by Kevin McCarthy
Starting May 1, 2018, we will intermittently post player, team and coach feature articles in this Daily Dose area.
Now Noah Baumann, junior-to-be shooting guard from Arizona, is leaving the San Jose State University basketball program. Already the school record holder for most threes made in a season, he was second in scoring this past season at 10.8 points per game. Combine Baumann’s departure with the earlier one of Michael Steadman and replicating this season’s 4-27, 1-17 record will be a major challenge. For the record, the Spartans also finished 4-26, 1-17 last season in the Mountain West Conference, Coach Jean Prioleau’s first at the helm. He signed a five year contract in August 2017.
If a coaching change isn’t made, it will be telling every Spartan fan that SJSU is forgetting about next year altogether.
Daily Dirt: “UMKC has been moving quickly with their search. I have heard that Nevada special assistant (and former San Francisco and Florida Atlantic head coach) Rex Walters is in the mix here as well as a big-time D2 head coach. This has already been narrowed down to a very small group (DHR running the search)…”
CCSF Men’s Basketball: “Sophomore guard Austin McCullough has received an offer from Campbell.” The Fighting Camels are members of the Big South Conference and finished 20-13 this season.
Verbal Commits D2: “Chico State, Regis and Texas A&M–Commerce offered 2019 Saint Joseph Notre Dame (CA) G Julian Vaughns.”
Jesús Cano: “Just got hit with some news. Hari Brown has been named the new Pittsburg varsity boys basketball head coach. Brown also serves as a math teacher at Pittsburg. He says he plans on raising the athletic and academic standards within the program.”
Brandon Cole: “I would like to welcome Josiah James @josiahDjames of Hanford West to the @YBA916 17u family. Averaging 21, 10 and 4 his jr year while being 1st team all league, Josiah is one of the most well rounded players on the team. He will have a huge impact on both ends of the court!”
Brandon Cole: “Next I’d like to introduce Jake Fink of @Whitney_Bball to our @YBA916 17u family! He is a 6’5 knock down shooter with NBA range. High academic kid with a great family. Coaches do NOT recruit this kid late. He WILL blow up during this season!”
Brandon Cole: “YBA ELITE 17u would like to welcome pg Jalen Patterson @jalen_yt of @_Hawk_Hoops to the family! Averaged 23, 6 and 5 as a Jr. MVP of his league while eclipsing over 2000 points in his career! All state as a Sophomore. This will be a huge spring and summer for him!”
6-foot-4 freshman Adam (Ponderosa High) Orr is leaving Metro State:
The CCCAA Final Four community college results for Saturday:
San Francisco City College 82, Citrus College 76 OT—It took a few extra minutes to decide this one as Malcolm Johnson led a furious comeback for the Rams with 15 points and 12 boards plus three steals.
Fullerton College 58, Fresno City College 49—Fresno City didn’t score until six plus minutes into the contest and Fullerton never allowed the Rams to get closer than a six point deficit.
On Sunday, Fullerton College won the state championship 85-79 over City College of San Francisco by jumping out to an early lead and maintaining it throughout the game. Freshman guard Dale (Sheldon High) Currie led the Rams with both 21 points and five assists, and added seven boards. Teammate Malcolm Johnson provided 13, 11 and four. For the Hornets, Lance (St. Mary’s High-Stockton) Coleman II scored 18 points (11-12 at the foul line) alongside nine rebounds and earned tournament most valuable player honors..
Malcolm Johnson – CCSF / Skylar Chavez – SRJC
Northern CA Coach of the Year – Justin Labagh CCSF
First Team All State Selections – Northern CA
Honorable Mention – Northern CA
Fullerton’s Lance Coleman II, out of St. Mary’s High in Stockton, also earned State Player of the Year honors for the Southland.
Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson dominated with 35 points and added nine boards plus four assists as Grand Canyon University turned back Utah Valley University 78-74 in a Western Athletic Conference semi-final contest.
Terrell (Moreau Catholic/City College San Francisco) Brown scored 19 points as New Mexico State downed UT Rio Grande Valley 79-72 in a Western Athletic Conference semi-finals pairing.
UC San Diego bested Cal Poly Pomona 61-50 in a NCAA West Regional quarterfinal matchup on Friday. Freshman Tyrell (Woodcreek High) Roberts led the Tritons with 24 points.
Luke (Drake High/College of Marin) Chavez totaled 18 points plus eight boards and BJ (St. Patrick-St. Vincent) Standley tallied 13 points as Saint Martin’s University bested Concordia (Irvine) 63-60 a NCAA West Regional quarterfinal pairing.
BJ (St. Patrick-St. Vincent) Standley led with 18 points as Saint Martin’s University topped Seattle Pacific 67-63.
Freshman guard Logan (St. Francis High) Johnson will be in his initial Big Dance as #7 Cincinnati won the American Athletic Conference tourney and plays #10 Iowa.
Senior frontcourter Jonathan (Salesian Prep) Galloway and UC Irvine #13 go up against #4 Kansas State in San Jose on Friday.
#11 St. Mary’s and junior guard Jordan (Folsom High) Ford face off with #6 Villanova.
Sophomore forward Kenny (Manteca High) Wooten and #12 Oregon will take to the floor versus #5 Wisconsin.
In a battle of acronyms, #9 UCF and junior Aubrey (Palo Alto High) Dawkins will challenge #8 VCU.
#5 Auburn will lace ’em up with New Mexico State and the latter features senior guard JoJo (Newark Memorial High) Zamora plus junior backcourter Terrell (Moreau Catholic) Brown.
Frosh guard Elijah (Bishop O’Dowd) Hardy and will enter his first NCAA tournament as #9 Washington matches up with #8 Utah State.
#2 Michigan will be challenged by #15 Montana and junior Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett plus sophomore Timmy (Dublin High) Falls.
#7 Nevada, featuring freshman big Jordan (Prolific Prep) Brown and senior guard David (Bella Vista High) Cunningham, will challenge #10 Florida.
Verbal Commits: “San Jose State C Michael Steadman (JR) is leaving the program.”
That means the Spartans are losing their top producer in scoring (13.2) and rebounding (8.5). Steadman will sit out next season (wherever he lands) and have one year of eligibility remaining.
From Andrew Doughty’s “9 Candidates to Replace Ernie Kent at Washington State” comes: “… Also keep an eye on … several mid-major head coaches: Travis DeCuire (Montana), Craig Smith (Utah State), Russell Turner (UC Irvine), Leon Rice (Boise State), Kyle Smith (San Francisco).
Citrus College 70, College of the Sequoias 59—Citrus was consistent with 35 points in each half and took down Sequoias in the quarterfinals opener of the CCCAA tournament played at Ventura College. Coach Rusty Smith’s Visalia-based squad shot 44%, 46% and 70% but took 10 less overall attempts plus 16 less three-point tries than the victors. One critical differential: Citrus finished as a plus 7 in made treys.
Brian Mellblom, CCCSIA contributor
“COS men’s basketball season ends in Ventura” Nick Giannandrea
Fresno City College 68, Chaffey College 56— Frontcourter Ethan (Madera High) Richardson played extra large with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulldogs jumped out early on Chaffey to win 68-56. FCC shot 50% to just 33% for the Southlanders.
“Fresno City starts fast, withstands Chaffey challenge to punch ticket to CCCAA Semifinals, 68-56” Brian Mellblom, CCCSIA contributor
City College San Francisco 67, Santa Monica College 63—After a 42-41 first half Santa Monica lead, City College came back to take the game with a 26-21 second 20 minutes as Austin McCullough’s 21 points led the victors and teammate Dale (Sheldon High) Currie provided 12 points, six boards and three steals. The Rams garnered 43 free throw attempts, making 25 and SMC committed 23 turnovers, 17 by its starting five.
“Defending champion San Francisco rallies to avoid upset to Santa Monica, 67-63” Brian Mellblom, CCCSIA contributor
Fullerton College 71, Santa Rosa Junior College 68
Lance (St. Mary’s High-Stockton) Coleman II provided 31 points (but shot 10-25) plus 13 boards as the Orange County-ites pulled it out at the end to move into the semi-finals. Skylar (Drake High) Chavez totaled 28 points plus nine rebounds for the Bear Cubs and teammate Ryan (Petaluma High) Perez contributed 17 points. Fullerton shot just 34.8% (23-66) overall and 13-40 from long distance.
“Fullerton avoids Santa Rosa’s upset bid, 71-68, to join other top seeds in CCCAA Men’s Basketball Championship semis” Brian Mellblom, CCCSIA contributor
“SRJC men fall just short, 71-68, as playoff run ends” Albert Gregory
Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson exploded for 31 points as Grand Canyon University bested Seattle University 84-75. Johnson also grabbed seven rebounds. Utah Valley University is next in a Western Athletic Conference semi-final pairing.
Hoop Dirt: “There have been at least five interviews held in Las Vegas so far for the vacant job at Cal Poly.
The names that I’ve heard are: Gus Argenal (assistant coach Nevada), Tarvish Felton (assistant coach Fresno State), and Danny Yoshikawa (assistant coach St. Mary’s). I can also confirm that a PAC-12 assistant has interviewed, as well as an assistant from a high-academic school. More on this one as I hear it.”
Simpson University Men’s Basketball: “Excited to announce the Commitment of 5’11 PG Christian Alvis from @ccfalcon Christian was a big part of the Falcons final 4 run last year! Welcome to the @GoRedHawks family Christian!”
He is a sophomore at Cerritos College.
JUCO Recruiting: “Broc Finstuen (6’4, G, 2019) of Casper College has received an offer from Pacific.”
He averaged 13.1 points, 6.7 boards and 3.8 assists this season while shooting 57%, 41% and 76%.
Lakeshow Hoops: “Congrats to Sheldon 6’8 Senior Brennen Newsom (@BrennenNewsom) offer from Lewis & Clark State…”
Kyle Roach with all-Region honors: “Roach, a two-time first team All-Northwest Conference selection and the 2018 NWC Player of the Year, garnered all-region recognition for the second year in a row. He was a first team all-region honoree in 2018. The senior wing from Marinwood, California concluded his Pirate career with 1,654 points, the fifth highest total in Whitworth men’s basketball history. Roach averaged 18.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game during the 2018-19 season. He scored a season-high 38 points in his final game as a Pirate during the NWC Tournament final at Whitman and he had 35 in the victory over George Fox on February 9th. Roach was an NABC Division III All-American in 2018.”
“Why students are banned from Los Gatos vs. Palo Alto sports contests
The high schools are longtime rivals in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s De Anza Division” Darren Sabedra/Phil Jensen
As voted on by the head coaches, the Mountain West Conference just announced its individual awards in addition to First Team, Second Team, Third Team, Honorable Mention and All Defense selections, 33 in total. San Jose State University did not have a single player honored.
Most Valuable Player: Skylar Chavez, Santa Rosa Junior College—27.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 52.9 %, 39.4% and 86.7 shooting
All State North
Upset of the Season!!! On a night where Jordan (Folsom High) Ford shot 1-6 from long distance and 5-14 overall plus Malik Fitts played only 12 minutes due to early foul trouble, St. Mary’s shuts down Gonzaga 60-47 and earns a Big Dance bid. The Zags shot 18-48 on the game, just 2-17 from beyond the arc and their starting backcourt went 5-25 from the floor. 6-foot-8 Rui Hachimura, the West Coast Conference Most Valuable Player, took just six shots.
Earlier in the tourney:
St. Mary’s 69, San Diego 62—On Monday, Jordan (Folsom High) Ford provided 21 points in aiding the Gaels victory over San Diego in a West Coast Conference semi-final pairing. Isaiah (Placer High/Sierra College) Pineiro provided 16 points and seven rebounds. Each team remarkably earned just four assists. game report
“Cal Poly Search update” Key paragraph: “…Some of the names that I have heard surrounding this one are Stanford associate head coach Adam Cohen, Nevada assistant coach Gus Argenal, UCSB assistant coach John Rille, Drexel assistant Paul Fortier, and at least two other big-time PAC-12 assistant coaches…”
“Eight games, eight survivors and the field is set for the 2019 CCCAA Men’s Basketball State Championship Tournament, set for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (Mar 14, 16-17) at Ventura. Play will begin with quarterfinal matchups on Thursday with the semifinals on Saturday and the championship on Sunday.
2019 CCCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
State Championship Schedule (Ventura)
Quarterfinals – Thu., Mar. 14
“COS on a roll heading into state championships” Nick Giannandrea
Endigo Coleman: “Blessed to have received an offer to continue my Basketball Career. Thank Coach Jensen for a great visit, I really enjoyed the school Whittier College…”
Coleman is a 6-foot-3 2019 combo guard out of Newark Memorial High and Team Arsenal. He also recently officially visited Fresno Pacific.
Hornet Hoops: “Lance Coleman has been offered by UT Rio Grand Valley.” UTRGV is a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Coleman is out of St. Mary’s High-Stockton.
Hornet Hoops: “Zeke Alley has been offered by Cal State Monterey Bay after visiting this past weekend” He is a 6-foot-1 guard out of Fullerton College.
Joe Davidson: “Josh Williams, one of region’s stellar people, coaches & champions, has stepped down as coach @_Hawk_Hoops – worn out & needing time w his young family.
Led 6 NorCal teams and won 174 games in 7 seasons w homegrown kids from Galt
Went 14-1 at home in @cifsjs & @CIFState playoffs”
After helping his team go on a 30-game winning streak to claim a section title, Weston Ranch’s Gavin Wilburn has been named the Valley Oak League MVP.
Cougars teammates Donjae Lindsay and Devin Small were also named to the VOL First Team. Other selections include Kimball’s Kai Ballungay and Manteca’s Jorge Cedano and Domonick Victor.”
In San Jose State University’s 121-81 loss to Fresno State, Michael (Logan High/CCSF) Steadman still showed up with 21 points and nine rebounds. Noah (Woodcreek High/Long Beach State) Blackwell scored 25 points (shooting 8-10, 7-8, 2-3) for the Bulldogs and dished out eight assists.
Bolstered by 25 points, five boards and five assists via James (Salesian Prep) Akinjo, Georgetown edged Marquette 86-84.
Receiving a near triple double — 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists — from Jesse (Drake High) Hunt, Eastern Washington nabbed an 80-77 road victory over Weber State.
New Mexico State topped Cal Baptist 75-63 despite the latter getting 18 points plus eight boards from De’jon (Oakland Tech) Davis.
Jonathan (Salesian Prep) Galloway scored but eight points (just five shot attempts) but contributed 11 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in UC Irvine’s 86-74 defeat of Cal State Northridge.
Isaiah (Placer High/Sierra College) Pineiro enjoyed a 27 points, 12 board double-double as San Diego blasted BYU in a West Coast Conference semifinal pairing 80-57.
