisco State's 78-68 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday.

For the visitors, guard Vincent (Skyline High/City College of San Francisco) Golson scored 15 points.

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Friday: Humboldt 88, San Bernardino 81

In the Southland on Friday, Humboldt State notched an 88-81 victory over Cal State San Bernardino as Tyras (Sheldon High) Rattler Jr. totaled 18 points plus eight boards while teammate Tyler (Enterprise High) Green tallied 15 points on 5-6 three-point shooting.

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Friday: Cardinal Newman 64, Montgomery 53

"Cardinal Newman enjoys double success in North Bay League basketball tournaments" -- Richard J. Marcus

Friday: Piedmont Hills 56, Independence 55

"Piedmont Hills, Independence stage unforgettable basketball finish
Piedmont Hills’ Goose Persin hits a 3-pointer at buzzer to spoil Independence’s late comeback" -- Darren Sabedra

Friday: Stanford 73, Cal 68

On thw west side of the bay Thursday, Stanford defeated California 73-68. For the Bears, Jabari (Salesian Prep) Bird just missed a double-double with 23 points and nine boards. He shot 7-12 from three-point range. Teammate Ivan (Bishop O'Dowd) Rabb provided 16 points plus 13 rebounds.

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Cartwright may be quiet but not shy

"NBA great Bill Cartwright's words of wisdom for Sonoma State basketball" -- Bob Padecky

The headline itself got me to read it

"How crawfish and beer saved the NBA in New Orleans" -- Les Carpenter

On MPC's and Hartnell's seasons

John Devine: "It hasn't been the season either the Lobos or Hartnell envisioned when the year began four months ago.

Yet, closing the season with a win is a building block for next season.

Since opening the conference season with two straight wins, the Panthers have dropped nine straight, including a 97-90 loss to MPC on Jan. 25.

Hartnell has dropped four conference games by three points or less.

Having an all freshmen team this winter, the Lobos are 6-5 in conference, but just 2-3 on the road.

Marcus Wallace and Deshawnte Collins are both averaging double figures for MPC, with Wallace dropping in 12.8 points a game. Elijah Nesbit is fourth in the state in assists at 6.8 assists.

Sophomore Riley Knowles has carried the offense for Hartnell at 15.1 points a game while Alisal grad Jesus Salinas is averaging 9.2 points."

79 of last 94 is amazing

"Mission boys have turned philosophy into victories" -- Mitch Stephens

Thursday: Pomona-Pitzer 68, Occidental 59

On Thursday in the Southland, Pomona-Pitzer handled Occidental 68-59 as Corbin (Sacred Heart Prep) Koch shot 6-8 from long distance on his way to scoring 24 points. Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan scored 13 points alongside five rebounds and three assists.

The Sagehens are now 14-9 overall, 10-4 and tied for second in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Thursday: Santa Rosa JC 69, Sierra 57

Santa Rosa JC 34 35 – 69
(host) Sierra College) 28 29 – 57

SRJC: Erik Poulsen 17 (21 rebounds) ,Alex Mostafavi 18, Jordan Graves 11, Kiel Long 8, Cetrick Yeanay 6, Justin Frazier 5, Jon Montez 4

SC: Eric Toles 18

Thursday: Chico 95, Stanislaus 67

Chico State righted itself and lowered the boom on host Stanislaus State 95-67 on Thursday. Jalen McFerren was beyond 'en fuego' with 26 points earned on 9-10 overall shooting including 8-9 from three-point range. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and passed out four assists. The Wildcats netted 17 three-pointers on the night.

Jaelen (Weston Ranch High) Ragsdale's 16 points paced Stanislaus.

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Thursday: Cal Baptist 86, Holy Names 66

On Thursday in Oakland, Cal Baptist bested Holy Names University 86-66 as freshman forward De'jon (Oakland Tech) Davis led the Lancers with 10 rebounds.

For HNU, Jason (St. Patrick-St. Vincent/The Master's College) Webster was tops with 20 points, Marcelas (Capital Christian High) Perry enjoyed 12 plus a team best five assists and Andre (Bear Creek High) Green tallied 11 points and a team high five rebounds.

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Thursday: Cal Maritime 79, Simpson 54

"Cal Maritime men’s basketball team clinches California Pacific Conference title" -- Matt O'Donnell

Thursday: Redwoods 95, Siskiyous 90

"Tule O’Rourke scores 39 to lead Redwoods past Siskiyous in overtime" -- Times-Standard

Thursday: Sequoia 85, Westmoor 61

"LeBlanc leads Sequoia: Senior scores career-high 33 points in an 85-61 win over the Rams" -- San Mateo Daily Journal

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