by Kevin McCarthy
Starting May 1, 2018, we will intermittently post player, team and coach feature articles in this Daily Dose area.
Isiah (Placer High) Pineiro posted a 14 point, 12 rebound double-double in San Diego’s 76-55 victory over host Portland.
Eddie (Archbishop Riordan/CCSF) Stansberry provided 25 points in visiting Hawaii’s 84-70 triumph versus Cal State Northridge.
Behind 35 points from Josh (Sierra High) Patton (including the game-winning shot), Sacramento State edged host Northern Arizona 66-64. Patton also provided 11 rebounds.
Stokley (Amador Valley High/Las Positas College) Chaffee II led with both 13 points and eight boards as Tennessee State handled host Tennessee Tech 79-62.
Ant (San Lorenzo High/Cañada College) Navarette’s team-high 23 points and seven boards powered Cal State East Bay to an 88-78 success against Humboldt State in Hayward.
Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard played extra large — 31 points, 13 rebounds — in the UC Santa Cruz 101-67 defeat of Bethesda.
From Wednesday: “No. 14 state-ranked Cabrillo looking for answers after loss to No. 7 Gavilan” Jim Seimas
Last Saturday, Luke (Drake High/College of Marin) Chavez paced St. Martin’s with 25 points in a victory over Alaska Fairbanks. He shot 10-15 overall, 5-10 from long distance.
Nunnally is out of Weston Ranch High and UC Santa Barbara.
Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week
(Chavez, Stockton) Sr.
“MaxPreps NorCal Top 20 high school boys basketball rankings
Salesian, Sheldon separate themselves as tops in Northern California” Joe Davidson
From the Northwest Conference: “Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week – Joey Hewitt, Whitman (Sr., G)
Hewitt (Acalanes High) guided his team to a 3-0 week, all on the road against previously undefeated teams entering the week. The senior recorded double figures in points in all three games including a 21-point effort at George Fox.”
From Nate Smith, Prep2Prep: “Trailing by one point at the half, and coming off its first BVAL loss since 2017, visiting Heritage turned up the defensive pressure and moved the ball well on offense, surging past Freedom for the 62-48 victory on Tuesday night.
Standout point guard Ezra Manjon finished with a game-high 32 points…”
From Mike Lefkow, Bay Area Preps: “Junior guard Jaden Saunders swished three of his seven 3-pointers in those first eight minutes and scored 27 points overall as Dublin (15-2, 4-1 East Bay Athletic League) rolled to an 83-59 victory )over Amador Valley). The Gaels had 13 3-pointers in all…”
Rob Toste: “6’8 2019 @nate_karren23 has a great feel and elite shooting ability. Knocked down four straight 3s this weekend in a 33 point effort.”
A West Campus High graduate, Karren is attending Pomfret School in Connecticut this season.
Jonathan Galloway grabbed 14 rebounds and scored nine points but UC Irvine fell 80-70 to Long Beach State.
Behind 24 points from Michael (West High) Hayes and 15 assists via John Ketchel, Las Positas College defeated Chabot College 86-75 in Hayward. The Hawks earned a remarkable 25 assists on 36 baskets. Jabari (Sacramento High) Sweet led CC with both 23 points and seven boards. full box
Ethan (Madera High) Richardson exploded for 32 points and 12 boards while teammate Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer provided 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals in Fresno City College’s 72-61 victory over visiting Columbia College. FCC box
In a showdown of top Coast South teams, it was visiting Gavilan College by 10, 74-64, over Cabrillo College. The Ram starting five each scored in double figures while the Seahawks were led by Trey (Harbor High) Whitley who provided both 30 points and six assists. full box
Noah (Corning High) Zoppi paced Butte College with 21 points as the Roadrunners topped host College of the Siskiyous 62-45. Butte box
Patrick Washington totaled 28 points and teammate Julian (Oakland High) Taylor 25 as visiting College of Alameda bested Solano College 71-66. full box
Yuba College 75, Napa Valley College 54 “The 49ers basketball team was able to come away with a solid road victory on Wednesday despite going down early.
“They jumped on us and went up 14-2 early, luckily our defense woke up and we were able to get back in the game by holding them to six points in 16 minutes,” said 49ers head coach Doug Cornelius.
Leading the way for Yuba in the win was Cornell Greenwood with 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Also contributing were Isaiah Bates with 13 points and Stevie James with eight points…”
Skylar (Drake High) Chavez scored 43 points (seven treys) as host Santa Rosa Junior College bested American River College 83-74. SRJC box
Spencer (Lodi High) Monteiro produced a 23 point, 11 rebound double-double in host San Joaquin Delta College’s 84-71 victory over Diablo Valley College. SJDC box
Despite receiving 20 points and 14 rebounds from Paul (Elk Grove High) Ohiri and 20 plus 12 via Marcus (Monterey Trail High) Robinson, Cosumnes River College fell to visiting Sierra College 86-79. full box
“Crusaders hold off late St. Mary’s rally” Thomas Lawrence
Modesto Christian 89, St. Mary’s 80 on Monday.
Young is out of Sacramento High.
Good news. After being sidelined with yet another injury, 6-foot-4 Crisshawn (Cañada College) Clark is back on the court for the Portland Pilots.
Jeff Goodman: “Santa Clara guard KJ Feagin is transferring, source told @WatchStadium. Averaged 17.5 points and 4 assists per game last season. Broke thumb and has played just two games this year. Potential grad transfer. If that’s the case, look for high-majors to be all over him”
Evan Daniels: “Source: KJ Feagin & Matthew Hauser are expected to transfer from Santa Clara. Feagin averaged 17.5 PPG during 2017-2018 season. Hauser went for 9.6 PPG that year.”
“What the heck is going on at Santa Clara?” Jeff Faraudo
Saturday January 26th – Sunday January 27th
4000 Suisun Valley Rd.
Fairfield, CA 94534
Co-Hosted by Salesian College Preparatory and NextMax Inc.
Saturday January 26th, 2019 games
8:30pm Salesian HS (CA) vs. Clark High School (NV)
7pm Prolific Prep of Napa Christian (CA) vs. Bella Vista College Prep (AZ)
5:30pm Bishop O’Dowd HS (CA) vs. Coronado HS (NV)
4pm Sacramento HS (CA) vs. St. Joseph’s HS (CA)
2:30pm Marshall County HS (KY) vs. St. Pat’s St. Vincent HS (CA)
1pm Stuart Hall HS (CA) vs. Vanden HS (CA)
11:30am Antelope HS (CA) vs. Berkeley HS (CA)
10am Balboa City School vs. Trinity Prep (NV)
8am Golden State Prep (CA) vs. Hillcrest Prep North (AZ)
Hosted by NextMax Inc.
Sunday January 27th, 2019 games
3pm Hillcrest Prep North (AZ) vs. Prolific Prep of Napa Christian (CA)
1pm Bella Vista College Prep (AZ) vs. Balboa City School (CA)
11am Trinity Prep (NV) vs. Golden State Prep (CA)
“PAC WEST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Cameron Fini, Holy Names
F, Fr., 6-8 — Saratoga, Calif.
Fini set new career highs in scoring twice last week as Holy Names won two of three games to improve to 6-10 on the season. The freshman scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting against Chaminade to set a new career high in points. He then crushed that for a new career-high against Biola with 21 points, making 7 of 10 shots, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.”
6-foot-10 Marcus (Castro Valley High) Hopkins headed to a Florida prep school last season and is now playing at Palm Beach State College, also in the Sunshine State. His freshman numbers thus far: 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 points, 60% overall shooting, 57% at the foul line and seven blocked shots in 18 games. A 2017 feature.
Salesian remains on top.
“After A Peninsula Split, Chabot Set For Showdown With Las Positas
First-year Gladiators coach Keenan McMiller expects close, hard-fought game with Hawks” Matt Schwab
“Coach Lloyd Pierce: A Reputation For Successful Development” Kevin L. Chouinard
Pierce is the pride of Yerba Buena High and Santa Clara.
Gerry Freitas: “Nor Cal Spring Showcase is Sat-Sun March 30-31 at Soldiertown in Oakland & the new Cali Courts in Union City. Open to teams from hi school & AAU programs in all hi school grades(includes seniors). $495.00/team. 3 or more team discount. 2 games each day. firstname.lastname@example.org”
From last Friday: “(Devante) Johnson Rejection Lifts Vikings to 88-85 Win At De Anza in Coast Opener” West Valley College athletics
A 6-foot-1 sophomore, Johnson finished with 31 points. full box
Read the following — it’s football rather than basketball-connected but much too sobering not to post here — to the tune of Cat Stevens’ “Father & Son” although the latter is actually much too mild for the hell Todd Marinovich and family endured:
“TODD MARINOVICH IS LEARNING TO BE HUMAN AGAIN
He was “the test-tube QB” the first half of his life, a drug addict since. Closing in on 50, the former USC and Raiders quarterback is struggling to come to terms with his raging beast of a father—and the big lie that he only now can share” Michael Rosenberg
“THROUGH THE RED DOOR, BY CARSON MEDLEY” John McCarthy, Small College Basketball
Jeff Goodman: “UC Riverside has landed Washington State transfer Arinze Chidom, he tells @WatchStadium. Chidom is a 6-foot-9 sophomore.”
Chidom is out of Bishop O’Dowd. Former St. Mary’s assistant David Patrick is in his first year as the head coach at UC Riverside.
Host Frankie and the Dons came close but Gonzaga had too much firepower and grabbed a 96-83 victory despite Ferrari’s 21 points. He posted just four assists which is actually attributable to his having to pick up the scoring slack plus the lack of sharpshooters on the USF roster. The score was 37 apiece after 20 minutes and the Dons actually took small leads late into the game.
Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett exploded for 29 points in Montana’s 88-64 success against Northern Colorado. He shot 11-13, 4-4 and 3-5.
Jordan (Folsom High) Ford scored 18 points (with just 10 shots) and dished out five assists as St. Mary’s topped Loyola Marymount 71-60.
Zach (Capital Christian High) Chappell provided 12 points, a team high seven assists, three boards and two steals but San Jose State University fell to host Boise State 87-64.
In just 17 minutes (limited due to foul trouble), Stokley (Amador Valley High/Las Positas College) Chaffee produced nine rebounds and four blocked shots but Tennessee State fell 74-61 to Morehead State.
Terrell (Moreau Catholic High) Brown’s team-high 19 points (plus eight rebounds) helped New Mexico State power past CSU Bakersfield 73-62.
Pepperdine felled San Diego 76-71 despite the Toreros receiving a team-high 19 points and five boards from Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro plus a team-best six assists alongside nine points and four boards from redshirt freshman Joey (Marin Catholic High) Calcaterra.