Montana handled Sacramento State 86-68 with Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett going for 17 points, six rebounds and four assists and teammate Timmy (Dublin High) Falls providing 16 points, five assists and four steals. Joshua (Sierra High) Patton led the Hornets with 20 points and added six rebounds and three blocked shots.
Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson continued his scoring surge of late with 22 points but Grand Canyon fell 83-76 to Seattle.
In Hayward, UC San Diego captured the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament title with a 71-62 victory versus Cal Poly Pomona. For the victorious Tritons, Tyrell (Woodcreek High) Roberts totaled 17 points and teammate Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen posted a 13 point, 13 rebound double-double.
Host City College San Francisco 83, Cañada College 67
“CCSF Rams punch ticket to Ventura with 83-67 win over Cañada” Patrick Cochran
Host Fresno City College 81, Yuba College 72—Ethan (Madera High) Richardson shot 11-11 on his way to a team bests 24 points and nine boards and Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer finished with 21 points plus five assists. The Rams shot 56% overall and 8-18 from three-point range. FCC box
Appeal-Democrat: “The Yuba College basketball playoff run came to an end on Saturday night as the 49ers lost to Fresno City College by a final score of 81-72.
Despite the tough season ending loss, Brandon Recek tallied 18 points while league MVP Cornell Greenwood scored 16 points.
“It was a great season, I can’t complain when I have a team that wins 25 games,” said Yuba head coach Doug Cornelius.”
Santa Rosa Junior College 68, host Gavilan College 66—Skylar (Drake High) Chavez led the Rams victory with 27 points and seven boards as SRJC shot 50% overall although just 8-26 from long distance and 6-12 from the foul line. full box
Gavilan Men’s Basketball: “I. Zaid 24 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, D. Burgess 14 pts, 4 reb, X. Bowers 11 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast, 3 blk, P. Fisher 8 pts, 5 ast, 3 reb, 2 stl, D. Potts 6 pts, 17 reb, 6 ast”
College of the Sequoias 85, host San Joaquin Delta College 77
“Delta … men fall to Sequoias” Scott Niendorf
Campolindo 55, Colony 40—“Campolindo boys win first state championship
Baby Cougars get 19 points from both freshman Aidan Mahaney, sophomore Emmanuel Callas in D-II win” Darren Sabedra
“Campolindo rolls to Division II state championship” Ethan Kassel
Ribet 60, Immanuel 49—“Ribet rises late to top Immanuel” Ethan Kassel
Gerry Freitas: “After winning the Division IV state title Ribet Academy (first year) coach Reggie Howard was asked how you go from winning one game a year ago to a state championship. ‘We were able to go out and recruit some kids from all over the country. We were able to change things.'”
On Friday, William Jessup University defeated Vanguard 79-75 as Keith (Chabot College) Phillips led with 23 points and Teammate Tyas (Sheldon High/Humboldt State) Rattler Jr. contributed 18 in the Golden State Athletic Conference semi-final matchup.
On Saturday in the GSAC tournament final, The Master’s College downed William Jessup University 89-74. Keith (Chabot College) Phillips again came through with 19 points and 8 rebounds for WJU.
Jeff Goodman: “Underrated coaching job: Cal Baptist head coach and ex-St. Mary’s assistant Rick Croy has won 16 games in first season in transition to D-1 ranks. Cal Baptist, not eligible for WAC tourney due to transition, with 7 league wins heading into tomorrow’s game against New Mexico St.”
K.J. (Kennedy High/Sacramento City College) Duronslet earned First Team All Conference honors (his second such selection) and Derek (Redwood High/College of Marin) Morgan was awarded a spot on the league All-Academic team.
“Duronslet proved to be an all-around player for the Bulldogs as he posted 16.9 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game, and 62 assists. He logged 46 steals and 13 blocks and was third in the league in double-doubles with 11. Duronslet shot 54.3 percent from the field and was named the AAC Player of the Week three times.”
Morgan averaged 11.3 points per game.
6-foot-8 Jonathan (Heritage High) Ned is in his freshman season at Eastern Florida State and he is averaging 10.0 points, 4.8 boards and 1.1 assists while shooting 46%, 34% and 73%.
Gerry Freitas: “Nor Cal Spring Showcase is Sat-Sun March 30-31 at the new Cali Courts in Union City & other Bay Area sites. 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. email@example.com”
Big, big news:
Pacific Prep is his next hoops destination.
High School State Championship games
La Jolla Country Day 67, University 39—“University boys fall in Division III state title game to La Jolla Country Day” Ryan Gorcey
Foothill-Bakersfield 78, Mt. Shasta 66—“Foothill’s long road ends with second state title in program history” Trevor Horn
Chino Hills 69, James Logan 63—“James Logan’s rally falls short; Chino Hills repeats as state D-I champ In a foul-marred game, Logan cuts deficit to two in closing minutes but can’t get over the top” Darren Sabedra
“Boys BB: CIF Friday Finals” CalHiSports
Pepperdine 68, Loyola Marymount 65—Jade Smith provided 16 points, five rebounds and three assists for the victors who face USF on Saturday evening. full box
San Diego 62, Santa Clara 45—Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro posted a 15 point, nine rebound line as San Diego and the Southlanders now take on BYU on Saturday night. full box
UC San Diego 72, host Cal State East Bay 68—Juwan (Bishop O’Dowd) Anderson scored 23 points (5-7 shooting from long distance) and dished out six assists while teammate Ant (San Lorenzo High/Cañada College) Navarette contributed 19 (8-13 shooting). Tyrell (Woodcreek High) Roberts tallied 13 points and Chris Hansen grabbed 12 boards for the victorious Toreros who shot 14-31 on trey attempts. full box
Cal Poly Pomona 102, Cal State Los Angeles 99 four OTs—Phoenix (Vanden High) Shackelford totaled 18 points, three boards and three assists as CPP edged Cal State Los Angeles in Hayward. It’s UC San Diego versus Pomona tonight for the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship. full box
Dinos Trigonis: “Happy Birthday to Basketball Writers Hall of Famer FrankieBur ! Frank is the pioneer of prep hoops basketball coverage since the 1970’s & serves on the McDonald’s AA Game, NBPA Camp & PangosAACamp selection committees. Follow him on Twitter & at http://burlisononbasketball.com”
He’s also a nice human being, very down to earth and accessible. Hope many more birthdays come Frank’s way.
Nor Cal basketball figures earned three of the top four California Collegiate Athletic Association honors according to the league coaches:
2018-19 CCAA Men’s Basketball Awards
All-CCAA First Team
More (Second Team, Honorable Mention)
Kevin McPherson: “2019 junior college big man Shawn Stith (6-8, 255, power forward/center, Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, by way of Oakland, CA) has picked up a scholarship offer from Arkansas and is interested in the Hogs, his coach Andy Ground confirmed on Thursday.
“Shawn is very interested and waiting on (Arkansas) to set up a visit after (the Hogs’) season is over,” Ground said.
Arkansas associate head coach Melvin Watkins and assistant coach Scotty Thurman watched Stith play for the first time in person recently.
“Last week, they watched us play in the league championship,” Ground said. “Both (Watkins and Thurman) were at the game. Coach Thurman watched tape on him over the last two months.”
Stith, a sophomore who will have two years of playing eligibility at the NCAA Division 1 level beginning in 2019-20, has been recruited by a host of mid-major D1 schools in Long Beach State, Idaho, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Bakersfield, and Grand Canyon.
“(Stith) had a bunch that offered early but he did not take any visits,” Ground said. “He wanted to wait.”
Stith, a nimble-footed big who can play with his back to the basket and facing up, was recently named ’18-19 Orange Empire Conference Co-MVP. He averaged 15.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists for the Gauchos while shooting 61.4% from the field (including 28.6% from 3) and 77.7% free throws.”
Out of Fremont High in Oakland, Stith was the Orange Empire Conference Co-MVP this season.
Eastern Washington defeated Idaho State 91-62 as Jesse (Drake High) Hunt posted a 14 point, 16 rebound double-double.
Behind 16 boards (seven offensive) and 10 points from Joshua (Sierra High) Patton, Sacramento State edged Montana State 70-67.
Despite receiving 28 points from Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett, Montana fell 81-69 to Portland State.
Phil (Franklin High) Fayne finished with 17 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots as Illinois State topped Evansville 65-60.
Isaiah (Placer High/Sierra College) Pineiro’s 16 point, 10 rebound helped power San Diego to a 67-47 victory over Portland.
PacWest Conference Tournament
Erik (Marysville High/Yuba College) Scheive contributed 19 points plus five rebounds as Chaminade defeated Holy Names University 108-97 in a semi-finals matchup Thursday in San Rafael. full box
The California Collegiate Athletic Association Final Four is being held in Hayward and here are Friday’s pairings:
The Pioneers are the sole northern California team remaining but there are a number of Nor Cal talents sprinkled among the other teams.
“MUSTANGS AND GIANTS MEET IN SWEET 16” Signal The Light Basketball
“RAMS AND COLTS MEET FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON” Signal The Light Basketball
“FRESNO MEETS YUBA IN BATTLE OF CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS FOR PLACE IN VENTURA” Signal The Light Basketball
“Cañada one win from elite eight” Terry Bernal
High School State Championship Games (Sacramento)
Friday, March 8
12:00 p.m. Division V Boys – Mt. Shasta vs. Foothill, Bakersfield
4:00 p.m. Division III Boys – San Francisco University vs. La Jolla Country Day
8:00 p.m. Division I Boys – James Logan vs. Chino Hills
Saturday, March 9
12:00 p.m. Division IV Boys – Immanuel vs. Ribet Academy
4:00 p.m. Division II Boys – Campolindo vs. Colony
8:00 p.m. Open Division Boys – Sheldon vs. Sierra Canyon
Verbal Commits: “2019 Highland CC (IL) F/C Luka Barišić has received an offer from UC Davis”
Barisic is a 6-foot-9 sophomore out of Croatia and averaging 15.1 points per game. His best skill appears to be shooting the ball (53%, 40% and 77% accuracy). The Aggies need scoring out of the four and five spots.
“…Saint Martin’s saw its regular-season championship season rewarded with the selection of Alex Pribble as GNAC Coach of the Year…”
Pribble is out of Drake High and California. He’ll be back in California coaching collegiately sooner rather than later.
2018-19 GNAC MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Who’s in the running as a replacement? Watch for former UCLA assistant Scott Garson who is currently assisting Herb Sendek at Santa Clara.
“Exclusive: Wiretap reveals LSU coach Will Wade discussed recruiting ‘offer’ with hoops scandal middleman” Pat Forde, Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel
So what communication methods are now being employed to avoid FBI wiretap detection? It’s a whole different universe when the feds get involved.
Continuing in our series on community college teams enjoying somewhat surprising seasons: Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). How many teams are in the state playoffs this year with but three sophomores on their roster (Skylar Chavez, Ryan Perez and Jayson McMillan). Call the coaching 2018-19 performance of Craig McMillan one of his best yet and also credit SRJC assistants Ryan Cook, Jared Ames, George Alston, Maurice Thompson plus this season’s players.
Where do the Bear Cubs currently stand?
22-7 overall plus 12-4 in Big 8 Conference play. Regular season play included:
80.1 points per game, based on 47% overall shooting, 38% on treys (29.4 attempts a night) and 75% at the foul line plus 31.3 rebounds and 20.4 assists an outing. Opponents have shot 43% overall and 35% on long distance attempts in scoring 73.0 points. The Bear Cubs are underwater on the boards, compiling a minus 1.6 per contest — a remarkable stat for a team with a 22-7 record.
Almost half the SRJC shot attempts came from beyond the arc this season. The 38% three-point accuracy has mollified the board deficit to a degree.
The primary contributors:
Not to take away from the contributions of the others but this is Skylar Chavez’s team. He averages 27.8 points which is 34.7% of the Bear Cubs’ team total. Despite extra defensive attention with a ‘let the other Bear Cubs beat us’ focus, Chavez is shooting a remarkable 53% overall and 40% from long distance. Add in 6.8 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals.
6-foot-1 sophomore guard Ryan Perez checks in at 14.4 points on 43% over shooting and 40% from three-point range. Plus, he provides 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Another guard, 6-foot Nick Cole, is averaging 8.2 points and 5-foot-11 guard Atmar Mundu is at 8.0 points (49% and 44% shooting accuracy), 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists with a 2.9 assist-turnover ratio. 5-foot-10 Damian Wallace is bringing a very well-rounded 7.8 points plus 6.3 assists and 6.o boards a night. He sports an exceptional 4.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The SRJC success this season has taken place with 6-foot-7, 220 and 6-foot-6, 220 ‘bigs,’ one a freshman (At 6-foot-5, Chavez is the third tallest Bear Cub.) Consider that achievement.
McMillan is renowned for developing backcourters and this season is no different. After losing guards Cetrick Yeaney, Beau Keeve and Jordan Graves from last year’s squad, Cole, Mundu and Wallace stepped in to play integral roles right away and Ryan Perez became a double-digit scorer.
A major component of the SRJC game success is surrounding Chavez with at least a couple of double figure scorers. That happens more often than not albeit with different players each game.
Ball control is huge for the Bear Cubs with opponents nabbing just 4.5 steals per game for opponents plus SRJC committing just 10.0 turnovers. The team’s ball movement and unselfishness has resulted in a plus 8 assists per contest.
The Santa Rosa Junior College College roster:
“Forward Sam Gabbard was named as a Finalist for the Jostens Trophy, as announced by the Rotary Club of Salem on Friday.
The Jostens Trophy is awarded to the outstanding NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball players who excel on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. This season marks the 22nd presentation of the awards, with the inaugural trophies bestowed in 1998. Gabbard is the first UCSC athlete to be named a finalist.
“Sam is an incredibly deserving recipient to be named a finalist for the Jostens Award,” said head coach Ron Dubois. “Sam has been an amazing ambassador for UCSC, he has made an enormous impact and will leave a long lasting legacy. His willingness to put in the extra effort to get the desired results have been unmatched in my 20 plus years of coaching.
“Sam epitomizes the values of the scholar-athlete at the Division III level, he has achieved remarkable accomplishments as an athlete, as a student, and as a leader on campus.”
The 6-foot-4 Gabbard started every game this season. He led UCSC in points, rebounds assists and minutes. He was one of the national leader in double-doubles, points and rebounds as UCSC wrapped up their second straight winning season.
He played this year as a graduate student in computer science with his last year of eligibility.”
