December 30, 2009 > Boys high school basketball recap
Boys high school basketball recap
By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew
Boys high school basketball action had a light week as schools headed to break for the holiday break.
Moreau Catholic High School of the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) split their two games played during the past week. On Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Mariners hosted De Anza High School of Richmond and came away with a 78-56 victory.
Leading Moreau was TJ Booker with 14 points; Joe Coleman, 13; Jonte Grant, 12; and Joe Calub, 10 points. Coleman and Booker each grabbed six rebounds while Calub had six steals. Joaquin Rabelo led the Mariners in assists with four.
On Saturday, Dec. 26, Moreau Catholic hosted Encinal High School and was defeated, 63-58, to drop to 4-8 on the season. Grant led the Mariners in scoring with 15 points; Calub and Andy Mitchell contributed 11 each in the five-point loss. Kris Okialda had nine boards while Coleman pulled down seven of his own.
In other HAAL action, Tennyson High School beat Alameda High School, 63-60, to improve to 3-5 while Mt. Eden High School lost a 69-54 home decision to Washington High School of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL). Mt. Eden dropped to 5-4 while the Huskies improved to 7-4. Hayward High School did not play last week and remain 3-2 on the year.
Irvington High School, also of the MVAL, hosted HAAL's Arroyo High School on Monday, Dec. 21, and came away with a hard-fought 87-76 double overtime victory.
Irvington led 17-10 after one quarter and 38-31 at the half only to see Arroyo tie it 68-68 after regulation. A low scoring first OT (only five points by each team) became more of a track meet in second session of overtime with the Vikings exploding for 14 to Arroyo's three, giving Coach Tim Gerber's squad the victory.
Leading scorers for the Vikings were senior center Anthony Dugger and junior point guard Shaun Ho with 17 points apiece; junior forward Jon Wright netted 15; and junior forward Matt Thomblin dropped in 14 points.
Irvington then dropped a 59-42 decision on Wednesday, Dec. 23, to California High School, falling to 3-7 for the year.
In other MVAL play prior to Christmas, John F. Kennedy High School lost to Dougherty Valley High School of San Ramon, 62-58, while James Logan High School was handily beaten by Castro Valley High School, 79-57. Meanwhile American High School split two close games, first defeating Granada High School, 55-53, then falling to Livermore High School, 67-65. American is now 3-7 overall. Mission San Jose had the week off and stands at 5-5 on the season.
A day after Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 26, Logan and Newark Memorial High School headed to San Diego to participate in the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.
Logan dropped its opener in the tournament to Jordan High School of Long Beach, 71-67, and fell to 4-6 this season. On the other hand, Newark defeated Fairfax High School of Los Angeles, 50-34, to improve to 7-1 for the year. Tournament play continued Monday, Dec. 28, through Wednesday, Dec. 30 (results were unavailable at press time). For scores and schedules, log onto the TCV Sports Web site, www.tricityvoice.com/sports.
Logan was led by Hulen Johnson with18 points; Larry Jones, 14; and Joshua Seki, nine, including one from behind the arc. Jonathan Masulit also dropped in a 3-pointer.
Leading the Cougars of Newark Memorial were Kendall Andrews, 18 points; Jisuan Randle, nine; and Gavin Presley, eight.
Fremont Christian High School and California School for the Deaf of the Bay Counties League also did not play last week.
Clarence Wrencher, coach for Milpitas High School of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division, saw his Trojans split two road games. First they defeated Watsonville High School, 55-47.
Buddy Adams had 18 points and 12 rebounds while Derek Fox had 17 points with five 3-point field goals.
"It was a tight game early with Watsonville leading early because of their 3-point shooting," said Wrencher. "But we managed to control the tempo and the game in the second half."
Milpitas then dropped a close low-scoring affair to Piedmont Hills High School, 33-32, in their second game of the short week. It was their first loss in four games. Milpitas stands 3-6 on the year.