Jase (Wilcox High) Wyckliffe totaled 18 points as well as seven boards — both figures tops on his team — in San Francisco State’s 76-65 victory over host Sonoma State.
Five players scored in double figures (Nate Ambrosini 16, Malik Duffy 16, Isaiah Brooks 15 and 11 assists, Calvin Geraci 12, Kevin Warren 11) for Chico State but the Wildcats fell in overtime 92-90 to visiting Cal State Los Angeles.
In the UC San Diego 87-70 victory over host Stanislaus State, Christian Bayne scored 26 points and teammate Tyrell (Woodcreek High) Roberts tallied 22 points plus five assists for the victors. Bayne played his first two years at Stanislaus.
Cal State East Bay took on host Cal State San Bernardino and grabbed an 82-79 win behind 23 points from Evan (Santa Clara) Wardlow, 16 from Nai (San Jose State University) Carlisle plus 15 points and eight assists via Juwan (Bishop O’Dowd) Anderson.
Liam (Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) O’Reilly tallied 27 points but Linfield College still fell to Whitworth College 78-75.
Ethan (Madera High) Richardson and Jared Small each scored 23 points in host Fresno City College’s 80-62 victory over Cerro Coso College. Richardson also grabbed 20 rebounds for a double/double/double FCC box
Behind 21 points, 12 boards and five assists from Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard, UC Santa Cruz defeated Cal Miramar 95-59.
With Skylar (Drake High) Chavez providing 34 points, Santa Rosa Junior College handled visiting Sierra College 95-78. Teammate Nick Cole was uber accurate with his 19 points on 5-7, 4-4, 5-5 shooting. SRJC box
With 32 points, seven rebounds and five assists, freshman Michael (West High) Hayes again led the way in host Las Positas College’s 89-72 victory over Ohlone College. LPC box
Visiting City College of San Francisco bested Cañada College 82-69 as Deschon Winston led the victors with 22 points. CCSF box
Ajay (Cupertino High) Singh finished with 28 points plus 11 boards and teammate Darrien (West Campus High) Davis contributed 21 points but host DeAnza College fell 88-85 to West Valley College. full box
In the Los Medanos College 80-70 success versus host College of Alameda, 6-foot-3 freshman Julian (Oakland High) Taylor led the latter with both 24 points and 12 rebounds. CoA box
Cabrillo College took care of host Hartnell College 69-46 as Trey (Harbor High) Whitley scored 19 points and teammate Yeskin Williams posted a 19 point, 12 rebound, five assist double-double. Cabrillo box
Foothill College turned back Chabot College 66-53 via a strong initial 44-22 20 minutes of play. Chabot box
Sophomore Lance (St. Mary’s High) Coleman stuffed the stat sheet — 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists as Fullerton College bopped Irvine Valley College 70-53. full box
“USF basketball revival stirs storied Hilltop memories” Bruce Jenkins
“Las Positas Men Set For Coast-North Opener
Coach James Giacomazzi looking for a bit more consistency from his 11-3 squad which boasts freshman Michael Hayes, soph. John Ketchel” Matt Schwab
Chabot Men Looking for Winning Edge
Under first-year coach Keenan McMiller, young Gladiators will open play in tough Coast-North this week” Matt Schwab
“Santa Rosa Junior College men’s basketball team aiming high” Kerry Benefield
“A natural connection bonds Paly boys” Rick Eymer
“Bears stage a comeback to earn PAL boys basketball win” Glenn Reeves (Menlo-Atherton 65, Carlmont 62)
“Stuart Hall escapes Lick-Wilmerding” Ethan Kassel
Mitch Stephens: “Nation’s No. 15 ranked team Salesian improves to 18-0 with 60-39 win at St. Patrick-St. Vincent. Freshman Austin Johnson, the @NorCalSportsTV Player of the Game, had 11 points and 3 steals.”
Continuing in our series on community college teams: Up Rancho Las Positas way, going big or going small doesn’t seem to make any difference for Coach James Giacomazzi who continues being successful with whatever degree of size he has on his roster in a given year. Last season, 6-foot-9 Anand Hundal and 6-foot-10 Peter Hewitt, both eventual D1 transfers, were critical to the success of the Hawks. In 2018-19, it’s solid guard play and the feats of wunderkind 6-foot-4 freshman Michael Hayes primarily carrying the team.
Where do the Rams currently stand?
In 15 games, LPC currently sports a 12-3 record with a 60-46 victory November 10 road win over Cabrillo College being the standout success. In a tournament at Skyline College, Gavilan College took down the Hawks 90-82. Note: CCSF comes to Livermore on January 23 and Las Positas hits The City on February 15.
Las Positas is shooting 51% overall thus far, a terrific number for a smallish team, versus 43% for opponents. 33% from long distance to 29% plus 83.4 points per game against 73.4 allowed. Again despite lacking size, the Hawks are earning a very solid just 25.9 free throw attempts a night (against 18.9) as well as possessing a 12.3+ rebound margin.
The primary contributors:
The aforementioned Hayes has stepped right in from the high school ranks and adjusted quickly averaging 23.6 points (third in the state), 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 61%, 23% and 70% (7.3 free throw attempts per contest). At 6-foot-4, his long distance accuracy needs bettering for the next level. 6-foot-5 sophomore Alafia Oluwosogo is at 12.2 points plus 5.7 boards. 5-foot-10 sophomore guard John Ketchel is the final player scoring in double figures at 10.8 points.
Five other Hawks are providing 7.0 points or higher on a nightly basis. In total, four are contributing 3.0 assists or more with Ketchel in the lead at a state best 7.1 and a quartet of LPC talents are bringing down at least 3.5 boards nightly.
Hayes and three sophomores, Nana Appiah, Ketchel, Oluwosogo, are the primary starters.
Theoretically, Las Positas should not be doing as well in both its overall record or statistics simply due to the absence of size. However, no program in the northern California community college ranks possesses overwhelming size this season but, more importantly, the Hawks are playing unselfishly and with a willingness to be led by a frosh plus Ketchel at the point. Credit Giacomazzi, Associate Head Coach Jordan Whittenburg and Assistant Coach Spencer Wood as well as the players for this LPC success so far.
The LPC roster: (note that each is from northern California)
Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett filled the stat sheet with 16 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists but Montana fell 78-71 to host Eastern Washington. The latter was led by Jesse (Drake High) Hunt’s 15 boards.
Powered by six players scoring in double figures, Chico State downed visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills 87-67. Isaiah (Sheldon High) Brooks led with 18, Justin (River City High) Briggs enjoyed 15, Nate (Fortuna High) Ambrosini and Calvin (San Marin High) Geraci both tallied 14, Spencer (Monte Vista High) LaShells had 11 and Kevin Warren contributed 10. Andrew (Hamilton High/Butte College) Whitsett led DH with 17 points.
Justin (Buchanan High) Everett shot 6-10 from the floor and 9-9 at the foul line in leading Humboldt State to an 84-76 win over visiting Cal State Los Angeles.
Juwan (Bishop O’Dowd) Anderson scored 18 points but Cal State East Bay fell to Cal Poly Pomona 68-56 down in the Southland.
Hawaii hosted and turned away Cal State Fullerton 79-68 with Eddie (Archbishop Riordan) Stansberry providing 16 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Fresno State nabbed a 78-77 road win over Utah State as Noah (Woodcreek High) Blackwell accounting for 13 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals.
A 60-27 Fresno City College second half carried the Rams to a 102-57 victory over host West Hills Coalinga as Jared Small led the victors in scoring with 18 points. He also provided five rebounds, five assists and four steals. full box
Powered in part by a 54-29 initial half, host City College San Francisco belted Skyline College 96-61. Deschon Winston led the Rams with 22 points followed by Niamey (Mission High) Harris’ 18. CCSF box
Host Gavilan College had little trouble versus Hartnell College to the tune of 83-55 as DJ (Valley Christian) Burgess led the way with 23 points. Gavilan box
With Michael Hayes and Alafia Oluwosogo each posting 23 point, nine rebound lines, visiting Las Positas College defeated Foothill College 73-65. LPC box
Trey (Harbor High) Whitley’s 19 points paced Cabrillo College to a 72-47 defeat of host San Jose City College.
A 51-36 second 20 minutes carried visiting Chabot College to a 75-67 success over Cañada College as Jabari (Sacramento High) Sweet led the winners with 21 points (plus eight boards and three blocks) while teammate Jordan (James Logan High) McGlory posted a 16/17 scoring/rebounding double-double. Chabot box
American River College 105 – LJ Smith 40, Tom Edwards 30, Parker Haven 17, Jermaine Henderson 12, Pim Lewis 6
Modesto Junior College 100 – Isaiah Harris 25, Benny Simi 17, Justin Watkins 16, Tommy Williams 11, Brandon Lamb 9, Isaac Starks 8, Carson Anderson 8, Austin Denham 4, Kharyem Mitchell 2
3-Pt. Goals: American 12 (Smith 6, Edwards 5, Henderson), Modesto 11 (Watkins 3, Lamb 3, Starks 2, Simi 2, Williams)
A shooting guard, Williams stands 6-foot-3. A Williams article from June 2018.
The 6-foot-9 Hawkins is at Findlay Prep for his senior season.
“De La Salle’s fourth quarter turns back Dougherty Valley” Scott Giorgianni
“De La Salle too big for Dougherty Valley
De La Salle uses its size advantage to pull away in the fourth quarter” Mike Lefkow
“Mitty awakens just in time, stuns Bellarmine
Monarchs score final 18 points to win West Catholic Athletic League matchup” Darren Sabedra
Continuing in our series on community college teams: The sun rises in the east, summer is the warmest season and Fresno City College (FCC) wins the Central Valley Conference (CVC) while competing for the state title every season. These are givens.
Granted, the CVC is not the strongest affiliation in California but it still takes landing players and coaching them up to a sum greater than its parts in order to be so successful and that is what Coach Ed Madec and assistants Nicholas Podesta, Jeff Young and Tyler Morgan are continuing to do in 2018-19. The squad is not a tall one but is a team with a quartet of sophomores who either began college elsewhere earlier or sat out their initial seasons at FCC and are now performing consistently in primary roles.
Where do the Rams currently stand?
11-3 overall, 7-1 on neutral courts with just three home games to date. They own an 89-57 win over visiting Cabrillo College as well as losses to City College of San Francisco both at home (79-70 and 82-78) and on the road and a loss to Santa Rosa Junior College (88-86).
82.2 points per game (versus allowing 64.3) , 53.5 overall shooting percentage (versus 39.8%) , 46.0% three-point shooting (versus 33.7%) on 19.9 attempts a night, plus 68.2% on 20.2 free throw attempts a contest.
FCC is also grabbing 37.1 rebounds each time out with a +9.8 margin. The Rams are earning 19.0 assists versus 10.5 for opponents. Turnovers and steals are close to being equal.