2018-19 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Major Individual Honors
Player of the Year: Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
Coach of the Year: Mark Few, Gonzaga
Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
Newcomer of the Year: Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
2018-19 All-WCC Men’s Basketball First Team
Name Yr. Pos. School
James Batemon Sr. G LMU
Yoeli Childs Jr. F BYU
Brandon Clarke Jr. F Gonzaga
Frankie Ferrari Sr. G San Francisco
Jordan Ford Jr. G Saint Mary’s
Rui Hachimura Jr. F Gonzaga
Zach Norvell Jr. So. G Gonzaga
Josh Perkins Sr. G Gonzaga
Isaiah Pineiro Sr. F San Diego
Colbey Ross So. G Pepperdine
2018-19 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Second Team
Name Yr. Pos. School
Tahj Eaddy So. G Santa Clara
Malik Fitts So. F Saint Mary’s
TJ Haws Jr. G BYU
Charles Minlend So. G San Francisco
Olin Carter III Sr. G San Diego
Host UC San Diego 98, Cal State San Bernardino 69 — Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen scored 17 points in 26 minutes, shooting 6-10, 2-4, 3-5, as the Toreros won both 20 minute session by double figures. box
Host Cal Poly Pomona 85, Humboldt State 67 — Jamarlin (Mendocino College) Jackson scored 14 points and Justin Buchanan High) Everett 13 as the Jacks fell in the Southland. box
Host Cal State East Bay 68, Cal State Dominguez Hills 54 — For the Pioneers, Nai (San Jose State University) Carlisle shot 9-14 on his way to 21 points, Juwan (Bishop O’Dowd) Anderson provided 14 points and Ant (San Lorenzo High/Cañada College) Navarette posted a 10 point, 10 rebound double-double. box
Cal State Los Angeles 81, host San Francisco State 76 OT — Jordan (Colfax High/Cal State East Bay) Balser led the Gators with 16 points. box
University 44, Monterey High 41
“Historical season comes to an end for Monterey” John Devine
CIF NorCal boys D1 champion James Logan High 54, Branson 49
Mitch Stephens: “Scoring: James Logan (54): Malcolm Steadman 17, Brahjon Thompson 15, Brett Thompson 14, Gabe Hawkins 6, Ryan Gutierrez 2. Branson (49): Viktor Rajkovic 20, Kwentyn Wiggins 14, Jacobsen 9, Keene 3, Prongos 3.”
“James Logan edges Branson for NorCal D-I title” Darren Sabedra
Campolindo High 59, Serra High 38 The Mahaney brothers combined for 34 points.
Sheldon High 57, Modesto Christian 48
Another Ferrari feature.
The same is applicable in hiring college basketball head coaches.
“RAMS AND BEARCUBS MEET FOR A SPOT IN VENTURA” Signal The Light Basketball
Will Freedman: “Congrats to sophomore Tarren Storey-Way on being named to the Golden Valley Conference All-Conference team. Tarren came in second in conference MVP voting and led the conference in scoring with 19.9 PPG.”
Will Freedman: “Congrats to freshman Alberto Ortega on being named to the Golden Valley Conference All-Defensive Team. Alberto’s responsibility of neutralizing the opposing team’s best facilitator. He embraced this role and was key to the team’s success all conference long.”
Will Freedman: “Congrats to sophomore Rikkert de Maertelaere on being named to the Golden Valley Conference Honorable Mention Team. Rikkert checked every statistical category each night and was essential for the Cougars finishing conference 7-0.”
Really liked the descriptions for the roles/dueties of Ortega and de Maertelaere — a nice touch.
Up in Moraga, Jordan (Folsom High) Ford scored 19 points and St. Mary’s was behind by just two at halftime to Gonzaga before the latter pulled away to a 69-55 victory. The Gaels earned just four assists on 23 buckets.
San Jose State University fell 84-56 to host San Diego State but the Spartans received a 12 point, 11 rebound effort from Michael (James Logan High/CCSF) Steadman plus 14 points and five assists from freshman guard Zach (Capital Christian High) Chappell.
Behind 20 points, five rebounds and three assists from Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett, host Montana took down Southern Utah 70-54.
Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson provided 19 points in Grand Canyon’s 73-69 success versus visiting Cal State Bakersfield.
“The No. 11 Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball team fell in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 2 Whitman 83-74 on Saturday night at the Sherwood Center.
The Sagehens were led by senior Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum who had a team-high 20 points in the loss. Rosenbaum ends his career as a Sagehen as the No. 2 on the All-Time scoring list with 1,744 points. Sophomore Alex Preston had 14 points going 7-8 from the field while junior James (Leland High) Kelbert came off of the bench with 13 points…”
With 26 points from Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen (plus 11 boards) and Tyrell ((Woodcreek High) Roberts’ 19, UC San Diego handled Cal State East Bay 79-57 in La Jolla. Juwan (Bishop O’Dowd) Anderson led CSEB with 18 points.
Host Cal State San Marcos topped Cal State Monterey Bay 90-84 despite the latter receiving 21 points in 19 minutes from Chris (Pioneer High/DeAnza College) Turner.
Jiday (Archbishop Riordan) Ugbaga led with 18 points as San Francisco State University edged host Humboldt State 71-67. Justin (Buchanan High) Everett’s 24 point, 12 rebound double-double paced HSU.
In a high-scoring pairing, visiting Sonoma State bested Chico State 98-88. Mason (Shasta High) Phillips shot 7-8 from long distance and finished with 28 points for the victors. Kevin (St. Mary’s High) Warren’s 20 points paced the Wildcats.
In Turlock, Rolaun (Riverbank High) Dunham’s 23 points carried Cal State Stanislaus to an 87-82 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Gavilan College 78, American River College 69 — Deion (McClymonds High) Ellis exploded for 29 points plus 10 boards for the host Rams while Daylon (Edison High) Potts provided his usual bounty with 12 boards, eight points and six assists. box
City College San Francisco used a 47-31 second 20 minutes to defeat visiting Cosumnes River College 91-72. Malcolm Johnson shot 9-11 and led with 18 points and teammate Jason Ricketts contributed 18 points. Ram box
Fresno City College 91, Sacramento City College 77 — Ethan (Madera High) Richardson powered for a game high 33 points and teammate Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer played extra large with 21 points and 12 assists. The score was 42 apiece at halftime. FCC box
Host San Joaquin Delta College 79, Butte College 56 “Mustang men defeat Butte in state playoffs” Kevin Niendorf/Stockton Record Spencer Montiero posted a 19 point, 10 rebound double-double with guard Jalen Valverde right behind with 18 markers.
Fullerton College turned away Allan Hancock College 68-59 as Lance (St. Mary’s High) Coleman II tallied 23 points for the victors. full box
“Campolindo squeaks past Grant in NorCal semifinal” Scott Giorgianni
“Branson boys basketball advances to NorCal finals” Marin Independent Journal
“Paly boys lose by 3” Palo Alto Online
Ethan Kassel provides the details on Mission’s loss despite 42 points from Ben Knight plus Lincoln High’s loss. It takes some scrolling down.
Up in Walla Walla, Pomona-Pitzer topped Texas-Dallas 58-37 as Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan posted a 13 point, 11 rebound double-double, Corbin (Sacred heart Prep) Koch scored 12 points and Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum went for 10 plus eight boards. game report
Powered by Joey (Acalanes High) Hewitt’s team highs of 24 points and seven rebounds plus 17 points from Darné (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Duckett, Whitman College defeated Texas Lutheran 102-79. game report
Skylar (Drake High) Chavez was prominent as usual with 27 points but 5-foot-11 Atmar (Washington High) Mundu provided 20 points and 5-foot-10 Damian (Cardinal Newman) Wallace contributed 18.
“Niners best Columbia College, 72-62” John Stevens
College of the Sequoias 94, Los Medanos College 76 — LMC led 54-40 after the initial 20 minutes but host Sequoias owned the second half 54-22. Raazhel (College Park High) Watkins paced Los Medanos with both 33 points and nine boards. full box
Jake: “2020 guard Lamont Butler will take an official visit to Saint Mary’s (CA) this weekend, will also officially visit Washington next week, his father told Stockrisers and Prep Hoops.”
He’s a heralded 6-foot-1 point out of SoCal.
“Butte’s Eric Boose named Golden Valley Conference MVP
Kehmarr McMillian, Noah Zoppi named to All-Golden Valley Conference team” Chico Enterprise-Record
Mike Baribault: “BREAKING NEWS: Casa Grande Head Boys basketball Coach Jake Lee has stepped down from his position, effective immediately.”
Joe Hoeup: “Not the way i wanted my career to end, but I gave everything to this program. I took pride to represent Hardin-Simmons Basketball with class because this program has given me everything. I came in as a boy and left as a man with my head held high. Much Love!”
Out of Elsie Allen High, the 6-foot-1 guard averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals this season while shooting 43%, 42% and 78%.
2019 Player of the Year – Miles Amos, senior, guard, Stuart Hall
Cañada College Men’s Basketball: “Congrats to sophomore Sean Orr on being named 1st Team All-Coast Conference North”
Cañada College Men’s Basketball: “Congrats to sophomore Kaden Bradley on being named 1st Team All-Coast Conference North”
John Bynum Jr: “Spencer Montiero (San Joaquin Delta) has been named Most Valuable Player in the Big 8 Conference. Montiero averaged 19.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in conference action for the Mustangs.”
John Bynum Jr: “Rich Ressa (San Joaquin Delta) has been named the Coach of the Year in the Big 8 Conference. The Mustangs went 22-6 and went 14-2 in conference action and earned a 4th seed in the NorCal Playoffs.”
John Bynum Jr: “Big 8 Conference 1st Team:
John Bynum Jr: “Cornell Greenwood (Yuba) has been named the Most Valuable Player in the Bay Valley Conference. Greenwood averaged 15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in conference action.”
John Bynum Jr: “Doug Cornelius (Yuba) has been named Coach of the Year in the Bay Valley Conference. Yuba went 24-4 and 15-1 in conference action.”
John Bynum Jr: “1st Team BVC:
John Bynum Jr: “1st Team Coast North Conference:
Allan Hancock’s Spirit Ricks was named a First Team Western State North honoree. The 6-foot-7 sophomore out of Patterson High earned the same honor last season. He averaged 11.5 points plus 6.2 rebounds in 2018-19 and shot 52%, 53% and 73%.
“De La Salle holds off Weston Ranch in Open clash” Darren Sabedra
“Young Archbishop Mitty schooled in Open Division quarterfinals
Modesto Christian easily beats a Mitty team that can look forward to all but two seniors returning next season” Mike Lefkow
Sacramento State topped Eastern Washington 59-56 as Hornet guard Marcus Graves nearly achieved a triple double with 19 points, 10 boards, nine assists, with three steals to boot. Jesse (Drake High) Hunt totaled 15 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shot for EWU.
Behind 28 points and 11 rebounds from Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro, visiting San Diego came from behind at the end in both the first 40 minutes and overtime to defeat USF 91-90.
San Francisco State edged host Chico State 74-70 as Jiday (Archbishop Riordan) Ugbaja led the victors with 21 points.
Ethan Kassel: “Final (2 OT): University 61, Mountain View 57
Just another OT thriller for the Devils at Kezar. They now have home court for any and all remaining NorCal games.” Max Fired grabbed 18 boards while scoring 15 points.
“Redwood eliminated by Monterey in thrilling quarterfinal
Giants, who led by 12 points in the third quarter, finish season with 24-9 record” Danny Schmidt
“O’Dowd defeats San Joaquin Memorial, moves on to D-I semifinals
Five-star recruit Jalen Green scores 19 points, but fouls out in O’Dowd’s Northern California quarterfinal victory” Phil Jensen
“O’Dowd quiets Green, heads to NorCal semifinal” Scott Giorgianni
“James Logan gets past Folsom, O’Dowd next” Darren Sabedra
Frank Knight: “#6 Moreau Catholic defeats #3 Clovis West tonight 84-79 to advance to the CIF D1 State Championship Semi-Finals. David Hector 21, Amil Fields 18, Max Anderson 18 and Leonard Turner 15.”
Harold Abend: “Final NorCal D1 Branson Bulls comes on in 4th to beat @SHCathletics 52-47 behind 35P/14R/3B by Victor Rajkovic”
“Tiny Branson ends Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Cinderella run” Mitch Stephens
Rick (Capital Christian High) Barros III has committed to Sacramento State.
“49ers to host Columbia College Friday” John Stevens
“Bisio named HC of Redwoods men’s hoops” Andrew Butler
Host Cosumnes River College bested Lassen College in overtime 108-104 as each starter for CRC finished in double figures: Marcus (Monterey Trail High) Robinson enjoyed 28 plus seven assists, Paul (Elk Grove High) Ohiri supplied 18 points and 15 boards, Drew (Cosumnes Oaks High) Buggs provided 16 points and Khari (Kennedy High) Hutt and Brandon (Cosumnes Oaks High) Gray with contributed 15 points apiece. Hutt also dished out seven assists. For LC, Tarren Storey-Way was enormous with 35 points and 14 boards and Alberto (Big Valley High) Ortega plus Jordan Mukenga scored 22 apiece. full box
“The West Valley basketball team’s season came to an end Wednesday on a rainy night in Sacramento. Sacramento City’s Greg (Cosumnes Oaks High) Milton poured in 39 points to lead the Panthers to a 74-51 win over the Vikings in the opening round of the CCCAA NorCal playoffs. A slow-paced first half – it was 10-9 Panthers with 8:43 left – ended with Sac City in front 32-21. Milton caught fire after the break, canning 25 points, including six treys. Devante Johnson closed out an illustrious Viking career with a team-high 13 points, while Ryan Hewitt finished with 12. West Valley finished the year 14-15 overall, 8-4 in the Coast-South Conference.” West Valley athletics
American River College 79, Merritt College 69
“CIF basketball: How Moreau survived in 2 OTs against Bellarmine
…Mariners advance to play No. 3 seed Clovis West in Division I quarterfinals Thursday” Darren Sabedra
“CIF basketball: Tuesday’s NorCal surprises, trends and more
…Jalen Green, a five-star recruit, scores 39 for San Joaquin Memorial against Dublin” Bay Area News Group
“CIF basketball: Bishop O’Dowd edges San Leandro in another close one” Phil Jensen
…William Chavarin free throws lift the Dragons into Division I quarterfinal against San Joaquin Memorial”
“Folsom slashes Riordan out of state tournament” Ryan Gorcey
James Giacomazzi: “2019 Coast North All-Conference selections for Las Positas College:
CCSF Men’s Basketball: “Congrats to sophomore Malcolm Johnson on being named #MVP of the Coast Conference North”
“Congrats to sophomore Deschon Winston on being named 1st Team All-Coast Conference North”
“Congrats to freshmen Quincy Urbina on being named 1st Team All-Coast Conference North”
“Congrats to freshmen Emeka Udenyi on being named 1st Team All-Coast Conference North”
“Congrats to sophomore Austin Harris on being named 2nd Team All-Coast Conference North”
Nicholas Podesta: “Central Valley Conference Awards: Georgie Dancer named Most Valuable Player, Ethan Richardson All-CVC First Team, Jared Small All-CVC First Team and Defensive Player of the Year. Sophomores Carl Snyder and Ian Miller both named All-CVC Defensive First Team.”
