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January 21, 2009 > MVAL basketball roundup

MVAL basketball roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

Nearing the mid-point of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) season, the Newark-Memorial boys basketball team is looking to run the table, ending the week with a 5-0 league record to go with their gaudy 15-3 overall won-loss total.

Following a 63-47 win at Mission San Jose (10-9, 1-4 in the MVAL), the Cougars returned home for a clash with the also undefeated (in MVAL play) James Logan Colts. Logan led by four after the first quarter, but a 32-18 run by Newark in the second and third quarters paved the way to a 53-47 Cougar victory. Bobby McCall scored 12 for Newark, and Khion Sankey and Kfeanyi Edeofor each kicked in 11. Salaimon Siddiq and Malik Livingston were Logan's leading lights, with 14 and 11 points respectively.

Two nights later (January 16), Logan (11-8, 4-1) bounced back with a 62-60 squeaker over American. Ray Holston scored 16 for the Colts and Siddiq added 15. For the Eagles, whose fourth quarter rally made the game close but fell just short, Saidomar Temor scored 17, Jagtej Sodhi had 12 and Edwin Rodriguez Jr. tallied 11.

While the American boys (9-10, 2-3) were toiling around the middle of the pack in the standings, the American girls team snapped off three victories last week to pull into a first place tie with Newark-Memorial. American (13-6, 4-1) laid waste to winless Kennedy in a 74-18 rout which included a 28-0 third quarter rampage. Caitlin Magat and Stephanie Chukwu scored 15 points each; and Ande Carbonel had 14 for the Eagles.

American's next win was a 39-36 squeaker over Mission San Jose (10-8, 1-3) and they ended the week by prevailing in another close battle, 47-45, over Logan (8-11, 3-2). Tempest Early led the Eagles with 18 points and Magat contributed 10 in the win. Erinn Jones led the Colts with 16 points, Kalene Correia had 10 and Michaela Booker added nine in the losing cause.

Co-leaders of the girls league, Newark-Memorial (12-7, 4-1), kept pace with two wins of their own last week. A January 13 visit to Mission San Jose resulted in a 52-37 win over the Warriors. Danielle Robledo and Chaunise Powell led the Cougars with 16 points each. Kelsey Pease scored 11 points and had seven rebounds, as did Powell. In Newark's 38-28 win over Logan (January 15), Robledo scored 10, Powell contributed nine along with 12 rebounds, and Pease had nine boards of her own.

Nipping on the heels of both American and Newark are the Washington Huskies, who won two games last week to improve their MVAL record to 3-2 (12-7 overall). The Huskies handled Irvington (in fifth place with a 2-2 league record, 10-7 overall) 48-37 on the Vikings' home court. For the victors, Sabrina Swayzer scored 21 and Kaley Marden had nine. Teasara Thompson led Irvington with 10 points and Katie Lopez added nine. Julie Selph led the Huskies with 14 points in their next game, a 57-27 beating of Kennedy.

In other news on the boys side, Washington kept their league hopes alive with two wins, their first league wins of the season. The Huskies (10-8, 2-3) followed up a 70-66 win over Irvington (6-13, 1-4) with a 78-65 victory over Kennedy (9-10, 3-3). Jack Veronin scored 18, Kevin Pinheiro had 16 and Christian Austria, John Songponnopachon and Marc Wik each chipped in 12 for WHS. Chris Murry led the Titans with 23 points.

Despite the loss to the Huskies, Kennedy ended the week in sole position of third place (9-10, 3-3) by virtue of a January 14, 86-63 rout of Irvington. Jerrell Walker dropped 23 points on the Vikings, Murry scored 21 and Gabe Ramos had 18. Jon Wright led Irvington with 17 and John Lang had 16.

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