The primary contributors:
The core four are each scoring in double figures: sophomore forward Ethan Richardson leads the squad in with 13.8 points a game. Sophomore guard Jonah Brown is providing 12.2 points nightly. Backcourt teammate sophomore Georgie Dancer is averaging 11.8 with sophomore forward Jared Small at 10.6.
Nobody is playing 25 minutes a contest with Dancer at the most with 24.6.
Regarding program familiarity, the 6-foot-10 Richardson played little in 2016-17 at City College of San Francisco then redshirted at FCC a year ago.
Brown grayshirted at FCC two seasons ago before playing in 33 games and starting 10 in 2017-18.
Dancer played in 32 games last season after redshirting at Sacramento State due to a knee injury.
Small redshirted at Metro State two years ago and then played in 20 games, starting 11 for Fresno City College.
However, it’s important to note that 11 players contributing for at least 10 minutes or higher a game.
FCC is likely minus any talents who will be D1 transfers. But year-in, year-out, Ram basketball remains 90 feet of hustle and pressure in addition to a team kinship not seen often at any level let alone the community college ranks. Madec’s group always appears ready and capable despite newcomers and turnover whether it be during a summer tournament or the first official games of the season. That is a testament to landing unselfish players/gaining immediate buy-in and utilizing a system that plays to strengths and contains roles that allow for quick adaptation. All this and the fact that nobody will out-work FCC.
The FCC roster:
On Tuesday, Illinois State best Northern Iowa 70-69 as Phil (Franklin High) Fayne scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and pilfered three steals.
In overtime, host Cosumnes River College edged Santa Rosa Junior College 75-72 despite the Bearcubs receiving 36 points from Skylar (Drake High) Chavez. full box
In another tight one, visiting San Joaquin Delta College topped Folsom Lake College 76-75. Folsom Lake game recap
Stockton Record: “…Delta College’s men’s basketball team made a big comeback and kept rolling through the Big 8 Conference.
After trailing by as many as 17 points, the Mustangs rallied and edged Folsom Lake 76-75 on Tuesday night in Folsom. Delta has won four in a row, and improved to 12-5, 4-1 in the Big 8.
Folsom Lake (6-10, 1-3) missed a shot at the buzzer which could have changed the outcome.
Spencer Monteiro had 26 points to lead Delta, and Cameron Pieters had 16.”
In Monday’s Pomona-Pitzer 76-51 victory over Cal Lutheran, Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum led the victors with 25 points and teammate Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan provided a line of 12 points, nine boards and three assists.
“Prep2Prep NCS Rankings THROUGH WEEK 7″
Pacifica Christian OC: “Judah Brown has committed to play for Coach Randy Bennett and the St. Marys Gaels!”
Browns is a 6-foot-8, 175 2020 prospect. He sat out last season due to transferring to PC but is a top notch student with blue chip potential.
“P2P CCS Boys Basketball Top 25 THROUGH WEEK 7″
“Senior-heavy Redwood looks to climb MCAL mountain” Danny Schmidt
“Marin boys basketball: Team-by-team preview capsules” Danny Schmidt
Back on January 3, B.J. (St. Patrick/St. Vincent) Standley scored a game high 22 points to lead St. Martin’s to a 96-76 victory over Simon Fraser. He also distributed a team high six assists.
Chico Wildcats: “THAT’S 200!
ChicoState men’s basketball coach Greg Clink is the fastest in the program’s history to reach 200 wins. Wildcats are 200-106 with Clink at the helm, including 162-61 in the last 7+ seasons”
Creating a successful culture including winning as well as creating a sense of team as family is a Clink specialty, something very difficult to achieve let alone maintain. Meanwhile, countless D1 programs throughout California flounder.
CCSF’s Men’s Basketball: “Congrats to sophomore Malcolm Johnson on committing to UCDavisMBB this morning.”
Johnson is a 6-foot-5, 220 sophomore who transferred into CCSF from Cal State Dominguez Hills. The top talent on the Rams, he is averaging 15.7 points, 7.1 boards and 2.1 assists while shooting 62%, 43% and 72%.
Jordan (Folsom High) Ford totaled 23 points in the St. Mary’s 88-66 homecourt romp over BYU.
Isiah (Placer High) Pineiro filled the stat sheet with 24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals in San Diego’s 73-64 win over visiting Pacific.
Aubrey (Palo Alto High) Dawkins’ team high 23 points aided Central Florida in taking down Connecticut 65-53.
Jiday (Archbishop Riordan) Ugbaja led with 19 points and teammate Jase (Wilcox High) Wickliffe posted a 17 point, 10 rebound double-double as San Francisco State went into the Southland and grabbed an 88-79 win over Cal State Los Angeles.
UC San Diego bested Cal State Dominguez Hills 82-52 powered by 21 points and 10 boards from Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen.
Patrick (De La Salle) Marr provided 19 points while teammate Ant Navarette finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds as Cal State East Bay handled West Coast Baptist 103-49.
Behind a 38 point explosion by Skylar (Drake High) Chavez (who also provided 11 boards, five assists, two steals and a pair of blocked shots), Santa Rosa Junior College defeated host Modesto Junior College 87-79. SRJC box
Host Fresno City College turned away College of the Sequoias 73-66 with 5-foot-8 Ejay Gallejos leading the scoring with 17 points. full box
Allan Hancock College 81 Cabrillo College 77 “The Cabrillo College Seahawks lost tonight 81-77 to Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria). The loss drops the Seahawks to 11-4 on the season. Hancock’s win improves them to 14-2. Cabrillo found themselves down 14 points midway thru the first half but climbed back into the game as they cut the lead to 42-38 at halftime.
The second half was much like the first with Hancock pushing out to a 61-50 lead midway thru and managing to hold off the Seahawks runs at the end.
The Seahawks’ Trey Whitley lead Cabrillo in scoring with 24 points. Yeskin Williams had 13 points. Both Lenorris Mincey and Dymond Hanks scored 11…”
Freshman guard Greg Milton III scored 37 points (his third consecutive 30+ point effort) but Sacramento City College fell to American River College 86-83.
UC Santa Cruz, bolstered by Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard’s 25 points plus 24 from Will (Casa Grande High) Crain (who shot 11-11), topped Los Angeles College of Divinity 84-79.
City College of San Francisco took care of visiting Gavilan College 75-58 after leading by seven at halftime. Gavilan box
Las Positas College proved to be 10 points better than Monterey Peninsula College 89-79 MPC box
DeAnza College edged host Chabot College 78-77 For the Dons, Ajay Singh led with 23 points, Dominic Simpkins contributed 21 Darien Davis tallied 20. Jabari Sweet just missed a double-double for Chabot with 25 points and nine boards. full box
Jason Damjanovic: “De Anza concluded their non-conference schedule tonight with a 78-77 victory over Chabot. I want to recognize the accomplishments of 6’6 Sophomore Wing Ajay Singh. Ajay ranks #1 in the State in Total Points: 383 #1 in Total FG: 157 #2 in PPG: 23.9 #8 in Field Goal %: 65.7%”
“Salesian boys top Chicago team to stay unbeaten” Mitch Stephens
“Vallejo High boys basketball loses heartbreaker to Freedom” Matt O’Donnell
Heritage Athletics: “Heritage 72 Vacaville 55 Ezra Manjon 33 pts, Joel Webb 19 pts
Patriots improve to 12-4 for the season and open BVAL play at home on Tuesday”
Missed these from last Wednesday:
“San Leandro rolls past Heritage” Darren Sabedra
Nate (Fortuna High) Ambrosini scored 19 points bolstered by 5-9 long distance shooting but Chico State fell 88-72 to host Cal State San Bernardino.
“Dominican University rallied from an 11-point deficit with 5:13 remaining in regulation to top Hawaii Pacific 85-80 in double overtime in San Rafael on Wednesday night.
Junior guard Sam (Montgomery High) Averbuck recorded 27 points, drilling four 3-pointers and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line for the Penguins…”
Matt Prehm: “Sources: Oregon sophomore forward Abu Kigab will transfer to Boise State and finish his basketball career in the Mountain West Conference. Kigab left the program earlier this week.”
Dave Miller : “Frankie Ferrari beats you by making his teammates BETTER! Play him as a scorer or a passer, but don’t allow BOTH! I’d give him 30 BUT WOULD NOT LET HIM GET Minlend 18, the bigs 20, and Ratinho a bunch of 3’s! Pick your poison playing @USFDonsMBB Love @WCChoops
“Riordan, Serra alone atop WCAL basketball standings” Mitch Stephens
“Amador Valley edges No. 2 Dublin
Jaden Sheppard scores 23 points, Brad Couture buries six 3-pointers to lead Dons to EBAL win” Darren Sabedra
John Bynum Jr: “David Thompson (Mt. San Jacinto) has committed to the University of Santa Clara. Thompson is averaging 15.1 points, 4.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds this season. Thompson is 31-62 from downtown (50%) and shooting 56% from the field and 81% from the line for 13-1 Eagles this season.”
Thompson is a 6-foot-0, 170 sophomore originally out of Wisconsin.
Jeff Goodman: “Oregon sophomore forward Abu Kigab told @WatchStadium that he will transfer. 6-foot-7 Canadian started four games this season for the Ducks.”
He played at Pacific Prep.
In UC Santa Barbara’s 109-47 beatdown of Bethesda, freshman John (Wood High) Nagle scored 20 points powered by 6-12 long distance shooting.
In a matchup that likely induced carpal tunnel symptoms in the scoreboard operator, host Las Positas College edged DeAnza College 102-99. Freshman Michael (West High) Hayes led the victors with both 38 points and 13 rebounds. Ajay (Cupertino High) Singh continued with his fine season for the Dons with a 36 point outburst. He shot 14-17, 1-2 and 7-10. Teammate Darien (West Campus High) Davis finished with 28 points plus five assists. full box
Host USF took down St. Mary’s 76-72 as Frankie (Burlingame Hgh) Ferrari led the Dons with both 19 points and seven assists (while grabbing six boards). Jordan (Folsom High) Ford’s 24 points paced the Moraga-ites. AP game report
Jade’ (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Smith led Pepperdine with 15 points as the Wave defeated Loyola Marymount 77-62. Smith also supplied eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Terrell (Moreau Catholic/SJSU/CCSF) Brown tallied 22 points but New Mexico State fell 82-76 to Cal Baptist.
Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro posted a 12 point, 16 rebound double-double in San Diego’s 68-56 loss to Santa Clara.
Christian (Modesto Christian) Ellis finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in SIU Edwardsville’s 94-88 win over SE Missouri State.