Gavilan College MBB: “2019 Coast South All-Conference selections for GavilanMBB:
• 1st Team – Daylon Potts
• 1st Team – Xander Bowers
• 1st Team – DJ Burgess
• 2nd Team – Ibn Zaid
• Honorable Mention – Patrick Fisher
• Coach of the Year – Dallas Jensen”
Chabot Men’s Basketball: “2019 Coast North All Conference Selections:
Skyline Basketball: “Congrats to freshman Masie Mohammadi @masiem23 (@PadreAthletics) for being named 1st Team All-Conf. He led @skylinembb in scoring, assists, & steals. Masie set ALL-TIME records at Skyline for most 3FG’s in a season(103) & in a game(8). He also ranks 20th ALL-TIME in pts scored in a single season”
“Congratulations to @SkylineMBB freshman Rodney Lawrence (@JeffersonHSDC) for being named 2nd Team All-Conference in NorCal’s top-ranked league. Rodney was the team’s 2nd leading scorer in conference at 11.1ppg. He also added 4.8 rpg and shot 52% from the field.”
John Bynum Jr: “Lance (St. Mary’s High-Stockton) Coleman (Fullerton) and Shawn (Fremont High) Stith (Saddleback) have been named Co-Most Valuable Players in the Orange Empire Conference.”
John Bynum Jr: “Trey Whitley “6-0” (soph) (Cabrillo) has been named the Most Valuable Player of the Coast South Conference. Whitley averaged 20.8 points and 4.4 assists in conference action and the sophomore shot 47% from downtown.”
Monterey Peninsula College Men’s Basketball: “Congratulations ￼ to Anthony Dennis named the Coast Conference first team for the MPC men’s basketball team. Dennis finished second in the conference in scoring (17.8)and second in rebounds (10.3), compiling 18 double-doubles.
Also, to Talili Leaea named to the Coast Conference second team for MPC, averaging 16.7 points and 9.3 rebounds and had 10 double-doubles.”
Jason Damjanovic: “CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING DE ANZA DONS ON BEING VOTED TO ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS THIS SEASON:
NVC Men’s Basketball: “Congratulations to Braxton (Fairfield High) Adderly for being named Bay Valley Conference All conference Honorable Mention!!! The FR PG averaged 10.3ppg 3.3rpg 2.8apg 1.1spg 42.5% fg 37.8%3fg 83.3% ft keep your eyes on this guy!
Diablo Valley College: “Sophomores Adeola Morren and Anthony Haskett were named to the Big 8 Conference All-Academic 1st Team. Both were outstanding players as well as students and set a great example for their teammates.
Morren has a 4.0GPA and has received many academic accolades in his tenure as a Vikings. This season for the Vikes, Morren played in 21 games, averaging 8.2 rebounds per game. Haskett averaged 12.6 points per game this season for the Vikes.
Darius Jackson was named to the Big 8 Conference Honorable Mention team. Jackson averaged 15.2 ppg for the Vikes this season 40.9% from the field and 32% from beyond the arch, while averaging 3.5 assists per game as well.
2018-19 Central Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Post Season Awards
COACH OF THE YEAR: Ed Madec, Fresno City
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Georgie Dancer, Fresno City, So., G
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jared Small, Fresno City, So., G
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Dominic King, Porterville, Fr., G
Georgie Dancer, Fresno City, So., G
Keshawn Gibbs, Sequoias, So., G
Ricardo Time, West Hills Coalinga, So., G/F
Yosnier Cobas, Columbia, So., F
Ethan Richardson, Fresno City, So., F
Tristan Forsyth, Sequoias, So., F/C
Alexander Stewart, Merced, Fr., G/F
Jared Small, Fresno City, So., G
Maurice Woods, Columbia, So., G
Jordan Pumphrey, Cerro Coso, Fr., F
Chris Roberson, Merced, So., F
Dominic King, Porterville, Fr., G
Ruben Parks, Reedley, So., G
Da’Morea Green, Porterville, So., F
Elijah Cardenas, Porterville, So., G
Colyn Waldron, Cerro Coso, Fr., G
Seth Coddington, Columbia, Fr., G
Landis Spivey, Columbia, Fr., G
Jared Small, Fresno City, So., G
Yosnier Cobas, Columbia, So., F
TJ Givance, Sequoias, So., F/C
Colyn Waldron, Cerro Coso, Fr., G
Chris Roberson, Merced, So., F
Seth Coddington, Columbia, Fr., G
Dominic King, Porterville, Fr., G
Carl Snyder, Fresno City, So., F
Ian Miller, Fresno City, So., G/F
Ricardo Time, West Hills Coalinga, So., G/F
Paul Clark Jr., Merced, So., F
Dominic King, Porterville, Fr., G
Eljay Gallegos, Fresno City, Fr., G
Seth Coddington, Columbia, Fr., G
Landis Spivey, Columbia, Fr., G
Alexander Stewart, Merced, Fr., G/F
Treager Wallace, Porterville, Fr., G
Tayshawun Bradford, Porterville, Fr., G
Jordan Pumphrey, Cerro Coso, Fr., F
Vernon Hardison, Cerro Coso, Fr., C
Isiah Thomas, Cerro Coso, Fr., G
Uriah Carter, Reedley, Fr., G
Continuing in our series on community college teams enjoying somewhat surprising seasons: Yuba College. The 49ers program would be lavishly worshipped if it were based in the Bay Area or possibly in Sacramento itself. Why? Try a third consecutive Bay Valley Conference title, 11 in 12 seasons in addition to a 180-17 league record since 2006-2007. Head Coach Doug Cornelius, Associate Head Coach Ken Griffin and their various crews through the years have also earned back-to-back entries into California state championship Elite 8’s and 6’s in the last 14 years.
Where do the 49ers currently stand?
Try 24-4. 15-1 with 13 victories in a row for the Bay Valley Conference winners.
The Ls: An 82-72 loss to Western Arizona in a CCSF tournament early in November, a 63-60 homecourt loss to Merritt, a four point loss at San Joaquin Delta College plus a four point fall to Copper Mountain in the Allan Hancock tournament. The Merritt defeat was later avenged by a 79-53 victory in Oakland. Consider that Cornelius’ crew is just 20 something points away from an undefeated season.
Yuba is averaging 76.5 points per game (allowing 65.1) while shooting 46%, 30% and 68%. Those numbers don’t generally translate into 24 victories to date this season but the 49ers are holding opponents to just 40.4% overall as well as 31.3% long distance accuracy. The Yuba-ites also have posted an amazing best-in-the-state 17.1 rebound margin: 14.7 to 8.1 offensively as well as 28.0 to 17.5 on defense.
The primary contributors:
Four freshman are among the top producers on this season’s squad:
Three returnees are also key figures in the Yuba success:
It’s unlikely any members of the current team will land at the D1 level. Plus, there’s no inside power presence like with recent former Yuba talents such as 6-foot-10 Erik Scheive 6-10, 6-foot-8 Jihad Woods or muscular 6-6 Xavier Francois. Also, a deluxe shooter akin to Jeryn Lucas is absent nor anyone similar to the overall guard talents of Elishja Duplechan.
But there is that sticky defense, not always an annual 49er asset. Plus that remarkable 17.1 margin in board play, this on a team with a pair of 6-foot-7 frontcourters who are major contributors despite registering less than 200 pounds. Credit 6-foot-2 Cornell Greenwood for his grabbing a team-best 8.3 rebounds! Attribute the 24-4 success to playing with intensity as well as unselfishness plus the desire to do the dirty work of basketball: defending and rebounding.
The Yuba College roster:
Michael (James Logan High/City College San Francisco) Steadman provided 21 points, 10 boards and two blocked shots and freshman guard Zach (Capital Christian High) Chappell totaled 17 points plus nine assists as San Jose State University got off the schneid in conference play with an 89-82 victory over New Mexico.
Here are the CCCAA 2019 North Regional pairings for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Here are the 2019 CIF State Boys Basketball Championship Brackets.
“San Francisco teams headed to state playoffs” San Francisco Examiner
“CIF basketball: Selection Sunday surprises, trends and more
Top seeds in Open Division, Division I receive first-round byes; why Mitty, not SHC, made the Open” Darren Sabedra
Mark Ziegler: “KJ Feagin, a fifth-year transfer guard from Long Beach who averaged 17.5 ppg at Santa Clara last season, just committed to SDSU. He’ll be eligible immediately next fall and have one season to play. Aztecs assistant coach Jay Morris was the primary recruiter.”
Verbal Commits: “2020 Antelope (CA) F Coleman Hawkins has received an offer from Washington State.”
Verbal Commits: “2019 Nation Wide Academy (OK) F Rick Barros III has received an offer from Sacramento State.
Barros is out of Capital Christian High and attending prep school this academic year.
Delta League Co-Players of the Year
Marcus Bagley – Sheldon Sheldon – Junior
Isa Silva – Jesuit – Sophomore
Leland Estacio – Franklin – Senior
Justin Nguyen – Sheldon – Senior
Jack Jones – Jesuit – Senior
Kaito Williams – Sheldon – Senior
Seve Nocon – Pleasant Grove – Senior
Aidan Doms – Davis – Senior
Davion Wright – Franklin – Frosh
Xavion Brown – Sheldon – Junior
Ameere Britton – Elk Grove – Frosh
Sam Daly – Jesuit – Senior
Joey Voss – Davis – Junior
Nate Mikulin – Pleasant Grove – Senior
Travis Hines: “Cyclone junior Solomon Young underwent surgery earlier this week on his shoulder to fix an injury he suffered in September and became aggravated recently as he began his rehab from a groin injury that already had sidelined him this season and seeking a medical redshirt.”
“Going to the Chappell” Alex Valle
A feature on former Capital Christian High guard now San Jose State University freshman Zach Chappell.
How many of you thought the headline was true?
Former El Cerrito High, Contra Costa College and Maine Fort Kent guard Bobby Syvanthong is playing professional basketball in Thailand.
Note: I often receive requests to ‘friend’ fellow fans on Facebook. My lack of a response is not personal, but rather impossible, since I don’t have a Facebook account. Yes, I am a card-carrying Luddite in that regard.
Host UCLA topped Oregon 90-83 despite the Ducks receiving 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots from Kenny (Manteca High) Wooten.
Jordan (Folsom High) Ford finished with 21 points and six boards as St. Mary’s took care of host San Diego 66-46. For the Toreros, Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro totaled 14 rebounds, 13 points plus three blocked shots.
Santa Clara proved to be three points better (68-65) than visiting USF despite the latter receiving 17 points plus nine assists from Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari.
Despite a remarkable 21 points and 17 rebounds from Michael (James Logan High/CCSF) Steadman, San Jose State University was strafed in Colorado Springs 82-68 to Air Force. The Spartans are now 0-14 in Mountain West Conference action.
Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett provided 20 points plus four boards in Montana’s 89-83 homecourt success versus rival Montana State.
Freshman guard Jake (Bellarmine Prep) Wojcik contributed 15 points, four rebounds and two assists as Richmond defeated La Salle 84-75.
Chiefy (Archbishop Riordan) Ugbaja posted a 17 point, 13 rebound double-double but host San Francisco State fell 87-65 to UC San Diego. Tyrell (Woodcreek High) Roberts tallied 20 points for the victors.
In Hayward, Patrick (De La Salle) Marr’s 22 points and 14 rebounds immensely aided the Cal State East Bay 80-75 victory versus Cal State Monterey Bay. He shot 9-11, 1-1 and 3-3. Joseph (Red Bluff High) Bosetti paced the Otters with 19 points.
Mikey (Manteca High/Modesto Junior College) Hatfield’s 20 points pushed Cal State Dominguez Hills to a 73-64 homecourt victory over Chico State. For the Wildcats, Isaiah (Sheldon High) Brooks led with 21 points.
In Los Angeles, Cal State Los Angeles topped Humboldt State 64-55 despite the latter getting 22 points plus nine boards from Justin (Buchanan High) Everett.
“For the first time since 2008, the No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball Team was crowned SCIAC Tournament Champions after a huge lopsided 68-45 victory over Occidental College. It was a complete team effort by the Sagehens as they outplayed the Tigers on both ends of the floor, shooting 50.0% from the field while putting up seven steals, six blocks, and limiting the Tigers to a 34.5 field goal percentage. Micah Elan led the team with 21 points and was named SCIAC Tournament Player of the Year while Daniel Rosenbaum added 14 points, five assists, and five rebounds…” box
Kyle (Marin Academy) Roach exploded for 38 points (12-22, 5-11, 9-10 shooting) plus seven rebounds and three assists but Whitworth College fell in the Northwest Conference championship game to Whitman College 107-102.
Fresno City College took care of Reedley College 92-68 with Ethan (Madera High) Richardson going for 21 points and Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer dishing out nine assists. FCC box
“Palo Alto boys turn extraordinary in CCS D-I hoops” Glenn Reeves
The No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball team punched their ticket to the SCIAC Tournament Championship with their 79-77 win over Redlands in the SCIAC Semifinals on Friday night at Voelkel Gymnasium…”
City College of San Francisco took down host Ohlone College 93-56 as Deschon Winston’s 18 points paced the Rams and Jason Ricketts just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. CCSF box
Gavilan College bested host San Jose City College 88-61 as Ibn Zaid led with 25 points and Daylon (Edison High) Potts filled up the stat sheet again via 12 points, 12 boards and eight assists. Ram box
It took overtime but visiting Santa Rosa Junior College topped Folsom Lake College 89-86 as Skylar (Drake High) Chavez produced 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and teammate Nick Cole also tallied 21. FLC’s Will (Vista Del Lago High) Fitzpatrick posted a 24 point, 11 board double-double and his team Zethan (Rio Linda High) Dumpson finished with 19 and 10. full box
On the road, Merritt College used a 46-26 second to half to overcome Mendocino College 64-59 as Joe (Patterson High) Okitukunda posted an 18 point, 12 rebound double-double. Thunderbird box
In a high-scoring matchup, Cañada College proved six points better than visiting Las Positas College 108-102. For LPC, freshman Michael (West High) Hayes provided 29 points and 12 boards while teammates John (Freedom High) Ketchel and Alafia (American High) Oluwosogo scored 24 points alongside seven assists and achieved a 16 point, 14 rebound double-double respectively. LPC box
Greg (Cosumnes Oaks High) Milton III scored 23 points and grabbed eight boards as Sacramento City College topped visiting San Joaquin Delta College 79-74. SCC box
Host West Valley College edged Cabrillo College 59-51 as Devante Johnson paced the Vikings with 19 points. WVC box
DeAnza College bested visiting Hartnell College 93-89. In the loss, Mike Green came close to a triple double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Hartnell box
Sophomore Lance (St. Mary’s – Stockton) Coleman II provided 30 points, nine rebounds and four assists but Fullerton College fell 69-65 to host Saddleback College. full box
“Seniors help write De La Salle’s storybook ending Led by Thomas Gregorios and Tim Kostolansky, De La Salle holds Logan to two points in fourth quarter to help capture the NCS Division I championship” Curtis Pashelka
Danny Schmidt: “Trifecta. Branson wins its third straight NCS title with a 63-43 victory over Fortuna. (Viktor) Rajkovic finished with 30 points.”
