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January 13, 2010 > League play underway in prep basketball

League play underway in prep basketball

By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Milpitas High School Trojans boys basketball opened Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL), El Camino Division play last week with two close losses. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Coach Champ Wrencher's Trojans hosted Lynbrook High School and dropped a 55-53 decision.

"Great game, especially in the fourth quarter," said Wrencher. "We rallied and had the ball twice in the last minute and failed to tie or take the lead."

Milpitas was led by sophomore forwards Derek Fox (17 points, 7 rebounds) and Buddy Ames (14 points, 6 boards).

Friday, Jan. 8, saw the Trojans travel to Santa Clara High School where they were defeated 53-48 to fall to 0-2 in the El Camino, 5-9 overall. A pair of guards, senior Cameron Hernandez and freshman Marcus Rita led Milpitas with 10 points a piece.

In Bay Counties League (BCL) play, the California School for the Deaf (CSD) Eagles played a great game on the road against a tough Emery High School (7-2) last Tuesday, Jan. 5, before falling 44-38. Romel Thurman led CSD with 18 points including two 3s.

According to Eagles' Coach Oskar Schugg, "We lost our first game of 2010, but it was a hard fought battle. Emery averages 64 points offensively and only had 44 points against our defense. Turnovers were the reason for our loss."

Thursday, Jan. 7, saw the Eagles go to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in the BCL when they hosted an under-manned Cornerstone Christian High School and came away with a 85-22 thumping of Cornerstone. Leading CSD were Carlos Lopez (14 points, 6 steals, 3 assists), Steven La (13 points), Conrad Baer (12 points, 3 steals, 4 assists) and Antoine Nathinel (11 points, 4 steals, 8 rebounds).

CSD will host the 10th annual Clerc Classic deaf schools basketball tournaments for boys and girls this Thursday-Saturday, Jan.14-16. Games will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Elsewhere in the BCL, Fremont Christian High School Warriors traveled to Oakland Military Institute on January 5 and won their league opener, 61-51. Warriors are now 7-7 for the season.

Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) teams sprung into league action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, when Mt. Eden High School Monarchs hosted Bishop O'Dowd High School and were handily defeated, 75-31. Antoine McKenzie led Mt. Eden with 10 points. On Wednesday, the Monarchs defeated Arroyo High School, 56-48, and were led by McKenzie's 17 points. Kevin Clerkley added 16 points in the win.

Friday, Jan. 8, saw Mt. Eden improve to 9-5 (3-1 in the HAAL) when they defeated Tennyson High School, 69-45. Tennyson also lost to Castro Valley High School, 60-19, earlier in the week and is now 3-7 and 0-3 in league.

Moreau Catholic High School lost to both Bishop O'Dowd, 77-32, and to San Leandro High School, 58-50, and fell to 4-10 (0-4).

Hayward High School played San Lorenzo High School last Wednesday, Jan. 6, and were able to pull off a 37-35 road win; two days later, they lost to San Leandro, 72-60, on Friday, Jan. 7, to drop to .500 for the year.

Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) play saw Newark Memorial Cougars and Washington Huskies high schools as the teams to beat in 2010. Newark defeated American High School, 64-45, on Tuesday, Jan. 5; James Logan High School, 58-33, on Wednesday, Jan. 6; and Folsum High School, 53-24, on Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Delta Challenge at Jesuit High School in Carmichael. Newark is now 13-2 overall, 2-0 in the MVAL.

Washington defeated Irvington High School, 72-40, in its only game of the week and is now 11-4 (1-0). Leading the Huskies was Mikhael McKinney with 21 points; and Jack Veronin with 13. Veronin had 16 boards; while John Songponnopachon and McKinney pulled down 10 each. McKinney also led Washington in assists with five, and steals with four.

Huskies will host the Cougars in their first meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Other MVAL scores for last week saw Logan defeat Mission San Jose High School, 65-52, on Tuesday; John F. Kennedy High School edged American, 54-53, before falling to Salesian High School, 73-46; Mission and Irvington also played on Thursday, Jan. 7, with MSJ winning, 59-50. Shaun Ho had 21 points for Irvington. MSJ is now 7-7 (1-1), Logan 7-8 (1-1), JFK 7-9 (1-0), American 4-12 (0-2) and Irvington 3-10 (0-2).

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