David (Kerman High) Rico filled the stat sheet with 20 points, 10 boards, seven assists and four steal in the 114-45 Fresno City College road win over West Hills Lemoore. A 75-21 point differential in the second half made the difference. FCC box
American River College edged Sacramento City College 86-83 despite Greg (Cosumnes Oaks High) Milton III scoring 32 points for the latter. Milton tallied 32 points on December 28 against Santa Rosa Junior College.
61% overall shooting aided Sierra College’s 112-91 success against Modesto Junior College.
6-foot-10 Michael (James Logan High/CCSF) Steadman has been a bright star in San Jose State University’s season thus far. The junior is averaging team bests in both scoring (13.4 points) and rebounding (9.2) while shooting 51% and 59%. In 12 games, he has started 11 and is playing 28.8 minutes a contest.
Plus, in Wednesday’s game against Fresno State, Steadman totaled 18 points and 10 boards.
Cal-Hi Sports Northern California Boys Basketball Player of the Week
(Weston Ranch, Stockton) Jr.
It takes a bit of scrolling down.
Sheldon High is on top in the Sacramento area.
Simply Basketball: “One of the most underrated players in NorCal Shane Bell of Salesian. Helped Salesian win the famous Chick-Fil-A tournament.Captured MVP of the Tournament as well‼️‼️”
Let’s begin a series on community college teams performing well or simply better than expected this season and attempt to identify some of the reasons for this success.
Cabrillo College, under Tony Marcopulos and James Page, has achieved an 11-3 record at the moment, riding an eight-game winning streak. This despite lacking size and experience.
The Seahawks own wins on the road versus City College San Francisco and Cañada College with its three losses being on the road to Las Positas College, Santa Rosa Junior College (in the Shasta tourney) and Fresno City College. Cabrillo is also 5-1 on neutral courts.
The most challenging upcoming matchups are in mid-January at home and early February — both versus Gavilan College.
Also for the future, 6-foot-9 Avery Edwards who was averaging 11.9 points plus 7.8 rebounds in nine games as a starter, is no longer with the team. In the off-season, high-scoring freshman Kobe Ordonio transferred to Gavilan College.
The numbers: Cabrillo is averaging 68.4 points per game on 45% overall shooting and 33.5% accuracy on treys (26.4 attempts an outing) alongside a remarkable plus 15.4 rebounding margin.
Conversely, the Seahawks are allowing just 59.4 points per contest on an outstanding defensive effort of 38.4% overall shooting by opponents, 31.8% on treys.
Surface Analysis: Despite a lack of size on the roster, credit the Aptos crew’s success to defense, rebounding plus enough offense. Cabrillo’s zone defense is extremely effective in preventing good looks and, importantly, hasn’t hindered team rebounding production. The Seahawks are also meshing well as an unselfish unit.
The recent 60-49 victory over Foothill College with four players scoring in double figures and a player high of 15 points is a prime example of all of the above. This was an 11-point victory with Cabrillo shooting 43% overall, 6-24 from three-point range and earning just 12 free throws. Foothill managed just 13 second half points.
The primary contributors:
Powered in part by Malik (Jesuit High) Duffy’s 17 points and eight boards, Chico State handled Cal Poly Pomona 70-66.
Cal State East Bay turned away Cal State Monterey Bay 79-72 as Nai (SJSU) Carlisle led with 17 points and teammate Ant (San Lorenzo High/Cañada College) Navarette posted a 12 point, 12 rebound double-double. Charley (Granite Bay High) Tooley paced the Otters with 23 points.
Jesse (Drake High) Hunt provided 12 points, nine boards and five assists in Eastern Washington’s 65-55 defeat of Idaho State.
Maxwell Anderson: “Congrats big fella, glad to be apart of your journey#chopthewood#TTP#300
“Boys Prep of the Week: Branson’s Lukas Prongos” Danny Schmidt
22 points from Ryan (Petaluma High) Perez powered Santa Rosa Junior College to a 72-67 victory over Sacramento City College. Teammate Damian (Cardinal Newman) Wallace added 10 assists and six rebounds, also team highs. Greg (Cosumnes Oaks High) Milton III paced the Panthers with 32 points. SRJC box
Allan Hancock College 75, Merritt College 62 full box
Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard totaled 22 points plus 13 rebounds in the UC Santa Cruz 71-56 fall to Occidental.
Eddie (Archbishop Riordan/CCSF) Stansberry scored 26 points in powering Hawaii to a 71-63 victory over Alabama A&M. He shot 6-12 from long distance.
In San Diego’s 61-58 victory over Grand Canyon, Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro posted a 17 point, 12 rebound double-double.
Sacramento State fell 70-65 to Northern Colorado despite Joshua (Sierra High) Patton providing 15 points, nine boards and three blocked shots.
Pomona-Pitzer won the battle of the hyphens 90-78 against Hardin-Simmons.
Cabrillo College 60, Foothill College 49 – Trey (Harbor High) Whitley and Lenorris Mincey each scored 15 points and the latter secured 11 rebounds. Cabrillo box
Gavilan College 75, Columbia College 55 – Deion (McClymonds High) Ellis led the victors with 17 points, Xander (Christopher High) Bowers tallied 16 and Daylon (Edison High) Potts provided 13 points, 13 boards, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Gavilan box
Santa Rosa Junior College 75, Foothill College 66 – Sophomores Skylar (Drake High) Chavez and Ryan (Petaluma High) Perez provided 37 points and 16 points respectively for the Bear Cubs.
UC Santa Cruz fell to Whittier College 88-74 despite Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard posting a 26 point, 16 board double-double for the Slugs.
Derrick Jones: “Shout out to my (Merritt College) PG Sherab Nyima for a 4.0gpa this semester. Also shooting 50% from 3, 48% from the field with almost a 2:1 ATO….just a freshmen! 4year coaches may want to take note. But what do I know lol”
Fortuna High is now 13-0, defeating Amador Valley 65-53 last Thursday.
But then came a first loss to Menlo-Atherton.
Ethan Kassel: “Huge win for (University) RunninRedDevils today over Lincoln, 72-59. 27 points for Charley Moore and Max Fried puts up a huge game. 20 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, five steals, four blocks. Jordan Aquino with 19 for the Mustangs and Gage Cross adds 15. Devils outscored Lincoln 21-10 3Q.”
St. Mary’s Hoops: “Point Guard Jordan Ford is currently the only player in the WCCsports West Coast Conference shooting better than 50% from the field, 40% from the three , and 80% from the charity stripe.”
“Buck the trend: Andre Kelly has crafted a career embracing change” Justice DeLos Santos
Cody Krupp: “Eric (Marysville High/Yuba College) Schieve may have a pacemaker in his chest but the senior is still the beat of a nationally 12th ranked (Chaminade) GoSwords men’s basketball team out to the best start in program history. The captain has eyes on continuing his basketball career even past his time in Honolulu.”
Archbishop Riordan is in the top spot.
The Oakland Soldiers are back to rounding up some Bay Area and northern California talents–good to see:
6-foot-8 Stokley (Amador Valley High/Las Positas College) Chaffee Jr. is in his senior season at Tennessee State and averaging 6.3 points plus a team high 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 53% overall and 68% at the foul line. His 11 blocked shots (11 games/starts) are also tops on his team.
6-foot-9 Aaron (Archbishop Mitty/Arizona) Gordon’s numbers thus far this season (30 games) for the Orlando Magic : 15.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists while shooting 45%, 32% and 70%.
From early November: “An Evaluation of Eight: Breaking down Aaron Gordon’s first eight games”
6-foot-4 Tyler (St. Francis/Fresno State) Johnson’s numbers thus far this season (32 games) for the Miami Heat: 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists while shooting 44%, 39% and 72%.
From late December: “Tyler Johnson has suddenly become one of the Heat’s most reliable scorers”
*** The next Nor Cal Basketball links post will appear this Friday.
Salesian 61, Modesto Christian 56 OT (Saturday)
Powered in part by 19 points and 10 boards from freshman Andre (Lincoln High) Kelly, California turned back San Jose State University 88-80. Michael (Logan High/CCSF) Steadman posted a 16 point, 13 rebound double-double for the Spartans.
Michael (West High) Hayes and Las Positas College rolled over San Jose City College 116-58 as the freshman scored 31 points and grabbed 11 boards. Teammate Elan (Lincoln High) Spencer posted his own 16 point, 13 rebound double-double. full box
Skylar (Drake High) Chavez scored 28 points with Landon (Healdsburg High) Courtman and Nick (Las Vegas) Cole totaling 20 apiece in Santa Rosa Junior College’s 101-95 success against San Joaquin Delta College. SRJC box
Ajay (Cupertino High) Singh was big with 25 points plus 12 boards but DeAnza College fell 95-83 to Skyline College. DeAnza box
Fresno State bopped UT Martin 93-53 as Noah (Woodcreek High) Blackwell provided 12 points plus eight assists.
Terrell (Moreau Catholic) Brown contributed 17 points and six steals although New Mexico State fell 66-63 to Drake.
Western Kentucky edged St. Mary’s 71-68 despite Jordan (Folsom High) Ford scoring 25 points for the Gaels. Three of Coach Randy Bennett’s starters totaled just six points.
James (Salesian High) Akinjo provided 25 points plus six assists in Georgetown’s 102-94 overtime victory over Arkansas Little Rock.
San Diego bested Washington State 82-75 as Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the victors.
Sophomore guard Trey (Harbor High) Whitley provided 17 points plus eight assists in Cabrillo College’s 74-69 road win over Cañada College. Cabrillo box
JoJo (Newark Memorial High) Zamora scored 28 points and dished out eight assists in New Mexico State’s 75-72 victory over Washington State.
Verbal Commits: “2019 Hillcrest Prep (AZ) F Dischon Thomas has received an offer from UC Davis”
Seattle, Texas Southern, St. Louis, Southern Illinois and Keenesaw State have also offered the 6-foot-9 talent.
Verbal Commits DII: “2019 Bethel (CA) G Chance McMillian has received an offer from Texas A&M–Commerce.”
6-foot-5 sophomore Zavier (Rodriguez High) Lucero is averaging 13.5 points plus 7.2 rebounds in 15 games and under under 27 minutes per outing for Cal Maritime this season. He is shooting 51%, 45% and 78%.
6-foot-4 redshirt freshman Luke (Vista Del Lago) Avdalovic is scoring 6.5 points per game for Northern Arizona through 8 contests and 15.5 minutes a night thus far. He is shooting 49% overall, 55% from three-point range and 67% from the foul line. 29 or his 35 shot attempts this season have been three-pointers.
“Diamon Simpson signs with Maccabi Rishon” Nicola Lupo
“Josh Akognon signs with Fuenlabrada” Emiliano Carchia
Behind Jordan (James Logan High) McGlory’s 25 points and 10 boards plus 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals from Akili (Sacramento High) Daniels, Chabot College handled San Jose City College 84-66.