“Fortuna falls to Branson in NCS title game” Andrew Butler
“Senior Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum headlines the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) postseason awards with SCIAC Player of the Year honors. Fellow teammate junior Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan also was named to First Team All-SCIAC while senior Corbin (Sacred Heart Prep) Koch took Second Team All-SCIAC honors and Head Coach Charles Katsiaficas earned SCIAC Coach of the Year.
Rosenbaum earned Player of the Year honors after he averaged 18.9 points per game in SCIAC play during the regular season. Making his second straight appearance on the All-SCIAC first team, Rosenbaum shot 55.6% from the floor, 41.7% from three-point range, and 86.7% from the free throw line in 16 conference contests. He also pulled down 96 rebounds, dished out 31 assists, and logged 20 steals against league competition, helping the Sagehens secure a 15-1 record in league play and the top seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Rosenbaum currently sits in second All-Time in scoring at 1,673 points.
Elan earned his second-straight First Team All-SCIAC selection as he averaged 15.6 points per game and is third in the SCIAC with 4.4 assists per game. Elan reached 1,000 career points this season and also notched a career-high 38 points in the Sagehens win over No. 4 Whitman, which is just three points off of the single game record.
Koch earned Second Team All-SCIAC this season, his second trip to the SCIAC All-Conference teams after earning First Team All-SCIAC during his sophomore campaign. Koch averaged 12.2 points per game, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He also reached 1,000 career points this season making him the 21st member of the 1,000 points club.
The Sagehens have had a historic year to this point led by SCIAC Coach of the Year, Charles Katsiaficas. Kats led the Sagehens to their best regular season in program history with a program best at 23 wins, 15 conference wins, 18-game win streak and reached the highest ranking in program history at No. 9. The Sagehens earned the SCIAC Regular Season Championship for the first time since 2008 and have a chance to win the SCIAC Postseason Tournament with home court throughout the tournament.”
2019 WCAL Boys Basketball All League Teams
Player of the Year
Devan Sapp – Archbishop Mitty – Junior
Kiran Kruse Bellarmine Senior
Parker McDonald Junipero Serra Senior
Cade Rees Junipero Serra Senior
Wrenn Robinson Saint Ignatius Senior
Je’Lani Clark Archbishop Riordan Junior
Bryce Monroe Archbishop Riordan Junior
Marcus Greene Archbishop Mitty Junior
Neal Begovich Saint Ignatius Senior
Quinn Denker Bellarmine Junior
Cedric Reed, Jr. Sacred Heart Cathedral Senior
Michael Mitchell Archbishop Mitty Sophomore
Matteo Fontana Saint Francis Senior
Oisin McCormack Sacred Heart Cathedral Senior
Justice Turner Archbishop Riordan Senior
Jay Allen-Tovar Valley Christian Senior
Joseph Vaughn Archbishop Mitty Senior
Chime Ugbaja Archbishop Riordan Senior
Oscar Pedraza Saint Francis Senior
Roy Yuan Saint Francis Senior
D’Von Lang Valley Christian Senior
Constantijn Cole Bellarmine Junior
Skylar Loving-Black Valley Christian Senior
USF grabbed a solid road win in defeating BYU 77-71 as Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari posted team highs of 23 points, seven assists and four steals plus his six rebounds tied for team best. The Dons were down 14 with eight minutes to go.
Jordan (Folsom High) Ford scored 28 points and grabbed seven boards as St. Mary’s bopped host Pacific 58-32,
Sacramento State edged Weber State 78-76 with Joshua (Sierra High) Patton earning a 21 point, 12 rebound double-double as well as posting three assists and two blocked shots.
22 points plus 16 boards by Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro helped carry San Diego to a 63-52 win versus Portland.
Stokley (Amador Valley High/Las Positas College) Chaffee Jr. posted a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double plus two blocked shots but Tennessee State fell 85-84 to SIU Edwardsville.
Oscar (Moreau Catholic) Frayer and Darius (Moreau Catholic) Milstead scored 18 points apiece alongside 16 from Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson as Grand Canyon defeated Cal Baptist 91-58.
Jesse (Drake High) Hunt finished with 19 points, nine boards and three blocked shots but Eastern Washington fell 76-62 to Southern Utah.
Freshman Riley (Archbishop Mitty) Grigsby scored 12 points on 4-5, 3-3 and 1-2 shooting plus dished out three assists in Seattle’s 69-64 victory over UMKC.
Jase (Wilcox High) Wickliffe scored 30 points as host San Francisco State blasted Cal State San Marcos 87-60.
Kevin (St. Mary’s High) Warren scored 17 points and Malik (Jesuit High) Duffy posted an 11 point, 11-rebound double-double but Chico State fell 69-57 to host Cal State Los Angeles.
John Devine: “Monterey is going back to the CCS Division III boys basketball finals for the third straight year after a 63-60 win over Hillsdale”
“NCS basketball: Section makes call on Dublin protest
Colts guard injured in celebration dogpile passes concussion protocol; Moreau-Las Lomas update” Darren Sabedra
Host City College of San Francisco took care of Chabot College 106-83 as Deschon Winston led with 22 points. Teammate Emeka (De La Salle) Udenyi post a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double. Kyle (Dublin High) Brown paced Chabot with 26 points, Jordan (James Logan High) McGlory totaled 20 points and seven boards and and Akili (Sacramento High) Daniels contributed 16 and 10. CCSF box
“Yuba defeats Contra Costa on road, 94-72” Appeal Democrat
A 65-27 first half paved the way for Fresno City College’s 111-67 home court victory over Merced College as Ram Ethan (Madera High) Richardson loomed large with 32 points, nine boards, five assists and a pair of blocks. He shot 14-17 overall. Teammate Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer compiled 12 assists. FCC box
In Gilroy, Gavilan College bested West Valley College 82-76 despite Viking Devante Johnson going for a game high 27 points. Ibn Zaid led the victors with 17 points followed by Daylon (Edison High) Potts’ 16 points, 14 boards and seven assists. The Rams are the winners of the Coast South Conference. full box
It was host Lassen College 102-78 over Shasta College with Tarren Storey-Way providing 31 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Rippingham 22 points (6-8 from three-point range) and Theorlodins Howard 21 points. LC box
Darien (West Campus High) Davis provided 28 points plus eight assists, Dominic (Evergreen High) Simpkins 27 points and Ajay (Cupertino High) Singh 17 points plus 10 boards in DeAnza College’s 95-81 victory over San Jose City College. DC box
Kehmarr (Chico High) McMillian (16 points, nine rebounds) and Eric Boose (15 points, eight boards, five assists) in particular powered Butte College to a 79-44 homecourt victory over College of the Redwoods. a 36-10 initial 20 minutes put the game away. BC box
“How Bellarmine made it back to Open title game
Bells beat Archbishop Riordan in overtime to return to section’s premier final for fourth consecutive season” Darren Sabedra
“James Logan needed a ‘shot of a lifetime’ to defeat Dublin. Watch what happens next.
Tim Oldham’s 30-foot turnaround heave at buzzer sends Colts to NCS Division I final against De La Salle” Vytas Mazeika
“CC, MC boys hoops advance to section title games” Julian A. Lopez
“Bears have no luck with the Irish in CCS Open hoops” Glenn Reeves — Sacred Heart Cathedral 62, Menlo-Atherton 55
CCCAA Men’s Athlete of the Month
Michael Hayes, Las Positas, Basketball, Fr.
“Hayes had an outstanding January for Las Positas as he averaged 26.2 points in nine games, shooting 58 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line.
Hayes also averaged 10.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.6 steals in a well-rounded performance that helped state No. 14-ranked LPC to an 8-1 record in the month. Three times he eclipsed 30 points including his season-high 38 in a month-opening win over De Anza.
From Jan. 2 thru Jan. 11, he four times reach double digits in free throw scoring, totaling in that stretch 44-for-58 shots. Hayes is third in the state in scoring.”
6-foot-9 Dontay Bassett is a redshirt sophomore at Florida. Out of San Leandro and a member of the Oakland Rebels, he now weighs in at 237 pounds (from below 200 when he signed) and performs in a blue collar role. In 25 games and 12.2 minutes an outing, he is averaging 2.9 points and 2.4 boards with a second-on-the-team 17 blocked shots. Bassett is shooting 46%, 29% and 63%.
Continuing in our series on community college teams: San Joaquin Delta College. Coach Rich Ressa as well as his assistants and players have performed especially well this season. Ressa’s squad lacks height as do most California community colleges programs but has obviously performed well with a frontline of 6-foot-7, 250 middle man in Cameron Pieters plus 6-foot-6, 195 Spencer Montiero.
Where do the Rams currently stand?
The 22-5 Mustangs, 14-1 in league, are winners of the Big 8 Conference and sport a 14-game winning streak. In November, came a 20-point loss to Gavilan during the Ohlone tournament in addition to a four-point victory at home versus Yuba College. December brought a 112-55 loss to host City College of San Francisco followed 14 days later by a 13 point loss to the same Rams in Stockton and a six point defeat at conference rival Santa Rosa Junior College. Matchups in both January and February all resulted in wins including a four-point return game success at home against Santa Rosa.
Other numbers: 77.6 points per game on 47% overall shooting, 34% accuracy from long distance and 68% at the foul line. Plus, 33.9 rebounds and 14.1 assists. San Joaquin boasts a 3.5 rebounding margin over opponents and are allowing 71.6 points on 44% and 36% accuracy.
The primary contributors:
Four Delta-ites are averaging in double figures:
The Mustangs win close games—11 in fact by seven points or less thus far this season. SJDC as a squad understands its collective strengths and limitations and plays accordingly. They typically don’t bludgeon opponents although a 22-point home court victory versus Butte College and an 87-55 win at American River College are quality successes which fall into this category. From a team rebounding margin of plus 3.5 and a plus three percentage points in overall shooting—as well as being two percentage points underwater on three-pointers—emerges a six point overall scoring differential in favor of the Mustangs. The squad’s overall statistical performance leaves little room for error yet has accounted for an outstanding 22 victories thus far. They don’t beat themselves.
The San Joaquin Delta College roster:
“RAMS ON TOP OF WEEK 15 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RANKINGS
Signal The Light Basketball Week 15″
“Helping the first-place Cal State East Bay Pioneers to their first 20-win season in nearly two decades, junior Ant Navarrete has been named CCAA Player of the Week for Feb. 11-17…”
He is out of San Lorenzo High and Cañada College.
Cal-Hi Sports Northern California Boys Basketball Player of the Week
Ben Knight (Mission, San Francisco) Sr.
Tony Nunez from Saturday: “Christian Quintero poured in a career-high 46 points on Saturday to lead No. 10 Pajaro Valley over No. 7 Mills, 75-67, and into the quarterfinal round of the Central Coast Section playoffs for the first time in program history…”
Quintero is a 6-foot-1 2020 prospect.
From Friday: “They are almost finally healthy. MC boys hoops roll over Capital Christian” Julian A. Lopez
From last week: “San Marin eliminates Drake in first round of NCS D-III playoffs” Danny Schmidt
But the San Marin-ers earned the right to face Salesian and it wasn’t pretty.
Danny Schmidt: “No. 9 San Marin fell 84-43 to top-seeded Salesian, the nation’s third-ranked team, in the NCS D-III quarterfinals. Sophomore Tyson Geraci scored 35 points (!) for the Mustangs, though.”
From Saturday: Puget Sound defeated Whitworth College 96-72 behind Jimmy (Serra High) Wohrer’s 29 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. He shot 7-12, 4-6 and 11-12 respectively. For WC, Kyle (Marin Academy) Roach scored 24 points.
Also on Saturday, Darne (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Duckett tallied 21 points (7-11, 3-4, 4-5 shooting) and Joey (Acalanes High) Hewitt finished with 17 as Whitman College pummeled Pacific Lutheran 96-78.
In a battle of water supremacy, host Cosumnes River College paddled American River College 90-85. For the victors, Khari (Kennedy High) Hutt led with 23 points, Drew (Cosumnes Oaks High) Buggs tallied 19 on 9-10 shooting and Paul (Elk Grove High) Ohiri scored 17. Parker (Folsom High) Haven posted a 30 point, 10 rebound double-double for ARC. full box
A 54-17 initial 20 minutes led to Santa Rosa Junior College’s 88-45 victory over Diablo Valley College. Skylar (Drake High) Chavez led the host Bear Cubs with 21 points (8-11 overall shooting) and Nick Cole buried five three-pointers for his 15 points. SRJC box
Freshman guard Greg (Cosumnes Oaks High) Milton III brought 30 points to visiting Sacramento City College but the Panthers fell 81-77 to Modesto Junior College.
In a game that took two days to complete due to a gymnasium issue, visiting City College of San Francisco used a 48-19 second half to defeat Foothill College 73-56. Austin McCullough led with 20 points with teammate Malcolm Johnson was enormously impactful via 16 rebounds, 15 points, four assists, three blocks and two steals. Ram box
Trey (Harbor High) Whitley’s 28 points (earning a remarkable 17 shots at the foul line and making 15) played a critical role in Cabrillo College topping host Monterey Peninsula College 76-68. He also dished out eight assists versus zero turnovers. Anthony (Heritage High) Dennis led the Lobos with 18 points followed by Marquis (Woodside High) Pickrom’s 17. full box
Lakeshow Hoops: “Congrats to Bethel unsigned senior Chance McMillan earning League MVP…”
Whitworth Men’s Basketball: “Shoutout to Kyle Roach who was named a TOP 50 Finalist for the Small College Bevo Francis Award! Congratulations Kyle!”
“OFFENSIVE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK DAVID MENARY
Redlands, Junior, 6-foot-5, Forward, Nevada Union High, Grass Valley, CA
David Menary led Redlands to a 96-74 win over California Lutheran and a 62-51 victory over Caltech. He averaged 19.0 points per game, shooting 52% from the field and 73.3% from the free throw line. He added 13 rebounds, three steals and a block during the week in addition to handing out seven assists.”
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the next Nor Cal Basketball links will likely be published on Friday, February 22. We’re aiming for Wednesday, February 20, but that’s questionable.
Another note, non basketball-related:
“Colin Kaepernick won. Period.
Kaepernick stood his ground — and the NFL finally backed down” Jason Reid
Is there anyone in a big time corporate leadership position simply stealing blood money like Roger (concussions, what concussions?) Goodell (besides Comrade Trumpski, but that’s a given)? Well, a case could be made for the NFL team owners collectively who signed Goodell to a new contract this year.
