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January 7, 2009 > Washington boys basketball wins Elsie Allen Classic

Washington boys basketball wins Elsie Allen Classic

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Washington High boys basketball took a road trip to Santa Rosa from Saturday, Dec. 27, through Tuesday, Dec. 30, for a tournament at Elsie Allen High School; they returned to Fremont as tournament champions.

Day one of the tournament matched the Huskies up with Hogan High. In what proved to be Washington's toughest game on the offensive end, the Huskies prevailed in a defensive struggle, 49-43.

The tournament took a respite on Sunday and started back up on Monday, Dec. 29. In the second game for Washington, they took to the court against Valley Christian High from San Jose. On the defensive end of the floor, Washington remained stout, allowing only 45 points to their opposition. Offensively, the Huskies exploded for 62 points, surpassing their previous game's total by 13 points. With the 17-point victory, the boys from Washington High advanced to the championship game.

Held on Tuesday, Dec. 30, the final match of the tournament between Washington and Novato shaped into a classic.

Four quarters was not enough time to decide a winner for the tournament. Tied at 57, the two teams laced up their sneakers for an overtime session. Washington blasted Novato with a knockout punch in the extra quarter, tallying 11 points to Novato's three. The Huskies left the Elsie Allen Classic with a classic overtime victory, and a championship, 68-60.

With the three wins at Elsie Allen, the Huskies improved their record to 9-5 on the season. However, on Saturday, Jan. 3, the Huskies tipped off against Leigh High School hoping to continue their winning ways without such luck.

After a tough first half, which saw them going into the locker room trailing 29-18, Washington took their game to the next level in half two. With the conclusion of the third quarter, Washington trimmed Leigh's lead to four. Despite outscoring Leigh again in the final quarter, they came up one point shy, losing, 56-55.

With the loss to Leigh, Washington's record dropped to 9-6 on the year. They get back to Mission Valley Athletic League play this week with three in-league games: Wednesday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m. at Newark Memorial; Friday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. at American; and Monday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. at Irvington.

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