Tyler (Mills High) Wright provided 28 points plus 14 boards in West Valley College’s 85-54 victory over Solano College.
Jordan (Folsom High) Ford scored 28 points in powering St. Mary’s to an 85-56 route of Bucknell. He shot 11-19, 4-6 and 2-2.
Fresno State handled California 95-73 as Nate (Woodcreek High) Blackwell posted a 13 point, nine assist and seven rebound line for the victors. For the Bears, Paris (Bishop O’Dowd) Austin provided 20 points plus six assists.
Benefiting from Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari’s 17 points, five steals and four assists, USF handled Northern Arizona 76-60.
Logan (St. Francis) Johnson tallied seven points in Cincinnati’s 93-64 whomping of visiting UCLA. The spot where Steve Alford sits on the bench must seem like a hot plate turned to extra high.
Kevin (St. Mary’s High) Warren finished with 17 points in Chico State’s 74-61 road victory over Dominican University.
Ajay (Cupertino High) Singh posted a 35 point, seven rebound night’s worth of work as DeAnza College edged Contra Costa College 96-95. DeAnza box
Temidayo (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Yussef’s 21 points helped Long Beach State edge Pepperdine 67-66. He also provided 11 rebounds and three assists.
Powered by a stat-stuffing 24 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists from Daylon Potts, Gavilan College handled Ohlone College 98-67. The Rams are now 13-1. Gavilan box
Cañada College Men’s Basketball: “(15) Cañada 77 – Monterey Peninsula 71
Cañada improves to 12-2 on the season…”
Napa Valley College won 75-72 over Merritt College on a last-second halfcourt shot.
Ethan Kassell: Weston Ranch 56, San Leandro 53
Salesian checks in at #1.
“TONY PARKER, RUDY GOBERT AND THE WORLD OF THE BLACK INTERNATIONAL PLAYER IN THE NBA
Players discuss adapting to African-American culture, dealing with racism and where they hope to live after their basketball careers are over” Marc J. Spears
Another as usual insightful piece from Spears.
Lakeshow Hoops: “Pomfret Prep 6’9 @nate_karren23 showing off the RANGE. Ivy/WCC interest, 3.6 GPA/1310 SAT, down 30lbs.”
Pomfret is located in Connecticut. Karren is a West Campus High graduate.
Coaching Changes: “As far as I know, Cal Baptist is handling the transition from D2 to D1 with more success than just about anyone else that has tried it They’ve been competitive in almost every game and just gave Southeast Louisiana a merciless beating Rick Croy and company are doing a great job.”
Cal Baptist also just beat Southern University 79-76 in Baton Rouge. The Lancers have joined the Western Athletic Conference.
San Jose State University first hired Dave Wojcik (who was fired for unacceptable behaviour) over Croy (who interviewed) and then brought in Jéan Prioleau from Colorado. Croy knew he had no chance and turned down interviewing a second time. Different ADs did the hirings for the sake of clarification. Do the Spartans want a do-over?
Boys Basketball Player of the Week
Click the link and scroll down for the article on Byrne.
“Australians Add International Spice To Ohlone Basketball
Good-natured Renegades’ freshmen Aidan Graham and Mitch Undy having a blast adjusting to American culture and community college hoops” Matt Schwab
“Chaminade University men’s basketball players Erik Scheive and Grant Dressler have been named the Pacific West Conference Player and Defender of the Week, respectively. The awards reflect the week of Dec. 10 through 16.
The duo helped the Silverswords (ranked 20th in the NABC Coaches Poll, 23rd in the D2SIDA Media Poll) to a 3-0 week.
Scheive, the senior 6-10 forward from Marysville, Calif., had a sensational week, averaging 19.7 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting at a 53.8 percent (21 of 39) clip. The Yuba College and Marysville High School alumnus posted a career-high 26 points with nine rebounds, two steals and a block in Saturday’s win over Holy Names. He also made 9-for-14 field goals with two 3-pointers and made all six shots from the free throw line.
Scheive followed that performance with another scintillating game with a 25-point, 12-rebound performance against Western Washington in the Hoops in Hawai’i D2 Power Invitational on Sunday, the program’s first-ever win against the Vikings. He made 10 of his 18 shots from the floor.
He upped his season averages to 15.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game which ranks sixth and fourth, respectively, in the PacWest. Scheive is also fourth in the conference in field goal percentage at 51.7 percent. It is his first career weekly conference honor…”
Sheridan College Generals Men’s Basketball: “Camron Reece has committed to the University of Akron men’s basketball program for the fall of 2019! Camron was 3rd Team All-Region IX as a freshman while averaging 14ppg and 7rpg…”
Out of Oakland Tech, the 6-foot-6, 220 forward has since signed. Reece is averaging 13.2 points plus 6.6 boards in 10 games/starts this season.
UC Santa Cruz update
On Saturday, Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard scored 18 points while grabbing nine rebounds and Will (Casa Grande High) Crain stuffed the stats sheet with 15 points, seven boards, five blocked shots, four assists and three steals in UCSC’s 66-63 loss to host Cal Tech.
On Sunday, Pomona-Pitzer defeated the Slugs 83-75 as Sam Gabbard posted a 33-point, seven rebound line.
Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum paced the winners with 24 points.
Townes is out of Modesto Christian High.
Lakeshow Hoops: “Commitment Alert🚨Huge Congrats to Monte Vista Senior Kris Bortz (@kris_bortz) 🖊 TUFTS University. One of the TOP academic schools in country and HIGH level 🏀!”
Here’s an April 2018 interview with the 6-foot-8 Bortz.
NorCal Week 7 Rankings:
6-foot-6 sophomore Lance (St. Mary’s High) Coleman III of Fullerton College is averaging 17.8 points, 6.2 boards and 2.2 assists this season while shooting 49%, 44% and 89%. All this in just under 30 minutes a game.
“Boys Prep of the Week: Redwood’s Jake Mathews” Danny Schmidt
From the Marin Independent Journal: “The Branson School boys basketball team used a balanced attack to pull away from Stuart Hall in a 65-49 victory Saturday night at College of Marin in a game that could go a long way in seeding for the North Coast Section playoffs.
Viktor Rajkovic led the Bulls with 19 points and eight assists, while Lukas Prongos added 15 points and five rebounds. Peyton Mullarkey drilled four 3-pointers en route to a 13-point night, and point guard Kwentyn Wiggins played stellar defense and pulled down 12 boards…”
For Pomona-Pitzer this season, senior Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum is providing 26.6 points, 5.2 boards and 2.4 assists while shooting 54%, 38% and 79%.
6-foot-3 junior running mate Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan is contributing 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 52%, 43% and 89%.
The Sagehens are 8-1 thus far.
James (Salesian High) Akinjo led with both 17 points and four assists as well as collecting six rebounds in Georgetown’s 83-73 victory over Appalachian State.
Michael (James Logan High/CCSF) Steadman finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds but San Jose State University fell to Stanford 78-73.
CSU Bakersfield downed Cal Poly 74-61 despite the latter getting a team high 21 points from freshman guard Junior (Modesto Christian) Ballard. He shot 7-11, 4-8 and 3-5 alongside grabbing six rebounds.
In the South Dakota State 71-64 success versus Eastern Washington, Jesse (Drake High) Hunt stuffed the stats sheet with 12 rebounds, eight points and eight assists.
6-foot-9, 200 Arinze (Bishop O’Dowd) Chidom is transferring out of Washington State.
He redshirted in Pullman as a freshman so it looks like he’ll lose a season of eligibility while sidelined this time but hopefully he’ll get back on the court in mid-year 2019. Might somewhere in the Big West or Mountain West be a better fit?
Fresno City College defeated Cerritos College 76-64 with Jonah (Clovis North High) Brown delivered an efficient 16 points plus six boards. He shot 5-7, 2-3 and 6-6.
Coach Andrew Jones: “Greg Milton III scored 27 of his 37 points in the second half to turn a 35-35 score into an 87-71 Sac City win over West Valley. He also had 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Chris Lennear added 21 points and 10 rebounds.”
“Perez notches career high, Bear Cubs fall in OT” Santa Rosa Junior College
The 6-foot-1 sophomore buried 13 treys.
(18) Cañada 105 – (3) Santa Rosa 101
Cañada wins in an back and forth overtime slugfest against a tough Santa Rosa team.”
Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro produced a 17 point, 10 rebound double-double as San Diego downed Northern Colorado 85-65.
Phil (Franklin High) Fayne scored 30 points (11-14, 8-9 shooting) and grabbed nine boards while blocking three shots in Illinois State’s 88-77 victory over Cleveland State.
Cañada College Men’s Basketball: “…Cañada 95 – Los Medanos 79
…Congratulations to Sophomores Kaden Bradley (left) who won Kris Kringle Tournament MVP honors and Sean Orr (right) being named to the Kris Kringle All Tournament Team.”
City College San Francisco bested San Joaquin Delta College 87-74 as Austin McCullough led with 20 points. CCSF box
Eric Boose finished with 23 points (on 25 shots though) and an amazing 20 boards (10 apiece on both ends in Butte College’s 62-55 triumph versus Merced College. Butte box
Fresno City College turned back Pasadena College 76-63 as Jonah (Clovis North High) Brown and Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer totaled 16 points apiece.
Kyle (Dublin High) Brown provided 21 points plus six rebounds in Chabot College’s 79-77 loss to Napa Valley College. Chabot box
Patrick Washington led with 26 points as College of Alameda topped Foothill College 79-73. CoA box
Coming off a 43-point outing, Ryan (Petaluma High) Perez totaled 29 points in the 72-70 Santa Rosa Junior College victory over Feather River College. SRJC box
Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari provided team high with 16 points plus four assists in San Francisco’s 68-54 takedown of Cal State Fullerton.
Aubrey (Palo Alto High) Dawkins posted a 19 point, 13 rebound double-double in Central Florida’s 90-65 success over Stetson.
In the San Joaquin Delta tournament, Cabrillo College edged City College of San Francisco 77-73. The Seahawks led by 20 at halftime. Walter Urbina led the Rams with 25 points and teammate Malcolm Johnson posted a line of 20 points, 13 boards and five assists. CCSF box
Jared Small’s team best 13 points, nine boards and five steals led Fresno City College to a 76-57 victory over Ventura College.
Verbal Commits: “2019 City College of San Francisco (CA) F Malcolm Johnson has received an offer from UC Davis.”
Johnson is a 6-foot-5 wing out of Bakersfield who played at Cal State Dominguez Hills last season. He is averaging 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds this season, shooting 64%, 50% and 72%.
Ethan Kassel: “No, they haven’t played quite the schedule that University or Stuart Hall have, but with a 56-49 win over Vista Murrieta, Lick-Wilmerding is 9-1. Junior guard Allen Wilson can do everything and a healthy Zach Johnson in the post is a force to be reckoned with.”