Host UC Irvine, powered in part by Jonathan (Salesian) Galloway’s 14 points and 11 rebounds, knocked off UC Santa Barbara 83-70. Galloway also provided two blocked shots and a pair of assists.
Visiting USF edged Portland 68-63 in overtime in large part due to Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari’s 20 points, five boards, three assists and two steals. He shot 6-11 from long distance.
Jesse (Drake High) Hunt provided 21 points, seven boards and six assists as Eastern Washington won 88-78 in overtime against Northern Colorado.
Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett was back at again this time with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Montana’s 80-68 victory over host Idaho State. He shot 11-15 overall.
Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson continued on his roll of late with 21 points as Grand Canyon bopped Chicago State 90-59.
Phil (Franklin High) Fayne concluded with 18 points plus 11 rebounds but Illinois State fell at home to Bradley 65-59.
San Jose State University fell 71-64 to visiting UNLV even though Michael (James Logan High/CCSF) Steadman provided 16 points and seven boards (8-12 overall shooting) and freshman guard Zach (Capital Christian) Chappell filled the stat sheet with 11 points, nine assists, six boards and a pair of steals.
Occidental took down Pomona-Pitzer by one, 64-63, despite the Sagehens getting 23 points from Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum plus 18 via Corbin (Sacred Heart Prep) Koch.
In Hayward, Ant (San Leandro High/Cañada College) Navarette posted a 28 point, 12 rebound double-double as Cal State East Bay edged Sonoma State 66-55.
On the road, Fresno City College bested Porterville College 81-77 as sophomore guard Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer led with 27 points as well as seven boards and five assists. FCC box
“NCS, CCS basketball: Saturday’s surprises, trends and more
Thompson cousins lead Logan; Los Altos boys win another tight one; Sobrato-Burlingame boys combine for 53 points” Darren Sabedra
CCSF 94, Las Positas College 65 “McCullough delivers in first game back, helps CCSF Rams win 94-65” Patrick Cochran
In Gilroy, Gavilan College jumped out to a 53-34 halftime lead versus visiting Monterey Peninsula College on the way to an 88-74 win as Ibn Zaid led with 21 points.
Dymond Hanks led with 29 points as host Cabrillo College turned away DeAnza College 70-63. Teammate Yeskin Williams provided a 14 point, 11 rebound double-double. Seahawk box
Kyle (Dublin High) Brown scored 27 points and teammate Jordan (James Logan High) McGlory filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 11 boards and four assists as Chabot College took care of visiting Ohlone College 75-68. Chabot box
“Vikings pull away from Jaguars behind Walker and Hewitt” West Valley College athletics
“Stunner! How Sacred Heart Cathedral toppled top seed Mitty
Irish become first No. 8 seed to win a CCS Open Division first-round boys game” Darren Sabedra
“Senior guard takes center stage in DLS’s quarterfinal win
Thomas Gregorios keys fourth quarter surge as Spartans earn another close win over Amador Valley” Curtis Pashelka
The California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association has announced its 2019 Hall of Fame Class and it includes: “John Bynum, College of the Sequoias
“John Bynum, a graduate of Whitney High School in Visalia, was a two-time All-Central Valley Conference player and a two-time all-state selection. He scored over 1,000 points in his two-year career as a Giant and amassed over 500 rebounds and 400 assists. He averaged 16.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, finishing in the top 10 in the state in field goal percentage shooting at 59.1 percent his final season.
He success at Sequoias led to Bynum signing with Metropolitan State University in Denver. During his time with the Roadrunners, he played in two national championships and helped the Roadrunners amass a two-year record of 61-10. In 2000, Metropolitan State University raised the NCAA Division II national championship banner after securing a 97-79 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan. Bynum was selected to the Elite 8 all-tourney team after shooting 64 percent from the field.
In his career, he played in 70 games at Metropolitan State University, making 46 starts. He concluded his career with a 11.4 scoring average. She shot .535 (294-550) from the floor, .321 (18-56) from three-point range and .682 (192-283) from the free throw line to go along with a 4 per game rebound average.
After completing his career at Metropolitan State University, Bynum headed overseas. He made his professional debut with the Solent Stars of the National Basketball League in England. Bynum averaged over 30 points a game his rookie season and led the team in rebounds and assists.
He then headed to Germany where he played for the Grevenbroich Elephants, a third-tier league team. In 2002-03, Bynum led the team to the championship. He then headed to Norway and the Ulriken Eagles, coached by current NBDL Bakersfield Jam coach Wil Voigt. Together, they led the Eagles to playoffs with Bynum leading the team in scoring (20 point per game) and rebounds. Following his stint in Norway, he returned to Germany and Grevenbroich, now a member of the top-tier English Basketball League.
In the 2004-2005 season, Bynum averaged 26.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.4 assist and was named to the Eurobasket.com First Team. After going to the prestigious Treviso camp in Italy and the East Meets West Camp in Poland, Bynum signed a contract to play for Etha Engomis in the first division in Cyprus. He was released in the pre-season, but two months later signed Bremerhaven, a top-tier team in Germany.
In all, Bynum played 12 years of professional basketball overseas covering three different countries, England, Norway and Germany. Bynum co-founded B3 Elite, and today he is employed at Shoot 360 Basketball and is manager of the Signal the Light Basketball website which covers California community college basketball.”
USF handled Pepperdine 89-77 at home with Jordan (De La Salle) Ratinho breaking out of his shooting slump with 29 points, powered by 7-9 three-point accuracy.
Anchored in the middle by Joshua Patton’s 23 points and 14 boards, Sacramento State nabbed an 84-73 success versus Southern Utah.
St. Mary’s took care of Santa Clara 66-55 with Jordan (Folsom High) Ford’s 23 points leading the Gaels in scoring.
Joey (Newark Memorial High) Zamora provided a very helpful 17 points, shooting 5-7 from three-point range, as host New Mexico State topped Utah Valley 84-77.
San Diego fell at home 88-82 in overtime to BYU despite Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro providing 20 points, 12 boards and five assists.
Montana won 83-80 on at road at Weber State as Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett owned the matchup with 29 points and 16 rebounds.
Host Cal State East Bay triumphed 77-64 against San Francisco State with Ant (San Lorenzo High/Cañada College) Navarette leading the way via 22 points plus seven boards while teammate Patrick (De La Salle) Marr contributed 19 and 11. Jiday (Archbishop Riordan/Sacramento State) Ugbaga’s 19 points paced the Gators. He added six caroms.
Chico State hosted Cal State San Bernardino and produced a 73-62 success as Isaiah (Sheldon High) Brooks totaled 19 points plus seven assists and Kevin (St. Mary’s High) Warren 15.
Santa Rosa Junior College received strong efforts from Atmar (Washington High-Fremont) Mundu (22 points, five assists and a trio of steals), Skylar (Drake High) Chavez (28 points) and Ryan (Petaluma High) Perez (16 points) in taking down American River College 86-81.
Lance Coleman III posted a 26 point, 10 rebound double-double in Fullerton College’s 67-55 victory over Cypress College. full box
Phil (Franklin High) Fayne enjoyed 21 points plus eight boards in Illinois State’s 77-64 loss to Northern Iowa.
Even aided by Temidayo (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Yussef’s 17 points and eight rebounds, Long Beach State fell 85-82 to Cal State Fullerton.
In a down-to-the-wire one, Fresno City College edged host Columbia College 50-48. Ram Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer provided 18 points, six boards and three assists while teammate Ethan (Madera High) Richardson scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. game video FCC box
Visiting Gavilan College took care of DeAnza College 99-76 as Ibn Zaid shot 7-10 from long distance in scoring 30 points. DJ (Valley Christian High) Burgess tallied 25 and Daylon (Edison High) Potts added 15 boards plus 12 assists. Gavilan box
Patrick Washington tallied 32 points and teammate Julian (Oakland High) Taylor 24 plus nine rebounds but visiting College of Alameda fell 94-80 to Los Medanos College. FCC box
In double overtime, host Skyline College bested Chabot College 109-102. Kyle (Dublin High) Brown paced CC with 34 points. Chabot box
“Johnson, Walker lead Vikings to season sweep of Hartnell” West Valley athletics WV box
“Trio Leads Sagehens into Nation’s Top 10” Pomona-Pitzer athletics
Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan, Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum and Corbin (Sacred Heart Prep) Koch are featured. The trio went for 21 points, 24 points and 12 points respectively in Wednesday’s 94-71 win over Whittier.
Verbal Commits: “2019 Sheridan College (WY) F A.J. Bramah has received an offer from Coastal Carolina.”
Bramah is 6-foot-7 and out of San Leandro High.
UC Santa Cruz closed out its regular season with a 73-63 win versus Laverne University last Saturday as Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard just missed a double-double with 16 points and nine boards. The Slugs finished 14-11 in 2018-19.
“It’s More Than Just the Shot Steph Curry’s stroke changed the game of basketball, but his ability to turn weakness into strength has vaulted him up the list of the greatest players of all time. Curry discusses how he rounded out his historic game ahead of his return to Charlotte for the 2019 All-Star Game” Kevin O’Connor
So who is the California Community College Athletic Association Nor Cal Most Valuable Player this season, at least thus far? Let’s nominate the top two contenders and take a statistical measure of each.
6-foot-4 freshman guard Michael (Tracy High) Hayes of Las Positas College (LPC) is averaging 24.o points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 60%, 26% and 70%. A negative for him is 4.2 turnovers a contest.
Although this element doesn’t factor into our assessment, Hayes’ human highlight film capabilities are unrivaled.
LPC is 20-4 overall, 8-1 in the Coast North Conference.
6-foot-5 sophomore guard/forward Skylar (Drake High) Chavez of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is averaging 28.8 points, 7.0 rebounds 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 53%, 41% and 87%.
SRJC is 18-6, 9-3 in the Big 8 Conference.
So the numbers for each are extremely comparable.
It’s difficult to measure the so-called strength of teammates on the rosters of the two teams but, in looking at Las Positas and Santa Rosa, it appears the former is a tad more formidable in taking pressure off the team’s star on a nightly basis. Meaning, LPC has a better chance of winning a game than SRJC even if Hayes isn’t providing his usual productivity, versus the Bear Cubbers surrounding Chavez this season. Call that greater pressure on Chavez to produce.
So each player provides different strengths with Hayes an amazing physical talent and Chavez the ultimate shooter. We’re a slight lean for Chavez at this point. The factor which may end up being a so-called tiebreaker is whose team finishes higher in the state playoffs. In other words, who carries his team the furthest.
“Delta College men’s basketball team wins Big 8 title” Stockton Record
(host) Sierra College 64, Santa Rosa JC 51 Skylar (Drake High) Chavez led the Bear Cubs with 21 points but was the sole SRJC player in double figures. SRJC box
Sacramento City College 70, (host) Folsom Lake College Conor Jeffery led Sac City with 21 points and teammate Kyle Williams provided 19. SCC box
(host) Cosumnes River College 82, American River College 72 CRC’s Khari Hutt went for 27 points while Kharyem Mitchell paced Modesto with 24. full box
Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week
Andre Crump Jr. (Monterey Trail, Elk Grove) Sr.
“CO-WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Joe Hoeup, Sr., G, Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior guard Joe Hoeup (Santa Rosa, Calif.) earned his third Player of the Week award of the year and fourth of his career, averaging 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. His played guided the Cowboys to a pair of road wins and helped them secure a spot in the ASC Championship. Hoeup netted 29 points to go with eight boards in an 83-80 victory at Sul Ross State. He followed with 19 points, five boards and four steals in a 75-61 win at Howard Payne.”
Hoeup is out of Elsie Allen High.
“As high school basketball playoffs begin, here’s who can light up the scoreboard” Joe Davidson/Sacramento Bee
“NEW FAB 50: IT’S PLAYOFF TIME! ‘JUST WIN, BABY!'” Ronnie Flores
Salesian is in at #8 nationally.
“SAN FRANCISCO CONTINUES TO CRUISE AT THE TOP OF NORCAL RANKINGS”
Signal The Light Basketball Week 14
“We were going to lose, but he took over.’ Meet Sonora’s perfect weapon.” James Burns writes about Austin Patterson
Junior guard Aubrey (Palo Alto High/Michigan) Dawkins shot 9-12, 4-6 and 4-5 on his way to 26 points in Central Florida’s 71-65 over host SMU.
Host Missouri State edged Illinois State 66-65 despite Phil (Franklin High) Fayne garnering 22 points and six rebounds. Teammate Zach (Berkeley High/CCSF) Copeland provided 12 points, five boards, three assists and a pair of steals.
5-foot-10 junior guard Jack (St. Ignatius) Coulter scored 23 points on 8-12 overall shooting, 7-10 from three-point range in Denison College’s 90-75 loss to Allegheny.
Andre (Urban School) Campbell scored 18 points as Oberlin College bopped Hiram College 90-61. Teammate Christian (Menlo-Atherton) Fioretti totaled 16 points, six boards and four assists.
Earlier, Andre (Urban School) Campbell tallied 19 points and 10 boards in last Wednesday’s Oberlin College 95-94 victory over Allegheny.
Erik (Marysville High/Yuba College) Scheive posted a 27 point, 14 rebound double-double as Chaminade edged Dominican University 80-75.
Sophomore guard BJ (St. Patrick-St. Vincent) Standley led with 30 points as St. Martin’s handled Alaska Fairbanks 86-68.
“Newly acquired Suns guard Tyler Johnson speaks with media after being traded from the Heat Johnson defines himself as a basketball player and doesn’t need a label for a certain position” Ashley Nevel
San Diego fell 70-67 to Pepperdine despite Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro garnering 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals for the border squad.
Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett just missed a double-double with 19 points and nine boards as Montana bested Eastern Washington 75-74. Jesse (Dranke High) Hunt got his double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds, in leading EW.
Long Beach State bested Cal Poly 76-68 in overtime as Temidayo (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Yussef provided 12 rebounds, 10 points and four assists in 26 minutes for The Beach.
Michael (James Logan High/CCSF) Steadman concluded with 16 points but San Jose State University was clobbered 105-47 by Boise State.
Powered by four players scoring in double figures, Pomona-Pitzer handled Cal Lutheran 78-61.
Host Cal State San Bernardino edged UC San Diego 77-75 despite the latter getting 16 points and 13 rebounds from Chris (Campolindo High) Hansen.
Cal State East Bay overcame Cal State Dominguez Hills’ Mikey (Manteca High/Modesto Junior College) Hatfield’s 22 points in winning 74-72 on the road.
In another close, Jordan (Colfax High/Cal State East Bay) Balser exploded for 31 points (12-15, 4-5, 3-3 shooting) as San Francisco State topped visiting Sonoma State 70-68. Jordan (St. Patrick-St. Vincent/Santa Rosa JC) ) Hickman tallied 19 points for Sonoma.
In Turlock, Chico State nabbed a road win, 58-47, over Cal State Stanislaus as Malik (Jesuit High) Duffy scored 16 points while grabbing eight boards and teammate Marvin (Franklin High) Timothy posted an 11 point, 10 rebound double-double.
Dempsey (Redwood High) Roggenbuck tallied 23 points on 8-10, 6-7, 1-2 shooting but Linfield College fell 74-73 to Whitworth.
Host Las Positas College edged Chabot College 96-94 as freshman Michael (West High) Hayes led LPC with 24 points and John (Freedom High) Ketchel dished out 14 assists alongside 18 points. Akili (Sacramento High) Daniels led Chabot with 30 points with Jordan (James Logan High) McGlory and Kyle (Dublin High) Brown scoring 19 apiece. full game video full box
Gavilan College bested visiting Cabrillo College 62-46 as DJ (Valley Christian High) Burgess paced the Rams with 15 points. full box
Santa Rosa Junior College hosted Cosumnes River College and nabbed a 91-77 victory behind 45 points from Skylar (Drake High) Chavez. He added seven boards and three assists as the Bear Cubs earned 28 assists on 33 baskets. full game video SRJC box
Monterey Peninsula College took the measure of visiting West Valley College 61-54 as 6-foot-11 sophomore Talili (Kimball High) Leaea enjoyed 13 points and 12 rebounds for the victors. MPC box
Sacramento City College received seven treys and 23 points plus eight boards and six assists from Greg (Cosumnes Oaks High) Milton III in an 84-51 victory over Diablo Valley College. full box
Visiting Skyline College edged Ohlone College 82-79 as Masie (Serra High) Mohammadi connected on seven treys on his way to 28 points for the winners. Skyline box
“Yuba blows out Alameda 96-48” John Stevens
“Branson rallies to capture MCAL tournament title” Michael Baribault
“Mitty holds off Serra for WCAL boys basketball crown” Mitch Stephens
“Mitty flips script on Serra to win WCAL title” Ethan Kassel
“Ripon bests Ripon Christian to take TVL title” Kevin Niendorf
UC Santa Cruz finished its home schedule last Monday with a 60-57 victory over Pacific Union as Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard provided 21 points plus nine rebounds for the Slugs. Teammate Russell (Arcata High) Taylor contributed 18 and nine.
“Rams promote family atmosphere” Gilroy Dispatch
“Norcal Players Gone Prep Route (Crush In The Valley)” Simply Basketball
Frankie Ferrari has ‘it,’ a charismatic style of play which draws in both court side and television viewers and turns them into fans. Simply put, he’s is fun to watch and is identifiable for so many, not being a giant nor blessed with an exceptional array of athletic skills.
Ferrari developed incredible court vision as a youngster and, more often than not, gets the ball to his teammates in a position where they will either score or at least get a solid look at the basket. Label the USF senior wily because, even after concerted video study, it is impossible to predict if he will be passing or taking a shot when he dribble-drives to the basket.
Another asset Ferrari currently presents is a remarkable 125/39 assist-to-turnover ratio despite being the focal point of opposing defenses and faced with the task of creating offensive openings.
But what’s also notable is how little interest he drew from D1 college coaches, both out of high school and then again two years later. The concerns centered around his size and athletic ability and, connected to those items, could he defend at a high level?
It took some time plus added strength but he allayed all fears. The senior point leads USF with 33 steals, a testament to quick hands and an understanding of where to position himself defensively.
Ferrari signed with Rex Walters and played intermittently in the 2014-15 season on the Hilltop. After transferring to nearby Cañada College but not playing the next academic year, he returned to USF when Kyle Smith was hired to replace Walters. A broken hand delayed his season debut and Ferrari eventually enjoyed a so-so sophomore run. But he turned the proverbial corner as a junior and earned All-West Coast Conference First Team honors and is a lock for the same award this season. He would be in the running for conference most valuable player were it not for a couple of guys up in Spokane. However, Ferrari certainly is the most valuable Don.
KP: “2019 PG Zyon Pullin (College Park) has received an offer from head coach David Patrick at UC Riverside!”
Call 6-0 2019 prospect Andre Crump busy and productive:
R Fields: “Single greatest scoring performance I’ve ever witnessed as a coach. 50! 5-0! FIFTY! @andrecrumpjr is a beast! Incredible senior night.” His output included 10 treys.
Monterey Trail Hoops: “With so many to choose from it’s hard to select just a few. Congrats again to Andre Crump on breaking the single season assist record previously held by AJ Bridges. Last night he became our assist king.”
Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week
Jamar Marshall (St. Mary’s, Stockton) Jr.
Jordan (Folsom High) Ford finished with 28 points as St. Mary’s bested Pacific 78-66 in Moraga.
Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett led with 21 points as Montana ran over Idaho 100-59.
Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds, pilfered four steals and dished out three assists but USF was bombarded by host Gonzaga 92-62.
Hawaii took down Long Beach State 77-70 despite The Beach getting 17 points and eight boards from Temidayo (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Yussef.
Stokley Chaffee Jr. provided a solid 12 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots as Tennessee State got by Morehead State 81-80 in double overtime.
Shooting 9-13, 4-5 and 10-10, Mikey (Manteca High/Modesto Junior College) Hatfield paced Cal StateDominguez Hills to a 90-72 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay.
In the Southland, Ant (San Leandro High/Cañada College) Navarette earned a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double as Cal State East Bay downed Cal State Los Angeles 83-73.
In an upset in Turlock, Stanislaus State 88, Humboldt State 84: “Warriors rocked the house, beat Humboldt State on Homecoming Night”
Behind Jonathan )Salesian) Galloway’s 14 points and 11 boards, UC Irvine topped CSU Fullerton 60-53.
Cabrillo College 78 Hartnell College 69 — Led by 23 points from Trey (Harbor High) Whitley and Yeskin Williams’ 15 point, 11 rebound double-double, the Seahawks used a 43-35 second half to defeat visiting Hartnell. Cabrillo box
Fresno City College 93 Cerro Coso 68 — Powered by Ethan (Madera High) Richardson’s 23 points and 10 boards, the Rams won both halves in grabbing a road win over CC. FCC box
City College San Francisco 90, Cañada College 72 — Malcolm Johnson (heading to UC Davis) stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists in the Rams’ takedown of visiting Cañada.
West Valley College 86, DeAnza College 82 — Cristian (Milpitas High) Mejia went for 18 points and teammate Devante Johnson provided an enormous contribution of 17 points, nine assists, eight boards and four blocked shots as the Vikings edged DeAnza College 76-72. For the Dons, Ajay (Cupertino High) Singh led the Dons with 28 points, while Darien (West Campus High) Davis had 25. West Valley box
Monterey Peninsula College 70, San Jose City College 57 — As usual, 6-foot-3 sophomore Anthony (Heritage High) Dennis loomed large with 27 points plus nine rebounds and 6-foot-11 teammate Talili (Kimball High) Leaea posted a 13 board, 10 point line.
Chabot College 59, Foothill College 54 — Freshman Jordan (James Logan High) McGlory earned a 15 point (10-10 at the foul line) , 13 rebound double-double as host Chabot downed the Owls. Chabot box
6-foot-2 freshman guard Elijah (Bishop O’Dowd) Hardy has returned to the court for Washington after missing time due to a broken hand suffered in mid-November.
As he has yet to appear in a game, it appears 6-foot-6 freshman B.J. (Bishop O’Dowd) Shaw is redshirting this season at UC Davis.
In 21 games/starts for Puget Sound, Jimmy (Serra High) Wohrer is averaging 33.5 minutes and 20.6 points per game as well as 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He is shooting 48%, 41% and 87%.
Trevor (Monte Vista High/Cal Poly) John is a senior at Drexel averaging 12.2 points plus 2.4 rebounds. His shooting accuracy: 44%, 42%, 95%. 182 of his 213 shot attempts have been three-pointers.
6-foot-4 Druce (Tracy High/Cal State East Bay) Asah is averaging a team best 15.9 points per game for Metro State located in Denver. In 18 games/starts and 31.3 minutes, the junior is 43%, 39% and 83%
UC Davis is coming off back-to-back Big Dance appearances and, while this season has the Aggies struggling with a 6-14 overall, 2-4 Big West Conference record, help is on the way in the form of northern California recruits 5-foot-9 Ezra Manjon of Heritage High and 6-foot-7 Aaron Murphy of Modesto Christian.
One northern California college coach said of Manjon: “He is very athletic and super skilled. He’s better than Davis.”
5-foot-9 Big West Player of the Year T.J. Shorts II is a senior point for the Aggies so early opportunity will be available for Manjon in 2019-20.
The same coach also praised the uber-athletic Murphy for his powerful return from a knee injury. Davis is in need of an athletic and productive three and Murphy fits the bill.
Nabbing a pair of talents possessing the talent/potential to play at a higher level than the Big West Conference is critical in keeping a successful program going. Congrats to Coach Jim Les and Assistants Kevin Nosek, Kyle Vogt and Jono Metzger-Jones for these achievements.
Illinois State fell 69-53 to Valparaiso despite getting 17 points, three assists and three steals from Zach (Berkeley High/CCSF) Copeland.
Santa Rose Junior College bested visiting Modesto Junior College 82-65 with Bear Cubs Skylar (Drake High) Chavez and Ryan (Petaluma High) Perez scoring 20 and 16 points respectively. Trey (Kelseyville High) Conrad tallied 12 and Jayson (Cloverdale High) McMillan 11. SRJC box
San Joaquin Delta College edged visiting Sierra College 79-77 as Spencer (Lodi High) Montiero continued with his fine season. The 6-foot-6 sophomore posted a 21 point, 11 rebound double-double. 6-foot-7 teammate Cameron (Stockton Christian) Pieters contributed 14 points plus nine boards. SJDC box
Host Cosumnes River College edged Sacramento City College 53-50 as Sean (Roseville High) Granucci led the victors with 17 points. Greg (Cosumnes Oaks High) Milton III paced Sac City with his own 17 points. full box
Host Fresno City College defeated West Hills Coalinga 80-61 as David (Kerman High) Rico led with 18 points, Ethan (Madera High) Richardson tallied 13 plus 10 boards and Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer provided 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. FCC box
Coach Rob Richards: “The beginning of the end. After 25 seasons of coaching the game I truly, truly love I will be stepping down as the Head Coach of Antelope HS. I leave with zero regrets – this is about taking care of myself & being there for my family & getting my health where it needs to be.”
Coach Richards will certainly be missed but congratulations to him and all the best in his future endeavors.
SCIAC OFFENSIVE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
“MICAH ELAN Pomona-Pitzer | Junior | Guard | San Francisco, CA
Micah Elan helped Pomona-Pitzer remain undefeated in conference play with a 73-57 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS), and a 100-61 victory over La Verne. Elan notched 19.0 points per game, including 21 against the Leopard, and shot 66.7% from the field. He added 11 rebounds, and dished out five assists during the week with four of the helpers coming against the Stags as the Sagehens moved to 10-0 in SCIAC play.”
Pomona-Pitzer is 18-1 so far this season, 10-0 in league play.
In Oberlin College’s 61-60 victory over Denison on Saturday, Andre (Urban School) Campbell scored 19 points. Last Wednesday, he finished with 21 points on 7-7 overall shooting and 5-6 from the foul line in a loss to Ohio Wesleyan.
Aiding the Union College (KY) cause this season are:
6-foot-3 senior guard K.J. (Kennedy High/Sacramento City College) Duronslet who, in 23 games/21 starts and 28.8 minutes a game, is averaging 15.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and a team high 39 steals while shooting 55%, 35% and 76%.
Last season was a splendid one for Duronslet as he was named an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, named to the All-AAC First Team, named to the AAC All-Academic Team and named the AAC Tournament MVP.
6-foot-2 junior Derek (Redwood High/College of Marin) Morgan who, in 24 games/seven starts and 18.2 minutes per game, is averaging 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 54% overall and 40% at the foul line. He leads his team with 21 blocked shots and is second to Duronslet with 31 steals.
“Basketball bribes: How Adidas bankrolled a black market for top teenage talent” Brad Schmidt and Jeff Manning
“Jason Kidd’s club coach pulls double duty at Bay Area school
Donovan Blythe, in 12th year at helm of East Palo Alto girls powerhouse, also has boys on verge of league title” Vytas Mazeika
It was a tale of two halves as St. Mary’s took an 86-80 homecourt victory over USF with a 47-30 initial 20 minutes versus the Dons winning the second half 50-39. Jordan (Folsom High) Ford paced the victors 26 points, eight boards and five assists while Frankie (Burlingame High) Ferrari provided 22 points plus nine assists for the Dons.
Gonzaga bested visiting San Diego 85-69 but Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro played extra large for the Toreros and finished with 30 points plus 11 rebounds.
Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson led with 20 points and Damari (Moreau Catholic) Milstead supplied 18 as Grand Canyon University beat Cal State Bakersfield 72-59.
Terrell (Moreau Catholic) Brown provided 19 points in New Mexico State’s 82-39 obliteration of Chicago State.
Chico State 67, Humboldt St. 65 “Chico State men get back on the move” Jeff Larson
Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum’s team highs of 26 points, six boards and three steals carried Pomona-Pitzer to an 89-69 victory over Chapman University.
Fresno City College edged host College of the Sequoias 61-59 as Georgie (Beyer High) Dancer led with both 13 points and five assists. Ram box
Butte College 70, College of the Siskiyous 54 “Butte men fight through foul trouble to take down College of the Siskiyous” Will Denner
Dempsey (Redwood High) Roggenburk canned 32 points for Linfield College as did Jimmy (Serra High) Wohrer for Puget Sound but the latter won 92-85 in overtime.
CCSF put the game away with a 57-22 second half and handled host Skyline College 96-50. Five Rams scored in double figures with Malcolm Johnson’s 18 points leading the way. CCSF box
Gavilan College bested host Hartnell College 63-48 as Xander (Christopher High) Bowers posted a 17 point, 10 rebound double-double and Daylon (Edison High) Potts contributed 17 boards. Gavilan box
Cabrillo College had no trouble taking down San Jose City College 96-64 as sophomore guard Trey (Harbor High) Whitley exploded for 35 points. Cabrillo box
Monterey Peninsula College topped visiting DeAnza College 90-80 behind Talili (Kimball High) Leaea’s 25 points plus 11 rebounds as well as 21 and 13 via Anthony (Heritage High) Dennis.