Coaching Changes: “No one is talking about this, but if not for a 4 point loss to Buffalo, Kyle Smith and USF would be undefeated and possibly ranked in the Top 25
Has this happened since Bill Cartwright played there?
If I’m an AD at a big school where it’s hard to win, Kyle is on my short list.”
This was a great promotional idea and San Francisco jumped right on it:
When an opportunity literally falls into your lap…
In 11 games/starts and in 19.5 minutes a contest for Boston University, 6-foot-3 freshman guard Garrett (Clayton Valley Charter) Pascoe is averaging 2.1 points an outing but is second on the team with nine steals and third with 24 assists. He has a 24/11 assist-to-turnover totals.
Chaminade Men’s Basketball: “For four years Masa Swain has displayed what it means to be a great teammate, has bought in for the greater good of the program and has worked his tail off for his brothers.
On this day we are excited to announce he has been rewarded with a full scholarship. Congrats Masa!”
A redshirt junior, the 6-foot-3 Swain is out of Bellarmine Prep. His bio and stats.
“My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley” Shirley Wang
Verbal Commits: “2019 Ridley College (ON) C Jaden Bediako has committed to Santa Clara.”
He’s 6-foot-11, 230 with a 7-foot, 5-inch wingspan.
USF topped Eastern Washington 85-63 as Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari led with both 15 points, six assists plus zero turnovers.
“Cañada 73 – Napa College 64
Kaden Bradley 15 points
Josh Bluford 13 points
Sean Orr 13 points
Vinny Ferrari 10 points
Colts improve to 9-2 on the season…”
Akili (Sacramento High) Daniels led with 23 points but Chabot College fell to Los Medanos College 89-83 in overtime. Chabot box
Ethan Kassel: “Normal night for Miles Amos, 33 points and 11 rebounds in Stuart Hall’s double OT 76-70 win over Miramonte.”
Menlo School Athletics: “Boys’ basketball: Menlo 55, Homestead 47. Knights take charge in 4Q. Cole Kastner with 24 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks; Justin Sellers 10 rebounds, 3 steals; Matt Flower 9 points.”
6-foot freshman guard Colby (De La Salle) Orr is averaging 29.0 minutes, 13.5 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 51%, 46% and 69% in 11 games/starts thus far for Citrus College in southern California.
6-foot-1 Cameron Korb went 8-18 from long distance and is out of Archbishop Mitty. He is a senior majoring in Computer Science and Business Analytics.
Oliver Gehrke: “I’m truly excited to say that I have committed to play division 1 basketball and further my education at UC Davis next year! 🇺🇸🏀 Huge thanks to everyone who has supported me and helped me along the way!”
Gehrke is 6-foot-7, 215 and out of Sweden.
“(Druse) Asah Ties School Mark with 9 3s, Roadrunners Earn Victory” Metro State athletics
“(Las Positas) Men’s basketball starts off strong” Arion Armeniakos
Aubrey (Palo Alto High) Dawkins is back on the court this season for Central Florida and is averaging 15.0 points plus 5.4 rebounds in 11 games/starts and playing just under 34 minutes a contest. He is shooting 43%, 31% and 88%.
Gridley Invitational: “ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
“This year’s Most Outstanding Player: JoVon McClanahan of Salesian”
“Boys Prep of the Week: San Marin’s Tyson Geraci” Danny Schmidt
“Justin (Buchanan High) Everett provided two team-leading performances to help Humboldt State to a pair of victories as he claimed CCAA Player of the Week for Dec. 3-9.
The redshirt senior from Clovis posted averages of 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Stanislaus State. Everett scored a team-high 21 points to go with seven rebounds in Thursday’s victorious effort over the Otters. Saturday, he poured in 28 points as the Lumberjacks fended off a charging Stanislaus State for 87-78 win. Everett connected on a combined 58.8 percent of his shots on the weekend.
With 72 field goals made thus far on the year, Everett ranks 24th in NCAA Division II. He currently stands in third in the CCAA in field goal percentage (56.3) and fourth in points per game (16.0).”
City College of San Francisco 98, North Idaho 84 Five Rams scored in double figures led by Deschon Winston’s 24 and Malcolm Johnson’s 22. CCSF box
Las Positas College 71, West Valley College 62 Freshman Michael (West High) Hayes led the victors with both 32 points and four steals while Tyler (Mills High) Wright paced WV with both 26 points and 15 boards. full box
Temidayo Yussef just missed a double-double with a solid 14 points and nine rebounds but his Long Beach 49ers fell to Pacific 74-68.
Sacramento State downed Holy Names University 81-53 as Josh (Sierra High) Patton scored 19 points and blocked three shots for the victors.
Chabot College Jordan-ed San Jose City College 86-69 as Jordan (James Logan High) McGlory as well as teammate Jordan Cineus each scored 16 points. The former also produced a team-high six assists. Chabot box
Despite getting 16 points from freshman guard Kai (Placer High) Huntsberry, San Diego City College fell 112-92 to San Bernardino Valley College.
“SAN FRANCISCO STILL ON TOP AFTER WINNING 12TH STRAIGHT” Signal The Light Basketball
DII West Region Men’s Basketball Media Poll
Others Receiving Votes: Cal State East Bay (8-2) ; Chico State (2-2)
UC Santa Cruz update
Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard posted a 16 point, 15 rebound double-double and teammate Will (Casa Grande High) Crain enjoyed 11 points and 10 boards as UC Santa Cruz edged Redlands 69-66 on Saturday. 6-foot-5 junior David (Nevada Union High) Menary led Redlands with 33 points.
On Sunday, Gabbard scored 16 points alongside eight boards as the Slugs fell 73-58 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
“Men’s Basketball Signs Chavarin To NLI” Cal Poly Pomona athletics
Jordan (Enterprise High/Shasta College) Spaschak is the leader in assists for Westmont College so far this season with 41 as well as averaging 5.1 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 46%, 40% and 62%. He has started all nine games, playing 24.0 minutes a contest.
He’s out of Del Oro High, Yuba College and Utah State before heading overseas for a lengthy time. Tough, tough player.
Jordan (Folsom High) Ford scored 28 points in leading St. Mary’s to an 85-60 victory over New Mexico.
Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer went for team highs with 21 points, seven boards and four assists in the 81-61 Fresno City College win over Columbia College. FCC box
With DJ (Valley Christian) Burgess’ 24 points leading the way, Gavilan College bested Las Positas College 92-82. Gavilan box
Powered by seven players scoring in double figures, City College of San Francisco bopped San Jose City College 119-48 full box
Fresno State took care of Long Beach State 92-71 as Noah (Woodcreek High/Long Beach State) Blackwell led the Bulldogs with both 22 points and six assists. Temidayo (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Yussef provided 17 points plus six assists for The Beach.
Powered by 5-10 long distance accuracy and 19 points from Eddie (Archbishop Riordan/CCSF) Stansberry, Hawaii beat in-state rival Hawaii Hilo 82-75.
Paris (Bishop O’Dowd/Boise State) Austin’s 15 points and nine rebounds aided California to an 89-83 defeat of San Diego State.
Portland handled Sacramento State 76-67 despite Joshua (Sierra High) Patton contributing 22 points and 11 boards for the Hornets.
Sophomore Kenny (Manteca High) Wooten provided 20 points in Oregon’s 90-71 takedown of Omaha.
Jake (Serra High) Killingsworth finished with 14 points and seven boards in Columbia University’s 74-71 victory over Iona.
Justin (Buchanan High) Everett’s 28 points paced Humboldt State to an 87-78 success against Stanislaus State. Vasilije (Del Campo High/Yuba College) Saraba posted a 23 point, 15 rebound double-double for Stanislaus.
John Devine: “Talili (Kimball High) Leaea records another double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds in MPC’s 83-55 win over Hartnell in the San Jose City Classic. Anthony (Heritage High) Dennis finishes with 16 points and six boards while Quinn (Bear Creek High) Ryan had 15 points.”
Sean (Westmoor High) Orr shot 4-5 from three-point range on his way to a team-best 19 points but Cañada College fell 70-58 to College of the Sequoias.
College of Marin bested Butte College 86-75 but freshman guard Jamie (Sierra High) Ochoa still totaled 30 points for the Roadrunners. Butte box
Ryan Silver: “Congrats to 2019 Christian James St. John Bosco on offer from UC Davis. Coach Les and his staff continue to do a phenomenal job evaluating. James big time West Coast sleeper. Good size, shoots it, skilled, tough and high character kid (very good student)”
James is a lean 6-foot-3 shooting guard.
In USF’s 79-60 victory over California, Bear freshman Andre (Lincoln High) Kelly totaled 17 points and nine boards in the losing cause.
Behind 19 points and 13 rebounds from Temidayo (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Yussef, Long Beach State turned away Southern Utah 82-71.
San Diego handled San Diego State 73-61 as Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro provided 21 points plus five boards.
Gavilan College defeated Skyline College 93-65 as Ibn (Inglewood High) Zaid led the Rams with 20 points. Gavilan box
College of Alameda edged DeAnza College 86-84 despite 6-foot-7 sophomore AJ (Cupertino High) Singh continuing his fine season for the Dons with 24 points and six rebounds. full box
Micheal (James Logan High/CCSF) Steadman provided a 15 point, 13 rebound double-double in San Jose State University’s 67-65 success against Bethune-Cookman.
Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen’s 27 points and 11 boards in 29 minutes immensely aided UC San Diego’s 80-79 win over San Francisco State.
With 20 points from Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum and Micah (Lick Wilmerding) Elan’s 18, Pomona-Pitzer turned away Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 73-65.
Fresno City College handled Cosumnes River College 95-72 as 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Jonah (Clovis North High) Brown scored 22 points including 6-9 shooting from three-point range.
Giordan Williams: Santa Clara University official visit this weekend!”
Williams is a 6-foot-3 2019 shooting guard out of Long Beach. He also holds offers from LMU, UC Riverside and Boston University.
“Boys Prep of the Week: Marin Academy’s Sam Faber“ Marc C. Volain
CJ Fogler: “USF player ends up the baseline seats and grabs some popcorn, announcer goes nuts”
Frankie Ferrari with some in-game nutrition. Hit the link.
The former St. Mary’s big, out of Ponderosa High, is now playing in Japan.
A trio of former Bay Area talents are aiding the Whitman College cause this season. They are:
Joey (Acalanes High) Hewitt – seven games/starts, 22.4 minutes a contest alongside 15.6 points and 3.9 rebounds, while shooting 47%, 38% and 91%.
Darne (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Duckett – seven games/two starts, 19.3 minutes a contest alongside 10.9 points and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 49%, 40% and 74%.