Las Positas College got by visiting Foothill College 73-71 as freshman Michael (West High) Hayes supplied 25 points and 12 rebound while teammate John (Freedom High) Ketchel posted an 11 point, 11 assist double-double alongside four steals. LPC box
College of Marin fell to 83-79 to Contra Costa College despite 20 points and 12 boards from Zamaria (Berkeley High) Odom and 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots supplied by Joey (Petaluma High) Potts. CoM box
Shooting 12-16, 4-6 and 2-2, Lance (St. Mary’s Stockton) Coleman II scored 30 points, grabbed five boards and dished out four assists in Fullerton College’s 88-65 victory versus Santiago Canyon. full box
On Wednesday: Lance Coleman II tallied 40 points and 13 boards in Fullerton College’s 93-53 victory. “…FC’s Lance Coleman II was impressive shooting 8 for 12 from downtown and was 13 for 20 from the floor…”
Perry Webster: “Lance Coleman has 70 in this week’s 2 games. When will somebody get smart? 3.5 student, no issues, great kid, great teammate, great leader, great player, winner!!! Big time shooter, but does many other things as well. Hit my line if u want a real BALLER!!!!”
Max Fried led University with 19 points.
Coach Holloway: “After averaging 38ppg this past week Vanden 2020 wing (6-foot-5 Teiano Hardee) received his first offer from University of Northern Colorado!!! Congrats to him and his family. One of the more underrated players in his class”
“Alisal basketball’s father and son duo enjoying final season together on the court
SINCE THEIR DAYS AT THE YMCA, JOSUE GIL-SILVA’S SHARED COUNTLESS MEMORIES WITH HIS DAD AND COACH JOSE GIL. NOW, THE TWO HAVE WEEKS LEFT ON THE COURT” Ayrton Ostly
“Ohlone basketball player Marasigan Shines As Student-Athlete
Former Washington High player leads by example on and off the court; eyes career as physical trainer” Matt Schwab
“June Live Events: No Go For CIF” Ronnie Flores
“Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week
Vincent Olmo (Ripon) Sr.”
In 21 games/starts and 30.8 minutes an outing, freshman guard Jake (Bellarmine College Prep) Wojcik is averaging 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, a 30/14 assist to turnover ratio plus a second-on-the-team 23 steals. He is shooting 33%, 37% and 90% with 128 of his 155 shot attempts being three-pointers.
6-foot-2 junior guard Marcus (Heritage High/Monterey Peninsula College) Wallace is averaging a team high 21.5 points, 4.6 boards and a team best 39 steals for Pacific University in Oregon. He is shooting 47%, 33% and 77% in 19 games/18 starts and 21.5 minutes per outing.
Look at the San Jose State University men’s basketball coaching tenures of Bill Berry, Stan Morrison, Phil Johnson, Steve Barnes, George Nessman, Dave Wojcik and Jean Prioleau plus how ADs Randy Hoffman, Chuck Bell, Tom Bowen, Gene Bleymaier and Marie Tuite have performed. Even being scrupulously fair, we’re talking FOUR DECADES of failure, 40 *&%$#@ years. With but a few short-lived positive blips, all the earnest vows and catchy slogans were sunk by crony hires and insufficient funding, sometimes both simultaneously.
Spartan basketball is, at best, mired in mediocrity. It’s an alternate universe version of “Waiting For Godot” but on perpetual repeat. Despite a couple of unlikely Big Dances appearances from 1980 onward, the long-suffering program has been a frustrating nothingburger since the 1996 season. Whether being a member of the Big West Conference, the Western Athletic Conference or the current Mountain West Conference, the roundball Spartans have struggled. Check that, make it failed.
Let’s rev up the ol’ time machine and go back to 1979 when AD Bob Murphy hired Michigan State Assistant Bill Berry. It doesn’t fit the ‘friends hiring friends’ scenario that later would so become entrenched as there doesn’t seem to be any previous ‘connections’ between the two but Berry’s hire deserves detailing because it eventually resulted in the infamous Spartan 10-player revolt. His misconduct — the consistently repellent mistreatment of the players — deserves no defense, period. Don’t even start. His behavior was unacceptable in any setting let alone that of a university. His Spartan coaching record: 142-144.
AD Randy Hoffman hired Stan Morrison in 1989 in order to bring some positivity, rather than browbeating and worse, to the program. Morrison wasn’t as successful overall as Berry and probably stayed in the position too long but his hire didn’t require the employment of an abuser. He was the necessary antidote to the poison preceding him and Morrison was not ‘related’ to Hoffman. His Spartan coaching record: 275-353.
In 1998, AD Chuck Bell brought in Phil Johnson and he coached for a season before joining the Bulls in the NBA (Chicago Coach Tim Floyd hired Johnson who later returned to SJSU in 2002). In 2005, the local media’s discovery of three Johnson DUIs led to his dismissal. Any individual with an illness such as alcoholism deserves a degree of empathy but how Bell simply disregarded Johnson’s off-the-court behavior is worthy of shame. Also, Johnson’s treatment of the players wasn’t Berry-like but still fell far short of acceptable. His Spartan coaching record: 31-83.
After Johnson’s 2002 single season stint, Bell turned to Steve Barnes (yet another member of the Tim Floyd/Larry Eustachy coaching ‘family’ to which Bell was beholden) and Barnes lasted three years (1999-2001) before he quit showing up for work. The same (mis)behavior towards players continued on, sort of a trademark of this group of coaches. Barnes moved on to assist, you guessed it, Larry Eustachy, at Iowa State, Southern Mississippi and Colorado State (before Eustachy was fired for mistreating his players in Fort Collins). His Spartan coaching record: 39-51.
AD Tom Bowen elected to hire George Nessman, a buddy from their De La Salle High days, and, say what you will about Nessman’s overall W-L record during his Spartan tenure, players were treated firmly yet fairly during 2005-2013. By the way, Nessman coached DLS basketball back when Bowen was the AD there. His Spartan coaching record: 86-161
Post Nessman, AD Gene Bleymaier hired Dave Wojcik in 2013 — the connection being the former was the AD at Boise State while the latter assisted with the basketball program. Wojcik’s was fired in 2017 for, drumroll, mistreating players. His Spartan coaching record: 32-90.
It’s telling that none of these former SJSU coaches has ever headed a D1 basketball program again.
Current head coach Jean Prioleau, a longtime Colorado assistant, produced a 2017–18 record of 4–26 overall 1–17 conference, Thus far in the 2018-19 season, SJSU sports a 3–17, 0–8 record. The three victories came in home games against Life Pacific, Bethune Cookman (by two points) and Northern Arizona (by five points).
Prioleau interviewed earlier when Dave Wojcik was hired. It’s worth noting that former California assistant, now Montana Coach Travis DeCuire, was also a member of the group that interviewed when Wojcik was hired and McCuire is coming off winning the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year honors. Rick Croy, heading the California Baptist program in its move from the DII level to membership in the Western Athletic Conference, also interviewed for the SJSU opening which resulted in Wojcik’s hire.
So let’s consider this question: is it time to end the program? Let’s work towards reaching a conclusion by determining how should success be defined for SJSU basketball and what is required to be in place in order to achieve it.
Success is being annually competitive plus winning the conference every six or seven years. No 5-26 seasons. Not even a 10-19 record. 13-15 is acceptable once. Success is constancy and stability, blotting out the searing memories of being the perennial laughingstock of various leagues. It’s giving fans a reason to leave their homes in winter to come to Walt McPherson Court, and to donate to the program.
So why the history of failure?
Try coaching hires due to ADs possessing greater allegiance to their buddies than to SJSU. It has too often been a litany of bringing aboard friends or former employees as the head coach under the disguise of conducting national job searches and, too often, a deal was already in place when the assembly of interview panels and the charade of interviews went on so as to give the appearance of thoroughness and fairness.
Another factor is the employment of abusers. 18 seasons since 1979 have too often been under the brutal auspices of basketball coaches who should have never be allowed to be in charge of anything or anyone. This is remarkably maddening and especially wrong. Losing, however frustrating, can generally be dealt with — how does one process the perversion of abuse perpetrated by so many leaders representing Sparta?
A third reason is the limited salaries offered to new coaching hires. Recruits primarily choose a school because of the attraction to a coach. With SJSU basketball sporting virtually no other lures, why not make a splash by hiring a respected and successful head coach sporting a track record of the ability to recruit to a destination lacking any history of success. Yes, such a hire would cost more than what SJSU has ever spent on a basketball coach but consider the millions wasted on salaries over the last four decades.
This coincides with all these previous head coaches also having their respective hands tied due to via minuscule recruiting budgets.
SJSU hoops is a Big West Conference program, possibly Big Sky Conference, disguised as an under-funded MWC member. Either back it financially so that the necessary coach can be hired and recruit. To date, all has been a waste of time, money and effort.
A suggested antidote:
Rick Croy is a demonstrated program AND culture changer. The very successful head coach, currently at Cal Baptist University, has numerous achievements.
His Bay Area bonafides:
Croy has won everywhere as both a head coach and an assistant. He also has endorsements from a variety of heavy hitters in Nor Cal basketball ranging from Randy Bennett to Frank Allocco to Bob Myers.
Bring Croy in with an attractive salary and a Mountain West Conference competitive recruiting budget. Either that or drop the level of men’s basketball (football as well but that’s a different story) to a lesser league. Closing down the SJSU program will never happen regardless of futility.
James (Salesian) Akinjo led Georgetown with 23 points (plus five boards, five steals and four assists) in the 80-73 Hoya victory against Xavier.
With 20 points, Jiday (Archbishop Riordan) Ugbaja led San Francisco State to a 76-74 homecourt win over Cal State Los Angeles.
Phil (Franklin High) Fayne provided 22 points in Illinois State’s 69-55 success versus Drake. Teammate Zach (Berkeley High/CCSF) Copeland totaled 19.
Michael (James Logan High/CCSF) Steadman finished with 20 points and six boards in San Jose State University’s 103-73 loss to Utah State.
The final score was Fresno City College 151 to West Hill Lemoore’s 56 as 10 Rams scored in double figures. FCC box
Cabrillo College topped visiting West Valley College 71-57 powered by four players finishing in double figures scoring. full box
Michael (West High) Hayes filled up the stat sheet once again with 32 points, nine boards, five steals and four assists in Las Positas College’s 97-83 takedown of visiting Cañada College. Teammate John (Freedom High) Ketchel post a 23 point, 10 rebound double-double while Goose (Piedmont Hills High) Persin tallied 21 points. LPC box
Host Gavilan College had no trouble putting away San Jose City College 92-58. Gavilan box
Ajay (Cupertino High) Singh provided 27 points plus right boards but DeAnza College lost to host Hartnell College. DeAnza box
Khari (Kennedy High) Hutt’s 25 points led host Cosumnes River College to an 83-56 victory over Folsom Lake College. CRC box
“NCS Boys Basketball Playoff Projections” Nate Smith
“CCS Boys Basketball Playoff Projections” Ethan Kassel
QUAZ Basketball: “The first piece of our 2019 class is a really good one…
Daylon Potts (@dpotts1500) from GavilanMBB impacts the game in a lot of different ways! Can’t say that about many players. Welcome aboard Daylon!”
Continuing in our series on community college teams: Gavilan College, a heretofore perennial cellar dweller, is now a conference championship contender as well as a factor to be reckoned with in the upcoming state playoffs. All this in just Coach Dallas Jensen’s second season at the helm.
Where do the Rams currently stand? A remarkable 19-2, featuring a two-point loss at home to Allan Hancock and a 75-58 defeat at the hands of host CCSF countered by a 10-point victory versus host Cabrillo College. Also worth noting are two other successes: an 84-64 win on a neutral court over San Joaquin Delta College and a 92-82 victory, again on a neutral court, against Las Positas College.
Other numbers: Jensen’s crew is averaging a very solid 80.3 points per game on 47% overall shooting plus 36% long distance accuracy. In contrast, Gavilan is allowing 63.3 points a night with opponents shooting 40% overall and 29% from three-point range.
Add in a 12.6 rebound margin, 23.1 assists an outing, 9.8 steals plus 5.5 blocks a contest.
The primary contributors: 6-foot-1 Ibn Zaid leads at 12.1 points a game, followed by 6-foot-5 DJ Burgess’ 11.8 points, 11.2 from 6-foot-5 Deion Ellis (plus 5.1 rebounds), 11.1 via 6-foot-7 Zander Bowers (plus 6.7 boards) and 6-foot-6 Daylon Potts is bringing 10.1 points nightly. Potts is also averaging 10.3 rebounds (best on the team) as well as 5.2 assists. 6-foot Patrick Fisher is tops with 5.8 assists.
Usually a team with its leading scorer at 12.1 points isn’t putting enough digits on the scoreboard to be successful but the Rams play unselfishly and as a unit with a different high scorer likely on any given night. True, the Rams don’t possess any game-in/game-out outside sharpshooters, someone likely to bury six treys on the way to totaling 25 or 30 points (7.4 threes on 20.9 attempts a night) but Zander Bowers, Daylon Potts and Deion Ellis are excellent offensive rebounders and this leads to both a greater number of possessions as well as close-in shots. Using quickness and strength, Gavilan also applies solid pressure defense, even outside the paint, and is managing those 5.5 blocks despite the tallest Ram receiving major playing time being just 6-foot-7.
The Gavilan roster:
John Bynum Jr/Signal The Light Basketball: “The last two weeks has been a difficult time figuring out what I want to do as it’s not easy trying to find yourself after your basketball career comes to an end. With that being said, I will be stepping away from Signal The Light Basketball & focus on my next career move.”
“I also would like to let everyone know that I will and intend to continue to provide our coverage until the last horn of this current season as i don’t quit things without finishing. It would not to be fair to the programs and kids that have helped me along the way.”
Not good news for JC basketball fans, coaches and players but we wish John the best in his next endeavor.
“SAN FRANCISCO STAYS HOT AND AT THE TOP IN WEEK 12 NORCAL RANKINGS Signal The Light Basketball”
The Wildcats followed this article with an 88-64 victory over Cal State San Marcos that included making 18 treys.
“ANT NAVARRETE SCORES CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK” Navarette is out of San Lorenzo High and Canada College.
In 19 games so far this season, 6-foot sophomore Brad (Pacific Grove High/Monterey Peninsula College) Sendell is averaging a team best 18.6 points plus 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 44%, 35% and 89% for the Lawrence Vikings (WI).
Kenny (Manteca High) Wooten scored 20 points in 26 minutes during Oregon’s 78-58 victory over Washington State. He shot 8-10 from the floor and 4-5 at the foul line.
Phil (Franklin High) Fayne totaled 26 points in Illinois State’s 76-62 takedown of Indiana State.
Freshman guard Logan (St. Francis High) Johnson played but 11 minutes for Cincinnati in its 72-68 defeat of Temple but it was a very productive time as he compiled a line of four points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist.
With all five starters scoring in double figures, UC Santa Cruz bested host Cal Lutheran 81-67. Sam (Vacaville High) Gabbard led the way with 24 points, eight boards and three assists.
MIT Athletics: “Congrats to @mitmbb senior guard Cameron Korb, who tonight became the 30th player in MIT history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career!”
Korb is a graduate of Archbishop Mitty.
“James Nunnally signs a two-year contract with Milan” Allessandro Maggi