Robert (Archbishop Riordan) Colton – seven games/zero starts, 14.1 minutes a contest alongside 5.7 points and 4.4 rebounds, while shooting 46% and 55% (no three-point attempts).
It appears that Jack (Granada High) Kath is redshirting at Whitman this season.
Two former Bay Area players are important components in the Whitworth College cause this season. They are:
Kyle (Marin Academy) Roach – six games/six starts, 34.8 minutes a contest alongside 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.o assists , while shooting 51%, 30% and 78%.
Kevin (College Park High/Diablo Valley College) Crosno – six games, zero starts, 17.8 minutes a contest alongside 6.7 points and 1.7 rebounds, while shooting 56%, 45% and 50%.
One former northern California talent is playing big for Chaminade University this season. He is:
Erik (Marysville High/Yuba College) Scheive – five games/five starts, 26.6 minutes a contest alongside 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds plus a team-leading six blocks, while shooting 50%, 46% and 77%.
Freshman James (Archbishop Riordan) Chun has yet to play this season and may be redshirting.
Monty Bowser: “I’ve received my first Division One offer from Cal State Northridge!”
Bowser is a 6-foot-5 2020 guard out of Bishop O’Dowd.
“Vallejo High boys basketball team looks to keep improving in 2018-19
Redhawks had first winning season last year since 2014″ Thomas Gase
1. Sheldon (29-6)
2. Grant (23-11)
3. Folsom (26-6)
4. Jesuit (22-8)
5. Capital Christian (22-9)
6. Sacramento (23-5)
7. Burbank (21-8)
8. Liberty Ranch (26-6)
9. Oak Ridge (17-13)
10. Monterey Trail (14-13)
11. West Campus (25-8)
12. Franklin (20-10)
13. Antelope (24-7)
14. Whitney (23-8)
15. Woodcreek (19-12)
16. Del Oro (18-10)
17. Placer (24-9)
18. Granite Bay (15-12)
19. Rocklin (14-15)
20. Davis (14-13)”
In the 66-60 UC Santa Cruz loss to Colorado College, 6-foot-4 senior Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard provided 26 points and eight rebounds.
6-foot-6 senior Andrew (Casa Grande High) Crain filled the stat sheet with 24 points, eight boards and four blocked shots as UC Santa Cruz downed Johnson & Wales 73-69.
Cuesta College bested Foothill College 89-85 with the Owls receiving an explosive 35 point performance from 6-foot-2 sophomore Jamar (Menlo-Atherton High) Gaddis who shot 10-18, 7-14 and 8-10.
City College San Francisco routed Contra Costa College 105-71 with 6-foot-7 freshman forward Walter (Clovis West High) Urbina’s 20 points leading the scoring.
Freshman guard Kai (Placer High) Huntsberry’s 18 points led San Diego City College to an 80-75 success against Cerritos College.
Freshman guard James (Salesian Prep) Akinjo led Georgetown with 19 points in the Hoya 88-78 victory over Liberty University. He shot 6-10, 3-5 and 4-5.
Breaking out of a season-long shooting slump, JoJo (Newark Memorial High) Zamora tallied 27 points on 9-10, 6-6 and 3-4 shooting in New Mexico State’s 100-65 beatdown of rival New Mexico.
Jordan (Folsom High) Ford shot well again — 23 points on 8-10, 3-5 and 4-6 accuracy — in the St. Mary’s 93-61 obliteration of Bethune-Cookman.
Sophomore guard Jade’ (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Smith has started all seven of Pepperdine’s games and is averaging 9.3 points while shooting 55%, 46% and 69%. He is also grabbing 5.1 rebounds a contest as well as 2.7 assists.
After six games and starts for California, freshman forward Andre (Lincoln High) Kelly is averaging 29 minutes a game, 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. Kelly is shooting 64% overall shooting, 70% at the foul line and has yet to take a three-pointer.
Also after six games/starts and 34.7 minutes an outing, junior guard Paris (Bishop O’Dowd/Boise State) Austin is averaging 15.0 points alongside a 24/12 assist-to-turnover numbers for California. He is shooting 49% overall, 33% on nine trey attempts and 65% on free throws.
Junior guard Eddie (Archbishop Riordan/City College San Francisco) Stansberry has played in each of Hawaii’s eight games and is averaging 22.5 minutes per night and 11.0 points while shooting 37% overall, 37% on 62 three-point attempts and 5-8 from the charity stripe.
Gavilan College 97, College of Alameda 56 full box
UC San Diego 72, Cal State Monterey Bay 61 full box Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen’s 23 points and eight boards in 26 minutes led the victorious Southlanders. For the Otters, Joseph (Red Bluff High/Simpson University) Bosetti countered with 22 and seven in 29 minutes.
Monterey Peninsula College 70, Cypress College 57 MPC box Talili (Kimball High) Leaea provided 16 points, 10 boards and six blocked shots for the Lobos.
USF 76, Stephen F. Austin 58 as Jordan (De La Salle) Ratinho led the Dons with 19 points and Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari totaled nine assists in a matchup played in Belfast.
Las Positas College 98, College of the Siskiyous 65 full box Freshman Michael (West High) Hayes produced 29 points on 10-13, 1-1, 8-8 shooting for LPC.
Gavilan College 64, Irvine Valley College 54 Gavilan box
Monterey Peninsula College 72, Solano College 48 MPC box
Yuba College 86, DeAnza College 73 DeAnza box
In Belfast, Buffalo edged USF 85-81 as Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari produced team highs of 19 points, six boards and four steals.
Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine boards as San Diego defeated Long Beach State 74-70. For the Beach, Temidayo (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Yussef scored 28 points in 26 minutes on 10-13 overall shooting and 8-10 at the foul line.
Sacramento State had no trouble with Cal State Northridge in winning 88-68.
Jesse (Drake High) Hunt provided 26 points plus 10 boards but Eastern Washington still fell 88-68 to Seattle.
Powered by Andrew (Hamilton High/Butte College) Whitsett’s 21 point, 10 rebound double-double, Cal State Dominguez Hills edged Cal State Monterey Bay 86-84. Jahvon (Clovis North High) Johnson scored 23 points for the Otters.
Propelled by 25 points from Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan and Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum’s 24, Pomona-Pitzer topped Alma 88-76. Elan added eight rebounds, five assists and zero turnovers while Rosenbaum contributed 10 rebounds.
Coach Andrew Jones: “Sac City beat Las Positas 90-86 to win the James Clark Classic at CRC. Kyle Williams (21 pts, 12/12 FT) was the tourney MVP. Greg Milton III played all 40 minutes and scored 23. Tabarri Pope was all tourney and had 16 pts & 13 reb. Mason Johnson added 13 pts & 8 reb.”
Trey (Harbor High/West Valley College) Whitley’s team-bests 18 points and five assists buttressed by Avery Edwards’ 17 points and 11 boards powered Cabrillo College to a 60-53 defeat of Cuesta College.
Chabot College handled College of Marin 77-64 behind 20 points and 16 boards from freshman Jabari (Sacramento High) Sweet.
Gavilan College MBB: “ATTN 4-Year Programs Looking for a pure, pass first PG? At 6’0”, true FR Patrick Fisher (Bloomington, IL) is leading the way for 3rd ranked GavilanMBB. P is averaging 8.1 APG (#1 CA) and 0.7 TO/G. 54:5 A:TO ratio!”
Salazar will be at Pacific next season.
Juco Recruiting: “James Reese (6’4, SG, 2019) of Odessa has been offered by Pacific”
He also holds offers from Buffalo, USC Upstate, Jacksonville State, Mercer, Robert Morris and Louisiana-Monroe.
Verbal Commits: “2020 Sheldon (CA) G Marcus Bagley has received an offer from Portland.”
“THE PRECARIOUS PERCH OF NBA BROADCASTERS
Local team analysts have long tried to straddle the line between cheerleader and critic, but as Bruce Bowen and an increasing number of veterans behind the mic are finding out, speaking your mind nowadays can kill your career” Leo Sepkowitz
David Patrick is a former St. Mary’s assistant coach.
Contra Costa College 89, Diablo Valley College 85
Sayeed El Cerrito High) Pridgett scored a team best 23 points and also led with five steals but Montana fell to Creighton 98-72.
Jordan (Folsom High) Ford finally got back on it with a sharp-shooting 30 points (10-16, 1-2, 9-12) but host St. Mary’s lost to UC Irvine 80-75.
In Georgetown’s 90-82 win over Richmond, James (Salesian Prep) Akinjo tallied 13 points plus six assists for the victors while Jake (Bellarmine Prep) Wojcik finished with 20 points, shooting 6-11 from three-point range, for the Spiders.
Canada College 78, DeAnza 68 box
Cabrillo College 84, Ohlone College 53 box
American River College 64, Chabot College 59 box
Behind De’jon (Oakland Tech) Davis’ 23 point, 13 rebound double-double, Cal Baptist defeated UC Riverside 80-70. The 6-foot-7 junior shot 7-10, 2-2 and 7-7.
Santa Rosa Junior College handled Los Medanos College 93-73 thanks in a big part to 36 points from sophomore Skylar (Drake High) Chavez.
San Francisco State (4-1/1-0 CCAA) boasts the top-rated scoring defense in the West Region, allowing just 58.8 points per game, which is also eighth lowest in NCAA Division II. The team’s 35.8 field goal percentage defense is seventh. San Francisco State is averaging 11 steals per game, which is 10th best in the nation.
UC Merced Men’s Basketball: “We play D. We are currently ranked No. 1 in the @NAIA DII in both scoring defense per game (63.2) and field goal pct. defense (36%). If you didn’t know, now you know.”
In seven games for 6-1 Cincinnati, freshman guard Logan (St. Francis) Johnson is averaging 13.6 minutes, 3.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He is shooting 50%, 25% and 75%.
For 2-5 Richmond, freshman guard Jake (Bellarmine Prep) Wojcik has started all seven games and is averaging 32.1 minutes, 9.1 points and 3.4 rebounds alongside 13 assists and a team-high 15 steals. He is shooting 36% overall, 38% from long distance and 89% at the foul line. 42 of his total of 56 shots have been three-point attempts.
Erik Haslam: “The San Francisco Dons are the proverbial fly in the ointment in our rankings right now. Have not faced stellar competition, but unbeaten at 6-0 with four wins by 30+ points. Will be interesting to see how long they hang around the upper echelon of teams.”
Central College 105, Grinnell 96 – zero three-point attempts for Central, 89 trey attempts for Grinnell.
Jayce McCain: “For those that do not know, I am not playing this season due to medical reasons. I know that God has a plan for me even if it doesn’t involve basketball in the future”
Out of Folsom High, McCain is with Cal State San Marcos.
“Basketball secondary: Ohlone Treats Butte to Special Night
Ohlone donates $1,500 to help students, faculty affected by catastrophic Camp Fire; gives visiting (Butte) Roadrunners goodie bags, dinner” Matt Schwab
DII West Region Men’s Basketball Media Poll sponsored by D2SIDA
On Friday, 5-foot-11 sophomore Darne (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Duckett led with 20 points as Whitman topped Clarement Mudd Scripps 84-75.
On Friday, Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard of host UC Santa Cruz posted a 24 point, 17 rebound double-double in the Slugs’ 70-57 victory over La Verne.
Then in a Saturday 80-77 win over Colby, Sam Gabbard doubled up again with 21 points plus 10 boards as well as five assists.
“Look Out, Rims! Michael Hayes Is On The Rise At Las Positas
Impressive Hawks freshman gained acclaim at West High in Tracy for backboard-breaking jam” Mike Wood
Jake Weingarten: “Memphis, Nevada, and Kentucky have been named the front runners for 2020 five-star Kyree Walker, source told Stockrisers.”
Walker is at Hillcrest Prep this season and recently rescinded a verbal to Arizona State.
Robert Heusel: “Former @fcb_basketball – guard Jared Cunningham is returning to Europe! He will sign with @EuroCup – Team Germani Brescia, 11th ranked team in Italy, until the end of the season.”
In five games thus far for Nevada, 6-foot-10 freshman Jordan Brown is averaging 8.4 points plus 4.6 rebounds in just under 18 minutes a game. Brown is shooting 57% overall, 0-1 from long distance and 53% at the foul line. He has blocked four shots.
“MSUDenverMBB: McIntosh’s Return is Key for Roadrunners” Metro State athletics
A Kendall McIntosh feature.
Northern Arizona Suns: “Eric Stuteville doesn’t miss very often this season, he’s 33-of-47 (.702) from the field, the sixth best shooting percentage in the @nbagleague (min. 3 GP)”
The 6-foot-11 Stuteville played at Sacramento State and Casa Roble High.
Game 1: Sacred Heart Cathedral 57, Stuart Hall 48. Player of the game: Oscar Cheng from SHC (19 pts/8 rebs).
Game 2: James Logan 69, Campolindo 64. Player of the game: Brett Thompson from James Logan (20 pts/4 Rebs).
Game 3: Dublin 73, Riordan 69. Player of the game: Elijah Alonso from Dublin (24 pts).
Game 4: Newark Memorial 77, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 64. Player of the game: Isaiah Cabrera from Newark Memorial (29 pts/7 reb/5 asst.
Game 5: Moreau Catholic 60, Capital Christian 46. Player of the game: Leonard Turner from Moreau Catholic (15 pts/4 reb).
Game 6: Bishop O’Dowd 60, Grant 58. Player of the game: Monty Bowser from Bishop O’Dowd (21 pts/13 Rebs).
Game 7: Sheldon 89, St. Bernard 66. Player of the game: Marcus Bagley from Sheldon (19 pts/7 reb).
Game 8: Santa Margarita 72, Modesto Christian 66. Player of the game: Jake Kyman from Santa Margarita (23 pts/11 Rebs).
Out of Lick-Wilmerding, Elan also contributed six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Joey (Acalanes High) Hewitt scored 28 points for Whitman.
Marcus (San Diego) Graves produced 22 points, 12 boards and eight assists in Sacramento State’s 87-82 overtime victory against Cal State Fullerton.
“James Akinjo made four straight free throws in the last 12 seconds to cool off a suddenly red-hot Campbell team and preserve Georgetown’s 93-85 win…” Akinjo finished with 17 points.
“De’Jon (Oakland Tech) Davis scored 26 points and brought down 11 rebounds in Cal Baptist’s 86-84 loss to Howard University.
Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari totaled 19 points and seven assists in San Francisco’s 84-65 victory over Dartmouth.
Michael (James Logan High/CCSF) Steadman went for a 21 point, 11 board double-double in San Jose State University’s 71-63 crosstown loss to Santa Clara.
Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen played big once again with 22 points, 14 boards and three blocked shots as UC San Diego topped Chico State 84-68.
Jason Damjanovic: “Hard fought 86-84 WIN for the De Anza Dons tonight. De Anza was led by Ajay Singh, 26 points and 9 rebounds. The Dons move to 3-1 on the season and still lead the State in scoring at 93.5 points per game…” Box
Ibn (Taft High) Zaid totaled 15 points and six rebounds in Gavilan College’s 78-71 win over Sierra College.
Spencer (Utah) Conrad blitzed the stat book with 23 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in Hartnell College’s 85-82 success versus Merced College.
Despite 26 points and 12 boards from Eric (Inglewood High) Boose, Butte College fell 76-61 to Contra Costa College.
Fresno City College hosted and defeated Cabrillo College 87-59 as sophomore guard Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer produced 10 assists in 20 minutes for the Rams.
In San Diego City College’s 68-64 win over Santiago Canyon, freshman guard Kai (Placer High) Huntsberry totaled seven points, seven rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in 26 minutes for the victors.
Host San Francisco State edged Cal State Monterey Bay 78-76 as Kenny (Ponderosa High/Lassen College) Macklin led with 18 points and Gator teammate Chiefy (Archbishop Riordan) Ugbaja totaled 14 points plus 12 rebounds. Charlie (Granite Bay High/Nevada) Tooley paced the Otters with 24 points.
After five games for New Mexico State, 6-foot-1 Terrell (Moreau High/San Jose State University/CCSF) Brown is averaging 13.0 points per game on 41%, 48% and 72% accuracy. His long-distance shooting is excellent thus far although he needs to pick it up elsewhere on the floor. 25 of his 39 shots have been from three-point range.
Teammate and senior JoJo (Newark Memorial High/Yuba College/Utah) Zamora is scoring 6.4 points a night with a requirement of upgrading his 33%, 13% and 67% marksmanship.
Las Positas 6-foot-4 freshman Michael (Tracy Hall) Hayes has started the season bigtime averaging 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the undefeated Hawks. He is also putting up 3.3 assists and 3.8 steals a night.
His LPC teammate, 6-foot-1 sophomore John (Freedom High) Ketchel, is averaging 10.0 points a contest on 48%, 40% and 86% shooting plus 4.3 assists a matchup.
College of Marin’s 6-foot-4 sophomore Eric (Albany High) Mireri is en fuego thgis season as his 15.3 points a game on 47%, 55% and 100% shooting attests. Plus he is contributing 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists each time out.
6-foot-5 Skylar (Drake High) Chavez of Santa Rosa Junior College is pouring in 25.7 points a contest on 49%, 39% and 82% shooting as well as a team-best 7.5 boards.
Fellow soph 6-foot-1 Ryan (Petaluma High) Perez is also contributing a solid 14.7 points a night on excellent 46%, 45% and 83% marksmanship.
After five games for Foothill College, 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Jamar (Menlo-Atherton High) Gaddis is averaging 18.8 points a game on on 46%, 43% and 69% shooting. Add 4.0 boards and 2.0 assists to his daily output.
On Monday in Las Vegas, upstart Utah State bopped St. Mary’s 80-63 as Jordan (Folsom High) Ford had an off-night shooting (4-15 overall) and no other Gael filled the need. The Moraga bunch were credited with but eight assists.
Then on Wednesday again in Sin City, Mississippi State downed Coach Randy Bennett’s crew 61-57 as Ford shot 10-25 overall on his way to 23 points. St. Mary’s again earned just eight assists.
On Tuesday, host San Diego bested Colorado 70-64 powered by 27 points plus five rebounds from Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro.
On Tuesday, Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen’s 29 points and 11 boards (in 28 minutes) carried UC San Diego to a 97-63 victory against Cal State San Bernardino in La Jolla. He shot 6-11 from three-point range.
On Tuesday, Eric (Inglewood High) Boose provided 32 points and 12 rebounds alongside teammate Noah (Corning High) Zoppi’s 17 and nine as Butte College topped host Ohlone College 86-81.
On Tuesday, Lassen College won 89-75 over visiting College of Marin as 6-foot-2 sophomore Theo Howard II, out of Detroit, scored 40 points on 15-26, 2-5, 8-11 shooting.
On Wednesday in The City, Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari and Jamaree (Palma High) Bouyea each scored 14 points in leading USF to a 61-57 victory over Harvard.
On Wednesday: “Vikings Rally Falls Just Short Against Top-Ranked Rams” – West Valley College athletics Devante (TX) Johnson led WVC with 20 points and six steals.
On Wednesday, host Chabot College handled College of the Sequoias 73-59. Akili (Sacramento High) Daniels led the victors with 27 points with teammate Jordan (James Logan High) McGlory posting a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double.
On Wednesday, Cañada College edged College of Alameda 85-82 behind a 23 point effort by Kaden (Chico High) Bradley.
On Thursday, Damari Milstead scored 21 points in 25 minutes although Grand Canyon University fell 82-75 to Seton Hall.
In five games thus far this season for Cal State East Bay, 6-foot-5 junior Ant (San Lorenzo High/Cañada College) Navarette is averaging an impressive 14.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He is shooting 61% overall.
Percy Allen: “@UW_MBB freshman guard Elijah (Bishop O’Dowd) Hardy fractured his left hand and will be out about 6 weeks. The injury will not require surgery.”
The 2018-19 UC Riverside roster contains freshman Kendall (Bellarmine Prep) Stubblefield and redshirt sophomore guard Mateen (The Bentley School) Hirbod, a transfer from Houston.
Longtime Cabrillo College Coach Tony Marcopulos has temporarily stepped aside and Assistant Coach James Page will be heading the Seahawks program for the near future and likely the season.
A preview of prep basketball up Sonoma way authored by Mike Baribault.
Simply Basketball previews the 12th Annual NorCal Tip-Off Classic.
Jared (Palo Alto) Wulbrun buried five treys and totaled 15 points in Cal Lutheran’s 85-81 victory last Saturday over Linfield. Dempsey (Redwood High) Roggenburk totaled 16 points for the latter.
Despite 34 points, 12 boards and six assists from Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard, UC Santa Cruz fell 112-109 to Pacific (OR) on Sunday. Teammate Will (Casa Grande High) Crain contributed 19 points, six boards and six blocked shots.
Jesse (Drake High) Hunt’s 32 points, 12 rebounds and four assists powered Eastern Washington to an 87-80 win over UM Kansas City on Saturday.
The former Palo Alto High talent is back on the court and doing well playing for his father.
“Assistant Coach In-Game Responsibilities” University of West Florida Assistant Men’s Coach Brian Benator
Informative look here.
“‘We don’t win the national title without Marvin Webster’
Life and career of Morgan State star will now be immortalized in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame” Jerry Bembry
Wonderful backstory on Webster — “The Human Eraser” — entering the college Hall of Fame